Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David & Richard Dysart
Directed by: John Carpenter
Horror master John Carpenter delivers a masterful suspense. 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.
Shout Factory presents The Thing from an encoded 1080p transfer with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and it delivers brilliantly. In comparison to Universal’s 2008 release of the film, Shout’s transfer shows quite a bit of difference. For one, in certain areas of the film, notably outdoor scenes are coated with a shade of blue hues, which in turn complement the fine detail in settle grain the transfer presents. Second, images are brighter in comparison to its former predecessor, making the detail of the alien realistically eye-popping. Shout hardly disappoints with upgraded transfers, presenting us with a new 2k scan. I highly recommend this release, being a huge fan of the film and I praise Shout for handling this release with utmost care.
Shout gives us fans a newly rendered DTS-HD Master Audio 4.1 mix from the original 70mm six track Dolby stereo soundtrack. If that wasn’t enough, they also included a 5.1 and 2.0 audio mix as well. Viewing both the 4.1 and 5.1 audio mixes, I couldn’t tell much difference as both were brilliantly rendered well with very crisp and balanced depth that will give any viewer a pleasurable experience. The haunting score by Ennio Morricone complements the audio track mix very well, especially listening to this on my Sony sound bar. Brilliant! Overall I have no complaints with this rendering.
-New audio commentary with Dean Cundey
-Audio commentary by director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
-Theatrical trailer and teasers
-TV Spots & Radio Spots
-New interviews with cast and crew
-John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape- a documentary featuring interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, plus members of the cast and crew
-The making of The Thing (1982)
-Network TV broadcast version of The Thing
-Three vintage featurettes
-Vintage product reel – containing a condensed version of the film with alternate footage
-Annotated production archive – production art and storyboards, location scouting & more
I am awe-struck by this release and was overwhelmed by the supplements Shout provided with this film. I am a very strong supporter of Shout and always look forward to their releases of older iconic films. This release takes this film to new heights and I will be revisiting this version from time and time again. We’ve all anticipated for Shout to pick up the rights to this film and release a remastered version and they delivered in every way possible.
Production release: Universal Pictures
Video release: Universal Studios
Number of discs: 2
Runtime: 109 minutes
Case: Standard amaray case
Release date: October 11, 2016
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1, Original aspect: 2.39.1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
DTS-HD Master Audio 4.1
DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0