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The Thing

(DVD - 1998)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Set in the winter of 1982 at a research station in Antarctica, a twelve man research team finds an alien being that has fallen from the sky and has remained buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Unfrozen and unleashed, the THING creates havoc and terror as it changes forms and becomes one of them.
Title: The thing
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c1998, 1982
Edition: Collector's ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: For specific features see interactive menu
Based on the story, Who goes there?, by John W. Campbell
Digitally recorded ; stereo surround ; THX digitally mastered
Summary: Set in the winter of 1982 at a research station in Antarctica, a twelve man research team finds an alien being that has fallen from the sky and has remained buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Unfrozen and unleashed, the THING creates havoc and terror as it changes forms and becomes one of them.
Audience: MPAA rating R
Alternate Title: John Carpenter's The thing
ISBN: 9781417010905
1417010908
9780783227504
0783227507
Statement of Responsibility: Universal City Studios, Inc. ; a Turman-Foster Company production ; producers, David Foster, Lawrence Turman ; director, John Carpenter
Credits: Screenplay, Bill Lancaster ; special visual effects, Albert Whitlock ; special effects, Roy Arbogast ; music, Ennio Morricone ; photography, Dean Cundey ; special make-up effects, Rob Bottin ; executive producer, Wilbur Stark ; editor, Todd Ramsey ; production design, John L. Lloyd.
Performers: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas Waites.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1
Other Language: English and French language; subtitles in English and Spanish
Subject Headings: Antarctica Drama Life on other planets Drama
Genre/Form: DVD-Video discs
Horror films
Science fiction films
Feature films
Topical Term: Life on other planets
Publisher No: 20329
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May 16, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I rate this Sci-Fi/Alien Invasion movie 2.5 stars solely on the merits of its super-gooey, fantastically over-the-top monster-effects which were artfully created by that brilliant effects-wizard, Rob Bottin. ~~~ This movie only comes to life when Bottin's creative handiwork is the focus of the action. These moments are some of the most grotesquely imaginative alien assimilation sequences ever seen in a pre-CGI horror picture. ~~~ Without Bottin's creations The Thing, under John Carpenter's lame direction, just wimped along. There wasn't one likable character in the whole cast. Kurt Russell's MacReady was nothing but a suck, a drunk and a sore loser. ~~~ It would be an understatement to say that this picture has definitely lost a lot of its initial clout over the past 32 years. But, like I said at the start, Rob Bottin's monster-effects make this film worth your while to watch.

worst of the three different movies, origional with James Arness was better but the 2012 remake is best if you consider the special meffects.

Dec 09, 2013
  • aurora625 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I own this movie. It's freaky and will have you yelling & screaming with disgust and disbelief! Love it! However, if you plan on watching with young folks, make sure you get parents concent and that they don't already suffer from nightmares 'cause this could certainly start some.

Oct 08, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Flawless, although dated, sci-fi/horror movie. No real scares, per say, but decent tension/suspense and (for the time amazing) good creature effects (no CGI here). The concept and pacing are spot on. The setting adds to the tension. The performances are effective. I loved this movie when I saw it as a kid and I think it still holds up well even today. A classic.

May 22, 2012
  • Mocha6ft3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

John Carpenter's "The Thing" and HOMETHEATER work well together. Although this film won't blow you away with sound, the story and visual effects are quite good. One of my favorite parts of this horror movie is the very beginning. The sound of the alien ship flying by the camera is cool as you watch it fly towards and then enter the earth, as the words "The Thing" form on the screen. The music that follows sounds good as the movie begans. The story, the characters, the atmosphere, and the special effects are all horror fan worthy. I don't have this "Collector's Edition" but the version i do have is now a part of my collection. I'm giving this movie 4 stars. Good visual effects for the creature, decent sound, good story, and good characters that bring this story to life. Chocolate icecream, Entermann's chocolate crumb doughnuts, milk.

Jan 18, 2012
  • spindlewit rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Is this an effectively frightening film? Well, no. Is it incredible fun and an exhibition of what happens when you tell the creature designers to do whatever the heck they want? Yes.

Aug 16, 2011
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good movie. Ending could have been better. Video game is pretty good as well.

Jun 02, 2011
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

B- DVD

May 25, 2010
  • fblichert rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This film was a very pleasant surprise. The sense of claustrophobia created by the cold and isolated Antarctic setting along with the suspenseful creepy plot make it very effective. A great horror film that easily stands up to Ridley Scott's original Alien.

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May 15, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: The alien-thing in its transformations gets pretty violent.

May 15, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This film's dialogue is spiced with plenty of profanity.

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May 15, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"You gotta be fukking kidding!"

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