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 alien first made contact with an Antarctic research team.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Grindhouse) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) star as the primary human opponents of the creature; they have to withstand not only violent attacks from alien manifestations but also mounting paranoia as the thing begins to replicate more members of the research team.
Universal's Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack presents The Thing in its original aspect ratio of 2.39:1 with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. In addition to My Scenes, U-Control, and pocket BLU functionalities, the disc contains a number of bonus supplements, including:
Commentary with Matthijs Van Heijningen and producer Eric Newman
Two behind-the-scenes featurettes:
- The Thing Evolves
- Fire & Ice
The Thing is expected to street on January 31st, 2012.
I loathe modern horror remakes... but this was actually good. It wasn't a remake, but a prequel. Everything really sets up nicely if you watch the 1982 version not long after watching this. It deserved more success at the box office.
Best Premake ever! Definitely underrated, and (looking past a couple flaws such as its overall unnecessary-ness) works really well and lots of fun! Pretty much directly connects to Carpenter's original/remake. I WILL be getting this.
It met my expectations of "It won't be as good as Carpenter's, but it'll probably be a nice companion piece" :-D It was an enjoyable, if admittedly unneeded, prequel to Carpenter's film that basically gives a backstory to the Norwegian camp discovered in the '82 film. Definitely a buy for me :-)
This wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. It's just one of those movies that exists. One positive thing about it is that it really gets you wanting to watch Carpenters version because the prequel leads right into it. I wish universal would give us a better version of carpenter's Thing on bluray
It's actually a pretty good flick. Carpenters remake is one of my favorite films. But I'm not going to be biased against a new one simply out of nerd spite (Like most are) It's a fun Lovecraft-ian film. I think people would be complaining less about the state of horror films if more of them were like the 2011 Thing or 2007s The Mist.
This is one of the most underrated movies this year. The critics doesn't know jack shit. because this movie is damn near perfect. The movie is fantastic and it perfectly sets up the original "The Thing"
If you love the original. You will have chills to see how closely it ties in with Carpenters masterpiece
Good movie. Biggest difference is use of CGI. Carpenter's creature effects were the best for that time. The head growing spider like legs was freaking awesome. First time I watched John Carpenter's The Thing was with my dad and he had already seen it. Just before the head came off and grew legs my dad said, "Watch this its the gXX damndest thing I've ever seen!
The only bad thing about prequals is technology today is so more advanced. So when we get the futuristic looking stuff it looks so way beyond back in the day. How can you make prequels look older than originals? Hard to do. Can't wait to see how mored advanced Prometheus is going to look than Aliens.
Looks interesting. I heard alot of good things about this film. John Carpenter's version of this film was fantastic. And since I heard that the this film plot wise leads directly into the Carpenter classic, I'll check it out and judge it for myself.
I missed this version of The Thing in theaters. I'm a fan of John Carpenter's (very disturbing and very fascinating) remake of The Thing. The 2011 prequel seems to be more of a retread of that 1980s-era version than a true prequel but I will consider a purchase after a substantial price drop.
Already preordered when it showed up in my goldbox a week or so ago. I don't care what the cynics say, and I don't have a problem with remakes, as long as they're well done; as much as I enjoy Carpenter's version, I'm super excited to see this. Would be nice if Universal could include the original that Carpenter's was based on, in the set, like they did with The Truth About Charlie and it's predecessor Charade. But I don't know who owns the rights.
This movie was awesome!!! I'm a huge fan of the original and this nails the mood perfectly. If anybody's hesitant about seeing this, trust me, it's worth it.
This is most definitely a PREQUEL. Don't believe anyone who says otherwise, it's not a sequel or remake. It leads directly into the 1982 film and explains a lot about what we see when Kurt Russell visits the Norwegian camp.
Day 1 purchase for me...I seriously don't care if it's $30, even though it will probably be $19.99
Not as good as carpenters follow up but some good stuff here, not as suspensful and too much cg for the creature but 3 or 4 nice scenes with The Thing turning into other creatures/humans etc. The imagination for the thing's various beings was not as imaginative as Rob Bottin's work, a bit to generic at times but there's good stuff and bad, neatly ties in with the carpenter film.
If carpenters film was a 5/5 then this would be a 3.5/5
I have been a fan of the '82 film ever since I saw it in the theater. After having seen the '11 version, I had ached in anticipation for the Blu-ray release so I could purchase it on its release date! January 31st can't come soon enough! THE THING (all 3 versions) ROCKS!!!!