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The Thing (1982)
Horror-meister John Carpenter (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.
The Thing (2011)
Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) joins a Norwegian scientific team in Antarctica that has discovered an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, and an organism that seems to have died in the crash. When an experiment frees the alien, a shape-shifting creature with the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being, Kate must join the crew's pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. Paranoia soon spreads like an epidemic as they're infected, one by one, and a thrilling race for survival begins...
The Thing is a prelude to John Carpenter's classic 1982 film.
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The Thing (2011) is the underrated prequel to Carpenter's masterpiece. It's intense, often horrifying, well done in every way. The blu-ray transfer is as good as it gets. As for The Thing (1982), this is a great film in its category of horror/sci-fi, with terrific performances, frightening atmosphere, and special effects that set a standard for their time and a generation afterward. Extras on both discs go beyond expectations, especially for the 1982 film. This 2 disc set is a great value, well worth a place in any fan's collection. My copy from zavvi.com arrived before the announced date, a pleasant surprise!
I was very happy with this release, getting both movies in one pack was very handy and the price was fantastic, even shipped to Australia. Quality transfer of both films was very high, and and there was a good amount of special features to be enjoyed for both films, particularly the original. The only let down was the artwork, very disappointing to see a plain black cover. So much fantastic imagery from either of the films that could have been used, just going with a plain cover was a massive let down. I would have definitely given this one 5 stars with some decent cover art.
Great box set. Great Price. Great movies. Worst packaging ever, guys. Please, please, PLEASE go back to cardboard box packaging instead of cheap bubble wrap envelopes. I'll pay more. Honest. And if you do, the corners of my box sets will thank you forever...
Really good price for 2 top sci-fi films, a must for any collector.
I have loved the older of these movies for years and it was even better on Blu-ray. The prequel is also really well done - which came as a surprise. Particular attention has been paid to the foundation and continuation of the story.
Great titles that I'd seen before, even better in the same box set. The original is still better (In my opinion) with the music by ennio morricone, but the new one is also brilliant.
The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011) box set has both the original, brilliant 1982 version of The Thing, plus the passable 2011 prequel. It's great value.
I love John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011) and watch them at least once a year. They're a masterpiece in my opinion. I dreaded the announcement that they were going to remake The Thing, and wanted to hate it from the beginning, but this film won me over. It's pretty good, and I don't know what they could have done to improve it. I've watched it several times and this film is surprisingly good, with fantastic special effects, good action, good pacing. The cast is okay, but not a patch on the original cast. I like it, but lacks paranoia.
The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011) are both great movies! The Thing (2011) is more of a prequel as a remake which makes it even better!
Excellent value blu-ray movies. Top films as well! The remake doesn't quite live up to the original in my personal opinion, but nevertheless it is well worth watching as it is a good film in it's own right.
This is an amazing box set of The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011) on Blu-ray. The original was amazing, and the new one is amazing if not better than the original. It's a must buy and for the price you can't go wrong for two great Blu-rays.
To start you should watch the newer version of The Thing as it's a prequel to the original. It's an awesome film that's well written, with good plot and special effects. It's a great lead up to the second which starts right where the first left off. If you like sci-fi, horror, gore and special effects then these are the films for you. Buy them now and you won't regret it.
The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011) is a great double movie set. The Kurt Russell film is a classic and a very good movie. The new prequel was still good and I enjoyed it.
I was dreading watching the prequel film in this The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011) box set, because so many things are right with the original. John Carpenter's incredible direction with Ennio Morricone's superb original soundtrack makes for an unforgettable film. In my opinion, the music does not set the atmosphere of the film in "The Thing" (2011). Gone is Morricone's minimal electronics, replaced by a cacophonous orchestra. The prequel's story was as I expected. After all, if you've seen the original you know the ending! It was okay, if not a little flawed in places. One thing I was surprised at was the heroine's ability to withstand minus fifty degree temperatures hatless and maskless. Not an icicle in sight! It could have been better. The original 1982 film's brilliance really highlights the flaws of the subsequent prequel.
Awesome original with Kurt Russell which has a great Blu-ray conversion and picture quality. The 'Prequel' is actually far better than I thought it'd be, with good FX and storyline. Ties in with the 1982 film really well. The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011) is a brilliant box set for 'The Thing' addicts and general film fans alike. Excellent value too, enjoy!
I really loved the original film with Kurt Russell, possibly my favorite Horror movie. When I first saw the The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011), I was expecting a low quality piece of rubbish, but not so! The follow up to the original is of a very good standard but I felt in some places the plot had a few minor holes. Overall good entertainment, worth the money spent!
Both movies in one box. Great. Every part is a masterpiece for himself. You have to watch the second movie first to hold the timeline. It is great to see more than 20 years of horror in 4 hours. 5 stars are not enough.
The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011) are two great films at a great price.
Excellent entertainment, the prequel was fantastic, even when you had seen the original, which was watched back to back. Highly recommend viewing. You still jump, EVEN though you know the story line. THATS entertainment.
Great value two films for the price of one.
Very good value when I purchased this double edition of The Thing - 2 very good films, a very watchable pair.
The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011) pack is a brilliant steal that sets you up for the pure horror of the original and the sustained gore of the remake. It contains some of the greatest visual effects in a film of this ilk and it retains a 'Euro' arthouse feel. The horror factor is increased scene by scene leaving you wondering. I watched chronologically and watched prequel to original, then it's a different film. The Blu-ray really does this one justice by enhancing the gore and drawing you deeper into it. Hook up a Home Cinema System and the immersion is total and exceptionally creepy. Add this to your collection now Horror Fans!
The Thing collection is an awesome Blu-ray set for the horror fans. You couldn't beat the price and for those that haven't watched these movies, watch the new one first.
Bargain! Two great films for one great price!
Two excellent movies and in blu-ray, for the price you cannot go wrong. Highly recommended.
I'm giving this a 5 star rating for the original version of The Thing. A masterpiece and possibly Carpenters best film. The prequel (newer film) is still a good film but doesn't have quite the same suspense or shock factor as the original. Seems CGI spoils films rather than improves them.
Excellent film - so much better than the original.
Great to get The Thing (1982) / The Thing (2011) together, they are good Halloween movies. I still prefer the original movie over the newer one, it just shows a bigger budget doesn't mean a better movie, but decent all the same.
Excellent movies for super low price. Arrived in pristine condition. I found the new movie much better than the original.
Fantastic excellent value for money. Gets you sitting on the edge of your seat from the very start. You can watch either film in any order and still be waiting for the next with excitement. A five star purchase!
Original was a tough act to follow, but nearly 30 years after, the remake of The Thing is seriously bad. Whilst the continuation at the end to the earlier version worked well, the rest of it was dire. Just so little thought or originality into the story. Extremely disappointed.
I already had the original The Thing on dvd and was looking forward to getting the new one sometime. Then I saw the original / prequel Blu-ray box set at such a good price so I bought it. The film covers the discovery of an alien craft under the ice and later the shape-shifting alien by the Norwegian base in the Antarctic. The monster-alien effects are excellent and believable from the CGI point of view, and actually managed to instill a reasonable sense of horror and menace. The acting is done well, making you believe in each one's terror at their predicament and desperation in trying to stay alive. The Blu-ray certainly does the film justice. Where this film ends is where the original Kurt Russell one begins which makes a satisfying link between the two. The original was always a great Sci-fi film where even the special effects were reasonably good for the time and the story is excellent, even if it is a remake of a 1950's movie. The Blu-ray treatment has made this great film even better in my opinion, and the fact that you can watch the two together one after the other is testament to that. All-in-all, a very enjoyable bargain Blu-ray boxset.
Was surprised to see this so cheap, so I bought it and wasn't disappointed. The Thing by John Carpenter is a sci-fi/horror classic and on it's own is more expensive than this boxset on most sites. The 2011 movie is a prequel to the old one and, although not as original, does have good effects and a decent cast using real Norwegians rather than dumb actors with an awful accent attempt. The new movie was inch perfect in large and small details e.g. Kurt Russell finds a bloody axe in a door, the new director made sure we find out how the axe got there, why and right down to measurement of axe from the floor mirroring scenes from the old movie! Worth a punt at this price.
The Thing is a classic movie, with a great new prequel that's well worth a watch. Got it for a bargain price as well.
Although 'The Thing' (it itself a remake of a 50's classic) was poorly received upon it's initial release over the past three decades it has grown in reputation and legend. Kurt Russell plays his role fantastically given scripts have never been John Carpenters strongest skill. The special effects were then breath-taking and downright disgusting - a benchmark in modelling and technology rarely surpassed. No one who claims to love horror should go without missing "The Thing" - and this Blu-ray also has a great set of extra bonus features that really show you the effort that went into making some of the ghastly creations. Which brings me to the 2011 production of "The Thing". This prequel attempts to explain what happened in the mysterious 2nd base in Carpenters film - unfortunately it appears that the near 30 year gap in between these productions has not taught the director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. how to expand upon the source material. The film follows the plot of the original almost exactly - even the interrogation scene is almost identical! I appreciate nods to another film as fan service - this film does attempt to explain certain mysteries of Carpenter's film for example - however it simply doesn't attempt to try anything new enough to truly make it worth while. Sadly Mary Elizabeth Winstead also does not have Russell's charisma and although no-one plays their role poorly I think you would be hard pressed to remember any characters from this film a few days after having seen it. Finally - the special effects need addressing in this 2011 version - as mentioned previously the John Carpenter edition was a benchmark in special effects - breath taking and stunning to behold given it was entirely hand made effects. The 2011 forgoes this style and replaces it with the Hollywood standard CGI which looks shiny, out of place and indeed much less impressive than a film near 30 years it's elder. If you ever want to settle an argument as to why modern CGI is detrimental to film making I believe watching these two films back to back would be ideal for this. In conclusion - a great set as you are getting the John Carpenter classic with all it's bonus features - although the prequel is a let down it is interesting for comparisons in film making techniques.
There are great special effects in both The Thing films, although the prequel isn't as taught and "edge of the seat" as the '82 version. Perhaps that's down to the fact I'm not 10 anymore... Still, they're a bargain at Zavvi's price, and well worth adding to your collection!