Blu-ray Review: "The Thing (Collector's Edition)"

John Carpenter’s “The Thing” is still one of the finest examples of awe-inspiring special effects wizardry three decades after its premiere. It’s the sort of film that fully draws you in through an engaging story and impressive sets and atmosphere. A variety of different types of scares gives the movie even more depth and appeal - from jumps to gross outs.

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 in “The Thing”.

The 2-Disc Collector’s Edition of “The Thing” contains a healthy portion of great special features. Disc One includes a new 2K scan of the interpositive supervised and approved by Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, a 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, a teaser trailer, theatrical trailers (U.S. and German), TV Spots, radio spots, and a still gallery (Behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards).

Disc Two includes "Requiem For A Shape Shifter" – an interview with Director John Carpenter in conversation with Filmmaker Mick Garris; new "The Men Of Outpost 31" – interviews with Keith David, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur and Joel Polis; new "Assembling And Assimilation" – an interview with Editor Todd Ramsay; 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; new "Sounds From The Cold" – interviews with Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall and Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth; new "Between The Lines" – an interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster; 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; "John Carpenter's 'The Thing': Terror Takes Shape" – An 80-minute 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; Network TV Broadcast Version Of "The Thing"; outtakes; vintage featurettes from the electronic press kit featuring interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell and Rob Bottin; vintage featurettes – "The Making of A Chilling Tale" and "The Making Of 'The Thing'"; vintage product reel – contains a condensed version of the film with additional footage not in the film; vintage behind-the-scenes footage; and annotated production archive – production art and storyboards, location scouting, special make-up effects, and post production.

“The Thing” is rated R for violence and gore, profanity, alcohol / drugs / smoking, and frightening and intense scenes. There’s plenty of gore and goo to wince at. The jump scares will definitely send some viewers jettisoned out of their seats. I took my son to see it in the theater when he was about 10 and I had to pull his head out of the ceiling at times.

“The Thing (Collector’s Edition)” is available now on Blu-ray.