The Thing

The Thing

Kurt Russell
Director: John Carpenter Cast: Kurt Russell
Kurt Russell
, Wilford Brimley
Wilford Brimley
, T.K. Carter
T.K. Carter
John Carpenter

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen)

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Overview

John Carpenter's The Thing is both a remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 film of the same name and a re-adaptation of the John W. Campbell Jr. story "Who Goes There?" on which it was based. Carpenter's film is more faithful to Campbell's story than Hawks' version and also substantially more reliant on special effects, provided in abundance by a team of over 40 technicians, including veteran creature-effects artists Rob Bottin and Stan Winston. The film opens enigmatically with a Siberian Husky running through the Antarctic tundra, chased by two men in a helicopter firing at it from above. Even after the dog finds shelter at an American research outpost, the men in the helicopter (Norwegians from an outpost nearby) land and keep shooting. One of the Norwegians drops a grenade and blows himself and the helicopter to pieces; the other is shot dead in the snow by Garry (Donald Moffat), the American outpost captain. American helicopter pilot MacReady (Kurt Russell, fresh from Carpenter's Escape From New York) and camp doctor Copper (Richard Dysart) fly off to find the Norwegian base and discover some pretty strange goings-on. The base is in ruins, and the only occupants are a man frozen to a chair (having cut his own throat) and the burned remains of what could be one man or several men. In a side room, Copper and MacReady find a coffin-like block of ice from which something has been recently cut. That night at the American base, the Husky changes into the Thing, and the Americans learn first-hand that the creature has the ability to mutate into anything it kills. For the rest of the film the men fight a losing (and very gory) battle against it, never knowing if one of their own dwindling number is the Thing in disguise. Though resurrected as a cult favorite, The Thing failed at the box office during its initial run, possibly because of its release just two weeks after Steven Spielberg's warmly received E.T.The Extra-Terrestrial. Along with Ridley Scott's futuristic Alien, The Thing helped stimulate a new wave of sci-fi horror films in which action and special effects wizardry were often seen as ends in themselves.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2016
UPC: 0826663169508
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 14,489

Special Features

Disc One: New 2K scan of The Interpositive supervised by Director of Photography Dean Cundey; New Audio Commentary with Dean Cundey; Audio Commentary by Director John Carpenter and Actor Kurt Russell; Theatrical and Teaser Trailers; TV Spots; Radio Spots; Still Gallery; Disc 2: New Interviews with Cast and Crew; John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape - A documentary featuring Interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, plus members of the cast and crew; The Making of The Thing (1982); Outtakes; Network TV Broadcast Version of The Thing; Three Vintage Featurettes; Vintage Product Reel - Containing a condensed version of the film with alternate footage; Behind-the-Scenes Footage; Annotated Production Archive; Production Art and Storyboards,; Location Scouting

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell MacReady
Wilford Brimley Blair
T.K. Carter Nauls
David Clennon Palmer
Keith David Childs
Richard Dysart Dr. Copper
Charles Hallahan Norris
Peter Maloney Bennings
Richard Masur Clark
Joel Polis Fuchs
Norbert Weisser Norwegian
Larry Franco Norwegian Passenger with Rifle
Tony Cecere Actor
Kent Hays Actor
Larry Holt Actor
Melvin Jones Actor
Eric Mansker Actor
Denver Mattson Actor
Donald Moffat Garry
Clint Rowe Actor
Thomas G. Waites Windows
Rock Walker Actor
Jerry Wills Actor
Nate Irwin Helicopter Pilot
William Zeman Pilot

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Screenwriter
Roy Arbogast Special Effects
Rob Bottin Makeup Special Effects
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Michael A. Clifford Special Effects
Stuart Cohen Co-producer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
David Foster Producer
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Larry Franco Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Mick Garris Screenwriter
Bill Lancaster Screenwriter
Burt Lancaster Screenwriter
Henry Larrecq Art Director
John J. Lloyd Production Designer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Graeme Murray Set Decoration/Design
Todd Ramsay Editor
Wilbur Stark Executive Producer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Lawrence Turman Producer
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects

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