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The Thing (1982)

Collector's Edition


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Format: DVD (MA)
Release Date: 04 October 2006

Horror-meister John Cerpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) teams Kurt Russell's outstanding performance with incredible visuals to build this chilling version of the classic The Thing. In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.



This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.

Run Time: 104 minutes
Studio: Universal
FullScreen: None
Widescreen: Yes
Format: PAL
Aspect: 2.35:1
Region: 2, 4
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Kurt Russell
Writer: Bill Lancaster
Producer: Lawrence Turman, David Foster
Composer: Ennio Morricone
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Dutch
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 surroun, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0, Polish Dolby Digital 1.0, English Audio Commentary Dolby D
Extra Features: Menu Audio, Featurette: John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape, Audio Commentary: John Carpenter (Dir) & Kurt Russell (Actor), Gallery: Production Background Archive, Gallery-Photo: Cast Production Photographs, Gallery: Production Art & Storyboards, Gallery: Location Design, Gallery-Photo: Production Archives, Unseen Footage: Outtakes, Gallery-Photo: Post Production, Production Notes, Biographies-Cast & Crew, Theatrical Trailer, Web Links
Publisher: USPHE
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11 review(s)
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Chris Holmes on
Wow. What a horror film!
I really love horror, I am very seldom actually freaked out when I watch a film. This movie made me jump on more than one occasion.
This film follows the classic horror guide lines but is completely unique in its own way. It is both surprising and entertaining. It is a must see for any fan of horror.
Kieran Tully on
John Carpenter at his best.

Here he teams up with his usual suspect in the form of Kurt Russell (Escape from NY, Escape from LA, Big Trouble in Little China). This Classic Horror film still holds up today and was obviously inspired for the setting of Alien vs Predator and even a level in the Video Game Resident Evil 4.

This 2 Disc set is packed with extras, including most importantly another Awesome and Hilarious Commentary by Russell and Carpenter which is a Must-Listen!!!
Paul Kerkin on
John Carpenter's version of The Thing stands up well. It may not be new, and it has no CGI, but that doesn't mean the special effects don't work well to complement the building sense of foreboding and eventual horror. The original film, which was the acting debut for James Arness (Gunsmoke), worked well in it's day, and still isn't a bad flick, but Carpenter's version is a classic and should remain so.

This DVD version, though only SD, looks good, even on a 40 inch LCD.

4 stars
howard marsland on
One of the all time great horror movies, the kids loved it, worth having in any collection.
Jonathon Jones on
From Halloween creator John Carpenter cames one of the most chilling and frightening horrors of all time. A group of men in the Antarctic are exposed to an alien life form which can change its appearance to look and and act just like whatever it takes over, and its intentions are for global domination. The scientists, having discovered its ability, turn against each other as there is no way to prove who amognst them, is one of those things. Brilliant idea for a movie that keeps you on your toes till the very end. A must have for horror fans.
Andrew Lee on
An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog crashes leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate. The team soon realises that an alien life-form with the ability to take over other bodies is on the loose and they don't know who may already have been taken over.
Sarah Gifford on
this is one of the most perfect horors i ahve had the joy of watching! it had a really watchable script, that had a great plot and plot development going on. it always left me hanging and wanting more, and of course kurt russell does some really superb acting, as per usual he is a real joy to watch and enjoy!
Michael Dore on
This is a fantastic horror movie that we strongly recomend for the horror fan.A good full on no holds barred horror film with so much over the top gore and violence you cant help but smile as you are being repulsed by the twisted gore along the way.Sure the plot is a bit lame but this is a horror flick were talking about,and for a horror flick this one is one of the "classic" horror movies that will go down in the top 50 all time greats.
Caroline Shanks on
Talk about over the top horror and gore.I bloody loved it mate.The grotesque of the monsters was fantastic,some of the acting a bit dodgy but who gives a flying f... when all that over the top gore is spashing at your screen.AA+.Carpenter done a job well if his intention was to disgust and repusle.
Simon Murphy on
'The Thing' is an awesome accomplishment as a horror movie.

Anyone who is a fan of the 'cosmic fear' genre that Lovecraft pioneered would appreciate the subtlety of this horror movie, since it rests mostly on a carefully constructed atmosphere of supsense and psychological horror rather than traditional schlock-horror elements such as gratuitous gore and violence.

A very good movie for any fan of psychological horror. The PC game is also a notable success utilisng much the same mechanisms as the movie.

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