The Thing from Another World (aka "The Thing")

Look Out … it’s The Thing
The Thing from Another World (aka "The Thing")
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DVD Features:

  • 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

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 35


User Ratings: 7,942
Rating: 3/4 -- It's still a very harrowing and action packed horror film... Full Review
Cinema Crazed
Nov 16, 2012
The overall message of The Thing emerges as distinctly hawkish. Reactionary or not, though, it's still a masterpiece. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Set the template for a decade of alien invasions.
New Yorker
Sep 16, 2013
The resourcefulness shown in building the plot groundwork is lacking as the yarn gets into full swing. Cast members, headed by Margaret Sheridan and Kenneth Tobey, fail to communicate any real terror. Full Review
Jun 6, 2007
The film has more frissons than most of today's mega-budget productions, simply because it has the grace to construct a meaningful situation and coherent characters. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jun 6, 2007
Rating: 3.5/4 -- It features crackling dialogue, deliciously subversive humor, confident and competent heroes, and a healthy air of sexual playfulness between its romantic leads. Full Review
Film Frenzy
Dec 22, 2018
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.
Total Film
May 1, 2007

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Arctic researchers discover a huge, frozen spaceling inside a crash-landed UFO, then fight for their lives after the murderous being ( a pre-Gunsmoke James Arness) emerges from icy captivity. Will other creatures soon follow? The famed final words of this film are both warning and answer: "Keep watching the skies!"

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).

Product Description:

A wonderfully crisp script and quick-paced direction distinguishes this film about an alien creature discovered near an Arctic outpost. Members of a scientific research team cart the frozen pilot back to camp where it thaws out--much to their regret.

Plot Synopsis:

One of the great science fiction classics made in the 50s -- the period when the genre thrived.
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.


Production Notes:

  • The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."

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Scifi Horror Classic Movie Lover: from Media, PA US -- July, 14, 2006

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.

the thing from another world Movie Lover: from freeport, NY US -- March, 21, 2006

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

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  • UPC: 053939668629
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