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Not even close to true, percieved audio upgrade vs. quantifiable video upgade...no contest

Debatable.

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Not even close to true, percieved audio upgrade vs. quantifiable video upgade...no contest

Then there is that thing about having a dedicated player for just one movie...



I'd rather take the DNR'd picture for the convenience. I like movies for the movie, not just the picture quality but then again I still just have the Thing on dvd so who am I to argue?

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Then there is that thing about having a dedicated player for just one movie...

Guilty. Well, it's a few movies, not just one.

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I still have three HDDVD players and a small collection of HDDVD's. I'd rather keep them in a box and see if they are worth something in a decade. In the meantime, got several BD players and replace my collection as Blu-ray. Works for me.

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Agreed, I have both versions and will take DD+ over DNR any day of the week.

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I still have three HDDVD players and a small collection of HDDVD's. I'd rather keep them in a box and see if they are worth something in a decade.

They will be worth what LDs and players are worth today....trust me here.

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The Thing Red Band Trailer. I don't care what anybody says, I'm stoked to see this.

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I normally scold people for complaining about remakes, as the original will always exist. In this case, I just don't see the point....unless it really is a prequel. The SFX in the Thing still amaze me to this day. Rob Bottin was a genius, and his work shows it. What he was able to accomplish pre-GCI is just unreal.

That being said, since the film has been made, I hope it is good.

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I normally scold people for complaining about remakes, as the original will always exist. In this case, I just don't see the point....unless it really is a prequel. The SFX in the Thing still amaze me to this day. Rob Bottin was a genius, and his work shows it. What he was able to accomplish pre-GCI is just unreal.

That being said, since the film has been made, I hope it is good.

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Agree to a certain level,but the "Blair monster" looks very dated and fake.
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Agree to a certain level,but the "Blair monster" looks very dated and fake.

That's about it though. Everything up to that point has aged very well. The dog scene, the whole blood test scene/spider head guy, etc. all look more real than any CGI I've seen in the trailers. I'm really hoping it will deliver but the bar has been set very high IMO.

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Where's the laserdisc?

Odd that the question is asked. I bought what I had thought and intended to be the Laser disc of Carpenter's The Thing, but inside the cover was a disc of a documentary on Kansas City jazz directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. I can't remember the title and can't run it because my laser disc player is kaput. I didn't take it back because I liked the jazz better.

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OK...after seeing this trailer, I've changed my mind. Ticket for one please.

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Review: http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/rev...hing-jgiro.php

Outside of that off-putting CGI and a flat first act, The Thing delivers in both expected and unexpected ways. Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s prequel makes more wise decisions than questionable ones, and it comes close to being about on par with Zack Snyder‘s Dawn of the Dead remake.

The Upside: Joel Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead make silly CG-ridden situations believable, the second and third act move at a bullet pace, the alien design work is lovely, very little exposition.

The Downside: The first act doesn’t engage, the weak CG is a distraction, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje‘s manly machismo is criminally underused.
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I plan on seeing this one tomorrow, followed by my HD-DVD edition of Carpenter's The Thing tomorrow night.

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I plan on seeing this one tomorrow, followed by my HD-DVD edition of Carpenter's The Thing tomorrow night.

+1 but I will be going Sat. The review concerns me because I absolutely hate CG in horror films when quality prosthetics/latex could have been used. The Thing (1982) is a prime example of the realism that can be achieved with less computer and more effort to make something look as real as the person next to it.

I'm excited to see it all the same just wish they would do less CG and make more effort to recreate and exceed some of the brilliant work done in the last film.

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Please, please, please....

stop.....remaking....good...movies....
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A neat featurette for The Thing that takes you behind-the-scenes.



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This isn't a remake it's a prequel.

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This isn't a remake it's a prequel.

Prequel, re-imagining, reboot....whatever.

It's nothing more than regurgitating what's already been done.

Lazy filmmaking for the new millenium. Totally unnecessary.

At least when Carpenter did his remake, he felt the story from the book wasn't told in Hawk's original version, and created a version that was less of a monster movie and more of an ode to paranoia.

This new one looks like Carpenter's version with a new pair of pants.
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Prequel, re-imagining, reboot....whatever.

It's nothing more than regurgitating what's already been done.

Lazy filmmaking for the new millenium. Totally unnecessary.

At least when Carpenter did his remake, he felt the story from the book wasn't told in Hawk's original version, and created a version that was less of a monster movie and more of an ode to paranoia.

This new one looks like Carpenter's version with a new pair of pants.

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Prequel, re-imagining, reboot....whatever.

It's nothing more than regurgitating what's already been done.

Lazy filmmaking for the new millenium. Totally unnecessary.

At least when Carpenter did his remake, he felt the story from the book wasn't told in Hawk's original version, and created a version that was less of a monster movie and more of an ode to paranoia.

This new one looks like Carpenter's version with a new pair of pants.

What do you really expect from the US horror cinema? All we get is remakes, prequels, sequels, or poorly plagiarized versions of original foreign horror.

With that said there is plenty of story to develop on the prequel and sequel sides of The Thing so I do see room for opportunity to bring something fresh to the story but the bar has been set high so I'm going in somewhat skeptical.

btw - Carpenter isn't any more justified than the next guy doing a remake based on your argument.

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The problem is the stupid asses in Hollywood who kicked out Carpenter.

I've said this many times. We need more John Carpenters. Practical filmmakers who understand and control the entire process of their said films. Ti West, is one example.
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The Thing prequel?

I'll wait until it's on TV.

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Carpenter only has himself to blame for making some really sh*tty films and killing his own career. One only need look at Escape From L.A. and shake their head at it.

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Carpenter only has himself to blame for making some really sh*tty films and killing his own career. One only need look at Escape From L.A. and shake their head at it.

I'd only agree to an extent. This has been going on much before Escape From LA. This has been going on with "The Thing." His movie "Starman" was in result to the constant critic bashing of "The Thing." "Starman" shut critics up, but they have always been out to get him. He even slips in some of this in the end of "They Live" if you listen to the TV closely.

Problem is, Hollywood wants lots of control because they want to sell, not necessarily create. Carpenter wants to keep the control because he is a creator by definition of all things in a film. This doesn't jive well unless you have enough money to make the films you want. Carpenter moved more towards the independent era with Prince of Darkness, They Live, and they are both masterpieces.

I wouldn't quite say that Escape From LA is a "turd." The whole movie at it's core is really just a continual jab at Hollywood, which was entertaining and fun to see. The movie when compared to the original, is an utter pain. The net effect is a decent movie IMO.

Ghosts of Mars was really the movie that marked his true downfall. The Ward did nothing to resurrect. Partially by his doing, I will admit. But I also think that by definition, Hollywood doesn't really allow for as much creation as the independent sector. Carpenter has shown that he can excel at both. The Thing was a collaborative, Hollywood effort that really marked a new pinnacle in horror.
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And now, for something totally unexpected: A short story from "The Thing's" perspective. Would have been a hoot to have this made into a full length. Story here:

http://io9.com/5849758/an-incredible...ters-the-thing

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Saw it earlier. Didn't hate it and it was no way near Carpenter's classic, but I appreciated an R rated movie like this in October. There was one glaring mistake, if this was supposed to be a true prequel to Carpenter's movie.

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