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Specs Announced for The Thing on Blu-ray and DVD





The premake of the John Carpenter classic The Thing is on its way to DVD and Blu-ray, and if you didn't see it in theatres, now's your chance to decide which camp you'll fall into - forgiving and happy, indifferent, or flaming pissed.

From the Press Release
An expedition of a lifetime becomes a subterranean nightmare in The Thing, the thrilling prelude to John Carpenter's 1982 film of the same name. Debuting on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on January 31, 2012, The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) as paleontologist Kate Lloyd who, along with the crew's pilot Carter (Joel Edgerton, Warrior), discovers a mysterious organism buried in the ice.

When a simple experiment frees the creature from its frozen prison, it unleashes a flood of chaos and paranoia upon the camp, pitting the team against one another. With the ability to mimic the physicality of anything or anyone that it touches, the shape-shifting creature makes everyone a suspect in this suspenseful psychological thriller. From Dawn of the Dead producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, The Thing also stars Ulrich Thomsen (Season of the Witch), Eric Christian Olsen ("NCIS: Los Angeles"), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ("Lost"), Paul Braunstein (Tuxedo) and Kim Bubbs ("Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures").

The Thing Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes an all-new UltraViolet™ copy of the film. UltraViolet™ is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, put them in the cloud and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smart phones, and soon, consumers can download to devices of their choice too. The Thing Blu-ray™ Combo Pack also includes a DVD as well as a Digital Copy of the film which is compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android or other retail partners. So now, consumers can truly enjoy their movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere, on the platform of their choice.

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with director Matthijs van Heijningen and producer Eric Newman
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • THE THING EVOLVES: Profiling key behind-the-scenes stories of the film from inception to completion, including pieces entitled "The Legacy," "The Inspiration" and "The Evolution"
  • FIRE & ICE: In a frigid environment and against a relentless foe, there's only one hope: Fire. Join the cast as they train with flame-throwers, battle wildfires on-set and get schooled in the importance of understanding fire's unpredictable personality.

    Specs Announced for The Thing on Blu-ray and DVD

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    Shambling_in_Bandages's picture

    They should have called this Plucky Hot Chick Figures Out Everything While Scientists Look On Impotently.


    Submitted by Shambling_in_Ba... on Fri, 12/02/2011 - 11:57am.
    kiddcapone's picture

    I'll only get this if they have a commentary...I need to know who the fuck screwed up the ending. How they can get it mostly right for 2/3 and then fail so epically for the last 1/3 is totally bizarre...Such attention to detail and then...yikes. I'm still scratching my head in disbelieve...


    Submitted by kiddcapone on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 8:27pm.
    theGoldenSimatar's picture

    I liked the premake; will be picking it up when it hits Blu-Ray.

    I am personally glad that Universal is including the standard digital copy instead of just the Ultraviolet. UV is a joke in my opinion; only way to access it is through Flixster. I do like Digital Copies and personally rather only manage on account (iTunes) and one where I can watch my films when I don't have access to a network.


    Submitted by theGoldenSimatar on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 4:04pm.

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