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The Thing

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by drunkenmaster, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. drunkenmaster

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    I was reading the posts on the best horror film thread and this film is mentioned quite a few times.

    So the obvious follow up to this is there a definitive version of this available on dvd?
     
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    seems like a good price! and a fantastic film, still looks good today. I bought it at xmas.

    mark
     
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    thats not the best version to get, as its non anamorphic. The new R1 collectors edition is the best since the picture is anamorphic for the first time. Only downside is you lose the isolated score, if thats something that interests you.
     
  5. Cloysterpeteuk

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    Don't buy the R2 2.35:1 non anamorphic is a joke!, I bought it and was gutted because I didn't do my homework :(. I got the R1 from Dvdsoon a while back so my brother got the R2.
     
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    Isolated score?? hmm enlighten me!!
     
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    well the original region 1, which you can get for a few quid off ebay sometimes was non anamorphic, but it did have a 2.0 stereo isolated score. The music in the movie is pretty good, so it'd be reason to choose this over the R2 non anamorphic version.

    edit: ive found out that the isolated score MIGHT be on the documentary rather than the movie.. not sure, and that sounds rather dumb, but that's what it looks like according to dvdcompare

    With regards to choosing anamorphic over non anamorphic, apparently the image quality on the anamorphic one isn't all that good and you can only really tell the difference on fairly large screens. if you've got a 28" or below i would say the non anamorphic one is probably ok.

    Unfortunately theres still no definitive version, but just you wait, i bet there will be another release for the 2007 25th Anniversary.
     
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    Can't tell the differance? Well what about the extra inches of screen you get with the anamorphic title!. Trying to view a 2.35:1 non anarmorphic title on a 28" widescreen is complete torture, most of the screen is taken up by black borders which gives you less image than borders. I also had the R2 Leon with these horrendous borders, thank god for the new R1 deluxe edition I can upgrade to.
     
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    The Thing now available on an anamorphic transfer?

    I hate reading these forums, they keep costing me money! ;)

    Ah well, another film I'll have on vid and twice on DVD!

    ...PJ :)
     
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    you could use 16:9 zoom (not stretch)
     
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    I had the R2 version for along time and having to use the zoom function to make it fill up as much of the screen as possible really did make the quality suffer so when the R1 Anamorphic version was released I upgraded and it is so much better so if you dont have The Thing and are thinking about buying it, defently go for the R1 Anamorphic release :thumbsup:
     
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    If you don't own it and want the best version go for the anamorphic region 1 edition, and if you want the soundtrack then hey buy the extremely cheap region 1 or 2 edition and that way you get best of both worlds.
     
  13. drunkenmaster

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    Thanks for all the info I think I'll go for the R1
     
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    Customers purchasing the above title may also enjoy the following feature... :D

    Watched it the other night - still a gem!
     
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    What is the Region 1 packaging like?
     
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    Yes a classic as well - I know some prople who prefer the older version to John Carpenters retelling.
     
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    It doesn't make any difference if it's anamorphic or non-anamorphic it'll still have borders if the ratio is 2.35:1
     
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    Yes, including Mr Carpenter. :)
     
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    Indeed - I think it's about time I got this. However, Amazon says its P&S. Is that true, or is the OAR 4:3 (which I wouldn't be surprised at)?? Snapper case tho - yuk!
     
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    The OAR is 1.37:1 (i.e. 4:3) -- not surprising for a film from 1951! :lesson:
     
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    I prefer carpenters version personally
     
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    Why do you say it won't make a difference?. A non anamorphic 2.35:1 title has far bigger borders than an anamorphic one!. That's a huge difference seeing as you only get half the screen visible with the non-anarmorphic one.
     
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    This is deja-vu isn't it?

    Expect Smith to appear in the matrix any second! :)

    You are right, non anamorphic films should never see the light of day, there's more border than actual picture.

    Non anamorphic is :thumbsdow

    And I wish they'd make more releases in 1.78:1!! :lesson:

    All these 2.35:1 releases are getting tiresome.

    rant over!...PJ
     
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    Isn't it about time those dvd suppliers came out with an Anamorphic plus technique?, with 2.40:1 ratios and wider becoming ever more popular soon we'll be back to viewing more black than screen. Personally I would love everything to be optomized for 1.85:1 (the widest you can get without borders), I mean they give people 4:3 versions, but no version for people who actually want image to fill all of their widescreen, luncay I tell ya!. Thank god all the tv shows on disc are 1.85:1 or below, the day they start using movie style ratios is the day I explore with annoyance.
     
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    Yep.

    Just one slight point, 16:9 is 1.78:1 not 1.85:1. Most widescreen TV's seem to make light of this and not show a gap for 1.85:1, some PJ's however still show a small gap top/bottom. The only true 1.78:1 DVD I have is Saving Private Ryan. Why more DVD's aren't produced like this I don't really know.

    I've just bought the R1 Apollo 13 disc with the IMAX version which is 1.66:1 I think - hence I'll get vertical borders, but much better than the 2.35:1 borders... must try it out tonight!...PJ :)
     
  26. Stuart Wright

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    Sounds like your DVD player and/or display is not set up correctly.
    Whether it is anomorphic or not, the movie picture should have EXACTLY the same size on your display.
    Nice to see the old 'black borders' complaint is now 5 years old on these forums and still going strong.
    Your TV is 16:9 widescreen meaning that 16:9 TV transmissions will completely fill it, 1.85:1 movies will give you small borders top and bottom and 2.35:1 will give you bigger borders. Don't complain about the aspect the director chose to shoot the movie in, complain about the small size of your TV.
    Or even better, don't complain about it - go buy a projector.
     
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    Hi Stuart.

    That's what I did! But you know what it's like, even when it's big there's still room for it to be bigger! ;)

    I watched Robot's at the cimena the other day - the AR was definitely not 2.35:1, more like 1.85:1.

    If Robots comes out on DVD as 2.35:1 there's summat funny going on!!

    ...PJ
     
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    Won't happen. Modern 'blockbusters' just wouldn't come out in the wrong AR.
     
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    Still all editions of this quality film do have the best commentry, from the man himself Mr C :clap:
     
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    I cannot afford that kind of equipment, nor do I have a room capable of supporting it due to strange dimensions.

    My tv is set up correctly as is the player (both Sony) and they both result in non-anamorphic titles having huge borders for 2.35:1 titles compared to there anamorphic counterparts, 1.85:1 ratios don't give me any borders at all. I've tried all the different viewing modes on two 28" tele's, all four of the players i've had over the years and the two non anamorphic discs (Leon, The Thing) that I mistakenly bought. All results were the same so why would you say that they were set up incorrectly?. If you do not get the same results on a 28" could you please tell me what settings I could possibly change that I have not tried. When watching such non-anamorphic titles I have to use the zoom option on the tele (instead of the standard 'wide') which just stretches the picture top and bottom, looks ghastly though.
     

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