I’m not joking when I say that at nine I was paying attention when I saw John Carpenter’s name. In 1978 the Director helped start the slasher craze with Halloween. One year later and also at the 62 Drive-In I was able to see The Fog. The same in 1981 when Carpenter really delivered a welcome dose of awesomeness with Escape from New York. Not only did the action/sci-fi film make me a lifelong Kurt Russell fan but it also gave my first taste of apocalyptic movies. Not to mention that I learned what an antihero was after watching the badass that is the core of Snake Plissken.
Now in the movie – in case if you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing it, a Lifeclock helps to keep Plissken motivated. Because when the counter reaches zero it means the end of Snake’s mission to deliver the President back safely. As a matter of fact it means the time to safely administer an antidote to the poison he was injected with has run out too. As has been made clear to Snake from near the beginning of the film.
So please do try to imagine my surprise when I was contacted by e-mail the other day. To let me know about a new Kickstarter that was started up from the Ridgewood Watch Company. Furthermore it is a campaign to deliver an authentic and official replica of the Lifeclock as seen in Escape from New York!
Unlike the model used by Snake Plissken, The Lifeclock One sports a few extra features. Since our society tends to value be connected to each other course. Moreso than a loner like Snake that is. Obviously.
John Carpenter’s The Thing is one of the greatest movies ever made. I know that is a pretty bold statement. Almost universally vilified on release 34 years ago it managed to achieve cult film status. Slowly finding the audience over the years that could appreciate this masterpiece of horror.
Thanks to Scream FactoryThe Thing has been released on Blu-Ray today in a Collector’s Edition. If you count yourself a fan of the movie you need to rush out and pick this up right now.
Yes. I am telling you that this Blu-Ray is that worthy. This is more than a chance to crow about a disc with a new interview here or featurette there. This is hands down one of the most epic releases I have had the privilege of reviewing!
I think I might have watched The Thing on TV once.
You are dead to me for saying that! All my joking aside I realize there are people who haven’t seen the film. In a nutshell the movie concerns an American research station in the Antartic that encounter a shape-shifting alien that can perfectly mimic a living organism.
The problem is twofold. The organism wants to assimilate all life and gets very angry when folks try to stop that.
For the next 109 minutes the viewer is treated to one of the most intense science-fiction/horror films ever. The Thing is claustrophobic and bleak – but also strangely uplifting in the character’s defiant actions. You will actually care about those characters too, thanks to the memorable acting by the ensemble cast. I mean when your film boasts the talents of Kurt Russell, Keith David, Donald Moffat, Wilford Brimley, and Richard Dysart to name a few – you can’t help but have great performances.
NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive Supervised And Approved By Director Of Photography Dean Cundey
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
Teaser Trailer (1 minute)
Theatrical Trailers (U.S. And German) (5 minutes)
TV Spots (1 minute)
Radio Spots (2 minutes)
Still Gallery (Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Posters And Lobby Cards) (15 minutes)
On Disc Two:
NEW Requiem For A Shape Shifter – An Interview With Director John Carpenter In Conversation With Filmmaker Mick Garris (28 minutes)
NEW The Men Of Outpost 31 – Interviews With Keith David, Wilford Brimley, David Clennon, Thomas Waites, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur And Joel Polis (51 minutes)
NEW Assembling And Assimilation – An Interview With Editor Todd Ramsay (11 minutes)
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 (25 minutes)
NEW Sounds From The Cold – Interviews With Supervising Sound Editor David Lewis Yewdall And Special Sound Effects Designer Alan Howarth (15 minutes)
NEW Between The Lines – An Interview With Novelization Author Alan Dean Foster (16 minutes)
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 (12 minutes)
Disc Two Archival Extras:
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)
Network TV Broadcast Version Of THE THING (92 minutes – SD)
Outtakes (5 minutes – SD)
Vintage Featurettes From The Electronic Press Kit Featuring Interviews With John Carpenter, Kurt Russell And Rob Bottin (13 minutes – SD)
Vintage Featurettes – The Making Of A Chilling Tale And The Making Of THE THING (14 minutes – SD)
Vintage Product Reel – Contains A 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 (54 minutes – SD)
So why not treat yourself today and pick up The Thing Collector’s Edition on Blu-Ray? You can hop on over to the official Scream Factory site and order your copy or just head out to the stores and grab it from the shelf!
It’s still hard to believe with all of the greatness you can see in that trailer that this movie bombed at the box office. I can recall watching it at the Drive-In with my Father and we were having an absolute blast with the movie…all around us were people just talking and playing the music on their car radios at full blast. No respect for Jack nor the Pork Chop Express…very sad.