The Thing

Mary Elizabeth Winstead  Actor Joel Edgerton  Actor Ulrich Thomsen  Actor Eric Christian Olsen  Actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje  Actor

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Contains:Profanity,Gore

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The Thing

Theatrical Release Date: 2011 10 14 (USA)

UPC: 025192072789

Studio: Universal Studios

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Profanity, Gore]

Summary: An American paleontologist and a team of Norwegian scientists fight for their lives against a shape-shifting extraterrestrial that can perfectly mimic any living creature in this prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 horror classic. Upon receiving word that the Antarctic research team has unearthed an alien craft, paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) joins the group to explore what secrets the ship might hold. Though by Kate's estimation the creature inside the spaceship has been dead for centuries, it has actually just been lying dormant in the ice. Perfectly preserved, it has awaited the day when it would finally be freed from its frigid prison; now, after eons of lying in wait, that day has finally come. Suddenly revived during a crucial experiment, the malevolent alien begins methodically mimicking each member of the crew undetected. By the time Kate realizes the frightening implications of the creature's unique ability, it may already be too late. As paranoia among the crew begins to intensify, it's up to Kate and the crew's helicopter pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to make sure the extraterrestrial menace is exterminated before it has the opportunity to escape -- for, should it manage to make its way to a heavily populated area, humanity's days may be numbered. Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. makes his feature directorial debut from a script by Eric Heisserer and Battlestar Galactica's Ronald D. Moore. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Category: Science Fiction

Features: Deleted/extended scenes
The Thing evolves
Fire & ice
Feature commentary with director Matthijs van Heijningen and producer Eric Newman

The Thing

Format: DVD

Release Date: 01/31/2012

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 2.40:1

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 103 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,Spanish,French

Subtitles: French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Thing
1. Chapter 1 [4:31]
2. Chapter 2 [6:19]
3. Chapter 3 [3:49]
4. Chapter 4 [2:24]
5. Chapter 5 [3:33]
6. Chapter 6 [4:29]
7. Chapter 7 [7:39]
8. Chapter 8 [5:16]
9. Chapter 9 [4:56]
10. Chapter 10 [8:12]
11. Chapter 11 [3:57]
12. Chapter 12 [4:51]
13. Chapter 13 [4:47]
14. Chapter 14 [5:05]
15. Chapter 15 [:16]
16. Chapter 16 [4:24]
17. Chapter 17 [6:18]
18. Chapter 18 [3:47]
19. Chapter 19 [5:44]
20. Chapter 20 [4:25]

Jeremy Wheeler

Nearly 30 years after John Carpenter unleashed what would eventually be hailed as one of the most-terrifying and creative sci-fi horror films in history, Hollywood delivers what could be called a "premake" -- a film that technically exists as a prequel, but copies the template of the original so completely that it's basically a remake. Those new to the game will most likely enjoy the proceedings, as the shape-shifting monster is still a unique villain. Fans of the original, meanwhile, will breathe a sigh of relief that the film isn't terrible, although it'd be a stretch to call it great. Indeed, 2011's The Thing proves to be a thoroughly okay horror flick. The acting is alright; the script is somewhat clever, but overall, just alright; the way they tie this film and Carpenter's together is alright, if a bit forced. One thing is for certain, though: It's not nearly in the same league as either Carpenter's film or Howard Hawks' The Thing From Another World.

The setup is thus: A young paleontologist (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is recruited to head down to an Antarctic base with a group of Americans to investigate a long-frozen UFO and an alien species discovered by a group of Norwegian scientists. Indeed, this base will eventually become the burned-out building that Kurt Russell and his all-male group of blue-collar schmoes and scientists explore in Carpenter's film. Along with an American chopper pilot (Joel Edgerton), Winstead and her cohorts go through the process of discovering this alien species is alive and can replicate human beings. Thankfully for the heroine, everyone in the Norwegian camp, with the exception of the mysterious Lars (Jørgen Langhelle), speaks English, thus rendering the language barrier all but moot (just one of the film's convenient plot devices).

Dutch filmmaker Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr. tries his best to replicate his predecessor's style, embracing a widescreen scope and, for the most part, restrained camerawork (although some needlessly shaky handheld footage does rear its head). The pacing goes from slow to thrilling, then full-bore creature action by the end. Kudos goes to Amalgamated Dynamics and Image Engine for their mix of practical and computer-generated effects, which are quite good, though they end up falling short of the nightmarish designs of prosthetics master Rob Bottin, who brought the creature to life in the 1982 version. With so many junky reboots, remakes, and restarts, it's really hard to knock 2011's The Thing, which is a pretty okay picture. Will it be remembered? Hardly. Will people dissect it to learn which of the iconic cast members were imposters all along? Nope (and the cast really isn't that great to begin with). The highlight of all of this is that it's genuinely nice to see this creature back in action, even if the movie it's in is just alright. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Marc Abraham  Producer 
Lawrence Turman  Executive Producer 
Eric Newman  Producer 
Marco Beltrami  Composer (Music Score) 
David Foster  Executive Producer 
J. Miles Dale  Executive Producer 
Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.  Director 
Eric Heisserer  Screenwriter 
Gabrielle Neimand  Executive Producer 
Mary Elizabeth Winstead  Actor 
Joel Edgerton  Actor 
Ulrich Thomsen  Actor 
Eric Christian Olsen  Actor 
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje  Actor 
Paul Braunstein  Actor 
Trond Espen Seim  Actor 
Kim Bubbs  Actor 
Jørgen Langhelle  Actor 
Jan Gunnar Røise  Actor 
Stig Henrik Hoff  Actor 
Kristofer Hivju  Actor 
Jo Adrian Haavind  Actor 
Carsten Bjornlund  Actor 
Jonathan Lloyd Walker  Actor 
Ole Martin Aune Nilsen  Actor 
Michael Brown  Actor 

Country: USA