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Saturday, October 15, 2016

THE THING (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - Get Your J&B Ready


I'd like for you to take a new look at The Thing as remade by John Carpenter. We've seen this movie so many times, enjoyed this movie so many times, been horrified and astonished by this movie so many times that it has simply become the house in which we live. We are too familiar with the movie. We take it for granted no matter how much we appreciate it, and even though our best intention is to always love it, too often The Thing is simply a vehicle for our love of Horror and not admired for its own presence. What I'm asking for you to do is to date The Thing again. To fall in love with The Thing again and make your romance fresh as if you were going to some hokey religious marriage counseling retreat. How do you do that with a movie? Well that best way to do that is to rewatch it, by yourself, trying to wipe all expectation from your mind, but unfortunately that's a bit difficult short of hypnosis or brain damage. I think I have a way to do it. It's actually quite simple, but it will also be time consuming.

I want you to buy the Scream Factory disc and then watch every extra. I want you to appreciate the old and new artwork.  Watch the trailer and the TV spots. Listen to the commentaries... all of them, but do so while NOT watching the movie. Basically take in every piece of this new edition without actually watching the movie. Absorb the history and the craft of the filmmaking. Fall in love with each piece of the movie individually, but ignore the story totale. You are going to save that for your "wedding night". Once you've allowed yourself to become familiar with ever piece of this beast of a set, go back and watch the movie knowing more than you did before. That's the dating and the courtship. Marry it. Consummate your marriage. Reconnect viscerally and with new presence of mind with a truly great Horror picture.

I am not going to address folks who have not seen The Thing. You know who you are. You know what you MUST do. This is a great remake. This is a great practical effected performance by driven artists who understood their craft and can truly be called nightmare makers. The Thing has a powerhouse cast of  A and B actors who are completely perfect for their roles. Horror fans to this day, no matter how many movies this fellas are in, identify the actors as the characters from The Thing, by the name of the character and not by their stage name. The score from Ennio with its history and rumors and its simple synth hit atmosphere is bigger than the sum of its meager few notes. it's all about those damn bass notes and a light melody made up of a few held treble keys.

The extra package is complete. It is full. It has it all. I have listed the Scream Factory posting of all included goodies. Beyond the commentaries and the trailers and the TV spots there is some real meat and potatoes here. A full length documentary. A visit with the men of Outpost 31 in a 51 minutes featurette that focuses on a well loved band of characters. There is a featurette on the sound design of The Thing and the the visual effects (which is not solely limited to time spent with Rob Bottin). You get the TV cut of the movie! That's the way I originally saw it, and though I am in love with the full version in all its glory, it's alternate versions that really bring something nostalgic and historic to the table.

Oh and about that transfer.. Dean Cundey supervised it. Nuff said. As an owner of a previous version of this movie, I can say safely that this one is superior to the previous region A release. Savor it.

Order your copy now:
https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-thing-collector-s-edition

From Scream Factory:

Horror master John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape From New York) delivers "a masterful exercise in claustrophobic suspense… [with] elaborate special effects [that] set a high standard for films that followed" (TV Guide). Kurt Russell's iconic and tense performance drives 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.

Bonus Features

DISC ONE:

NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
NEW 4.1 Audio Mix Created From The Original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo Soundtrack (5.1 Audio Mix Also Included)
NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
NEW Audio Commentary With Co-producer Stuart Cohen
Audio Commentary By Director John Carpenter And Actor Kurt Russell
Teaser Trailer (1 minute)
Theatrical Trailers (U.S. And German) (5 minutes)
TV Spots (1 minute)
Radio Spots (2 minutes)
Still Gallery (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards) (15 minutes)

DISC TWO:

NEW Requiem For A Shape Shifter – An Interview With Director John Carpenter In Conversation With Filmmaker Mick Garris (28 minutes)
NEW The Men Of Outpost 31 – Interviews With Keith David, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur And Joel Polis (51 minutes)
NEW Assembling And Assimilation – An Interview With Editor Todd Ramsay (11 minutes)
NEW Behind The Chameleon: The Sights Of THE THING – Interviews With Visual Effects Artists Peter Kuran And Susan Turner, Special Make-up Effects Artist Rob Burman, Brian Wade And Stop Motion Animators Randall William Cook And Jim Aupperle (25 minutes)
NEW Sounds From The Cold – Interviews With Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall And Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth (15 minutes)
NEW Between The Lines – An Interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster (16 minutes)
NEW Back Into The Cold: A Return To The Shooting Locations Of THE THING – An Animated Photo Gallery Narrated By Todd Cameron Of Outpost31.com
NEW The Art Of Mike Ploog Gallery (12 minutes)
John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – A Documentary On The Making Of THE THING Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, Special Effects Make-up Designer Rob Bottin, Legendary Matte Artist Albert Whitlock Plus Members Of The Cast And Crew (80 minutes – SD)
Network TV Broadcast Version Of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
Vintage Featurettes From The Electronic Press Kit Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell And Rob Bottin (13 minutes – SD)
Vintage Featurettes – The Making Of A Chilling Tale And The Making Of THE THING (14 minutes – SD)
Vintage Product Reel – Contains A Condensed Version Of The Film With Additional Footage Not In The Film (19 minutes – SD)
Vintage Behind-The-Scenes Footage (2 minutes – SD)
Annotated Production Archive – Production Art And Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (54 minutes – SD)

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