THE THING: COLLECTOR’S EDITION REVIEWED
“The Thing: Collector’s Edition” is one of those home video rarities. This is the definitive version of a film. I can hear the tech nerds whining about how Ultra 4K and other means will eventually replace it, but this is watershed moment. From time to time, you’ll have the Laserdisc Boxset of the Star Wars Trilogy or the Elite Millennium Edition of Night of the Living Dead. Fans will hunt online and argue about which of these Grails truly matter.
After spending the last week thumbing through past releases of this film, this is the frosty 1982 grail. From the ingenious stroke of using the 1980s TV cut to the insanely detailed vintage product reel, the release is packed. Plus, I’m not sure who is supervising these new 2K scans for Shout Factory, but that person deserves a raise. I’m a huge stickler over A/V upgrades and this is sheer perfection. If you’re reading this right now, you don’t own a better looking copy of this movie.
While I liked hearing Dean Cundey talk on a new track, I could’ve done with a Carpenter update. I get why it didn’t happen, but we need to constantly check in on the American Masters of Horror. They are artists of emotional response in a way that America doesn’t truly respect. This is one of the best Blu-rays of 2016.
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
- Still Gallery
- Network TV Broadcast Version of The Thing
- Vintage Production Materials
- Annotated Production Archive
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 10/11/16
The Plot Thus Far
It’s the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It’s up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things.