Blu-ray Release: The Thing (1982)

Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 11, 2016
Price: Blu-ray $21.06
Studio: Shout! Factory

There’s no denying that John Carpenter’s (The Fog) chilling 1982 sci-fi/horror remake of The Thing starring Kurt Russell (Death Proof) raised the bar on shocking special effects (by Albert Whitlock and special makeup effects guru Rob Bottin) and scared the hell out of movie audiences worldwide.

the-thing-1_optShout! Factory’s new 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release includes a brand new 2K scan of the film (supervised by Director of Photography Dean Cundey) and more than five hours of extras.

Here’s a list of the Blu-ray’s numerous special features and specs:

  • NEW 2K scan of the Inter-positive supervised and approved by director of photography Dean Cundey
  • NEW 4.1 created from the original 70MM Six Track Dolby Stereo soundtrack
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director of photography Dean Cundey
  • NEW The Men of Outpost 31 – interviews with Keith David, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney and more…
  • NEW Assembling and Assimilation – an interview with editor Todd Ramsay
  • NEW Behind the Chameleon – interviews with visual effects artists Peter Kuran and Susan Turner, special make-up effects artist Rob Burman and Brian Wade and more….
  • 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
  • Audio Commentary by director John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
  • John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape – a 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 (80 minutes – SD)
  • Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage featurettes from the electronic press kit featuring interviews with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell and Rob Bottin (12 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage featurettes – The Making of a Chilling Tale and The Making of THE THING (1982 – 14 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage Product Reel – contains a promotional condensed version of the film with additional footage not in the film (19 minutes – SD)
  • Vintage Behind-the-Scenes footage (2 minutes – SD)
  • Annotated Production Archive – Production Art and Storyboards, Location Scouting, Special Make-up Effects, Post Production (48 minutes – SD)
  • Network TV Broadcast version of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailers (U.S. and German Trailer)
  • TV spots
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery (behind-the-scenes photos, posters and lobby cards)
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.