The Thing [Blu-ray]
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John Carpenter’s The Thing arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with an excellent native 4K transfer with HDR10 grading. This is a film with a very passionate fanbase who needs to own this in every new and hopefully better version possible. I’m one of those, and with that devotion comes some heated discussion about benefits and detriments to any release. While few would argue that the 2008 disc lands anywhere near the top, the discussion between Scream Factory’s 2016 release and Arrow’s 2017 release certainly was tense, to say the least. Every release of this film has had some plusses and minuses often drawing some hard lines with fans. There is some great camera work at 14:58 when the Husky senses something is wrong at the base. This is when Stevie wonders superstition is playing on the radio and the camera travels low as if an alien creeping through the station. Also, take note of the shadow that accompanies the Husky at 15:40. It’s a powerful image that enhances the suspense. to a picture representing a fine example of a particular genre, it's hard not to take notice, and this
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gives The Thing a new life. There so many details were hard to notice in previous home media releases such as the wall of girlie photos in the pool room at 00:4:50. But with improved sharpness in the video comes more visibility of film imperfections.
There's an unquantifiable atmosphere involved that isn't a function of the brightest cleanest shots and highest resolution. What you call excessive cold and blue hues isn't misguided impression, IT IS "THE THING". U-Control- Toggle this picture-in-picture feature for a hearty look into the making-of 'The Thing' while watching the movie itself. There's nearly one pop-up featurette for each chapter in the film. Watch them while watching the movie or select the chapters individually.
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Fire and Ice(HD, 4 min.) - See the actors go through flamethrower training and blast fire on "Fire for Hire" stuntmen and women. While short, this feature is cool, showing the actors turn into pyromaniacs.John Carpenter’s place as one of the true giants of genre filmmaking is secure thanks to his remarkable run in the 70s and 80s. Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, Escape from New York, Big Trouble In Little China, They Live... all of these are fantastic movies in every sense of the word. But The Thing is Carpenter’s masterpiece and it’s never looked or sounded better than it does here in 4K Ultra HD. Just be sure to hang onto those previous boutique Blu-ray editions for their better extras. Recommended. The researchers really should have let the Norwegians kill that dog though as it’s actually a shape-shifting alien that slowly assimilates the team members, one-by-one. Due to it being able to perfectly replicate the forms of other creatures, nobody knows who has or hasn’t been killed and turned into ‘The Thing’. This leads to mistrust and paranoia within the camp and messy ends to most of their number whenever the creature chooses to let itself be known and claim its next victim.
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Like, The Thing--in its most authentic form--comes from your worn-out VHS tape or a 3 AM broadcast on cable TV. not even close. Shout’s transfer was good for its time, but now you can see the color grading was too cold and “blue-ish”, and there’s also some filter at work that doesn’t do justice to the movie’s look and details. Included with the 4k Blu-ray is Director John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape, outtakes, theatrical trailer, and feature commentary with Director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russel. In the Setup section, you can turn on the feature commentary that provides plenty of insight into making the film. The 4k Blu-ray combo edition from SDS also includes a 1080p Blu-ray and Digital Copy redeemable with Movies Anywhere Scores
There is noticeably more grain when the shots are indoors rather than outside in the bright snowy daylight that allows plenty of exposure and focus. Like other films though, the grain in The Thing is manageable and at least consistent. You’ve just got to “embrace the grain” when watching films of this generation and other films shot in low lighting. It’s an aesthetic we’ve gotten away from as newer films are shot on advanced camera sensors that allow very high noise-free ISO settings.