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- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles in English, French and Spanish
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 5, 2003
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Turner Home Ent
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Douglas Spencer, Robert Cornthwaite & James Arness|
|Performer:||Robert Nichols, John Dierkes, James Young, Dewey Martin, William Self & Eduard Franz|
|Directed by||Christian Nyby|
|Edited by||Roland Gross|
|Screenplay by||Charles Lederer|
|Composition by||Dimitri Tiomkin|
|Art Direction by||John Hughes & Albert S. D'Agostino|
|Produced by||Howard Hawks|
|Director of Photography:||Russell Harlan|
"...[A] sci-fi classic..."
"...THE THING is a rare cautionary Cold War tale that's also plain fun..."
5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's a Cold War masterpiece, paranoid tension building slowly as a team of egghead scientists and square-jawed air force officers discover a deep-frozen UFO."
"Dimitri Tiomkin's rousing score cranks up the tension while Russell Harlan's atmospheric cinematography helps convince us that we really are in some icy wilderness."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A snappy ensemble. An eerie theremin-infused Dimitri Tiomkin score. Rising suspense, Crisp Christian Nyby direction. All merge in an edgy classic produced by Howard Hawks (Bringing Up Baby, Rio Brave) and filled with Hawksian trademarks of rapid-fire dialogue and of people united by do-or-die stress. Keep watching the skies and the screen. Don't miss a moment of "one of the best sci-fi thrillers of the '50s" (John Stanley, Creature Features).
A group of US scientists and servicemen, stationed on the North Pole, encounter an odd magnetic phenomenon that confuses all of their instruments. When the crew goes out to investigate, they find a block of ice containing an odd life form. But this is no archeological discovery -- because when the block melts, an invincible, grotesque creature, smarter and more powerful than humans, rises and goes on a rampage, almost destroying the polar station. Now the occupants of the station have to stop The Thing before it kills them... and embarks on its plan to destroy the planet.
- The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 322 ratings.
This is a decent movie. While the dialogue and characters are passably done, the scientist is rather foolish to the point of unbelievable, and the actual appearances could use some work. I'd like to see just a touch more alien quality, and maybe some follow-up on the sangrivorous sprouts.
That said, the best part about this movie is the Creature Concept. A regeneration, blood-drinking beclawed seed-filled strossus.
one of my favoret horror movies or all with james arness AKA matt dillon to have this on dvd and great quality if you grew up in the early 50s you have to get this dvd
- Sales Rank: 8,704
- UPC: 053939668629
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