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The Thing Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet Universal Studios | 2011 | 103 min | Rated R | Jan 31, 2012

The Thing (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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

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English SDH, French, Spanish

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 2.9 of 52.9
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Movie appeal

 
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Thriller89%
Sci-Fi71%
Mystery26%

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The Thing

 (2011)

The Thing Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson. While Dr. Halvorson keeps to his research, Kate partners with Sam Carter, a helicopter pilot, to pursue the alien life form.

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 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paul Braunstein
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.

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The Thing Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Universal's 1080p/VC-1 encoded transfer may look like a striking high definition survivor, but look closer and you'll spot the flaws in its disguise. Mild noise reduction is apparent throughout, clarity takes a few small hits, and slightly smeared facial textures -- not soft, although there's a bit of that as well -- put a damper on the image and its otherwise decent detail. The DNR, though, was visible in the theater, meaning it was applied in post by the filmmakers, not as a last-minute touch-up tool for the film's Blu-ray release. For the most part, closeups come away unscathed (despite some errant waxiness), delineation is relatively revealing (at least as revealing as a horror movie slathered in shadow tends to be), edge definition is crisp and clean, textures are reasonably resolved, and a faint graininess persists. Blood, bile and flames give the icy palette a nice kick of color too, and chilling whites, all-too-human skintones, raw primaries and ominous blacks make every kill, splash of blood and explosion a thing of visceral beauty. There aren't any significant encoding mishaps to point to either. Artifacting and banding aren't an issue (even through some compression anomalies creep into a midnight blizzard or two), aliasing and aberrant crush are nowhere to be found, and edge halos are held at bay. All in all, The Thing looks the part. It isn't a perfect presentation, but many a viewer will be fooled.


The Thing Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track revels in eerie silence and sudden fury, introducing scares where few exist, ratcheting up the tension when there's little to be had, and adding some surprise where there's none to be found. LFE output lunges, strikes and retreats with disarming ease, infusing roaring flames and ground-shaking explosions with power, granting beastly bellows and heavy footfalls convincing weight, and giving van Heijningen's creature some much-needed presence. The rear speakers steal the show, though. An ever-present wind howls and batters the research station's walls, a ship's systems hum to life, the clik clak shink of claws on metal echoes in distant corridors, scattering debris hurtles across the soundfield, and interior acoustics are immersive. The sound designers rely on volume over sonic prowess a bit too often, but it's in keeping with the tone of the film. Pans are also a tad abrupt at times, albeit not to any great detriment. Dynamics deliver, directionality is just short of thrilling, and dialogue doesn't falter, minus the few instances -- almost all of which are intentional -- when a storm surges, a shape-shifting monstrosity screeches, or something more sinister swallows voices in the ensuing insanity. All things considered, fans and detractors alike will be pleased with the lossless results.


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Next year, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release The Thing on Blu-ray. Director Matthijs Van Heijningen's feature-film debut, this thriller acts as a prequel to John Carpenter's horror film of the same name, detailing what happened when a vicious shape-shifting ...


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