The Thing From Another World (1951) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Blind purchase worthy? I like a good sci-fi film now and then

    Ron,

    Just remember this movie came out in 1951. It was a ground-breaking film that has been beloved by Sci-fi and movie fans since they were kids. Seeing this as a mature adult, you might be let down, but it was well done. Furthermore, considering the production codes and the special effects limitation of that era I think it's still one of the best Sci-fi movies I'd ever seen. I try to watch this film at least once every year. This year it will be 3 times because I watched it twice already on Filmstruck/Criterion app.

  2. One more thing, the running time should be just 87 minutes and the film moves along at a brisk pace. Just a thought with it coming out on Blu-ray, memories of days gone by when I was a little kid along with my older siblings watching this film at night without any lights on in the house without any of our parents around to bother us.

  3. This ran on Million Dollar Movie (WOR-TV in NY) back in the day, which meant it was shown 16 times during a one-week period. I probably watched ten of those showings, commercials and all. I later acquired a full-length Super 8mm print that got a lot of use back in the 80's. Incredibly tense and scary for a 50's sci-fi, most of which were cheeseball giant insect or ridiculous female-societies-on-the-moon kind of fodder. THE THING had brains, a good script (arguably directed by Howard Hawks more than by the credited Christian Nyby) wonderful actors playing perfectly believable characters, all speaking rapid-fire, overlapping dialog. The giger counter that is used as a means of determining how close The Thing is works better than any suspense tools in more modern films (the ALIEN tracker being an exception), such as "Do I cut the red wire or the blue wire?" and increasingly rapid sonar pings aboard submarines. If you ever thought that Kenneth Tobey was a talentless actor, you need this film.

  4. Dick

    This ran on Million Dollar Movie (WOR-TV in NY) back in the day, which meant it was shown 16 times during a one-week period. I probably watched ten of those showings, commercials and all. I later acquired a full-length Super 8mm print that got a lot of use back in the 80's. Incredibly tense and scary for a 50's sci-fi, most of which were cheeseball giant insect or ridiculous female-societies-on-the-moon kind of fodder. THE THING had brains, a good script (arguably directed by Howard Hawks more than by the credited Christian Nyby) wonderful actors playing perfectly believable characters, all speaking rapid-fire, overlapping dialog. The giger counter that is used as a means of determining how close The Thing is works better than any suspense tools in more modern films (the ALIEN tracker being an exception), such as "Do I cut the red wire or the blue wire?" and increasingly rapid sonar pings aboard submarines. If you ever thought that Kenneth Tobey was a talentless actor, you need this film.

    It certainly was which is where I probably discovered it in the early 1960's. Just a great entertaining film.

  5. Excellent news! I'm assuming then, that Warner Archive have found a way to make the previously cut footage look good enough for their stringent Blu-Ray standards. The Amazon listing says 87 minutes, so this must be complete. It's about time this classic gets released.

  6. telzall

    I'm a Million Dollar Movie child, too!! Dick's comments above are spot on!!!

    For me, it was one of the things that formulated my love for classic films. Another one was the Late, Late, Shows on Channel 2/WCBS. For those of us that grew up in the NYC Metro area back in the day, we were pretty lucky due to Channels 2, 5, 7, 9 & 11 that constantly broadcast classic films. Did I forget any other channels?

  7. It wasn't until I was older and the show was over that I found out the theme music was from GWTW. Channel 9 WOR also had Movie of the Week, I believe and was responsible for the Thanksgiving holiday tradition of showing the three "monkey movies": Kong, Son of… and Mighty Joe. I will be ordering The Thing, too, for the record. It never gets old for me. I can't say whether it's nostalgia, repeated childhood viewing, the movie, itself, or all of the above. The moving dismembered arm and accompanying music still haunts.

  8. Robert Crawford

    For me, it was one of the things that formulated my love for classic films. Another one was the Late, Late, Shows on Channel 2/WCBS. For those of us that grew up in the NYC Metro area back in the day, we were pretty lucky due to Channels 2, 5, 7, 9 & 11 that constantly broadcast classic films. Did I forget any other channels?

    I suppose we geezers all pretty much have similar stories but different stations, channels and movies depending on where you lived. I grew up in the San Francisco bay area and my introduction to classic cinema came when channel 7 (KGO?) purchased a batch of 1930s and 1940s MGM films and my pretentious adolescent self devoured them. I even remember my very first movie from the bunch: They Met In Bombay with Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell. This is probably why I have a great affection for MGM's "golden" period. I don't recall Warners, Columbia, Paramount, Universal etc. films popping up much on local TV growing up.

  9. Thomas T

    I suppose we geezers all pretty much have similar stories but different stations, channels and movies depending on where you lived. I grew up in the San Francisco bay area and my introduction to classic cinema came when channel 7 (KGO?) purchased a batch of 1930s and 1940s MGM films and my pretentious adolescent self devoured them. I even remember my very first movie from the bunch: They Met In Bombay with Clark Gable and Rosalind Russell. This is probably why I have a great affection for MGM's "golden" period. I don't recall Warners, Columbia, Paramount, Universal etc. films popping up much on local TV growing up.

    I just watched "They Met in Bombay" again the other day.

  10. Robert Crawford

    I just watched "They Met in Bombay" again the other day.

    It's not the best film Gable or Roz Russell ever made and the first half of the film is definitely better than the second half. But I still get that that warm "comfort food" feeling every time I watch it.

  11. If I win the present or future lottery, I'm offering a huge reward for "lost" copies of The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I don't know the correct film jargon for what might be "out there" buried in faults, etc. I'll leave the jargon to the respondents to this post, if any.

  12. dana martin

    while not as iconic as the Drew Struzan poster for the Carpenter remake, it would have been nice to use the original "non spoiler" poster art for this release

    Is this the one you are referring to? If so, not sure if I agree with you, but I am probably badly influenced by "The Blob" theme on the first two lines used here.
    [​IMG]

  13. I enjoy watching many 1950s sci-fi and monster films for a variety of reasons but what makes The Thing especially re-watchable for me is the dialog and direction. It's basically a Howard Hawks movie that just happens to have a monster in it, one whose relatively brief on-screen time makes it something of a maguffin, there to provide the motivation for the characters – and director – to do their stuff. Plus, of course, the basis for the suspenseful and exciting final confrontation.

    And it gives a bunch of non-star name actors a chance to shine. In fact, I don't think big names could have done better, and would actually have been a distraction from the very real qualities of the film that make it so special.

  14. Rodney

    Is this the one you are referring to? If so, not sure if I agree with you, but I am probably badly influenced by "The Blob" theme on the first two lines used here.
    [​IMG]

    The Blob, stole that, but hey they could have went this way instead
    [​IMG]

  15. telzall

    The moving dismembered arm and accompanying music still haunts.

    What really sells that scene is the reaction of the actors and the music. I always get a chill from it. Another effective scene is when actors spread out and realize they’ve found a flying saucer.

  16. Johnny Angell

    What really sells that scene is the reaction of the actors and the music. I always get a chill from it. Another effective scene is when actors spread out and realize they’ve found a flying saucer.

    To me another effective scene is when they opened the door to the Greenhouse.

  17. BobO’Link

    I'm positive that's a by-product of growing up in the late 50s-1970. Those were the early years of TV and stations were literally starved for content using anything they could get their hands on to fill time slots. Many created their own versions of kids cartoon shows and weekend horror fests.

    I grew up in the Mid-South and had WREC and WHBQ in Memphis. WREC had a *huge* catalog of classic movies – all genres – and ran them weekday mornings (Dialing for Dollars), afternoons and weekends (Million Dollar Movie), with WHBQ airing classic SF/Horror titles via their "Creature Feature with Sivad" program (Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30 with a double feature on Saturdays – the cause of many nightmares). IIRC, WREC also ran some horror films on Saturday afternoons. I commented to a coworker just this past week that the movies and shorts (Stooges, Laurel & Hardy, Passing Parade, Newsreels, etc.) I was privileged to watch on TV growing up is simply amazing. Today's kids don't know what they're missing.

    This, exactly this. When I was growing up (classified by me as ages 5-18, for me 1968-1991), old movies and shorts were a staple. All the local stations, and most of the early cable channels (AMC, WGN, TBS, TNT, etc) were blanketed in old movies. Weekday mornings and afternoons, late night, weekends all the time, rarely a day where multiple stations weren't showing old movies. Now we have TMC and have to pray to get a BD release.

  18. Great news! Another of the classic 1950s horror/sci-fi films makes it to blu-ray. Love the score, the acting and direction. The "vegetable on fire" looks like it was lit by just the stunt man on fire.

    Good News: Out of my Big 6 (The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Them!, Forbidden Planet, The Day the Earth Stood Still and War of the Worlds)

    Bad news: War of the Worlds is Paramount, so it ain't happening. Sigh.

    But this is still great news! Already pre-ordered!

  19. Rick Thompson

    Bad news: War of the Worlds is Paramount, so it ain't happening. Sigh.

    Since the new restoration is premiering at the inaugural Beverly Hills Film Festival next month, I’m fairly certain a blu is not too far off.

  20. JohnMor

    Since the new restoration is premiering at the inaugural Beverly Hills Film festival next month, I’m fairly certain a blu is not to far off.

    Unless they release a 4K UHD disc, the 4K Dolby Vision iTunes version is still better than a Blu-ray.

  21. Mark-P

    Unless they release a 4K UHD disc, the 4K Dolby Vision iTunes version is still better than a Blu-ray.

    Well, that's nice for you ITunes people but for we physical media people, we still want the film in the inferior blu ray format.

  22. Thomas T

    Well, that's nice for you ITunes people but for we physical media people, we still want the film in the inferior blu ray format.

    The question is are we still going to get it on that inferior BD format? It's great that it's playing at the film festival so hopefully there is a chance of that happening.

  23. Bob Furmanek

    I'm pretty sure Wade Williams posted here about providing WB with a complete 35mm print of the 1951 release.

    If so, they would have the cut scenes in 35mm quality.

    Wade Williams? Doing something that actually accomplishes film preservation? If true, I'll have to pick my jaw up from my feet.

  24. Ronald Epstein

    Okay, okay, ENOUGH!!!

    I'm making a blind purchase right now. Everyone Happy?!

    Ron,

    I’ve never seen this movie either and was coming to this thread to ask the same question you did. Given the responses you got, I’m gonna go ahead and order a copy too.

  25. Robert Crawford

    Ron,

    Just remember this movie came out in 1951. It was a ground-breaking film that has been beloved by Sci-fi and movie fans since they were kids. Seeing this as a mature adult, you might be let down, but it was well done. Furthermore, considering the production codes and the special effects limitation of that era I think it's still one of the best Sci-fi movies I'd ever seen. I try to watch this film at least once every year. This year it will be 3 times because I watched it twice already on Filmstruck/Criterion app.

    To follow up on Robert’s comment, yes it cameout in ‘51 so the effects are simple, but in IMHO not very dated. What effects there are, are done well. The movie is effective because of good direction, good acting, an interesting story, and some spooky music. I highly recommend it to anyone who isn’t prejudiced against b&w movies and enjoys sci-fi.

  26. dpippel

    I agree this is a great classic sci-fi movie Johnny, but for me Carpenter's film is far more effective and involving.

    I think I agree that Carpenter’s version is more effective, but I find myself getting lost in both. Also I’m also one of those guys who “doesn’t care who dies in the movie, as long as the dog lives.”

  27. dpippel

    I agree this is a great classic sci-fi movie Johnny, but for me Carpenter's film is far more effective and involving.

    I love both films, but I love them for different reasons. I love the Carpenter film for the special effects and it's one of those films that freaked me and my brother out with those effects. The other film that had that same effect on us was Terminator 2. With that said, I would say "The Thing from Another World" is more beloved by me because it ties into my childhood when I first viewed it which was about 20 years before Carpenter's version came out.

  28. Johnny Angell

    I think I agree that Carpenter’s version is more effective, but I find myself getting lost in both. Also I’m also one of those guys who “doesn’t care who dies in the movie, as long as the dog lives.

    He's already dead.

  29. I’m excited to also finally get this film on blu ray. I’ve held off watching the DVD for a while in hope this would happen.

    I still have never seen the Carpenter version. I know there’s a super special edition out of it. I might pick it up if it’s still in print. It would be interesting for people like Ron and Josh if they’ve never seen the original and only seen the carpenter version, if the original works for them. I’ll be doing it the other way around. Though I think I’ll always feel the original is my favorite like I feel the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the superior film, or I should say my favorite over the remake.

  30. Nelson Au

    I’m excited to also finally get this film on blu ray. I’ve held off watching the DVD for a while in hope this would happen.

    I still have never seen the Carpenter version. I know there’s a super special edition out of it. I might pick it up if it’s still in print. It would be interesting for people like Ron and Josh if they’ve never seen the original and only seen the carpenter version, if the original works for them. I’ll be doing it the other way around. Though I think I’ll always feel the original is my favorite like I feel the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers is the superior film, or I should say my favorite over the remake.

    It's too bad you never watched it when it first came out because the special effects were cutting edge and fresh so their effect on the audiences would be much so than seeing it for the first time today. There is one scene in the film that was frightening and funny at the same time that you couldn't help laughing out loud when it happened. I could still remember my brother saying "you gotta be shitting me". By the way, there might have been 5 or 6 other people in the movie audience during our matinee showing. The film didn't make much money during its theatrical run. Movie audiences completely missed the boat on this classic sci-fi/horror film.

    The last couple of years have produced two releases of Carpenter's film from Shout! Factory. One of those are coming out in a couple of weeks with a 2017 4K scan. Linked below are both releases.

    http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-thing-collector-s-edition?product_id=4720

    http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-thing-limited-edition-steelbook?product_id=6883

  31. Thanks Robert, it’s the Shout version I was thinking of. Good to see it’s not OOP.

    The truth is I saw maybe 20 minutes of the Carpenter version on TV one night years ago and changed the channel! So while I did see some scenes, I didn’t watch the whole thing. There was a lot of gore and now that you bring it up, there is a difference between the original and the Carpenter version. I see the Carpenter version now as a horror film while the original is more sci-fi. Though there is definitely a horror element to the original.

    I think at the time, I wasn’t particularly ready to see the gore that night. It’s not like I haven’t tried seen that kind of stuff before, but it was such a different way to go with the story that I didn’t want to see it. The remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers took it to a newer level of realism that worked, by literally replacing the original person. But it wasn’t so gory. As I said, I am still curious to see the remake.

  32. Robert Crawford

    I love both films, but I love them for different reasons. I love the Carpenter film for the special effects and it's one of those films that freaked me and my brother out with those effects. The other film that had that same effect on us was Terminator 2. With that said, I would say "The Thing from Another World" is more beloved by me because it ties into my childhood when I first viewed it which was about 20 years before Carpenter's version came out.

    Great post. To me The Thing has a "feel". Like the Seinfeld blurb. Monday has a feel, Tuesday has no feel.
    The build up to the action isn't just filler to get to the monster. Everyone in this film is a character. The General in Anchorage is a character, Shut that door! Doug Spencer as the reporter Scotty is pure-50's reporter caricature. The babe is a real live babe and Ken Tobey as always is perfect. Plus the film is set on such a small, personal, isolated scale.
    Anyway enough of my dissection, never tire of watching this film and have already ordered.
    Feel the same about War of the Worlds although the scale is much larger after the invasion gets going.
    A 4k of WOTW would be so cool.

  33. Robert Crawford

    He's already dead.

    Actually, multiple dogs die horrific deaths. The point I was trying to make is that I take the deaths of animals in movies harder then I do humans. Usually.

    I find I can be in the mood to watch the original far more often than Carpenter’s remake. This is not a reflection on the quality of either movie. Dogs to die in the original but it’s not shoved into the viewer’s face like Carpenter does.

  34. Johnny Angell

    Actually, multiple dogs die horrific deaths. The point I was trying to make is that I take the deaths of animals in movies harder then I do humans. Usually.

    I find I can be in the mood to watch the original far more often than Carpenter’s remake. This is not a reflection on the quality of either movie. Dogs to die in the original but it’s not shoved into the viewer’s face like Carpenter does.

    I can’t bear to watch that scene now. It goes on so long and is just torture porn using animals. I don’t care what anyone says, you don’t get reactions like that from dogs without terrifying them somehow. It’s horrific and serves no entertainment purpose whatsoever, imo. Mercifully, the other gore is human based and briefer. And in between is a genuine masterpiece of oppressive paranoia and dread. Brilliantly done on all fronts.

  35. Johnny Angell

    I find I can be in the mood to watch the original far more often than Carpenter’s remake. This is not a reflection on the quality of either movie. Dogs to die in the original but it’s not shoved into the viewer’s face like Carpenter does.

    That's how I feel about the two films too. I can watch the original at a drop of a hat, but Carpenter's version I have to be in a specific mood to watch. That's how I feel about any film that has graphic violence in it. I've become soft in my old age.

  36. Robert Crawford

    That's how I feel about any film that has graphic violence in it. I've become soft in my old age.

    I hear you, Robert! When I saw Halloween (2018) this weekend, I would whip my glasses off my face whenever I knew someone was going to get it so it would all be blurry. The one exception was

    Spoiler
  37. Robert Crawford

    The last couple of years have produced two releases of Carpenter's film from Shout! Factory. One of those are coming out in a couple of weeks with a 2017 4K scan. Linked below are both releases.

    http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-thing-collector-s-edition?product_id=4720

    http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-thing-limited-edition-steelbook?product_id=6883

    Wait a minute – Shout's last release was a 2K scan from an IP while Arrow's was a brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative. The Arrow blu ray picture is superior to the Shout. Does this mean Shout is using the Arrow scan for their 4K UHD version? Otherwise, it won't be worth it.

  38. titch

    Wait a minute – Shout's last release was a 2K scan from an IP while Arrow's was a brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative. The Arrow blu ray picture is superior to the Shout. Does this mean Shout is using the Arrow scan for their 4K UHD version? Otherwise, it won't be worth it.

    I think the forum has been over this beforehand in another thread regarding Shout! Factory and Arrow BD releases from 2016 and 2017. The Shout Factory 2016 BD is derived from a 2K scan. The Arrow 2017 BD is derived from a 4K scan done in 2017. Apparently, Shout Factory has updated this upcoming 2018 BD release by releasing it from that same 2017 4K scan. There is no 4K/UHD release! One more thing, the Arrow BD release is Region "B" locked while this upcoming Shout! Factory BD release is Region "A".

  39. Robert Crawford

    That's how I feel about the two films too. I can watch the original at a drop of a hat, but Carpenter's version I have to be in a specific mood to watch. That's how I feel about any film that has graphic violence in it. I've become soft in my old age.

    You and me both.

  40. Robert Crawford

    That's because Warner has not officially announced it. It's coming.

    Doesn't have anything to do with Warner announcements. It seems that practically every new listing at Amazon cycles through a preorder – unavailable – then preorder again. I don't know why, something is wacky there.

  41. Mark-P

    Doesn't have anything to do with Warner announcements. It seems that practically every new listing at Amazon cycles through a preorder – unavailable – then preorder again. I don't know why, something is wacky there.

    That's your opinion.

  42. Robert Crawford

    That's your opinion, but I think it's more than just that as some titles don't go through that practice.

    What I was saying is that this phenomenon of listings going through a temporary period of “unavailable” also happens with officially announced Warner Archive titles so I don’t believe that anything is different here. Every time it happens people start to panic on the forum boards. We should be used to it by now.

  43. Johnny Angell

    I don’t see extras. What a great opportunity for a commentary by a film historian. Tom Weaver comes to mind.

    It looks like a bare-bones release, but it's always possible that more details will be revealed before the disc is actually available.

  44. This, along with King Kong and several others, was a “schoolyard movie” In the early 60s we had to depend on local TV to show films like this, and almost always too late at night. So we learned about the movies from magazines, like Famous Monsters of Filmland, and from parents (fathers mainly) and older siblings who had actually seen the movies. Every day, we’d stand in the schoolyard and recite the plots and scariest scenes to each other, over and over (as I remember it). You felt like you know the movies before you ever actually saw them. In some cases no one knew the title of a film but they knew about the plot and the monsters (20 Million Miles to Earth was an example of that). The Thing was always a big favorite, we scared by it before we even saw it finally, on TV. It’s a solid sci-fi horror.

  45. mackjay

    This, along with King Kong and several others, was a "schoolyard movie" In the early 60s we had to depend on local TV to show films like this, and almost always too late at night. So we learned about the movies from magazines, like Famous Monsters of Filmland, and from parents (fathers mainly) and older siblings who had actually seen the movies. Every day, we'd stand in the schoolyard and recite the plots and scariest scenes to each other, over and over (as I remember it). You felt like you know the movies before you ever actually saw them. In some cases no one knew the title of a film but they knew about the plot and the monsters (20 Million Miles to Earth was an example of that). The Thing was always a big favorite, we scared by it before we even saw it finally, on TV. It's a solid sci-fi horror.

    How did you feel when you first saw The Thing?

  46. THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951)
    NEW 2018 1080p HD MASTER
    Run Time 87:00
    Subtitles English SDH
    Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
    Aspect Ratio 1.37:1, 4 X 3
    Product Color B&W
    Disc Configuration BD 25
    Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)
    Theatrical Re-Release Trailer (HD)

    Arctic researchers discover a huge, frozen spaceling inside a crash-landed UFO, then fight for their lives after the murderous being (a pre-Gunsmoke James Arness) emerges from icy captivity. Will other creatures soon follow? The famed final words of this film are both warning and answer: “Keep watching the skies!” A snappy ensemble. An eerie theremin-infused Dimitri Tiomkin score. Rising suspense. Crisp Christian Nyby direction. All merge in an edgy classic produced by Howard Hawks (Bringing Up Baby, Rio Bravo) and filled with Hawksian trademarks of rapid-fire dialogue and of people united by do-or-die stress. Keep watching the skies and the screen. Don’t miss a moment of “one of the best sci-fi thrillers of the ‘50s” (John Stanley, Creature Features).

  47. Robert Crawford

    It's too bad you never watched it when it first came out because the special effects were cutting edge and fresh so their effect on the audiences would be much so than seeing it for the first time today. There is one scene in the film that was frightening and funny at the same time that you couldn't help laughing out loud when it happened. I could still remember my brother saying "you gotta be shitting me". By the way, there might have been 5 or 6 other people in the movie audience during our matinee showing. The film didn't make much money during its theatrical run. Movie audiences completely missed the boat on this classic sci-fi/horror film.

    The last couple of years have produced two releases of Carpenter's film from Shout! Factory. One of those are coming out in a couple of weeks with a 2017 4K scan. Linked below are both releases.

    http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-thing-collector-s-edition?product_id=4720

    http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/the-thing-limited-edition-steelbook?product_id=6883

    I saw this in a theater in '82. I actually didn't like it much then, but it's grown on me. There is some amazing suspense in a few sequences, particularly the one involving the taking of blood samples. Technically it's awesome, and the acting is quite good. I liked the widescreen compositions. It has atmosphere. Going back to the original John Campbell concepts was good, but a bit overdone. I could have used a better score — Ennio Morricone was channeling John Carpenter musically, which I think was beneath him. But, okay, I like the film, and the latest Shout! release is excellent.

    But I still prefer the raw energy and script and acting of the original, which I think was even more atmospheric — damn, you really feel pretty isolated in some Arctic wasteland in a claustrophobic scientific research station with no place to run once the shit hits the fan. I never tire of watching it. So happy about the upcoming Blu.

  48. Robert Crawford

    Warner Archive had a podcast, but no mention of next month's releases. Looks like that update will come in the next podcast which will be on October 30th or November 6th.

    I don't recall the podcasts ever discussing any release that hasn't actually hit the streets. Probably next month.

  49. Dick

    But I still prefer the raw energy and script and acting of the original, which I think was even more atmospheric — damn, you really feel pretty isolated in some Arctic wasteland in a claustrophobic scientific research station with no place to run once the shit hits the fan. I never tire of watching it. So happy about the upcoming Blu.

    Shows how reactions can be different. I found Carptenter’s version more claustrophobic.

  50. 24fpsNinja

    I bought the UK DVD years ago to get the awesome John Carpenter Commentary which was not available on the US release. Would be great if Warner could license that.

    I bought a release from Amazon UK but it didn’t have a commentary.

  51. vi WAC's facebook…

    A Note on Our Upcoming Release of Howard Hawks’ Production of The Thing From Another World

    Yes, this new master has been sourced from 35mm film elements. The restored "missing" sequences have been taken from later generation elements, so subtle and slight differences will be discernible. However, the restoration work has been under way for quite some in order to bring the release up to our customary high standards and we are quite pleased with the results. In addition, the opening titles have been corrected to the proper size and aspect ratio for the first time since its original release. Interested parties should look out for an upcoming Warner Archive Collection Podcast in which we will go into greater and more in depth details. As always, thanks for your support – and "keep watching the skies!"

  52. A Note on Our Upcoming Release of Howard Hawks’ Production of The Thing From Another World

    Yes, this new master has been sourced from 35mm film elements. The restored "missing" sequences have been taken from later generation elements, so subtle and slight differences will be discernible. However, the restoration work has been under way for quite some in order to bring the release up to our customary high standards and we are quite pleased with the results. In addition, the opening titles have been corrected to the proper size and aspect ratio for the first time since its original release. Interested parties should look out for an upcoming Warner Archive Collection Podcast in which we will go into greater and more in depth details. As always, thanks for your support – and "keep watching the skies!"

    From the WAC Facebook page.

  53. Robert Crawford

    That's your opinion, but I think it's more than just that as some titles don't go through that practice.

    The Tning From Another World and Mame are back up for preorder, but now Dark of the Sun, A Christmas Story Live and Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure are “unavailable”. 🙂

  54. Mark-P

    The Tning From Another World and Mame are back up for preorder, but now Dark of the Sun, A Christmas Story Live and Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure are “unavailable”. 🙂

    most likely some guy at Amazon who views HT Forum wanting to see our reactions …

  55. Glenn Erickson has an interesting side-note concerning the history behind THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD.

    There is a kickstarter project related to John W. Campbell's "Who Goes There?." A newly discovered manuscript shows that JWC's story was actually a pared down version of an unfinished novel.

    This link gives a history of the find.

    And this link goes to the kickstarter. The $1000 goal has already been met with $84,000 raised. Only $7.00 (+$4.00) will get you the ebook.

  56. Mark McSherry

    Glenn Erickson has an interesting side-note concerning the history behind THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD.

    There is a kickstarter project related to John W. Campbell's "Who Goes There?." A newly discovered manuscript shows that JWC's story was actually a pared down version of an unfinished novel.

    This link gives a history of the find.

    And this link goes to the kickstarter. The $1000 goal has already been met with $84,000 raised. Only $7.00 (+$4.00) will get you the ebook.

    Thanks for the information. This and the Gary Gygax documentary are two Kickstarter's I'm extremely excited about.

  57. Probably another supply chain issue. I see that Amazon has also delayed the estimated arrival of my 4K UHD Superman: The Movie pre-order until November 9th. I sure hope the powers that be get these replication plant problems resolved soon!

  58. Dee Zee

    The Thing From Another World still not available again. I’m getting worried. If it goes live again I’m pre-ordering and regret not doing it earlier. One of my most favorite films.

    I posted this on another site earlier, so I should post here also. I messaged Warner Archive abit ago and asked why I could not find a site on which I could pre-order The Thing from another World blu-ray. The answer that I received from them is as follows. They told me that the date posted by Amazon was premature, they also referenced replication delays. They told me that they really do not have a release date at this time, but hope to soon. It is definitely coming, just not sure when now. Hope this helps everyone.

  59. Warner Archive releases are not limited editions; even if replication delays prevent everyone from getting their copy on release date, that doesn’t mean that anyone’s lost their chance to get it.

    My advice is not to panic – it may take a little extra time for everyone to get a copy, but it’s not a limited edition and it’s not going to go out of print in the foreseeable future.

  60. Is there a special UPC or ASIN number for this. I'd love to look at the contents even if £60 is a bit too extreme

    Is it an Arrow or Universal release or a release date to research. I'm afraid I'm being dense and coming up empty finding this item at all or maybe I'm just totaly confused over what I'm looking for

  61. Robert Crawford

    It's being sold on Amazon UK from third party dealers at over 60 pounds. Too expensive for me so I'll have to live with the one disc from the UK without the audio commentary.

    The link provided by Mark took me to that version that is over 60 pounds. I ordered a used one for $15 and change, shipped. I’ll let you know what I think when I get it.

  62. Thanks for the information — for some reason I couldn't get it to pull up on DVDProfiler by using the name. After the picture in the link I was able to get the UPC and figured out why my Profiler was missing it.

    Johnny must have gotten the last Used itme that shipped to US — none of the 3rd parties I looked at shipped to the US
    A couple used copies popped up on Ebay so I took a chance. I'm always up for unique items.

    UPC 5050582442960 for anyone else wanting to search

    If someone is up for taking a chance, there appears to be a 2015 Italian R2 2 Disc set that lists the commentary. One 3rd Party (Vecosell) appears to ship to the US — around $25 New. My address was accepted, but there appeared to be only one shipping speed/charge regardless whether you live in Italy or internationally. Good Seller rating so probably not an issue other than shipping speed.
    Released by "Sinister Film" which seems to be a legit company though not prone to use the higherst quality cases adn artwork

    http://www.amazon.it/gp/product/B0178VH7UY

  63. Johnny Angell

    The link provided by Mark took me to that version that is over 60 pounds. I ordered a used one for $15 and change, shipped. I’ll let you know what I think when I get it.

    Yeah, I don't buy used discs, it's something I never done. I'm leery of buying anything on Ebay too.

  64. Billy Batson

    Ha, I've bought tons of s/hand CDs, DVDs & Blu-rays & never had a problem (I've had a few problems with new discs), & I buy more & more from ebay, you get some great offers there (esp. with box sets).

    I wish I was more like you, but I'm too cautious at times.

  65. Robert Crawford

    Yeah, I don't buy used discs, it's something I never done. I'm leery of buying anything on Ebay too.

    Billy Batson

    Ha, I've bought tons of s/hand CDs, DVDs & Blu-rays & never had a problem (I've had a few problems with new discs), & I buy more & more from ebay, you get some great offers there (esp. with box sets).

    dpippel

    Yeah, I've bought used for years and years. Never a problem.

    I’ve also bought used discs, generally from Amazon, but I can’t claim to have never had a problem, so Robert’s reluctance is warranted. Sometimes I receive a different edition than the one listed and often the condition is much worse than stated (you call that “like new”???). Often times I will also receive “rental editions” that are shorn of their extra features. Once I ordered a Blu-ray and received a DVD! Another time I ordered a BD/DVD combo and of course the BD was missing from the package. Fortunately Amazon makes it easy to return stuff.

  66. I buy used stuff. It’s been fine 99% of the time, and on the rare occasion when the disc didn’t play right, Amazon and eBay both refunded me instantly without even having to return it. I figure if you’re buying from either of those places it’s pretty risk free. At most, you might be out some time but you won’t lose money.

  67. Mark_TB

    Now that an HD master exists, I wouldn't be surprised to see a new UK Blu-Ray with the previous extras available soon.

    I doubt it as Warner's in the UK are not exactly huge supporters of classic DVD/Blu Ray physical releases. It may get an HMV UK exclusive release in the future as they have a tie up arrangement with Warner Home Video.

  68. Not a big used disc person — I like my stuff. I'll buy an occasional Low Stock/Hard to Find/OOP item. Some older items with a Slipcover or special packaging. Learned the hard way with Laserdisc that disc handling is not a priority — cleaning with Brillo pads, stacking disc 100 on top of another not in a case, using them as frisbees. As long as it played a little bit and wasn't broken in half — it's like new, near mint, 9.5/10

    Ebay is OK, but the one thing I try to avoid is buying anything with a stock picture from a private seller. If the seller even has a single Bootleg report I run. Most of the time if a non-retail site has 50 of a single item (or 50 ea of 10 different items and they registered 1 month ago) it's a bootleg until proven otherwise.

    Bootleg BD are pretty easy b/c 99% are burned. DVDs can be a little trickier though there are several major red flags in the description that pretty much guarantee it's a fake

  69. Billy Batson

    Ha, I've bought tons of s/hand CDs, DVDs & Blu-rays & never had a problem (I've had a few problems with new discs), & I buy more & more from ebay, you get some great offers there (esp. with box sets).

    Ironically, the first time I bought a DVD from eBay, 15 years ago, it was a copy of THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MARVEL. It arrived as an unplayable CD and when I complained, got no response from the seller.

    When I reported it to eBay, they said the purchase was under $30 and nothing they could do about it.

    A month later I bought a DVD of the Dr. Strange TV movie, and it just never arrived. Notified the seller, no response.

    When I reported it to eBay, again they said the purchase was under $30 and nothing they could do about it.

    I have never been back to eBay and don't regret it.

  70. Back to topic…I'm typing this on 11/13. When is this going to have an official release date? Hope this doesn't turn into another DARK OF THE SUN thing (which, btw, also doesn't seem to have one yet, either).

  71. Dick

    Back to topic…I'm typing this on 11/13. When is this going to have an official release date? Hope this doesn't turn into another DARK OF THE SUN thing (which, btw, also doesn't seem to have one yet, either).

    Obviously, 11-13-18 isn't the release date. Warner Archive released their new podcast this morning and only announced two new BD releases "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure" and "The Satanic Rites of Dracula". They talk about the Bogart/Bacall boxset and some DVD releases. I think the replication issues are playing havoc on their release schedule.

  72. Robert Crawford

    Obviously, 11-13-18 isn't the release date. Warner Archive released their new podcast this morning and only announced two new BD releases "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure" and "The Satanic Rites of Dracula". They talk about the Bogart/Bacall boxset and some DVD releases. I think the replication issues are playing havoc on their release schedule.

    Probably correct. At my age, patience is truly a virtue.

  73. Robert Crawford

    Obviously, 11-13-18 isn't the release date. Warner Archive released their new podcast this morning and only announced two new BD releases "Tarzan's Greatest Adventure" and "The Satanic Rites of Dracula". They talk about the Bogart/Bacall boxset and some DVD releases. I think the replication issues are playing havoc on their release schedule.

    Perhaps announcements ought to be limited to dates when there is a reasonable certainty of release.

  74. EManT2200

    I posted this on another site earlier, so I should post here also. I messaged Warner Archive abit ago and asked why I could not find a site on which I could pre-order The Thing from another World blu-ray. The answer that I received from them is as follows. They told me that the date posted by Amazon was premature, they also referenced replication delays. They told me that they really do not have a release date at this time, but hope to soon. It is definitely coming, just not sure when now. Hope this helps everyone.

    Post 107 for convenience.

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