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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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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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!