A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Thing -- in HD

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  1. Robert Harris

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    I finally found some time to view portions of Universal's HD DVD of John Carpenter's The Thing last evening.

    My initial exposure to the film was as a 70mm blow-up with 6 track audio, projected on a huge screen, and Ennio Morricone's brilliant contribution pumping through the audio system.

    In 5.1, and as played via a small (hotel adequate) Pioneer audio system, with tiny surrounds, the track reproduced itself as I recall it.

    The image as photographed by Dean Cundey (Apollo 13, Jurassic Park) looked gorgeous on the Pioneer 1920 x 1080 plasma display. The occasional huge bright vistas were never a problem.

    With appropriate film grain, and a speckle of dirt reminding us of the film source element, The Thing is a worthy addition to one's HD library.

    The Thing is Recommended.

    RAH
     
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    IMHO, this is a very underrated film, and one of John Carpenter's finest. For fans, this is a must have. I have watched the HD version many times since buying it. The HD presentation is the finest, by a large margin, of any home format available and holds up well twenty five years after it's release.

    A great film and a fine HD to add to your collection.
     
  3. Dave Mack

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    truly excellent and underrated film.
    I remember many of the film critics bashed it because it was "too gory".
    Worked for me.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. EnricoE

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    i couldn't agree more to mr. harris [​IMG]

    only thing that doesn't look good is the trailer which is in very poor shape. welp, i fixed it re-editing it and now it looks stunning as it should be [​IMG]
     
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    It made me jump the other night. Not dated.
     
  6. Jim_K

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    If I was willing to part with another $1k (which I'm not) to buy into a 2nd next gen format, this is one of the first titles I'd pick up.

    One of my favorites, I'm jealous.
     
  7. George Cifrancis

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    The Thing HD-DVD was one of the first batch of HD-DVD's I picked up.
     

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