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The Thing (2011) Blu-ray

Posted November 30, 2011 02:21 PM by Josh Katz

Universal StudiosNext 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
  • Deleted/extended scenes
The Thing is expected to street on January 31st, 2012.





Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (51 comments)



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Penthouse
  Nov 30, 2011
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I haven't checked this one out yet, and wasn't a fan of John Carpenter's remake. I would love to see the original Thing from Another World on Blu-ray. That was the best!
mw66
  Nov 30, 2011
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24 bucks is way too much to pay for a coaster.

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Jompa
  Nov 30, 2011
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I haven`t watched it, but i will pre order it.

giannirenna
  Nov 30, 2011
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@penthouse ...how could you not like Carpenters remake?

also I heard this prequel was terrible. Consider me not interested.

Kaiju
  Nov 30, 2011
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It's actually a pretty decent prequel to John Carpenter's film. Not amazing but still effective.

critterdvd
  Nov 30, 2011
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Personally I really enjoyed the film. It kept the same tone as the Carpenter remake and for a low-budget flick was a very effective thriller film.
nf0603
  Nov 30, 2011
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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.

Rainman208
  Nov 30, 2011
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I'll give it a rent. Loved the Carpenter version. I was only 10 yrs old when it came out. Creeped me the hell out. Didn't know this a prequel, thought it was a straight remake. Interesting.
Wileyman
  Nov 30, 2011
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Huge fan of carpenter's and really enjoyed this one too. Definitely worth at least a rental.

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nathanp
  Nov 30, 2011
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Still interested in this one despite the terrible reviews, have to rent it before buying I think.

katt329
  Nov 30, 2011
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Adored Carpenters version,and was totally shocked how good this prequel was.Day one for me.

chad_1138
  Nov 30, 2011
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My wife and I really liked this one. Especially the final few minutes during the credits. Gave me chills

Chaotic
  Nov 30, 2011
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Day 1 buy easily

Faint
  Nov 30, 2011
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Great film! Cannot wait to pick it up! Day 1 buy for me.

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tridon
  Nov 30, 2011
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Yep, Day 1. I loved this film. Mary Elizabeth Winstead rocked and everything perfectly sets up John Carpenter's masterpiece.

Mr Willy Wonka
  Nov 30, 2011
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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.

jasonicus
  Nov 30, 2011
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I liked it. Not as good as Carpenter's but it was fun. People have a stick up their ass about movies these days. Sit back and relax.

Dave J
  Nov 30, 2011
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I saw this at the theater and enjoyed it. Will definitely be buying this.

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BluPat
  Nov 30, 2011
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I agree jasonicus. People are too judgemental about every little thing nowadays. Can't wait to pick this up. Didn't make it to theaters but I love these types of films.

OldPangYau
  Nov 30, 2011
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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 :-)

rammsteinfan
  Nov 30, 2011
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Loved it. Not as much as the original but it was definitely a welcome addition to the JC universe of The Thing. If they get the same team together, i would like to see a sequel.

Day 1 for sure!

Minimejer05
  Nov 30, 2011
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I actually liked this one. Will be buying.

bboisvert
  Nov 30, 2011
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Love the Carpenter film and will give this one a rent.

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Wdm81
  Nov 30, 2011
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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

Blu Myers
  Nov 30, 2011
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Loved the prequel! Like others have stated, it lines up perfectly with Carpenter's. I got chills during the end credits. Day 1 buy for sure!

Mac136187
  Nov 30, 2011
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not as great as Orig but it is a buy for me, hope they re=release the Original around the same time, need it also on blu

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davidthenikonuser
  Nov 30, 2011
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Pretty good flick. I'll pick it up when the price is under $15.

Inspector Toschi
  Nov 30, 2011
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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.
drvais
  Nov 30, 2011
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Don't forget that it will also feature D-Box motion coding!

Rich65
  Nov 30, 2011
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I try not to compare the Carpenter version and the original version. Other than the basic outline they are worlds apart. I love both versions they are both great movies in their own ways.
mredman
  Nov 30, 2011
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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
angebd0625
  Nov 30, 2011
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Great Prequel!! A must buy!!

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obriensg1
  Nov 30, 2011
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Have only seen the original. I mean the ORIGINAL. 1950's. And I'm 24 lol. Which should I watch first if this is a prequel? Kurt Russell's or this?
WTFBBQ
  Nov 30, 2011
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Wow, I thought this was a remake too. I was going to skip this one, but now I want to rent it.
Jimmy Smith
  Dec 01, 2011
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Not as good as Carpenters movie but a decent effective prequel that does a good job setting up the backstory. A movie I wouldn't mind getting if it was cheap enough but its not a must buy

Mr. Joshua
  Dec 01, 2011
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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.
eco10530
  Dec 01, 2011
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Really loved it! Will buy as soon as it dips below $15.

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Farid
  Dec 01, 2011
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Too much CG, but the atmosphere is pretty chilling

d5680
  Dec 01, 2011
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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.

BluPix
  Dec 01, 2011
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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.

WhySoCereal
  Dec 01, 2011
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I heard bad things, but I don't allow other people's opinions to form my own. I will rent this when it comes out.
MoulinBlu
  Dec 01, 2011
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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.

Rich65
  Dec 01, 2011
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The Original is owned by Turner I believe and is under the Warner label so as cool as that sounds I don't think it would happen.

Mike Z
  Dec 01, 2011
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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
multiformous
  Dec 02, 2011
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Prequel? Remake? I say, 'premake'. Like the thing, this "The Thing" (2011) was a passable imitation of "The Thing" (1982), or something.
Russell22
  Dec 02, 2011
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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

Skynet
  Dec 02, 2011
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Day 1.Go Norway !

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John Brune
  Dec 03, 2011
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The Mist totally sucked! And there's nothing wrong with the Blu-Ray of Carpenter's "The Thing" except that it's missing the 80 minute documentary from the DVD.

THGhost
  Dec 06, 2011
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Day 1 purchase for me. Saw it today and really enjoyed it. 36% on Rotten Tomatoes my arse. I'd give it 70% (The Thing from 1982; 80%).
Kwelkoth
  Dec 06, 2011
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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!!!!

Iron Eagle 74
  Dec 09, 2011
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People have a stick up their ass about movies these days because nothing is original, and style(CGI, 3-D) has replaced substance.


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