Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Thing











Title: The Thing
Type: HD-30 Dual-Layer Disc
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: October 24, 2006
Country: US
Region:
Video: 1080p/VC-1
Audio: English Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 Surround
French Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0 Surround
Spanish Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH
French Subtitles
Spanish Subtitles
Bonuses: Audio Commentary
Documentary
Behind-the-Scenes Footage
3 Still Galleries
Theatrical Trailer
Photo by: AVIS

About: Director John Carpenter and special makeup effects master Rob Bottin teamed up for this 1982 remake of the 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World, and the result is a mixed blessing. It's got moments of highly effective terror and spine-tingling suspense, but it's mostly a showcase for some of the goriest and most horrifically grotesque makeup effects ever created for a movie. With such highlights as a dog that splits open and blossoms into something indescribably gruesome, this is the kind of movie for die-hard horror fans and anyone who slows down to stare at fatal traffic accidents. On those terms, however, it's hard not to be impressed by the movie's wild and wacky freak show. It all begins when scientists at an arctic research station discover an alien spacecraft under the thick ice, and thaw out the alien body found aboard. What they don't know is that the alien can assume any human form, and before long the scientists can't tell who's real and who's a deadly alien threat. Kurt Russell leads the battle against the terrifying intruder, and the supporting cast includes Richard Masur, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, and Wilford Brimley. They're all playing standard characters who are neglected by the mechanistic screenplay (based on the classic sci-fi story "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell), but Carpenter's emphasis is clearly on the gross-out effects and escalating tension. If you've got the stomach for it (and let's face it, there's a big audience for eerie gore), this is a thrill ride you won't want to miss. --Jeff Shannon




HighDefDigest
Video: 4.5
Audio: 3.5
Supplements: 3
HD Bonus: 0
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