The Thing R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 26, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1982
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Digi-Pack with Slip Sleeve
  • Collector's Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Dual Layer
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Surround - English
    • Dolby Surround - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Outtakes
    • Audio Commentary - 1. John Carpenter - Director, Kurt Russell - Star
    • Featurettes:
      1. JOHN CARPENTER'S THE THING: TERROR TAKES SHAPE
      2. THE SAUCER
      3. THE BLAIRMONSTER
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Production Art
    • Production Photos
    • Production Background Archives
    • Location Design
    • Post Production
    • Storyboards
    • Filmographies - 1. Cast and Filmmakers

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Edited by
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Executive Production by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"You gotta be *#@%!$& kidding me."
  - Palmer (David Clennon) as a man's head sprouts legs and skitters across the floor to escape a fire
"How will we make it'"--Childs (Keith David) to MacReady (Kurt Russell)
"Maybe we shouldn't."--MacReady to Childs
"Well...what do we do'"--Childs to MacReady
"Why don't we just wait here a while...see what happens."
  - MacReady to Childs
"Chariots of the Gods, man. They're droppin' outta the sky like flies...heck, they taught the Incas everything they know."
  - Palmer

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh84%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 63

Upright92%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 131,650
Carpenter's direction is slow, dark, and stately; he seems to be aiming for an enveloping, novelistic kind of effect, but all he gets is heaviness. Full Review
Chicago Reader
May 25, 2011
In the midst of all the special effects, it is ultimately about the psychological impact of a high stress situation. Full Review
Battleship Pretension
Jul 9, 2019
Rating: 4/5 -- The special effects can't hope to be as creepy to our seen-it-all eyes as they were to the film's first viewers, but we can still enjoy the monster's unique weirdness, and the story is a rock-solid yarn. Full Review
Times (UK)
Sep 18, 2009
Carpenter uses Bottin's effects to release the tension... which lets them hit all that much harder. But he didn't need special effects to find the real horror in the scenario. Full Review
Cinema-stache
Nov 1, 2017
Two decades on, the head-sprouting-spider-legs scene still demands frame-by-frame viewing.
Total Film
Jan 1, 2004
The Thing is set in an all-male environment, and is as much a study of masculinity in crisis as an update of the sort of siege scenario that Carpenter had already played out in Assault on Precinct 13. Full Review
Little White Lies
Oct 23, 2017
Russell's sub-Eastwood heroics hardly compensate for the absence of all characterisation, while Bill Lancaster's script boasts the most illogical climax any monster movie ever had. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006

Product Description:

Based on both the short story by John W. Campbell, Jr. and the 1951 film produced by Howard Hawks, THE THING is John Carpenter's stunning masterpiece of horror. A group of weary scientists enduring the winter in an isolated camp deep in Antarctica chance upon an alien spacecraft buried in the ice. Near the strange craft is the body of an alien being, frozen solid. Thinking they have made the find of a lifetime, the scientists bring the alien body back to camp and thaw it out. The alien awakens, not in the best of moods, and proceeds to take over the identities of the scientists, one by one, body and all. Helicopter pilot MacCready (Kurt Russell) must lead the surviving men in discovering who among them is human and who is not and how they can destroy "the thing" before it takes them all and moves on to the heavily populated mainland and the rest of humanity. Rob Bottin supplies the awe-inspiring special effects of the creature in its many, ever-changing forms. The effects were groundbreaking at the time and hold up flawlessly over the passing years. But Carpenter does not rely solely on special effects, utilizing his spectacular cast, which includes Wilford Brimley and Richard Dysart, to create three dimensional characters enduring an unthinkable situation. The score from Ennio Morricone is understated, yet increases the tense mood tenfold. Shooting was difficult and done in below freezing conditions, but despite the discomfort the cast and crew produced a truly terrifying film that will stand the test of time. THE THING is surely one of Carpenter's definitive films and a true horror classic.

Plot Synopsis:

MacReady (Kurt Russell) and his team of twelve Antarctic researches unearth and inadvertently defrost a hideous, 100,000-year-old alien life form. Havoc ensues as the isolated scientists struggle with a foe that is a shape-shifting misanthrope. The remaining men are soon faced with the task of determining who's who in order to ensure their survival. Stunning visual effects, an eerie score by Ennio Morricone, and director John (HALLOWEEN) Carpenter's familiarity with spine-tingling material make this a gruesome nail-biter. This is a remake of the 1951 Howard Hawks/Christian Nyby classic, but is much more in keeping with the John W. Campbell, Jr. story on which it is based.

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Production Notes:

  • THE THING was based on the short story "Who Goes There'" by John W. Campbell, Jr. It was previously the basis for the 1951 film, THE THING (a.k.a. THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD), which was produced by Howard Hawks and directed by Christian Nyby. This 1982 version is more loyal to the source material and restores the creature's ability to masquerade as any living creature.
  • Director Carpenter gave whiz kid special effects artist Rob Bottine total freedom when creating the concepts for the alien creature's many forms. The result was an Academy Award and effects that still hold up over time.

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