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The Thing (1982) (Blu-ray)

Released on 01 December 2008

Featuring: Kurt Russell, Bill Lancaster & Albert Whitlock

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 18 years & over

5.0 out of 5 (36 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Horror-meister John Carpenter teams Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing.

In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the shape-shifting alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them...
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.
  • Feature Commentary with John Carpenter & Kurt Russell
  • The Thing: Terror Takes Shape
  • Production Background Archive
  • Production Photographs
  • Production Art and Storyboards
  • Location Design
  • Production Archives
  • The Saucer
  • The Blairmonster
  • Outtakes
  • Post Production
  • Theatrical Trailer

customer Reviews

 Average rating (36 reviews)

 Classic Carpenter!

| | See all MadGear's reviews (20)

This Blu-ray is region free (as with all Universal discs)

This has to be my favourite Carpenter movie and one of my most watched horror moves ever.
The special effects were ground-breaking at the time and still hold up incredibly well despite the upgrade to HD.

The Blu-ray has a great transfer with the Arctic backdrop looking very nice and crisp. Audio is decent and much better than previous releases.
The extra's whilst slim are very good. Great commentary with Carpenter and Russell which is a must listen for any fan.

Movie 5/5
PQ 4.5/5
Audio 4/5
Extras 2/5

 Audio tracks

| | See all Skink8's reviews (1)

@LucaMazzocchi: Yes, this Blu-ray has an Italian audio track in DTS 5.1. Besides that ther are audio tracks in English, German, French, and Spanish.

 Amazing!

| | See all DrG0nz0's reviews (19)

One of my favourite films ever made; and by far the best Blu-ray transfer i've seen thus far. They've really gone all out to make this film look more modern -they've even added a few special-fx here and there, to make it look even better. You can go wrong with this purchase. Essential!

 A CARPENTER HORROR CLASSIC!

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During the harsh winter of 1982, the group of American scientists at an Antarctica research station receive three strange visitors. Two Norwegians from a nearby camp are attempting to kill a dog fleeing from them across the snow, an incident which soon leaves both men dead and the stunned Americans at a loss.

Were these men driven mad by their isolation? Why try to murder an innocent animal?

The group soon decides to send an expedition to the Norwegian base and what they find there chills them to the bone. Several men are dead here, some by their own hands, the camp is devastated and a deformed man-thing is found frozen in the snow outside. Evidence suggests that it was burned by the survivors from the Norwegian team. They take the corpse back with them for investigation. What significance does it hold for the rescued dog and indeed the men living at the American camp?

This is the premise for THE THING, a super thriller directed by JOHN CARPENTER and hailed as one of his best films! Featuring a nucleus of well-known actors of the time - including regular collaborator KURT RUSSELL - the dazzling beauty of the snowy landscape often contrasts with the horror developing within the claustrophobic confines of the station interior.

Unlike certain films, THE THING has hardly dated at all after all these years and the make-up special effects (in a time before CGI dominated affairs) still stand the test of time very well. Indeed, the scene at the operating table is one highlight and the effects much better than many modern computer aided efforts!

CARPENTER cranks up the tension as his small cast rapidly dwindles in a life-or-death struggle against a hidden, but vastly superior enemy, and the performances are perfect as each individual begins to crack under the strain of increasingly horrifying events. There is much which stays in the mind long after the film has been viewed, not least the haunting soundtrack by ENNIO MORRICONE.

To honour such an outstanding film, there are lots of spicy Extra Features to do it justice, from storyboards and detailed production notes to archive photographs and an audio commentary from both CARPENTER and RUSSELL. The Original Theatrical Trailer is included, as are a batch of cut scenes (including an alternate ending) but the pick of the bunch is the fascinating 80 minute documentary, THE THING - TERROR TAKES SHAPE, which gives an incredible insight into the making of the film.

Anybody wanting to see a brilliant horror thriller, especially those now fed up of Vampires and long haired crawling ghosts, will find THE THING essential viewing!

 The best looking version ever released.

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I have been a huge fan of this movie for years, starting back on VHS, then on DVD and now finally on Blu-ray.

What does need to be pointed out though is if you didn't like this movie 20 years ago, then you probably aren't going to like it now. What I can confirm for you is that this the best transfer of the movie available. It is clear within the first five minutes that this movie looks good. The snow looks incredibly fresh and powdery, the fire looks sharp and the darkness of the night makes a great contrast from the snow. The sound is complete 5.1, and it fits the film well. Best of all, there are very few visual issues such as grain spikes, which for a film that was made in 1982, is really impressive.

The one area where the HD doesn't do the film justice is the special effects. The effects still look incredible and are astoundingly graphic, but the small imperfections of the effects are made much more clear, but for a film that uses so many prosthetics, it still holds up very well today. If you are like me and have been a fan of this movie for years then it is definitely worth picking up. Overall....

...This is the ultimate edition of The Thing.

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ActorsKurt Russell, Bill Lancaster, Albert Whitlock, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, Richard Dysart, Richard Masur, David Clennon, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis & Thomas G. Waites
DirectorJohn Carpenter
Certificate18 years and over
Year1982
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1)
Additional LanguagesFrench ; Italian ; German
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; French ; Italian ; German ; Spanish ; Japanese ; Korean ; Swedish ; Danish ; Finnish ; Dutch ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Mandarin
Duration1 hour and 49 minutes (approx)