The Thing Blu-ray Review & Discussion

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD discs' started by Casimir Harlow, Oct 21, 2017.


    1. Casimir Harlow

      Casimir Harlow
      Blu-ray Reviewer

      Joined:
      Feb 28, 2005
      Messages:
      4,753
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      166
      Location:
      Reading
      Ratings:
      +4,320
      • Like Like x 10
      • Thanks Thanks x 9
      • Agree Agree x 1
      • List
    2. Jim Di Griz

      Jim Di Griz
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      Jan 24, 2009
      Messages:
      17,724
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      166
      Location:
      Darkplace Hospital
      Ratings:
      +8,751
      Great review Cas and Im glad its turned out to be everything we wanted. Got the steelbook and the LE waiting for me to pick up!
       
    3. simonblue

      simonblue
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      Jan 29, 2006
      Messages:
      18,797
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      163
      Ratings:
      +8,390
      Thanks for the review Cas,nearly missed out on this one got the Shout Factory one,but luckily at the last min,HMV got some more stock in,arrived this morning :)
       
    4. bilbosmeggins

      bilbosmeggins
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      Jan 10, 2010
      Messages:
      4,743
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      166
      Ratings:
      +2,837
      I don't think I've quite got the stains out of my undies from the last time I watched this :eek:. Do I really want to see it again, only this time in more detail? Hell yeah!! :D Great review. I'll get it ordered....
       
      • Funny Funny x 2
      • Thanks Thanks x 1
      • List
    5. Buckster666

      Buckster666
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Feb 2, 2006
      Messages:
      1,323
      Products Owned:
      8
      Products Wanted:
      8
      Trophy Points:
      86
      Location:
      West Bromwich
      Ratings:
      +404
      Can't wait to get this next week and i'm off work. Thor 3 and The Thing, thats a good week
       
    6. rhino2k

      rhino2k
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Oct 20, 2005
      Messages:
      5,967
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      136
      Ratings:
      +1,217
      [​IMG]
       
    7. Ste7en

      Ste7en
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      Sep 29, 2005
      Messages:
      7,417
      Products Owned:
      9
      Products Wanted:
      3
      Trophy Points:
      166
      Location:
      Durham
      Ratings:
      +3,233
      Steelbook and LE expected delivery tomorrow (Prime). Looking forward to them :)
       
    8. invisiblekid

      invisiblekid
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      May 10, 2009
      Messages:
      4,592
      Products Owned:
      4
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      166
      Ratings:
      +3,484
      Steelbook arrived today.

      I have to confess I have never watched The Thing before so this should be a real treat and thanks to Cas' review I'm pretty excited to see this.

      Arrow restorations have not let me down yet either.
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • Thanks Thanks x 1
      • List
    9. rhino2k

      rhino2k
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Oct 20, 2005
      Messages:
      5,967
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      136
      Ratings:
      +1,217
      :eek::eek::eek:

      You are in for a real treat, amazing film
      That has stood the test of time very well!
       
    10. welshy

      welshy
      Active Member

      Joined:
      May 7, 2004
      Messages:
      851
      Products Owned:
      4
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      46
      Location:
      Bangor, North Wales
      Ratings:
      +117
    11. theprestige

      theprestige
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Nov 16, 2012
      Messages:
      2,547
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      136
      Location:
      UK, south
      Ratings:
      +1,426
      Sounds like a must buy. Thanks for the review, Cas.
       
    12. Buckster666

      Buckster666
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Feb 2, 2006
      Messages:
      1,323
      Products Owned:
      8
      Products Wanted:
      8
      Trophy Points:
      86
      Location:
      West Bromwich
      Ratings:
      +404
    13. welshy

      welshy
      Active Member

      Joined:
      May 7, 2004
      Messages:
      851
      Products Owned:
      4
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      46
      Location:
      Bangor, North Wales
      Ratings:
      +117
      Ah ok, thank you.
       
    14. generalgizmo

      generalgizmo
      Active Member

      Joined:
      Jul 21, 2015
      Messages:
      455
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      44
      Location:
      Watford
      Ratings:
      +209
      Great review and must have seen this film a hundred times over... am awaiting my copy impatiently it's just one of them films you can see time and time again.. John carpenter is a legend.. Halloween was the 1st horror I saw as a child in the 80s , his early films are all works of art .. just don't make em like they use to..
       
    15. raduv1

      raduv1
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      Mar 24, 2006
      Messages:
      13,531
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      167
      Location:
      kent
      Ratings:
      +8,935
      Cheers @Casimir Harlow . Completely forgot about this one coming out , bloody UHD taking me time up ;). Just bagged the SB on HMV :smashin: another classic to watch in the Halloween month. Great review of a great film , and another great BD for the colkection.
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • Thanks Thanks x 1
      • List
    16. raduv1

      raduv1
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      Mar 24, 2006
      Messages:
      13,531
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      167
      Location:
      kent
      Ratings:
      +8,935
      Enjoy mate , this is how remakes should be done . Tis one of my favourite films and full of great moments superb casting and fantastic practical effects for its time .
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • Agree Agree x 1
      • List
    17. Paul7777x

      Paul7777x
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Jul 23, 2016
      Messages:
      2,225
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      116
      Location:
      North east. U.K.
      Ratings:
      +635
      I’ve kept meaning to see this for about thirty years. Maybe I will now :smashin:
       
    18. generalgizmo

      generalgizmo
      Active Member

      Joined:
      Jul 21, 2015
      Messages:
      455
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      44
      Location:
      Watford
      Ratings:
      +209
      Totally agree.. The prequel although ok was relying too much on cgi for the monster effects and a film nearly 30 yrs older made it look bad.. same could be said about Alien and Aliens so much more realistic..
       
    19. invisiblekid

      invisiblekid
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      May 10, 2009
      Messages:
      4,592
      Products Owned:
      4
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      166
      Ratings:
      +3,484
      Yep. Hell I'll take squibs over CGI versions any day, never mind whole monsters etc.
       
    20. BJQ1972

      BJQ1972
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Jul 2, 2010
      Messages:
      1,326
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      86
      Location:
      Teesside
      Ratings:
      +465
      I find the 'Dean Cundey approved' thing a little strange - the colour timing on this release is significantly different to the very recent 'approved' US release, so which one is right?
       
    21. Saul Goodman

      Saul Goodman
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Jul 24, 2012
      Messages:
      1,252
      Products Owned:
      1
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      116
      Ratings:
      +876
      Best sci fi horror EVER!

      The chair scene is outstanding!
       
    22. Kotatsu Neko

      Kotatsu Neko
      Member

      Joined:
      Aug 4, 2006
      Messages:
      1,131
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      116
      Location:
      Leamington Spa
      Ratings:
      +941
      I got the steelbook yesterday. It's beautiful of course, and a must buy for fans of the movie. The transfer looks nice, although not a huge jump over the previous bluray from Universal. Really annoying though that Arrow went to the effort of transferring it in 4K, then put it onto a standard bluray. Such a missed opportunity. I wonder how much better it could have looked.

      The extras are great, worth the price of admission alone. There's an excellent new doc on the history of both the original and the Carpenter remake, as well as the old super long doc from Universal. There's also a nice little doc about what an insanely good summer for movies 1982 was - as well as The Thing, we also got ET, Blade Runner, The Wrath of Khan, Poltergeist, Rocky III, Conan the Barbarian, Tron, and Mad Max 2. Meanwhile in 2017, we've just got Geostorm.
       
      • Like Like x 3
      • Agree Agree x 1
      • Funny Funny x 1
      • List
    23. Mendes

      Mendes
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Mar 19, 2005
      Messages:
      1,024
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      116
      Ratings:
      +501
      Sainsbury's are selling the standard from Monday
       
    24. Ste7en

      Ste7en
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      Sep 29, 2005
      Messages:
      7,417
      Products Owned:
      9
      Products Wanted:
      3
      Trophy Points:
      166
      Location:
      Durham
      Ratings:
      +3,233
      Well, Dean Cundey and John Carpenter have been heavily involved with this transfer so I'd say this is the definitive one. Plus, it is a 4k scan from the original negative. Shout didn't have access to those elements.

      The Video Deck: Some Notes on Restoring The Thing
       
      • Like Like x 2
      • Agree Agree x 1
      • List
      Last edited: Oct 22, 2017
    25. laser

      laser
      Active Member

      Joined:
      Aug 1, 2004
      Messages:
      990
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      31
      Location:
      Hartlepool
      Ratings:
      +46
      Can anyone comment if this is a significant upgrade over the US Shout Edition Bluray that came out last year. Thanks
       
    26. dts

      dts
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Jul 7, 2005
      Messages:
      2,021
      Products Owned:
      2
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      116
      Location:
      Mansfield,Notts
      Ratings:
      +1,707
      I watched the 2011 "prequel" last night followed by the Arrow remastered.. The prequel works so much better when you watch them back to back, can't believe it actually flopped.. Arrow video have done an amazing job on this.
       
    27. Clem_Dye

      Clem_Dye
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      May 8, 2006
      Messages:
      3,307
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      106
      Ratings:
      +428
      It's a good film, but for me it has to be the 1951 original version, The Thing From Another World, in glorious back and white. The effects for this version of the film were pretty good, given when it was made. Watch this first, then the Carpenter re-make.

      Clem
       
    28. Ste7en

      Ste7en
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      Sep 29, 2005
      Messages:
      7,417
      Products Owned:
      9
      Products Wanted:
      3
      Trophy Points:
      166
      Location:
      Durham
      Ratings:
      +3,233
      Yes.
       
      • Like Like x 1
      • Agree Agree x 1
      • List
    29. theprestige

      theprestige
      Well-known Member

      Joined:
      Nov 16, 2012
      Messages:
      2,547
      Products Owned:
      0
      Products Wanted:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      136
      Location:
      UK, south
      Ratings:
      +1,426
      What will be the main difference between this and the standard edition that comes out next month?
       
    30. Ste7en

      Ste7en
      Distinguished Member

      Joined:
      Sep 29, 2005
      Messages:
      7,417
      Products Owned:
      9
      Products Wanted:
      3
      Trophy Points:
      166
      Location:
      Durham
      Ratings:
      +3,233
      As already said, it'll be available to buy from Sainsbury's on Monday. 12 quid is rumoured.

      You don't get the big outer box, poster or postcards. I'm not sure about the booklet. There have been comments that the steelbook booklet is thinner than the LE, but I can't confirm yet.

      Disc is identical. Oh, and the 'regular' edition comes with a slip :)
       

    Share This Page

    Loading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice