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The Thing Blu-ray

United States
Universal Studios | 1982 | 109 min | Rated R | Sep 30, 2008

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Codec: VC-1 (18.19 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: DTS 5.1

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English, English SDH, French, Spanish

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
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Video 4.2 of 54.2
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Extras 2.7 of 52.7
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The Thing

 (1982)

The Thing Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A twelve-man research team stationed in Antarctica finds an alien being that has fallen from the sky and has been buried for over 100,000 years.

For more about The Thing and the The Thing Blu-ray release, see the The Thing Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart
Director: John Carpenter

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The Thing Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Thing infests Blu-ray with a fine-looking 1080p, 2.35:1-framed transfer. Obviously, The Thing has never looked better on home video than it does here. The film's open, featuring a background of white arctic snow contrasted against a bright daytime sky, is pure in its presentation and a pleasure to behold, particularly for those who have seen the film countless times before. Still, there is some noticeable noise against some of the brightest backdrops that may bother viewers looking for the smoothest picture available, but it peaks in such scenes and is never very noticeable through the rest of the film. Colors are somewhat dull, a reflection of the nature of the movie and not a shortcoming of the transfer. Colors look fine, however, every shade rendered very well in the context of the film, with the brighter, outdoor, snowy scenes showing a bit more depth and vibrancy than the dim interiors. Black levels are fairly good. Flesh tones are accurate, if not a bit pale, but considering the cold, unforgiving temperature, that's to be expected. What makes the disc look so good is the detail inside the compound. It's rather drab and colorless, but it looks worn and beat up, old and lived in, cold and lifeless, and every little nuance shines through, a tribute to the wonderful set design in the film. Sure, it's pedestrian, but it is meant to be, and it's stunning on this disc. Detail is increased considerably over the previous DVD edition in every regard. The Thing boasts a fine transfer that offers quite the upgrade from previous standard definition versions.


The Thing Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I would imagine the film's title creature would agree. In this case, however, Universal's lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is not simply a lossy imitation -- it's the full thing, The Thing exactly as it was meant to be heard. Whether he writes the music or not, Carpenter's films always feature standout music, and The Thing is certainly no exception. As expected, it's never sounded fuller and more robust than it does here. The music that plays over the credit sequence to start the movie is clean and precise, with a constant low frequency pulse that sets a most foreboding tone. Then, a flying saucer sweeps past us and hurtles toward Earth in a scene that would later be replicated to begin the Arnold Schwarzenegger action classic Predator. The opening scene in Antarctica as we follow a chopper and a shooter chasing a dog from above features the sound of the rotors spinning all around when the camera is placed in or near the chopper. Gun shots crackle precisely in each speaker, the result of great sound design. The entire sequence -- featuring not only the chopper and gun shots but a few explosions -- sounds far better than I've heard it sound before. One scene that stood out was a rather simple one, and a fairly nondescript one at that. At one point in the film we hear a cassette recording of Stevie Wonder's hit song "Superstition" playing through a vintage boom box's small speakers. It sounds rather tiny and uninspired through our speakers, meaning it recreates to great effect the sound we should be hearing were we in the film. A booming, full-throttle rendition of the song would not fit in this instance, and here is one case where less is most definitely more. There is often an appreciable atmosphere created in the soundtrack as the harsh, chilled arctic breeze is generally heard blowing around the room, mostly over the front soundstage, but to very good effect nevertheless. It's just one small part of the track that adds to the overall feeling of realism. The film's action sequences also shine. The shrieks of the creature, the power of the flame thrower, and the various audible accompaniments that enhance the special effects are all integrated into the soundtrack with nary a hiccup. Dialogue reproduction never falters throughout. The Thing does not offer an expansive, rich sonic experience as we might expect from the latest summer blockbuster, but taking all things into account, the film has never sounded better at home.


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