(aka "The Thing")

directed by Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks
USA 1951

"As a youth I grew up watching a show on television called "Magic Shadows" hosted by a fellow named Elwy Yost. It aired each weeknight at 7:30pm and Elwy would introduce a film. Throughout the week he would show consecutive 20-25 minute segments of the film in his 1/2 hour program. "The Thing From Another World" was a favorite. It was a marvelous way to watch such a pulpy 1950's sci-fi film with snippits of information from Elwy and ending with cliff-hanging conclusions each evening until Friday. 

 

I would rate this movie along with "This Island Earth" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" as probably the most quintessential of the 50's genre sci-fi films. It spawned the later John Carpenter directed film "The Thing" with Kurt Russell loosely following with a similar storyline. As a personal preference this film transports me back to my childhood in such a nostalgic fashion that I can't help but become engrossed. I highly recommend it to those you can push aside their objectivity and float back to a simpler time with uncluttered films unburdened with artificial special effects and CGI. I'll take this over The Matrix any day of the week." out of

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: March, 1951

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DVD Comparison:

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Distribution Warner Home Video  Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC Universal (UK) - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:26:36   1:23:06 (4% PAL Speedup) and 1:26:36 for editions on Disc 1
Video 1.33 original aspect ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.92 + 5.73 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
Bitrate:  Warner

 

Bitrate: Universal (PAL) Disc 2

 

Bitrate: Universal (PAL) Disc 1

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0) English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None English, None NOTE: English subs available on commentary track as well
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Black & White, Closed-captioned
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
Snapper Case
Chapters: 25

Release Information:
Studio:
Universal (UK)

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

 

Edition Details:
• 2 Black & White, English subbed versions

• Colorized version (interlaced)
• Commentary by director John Carpenter

DVD Release Date:
March 19th, 2007
Standard Double Keep Case
Chapters: 20

 

Comments:
ADDITION: Universal (UK) - Region 2 - PAL March 07': What the heck is going on here?

We have a new 2 disc DVD of Howard Hawks classic 'The Thing From Another World' - Disc one has two terrible interlaced transfer from the incorrect standard with a very good commentary by director John Carpenter. Disc 2 has a strong transfer (superior even to the NTSC from 2003) with no extras on a single layer.

BOTTOM LINE: This PAL package is worth it for the commentary (also subtitled) and the superior transfer BUT it is missing some information from the two edges. I suspect there is some legal reason that they had to put Carpenter's commentary on the dual edition disc 1 which would otherwise be suitable as a coaster.

The Universal 2nd disc has better detail and some, most likely, selectively boosted black levels to achieve a better contrast. It looks great and the commentary is definitely worth a listen to. 

          Gary W. Tooze





 

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Distribution Warner Home Video  Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC Universal (UK) - Region 2 - PAL




 

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