Any info on Howard Hawk's The Thing?

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  1. JeremySt

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    I did a search and came up with nothing. I always loved this movie, and have been patiently awaiting it's arrival on DVD. I have also kept on eye out for the Laserdisc. Image had an LD way back when, but I've had a hard time tracking one down for a reasonable price. Who owns the rights to this classic, and why are they sitting on it? I assume it's Warner Brothers, because this movie was originally an RKO release.

    I want this movie on DVD!
     
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    Your assumption is correct.

    You and several other HTF members including yours truly.




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    Yes, bring it on. Let's have John Carpenter do a commentary as well
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    I have seen a R2 Japanese copy but it sells for $85.00, OUCH! Hopefully this is coming very soon to R1.
     
  5. Jim Robbins

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    I saw this as a kid in 1951 and it was without a doubt, the scarious film I had ever seen. I liked the re-make also but it didn't scare you as much because it showed the creature too much. Howard Hawks with a very small budget scared you with what you couldn,t see.
     
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    One of my favorite sci-fi films of all time! This film was restored back in 2001 for it's 50th anniversary. I'm completely clueless as to why Warner has not released it on DVD. But Warner is a complete mystery to me with a lot of their decisions (ie: basing their decision whether to release Horror of Dracula & Curse of Frankenstein on the sales of The Mummy DVD. Give me a break!).
     
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    This film needs to be on DVD along with hundreds of others in the Warner vaults.

    I also thought it was recently restored but other members disputed it.
     
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    what would it take for Warner to put it out as a 2 disc edition like Unforgiven or Amadeus DC
     
  9. Roger Rollins

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    Someone "in the know" has told me Warner will definitely be releasing THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD on DVD in 2003.
     
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    this "someone" you mention, did that person also say anything about extras as well ?
     
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    A rare instance where the original and the remake are both excellent movies.
     
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    Agreed, two different approaches due to how they presented the story and technological advances, however, different in a way that a person can really appreciate both films on how they told their stories.




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  13. Jack Briggs

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    While Carpenter's version captures more closely the spirit of John W. Campbell's marvelous novella, the 1951 Hawks version strikes me as a more fun film. I like the 1982 version, but I love the 1951 intepretation.

    Now, if Warner is truly releasing this much-needed title next year, might they also be persuaded to give Robert Wise's The Haunting a chance?

    The studio baffles me.
     
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    Jack, I understand your frustration, The Haunting should have been released a long time ago on DVD.
    Warner could put out an incredible line of Halloween DVDs:
    Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
    The Body Santcher
    The Cat People
    Demon Seed
    Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
    The Fearless Vampire Killers
    Freaks
    The Haunting
    House of Wax
    I Walked With a Zombie
    Mad Love
    Mighty Joe Young
    Mystery of the Wax Museum
    The Omega Man
    The Picture of Dorian Grey
    Soylent Green
    The Thing From Another World
    Valley of Gwangi
    Village of the Damned...
    just to name a few
     
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    I would buy the vast majority of these. And don't forget
    Dr. X! It was released on a double feature laser disc along with Mystery of the Wax Museum. I like it every bit as much as the more famous MotWM.
    Guess Warners can't be bothered releasing these [​IMG].
     
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    I own one of the R2 Japanese copies of this film. The quality is average at best. I really think that my old LD has a better picture. If this is to be released a restoration is in order.
     
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    Give WB a little bit of slack. At least when we get these classics on DVD, they'll be properly done.

    As for Mystery of the Wax Museum...

    Since House of Wax is rumored for 2003, why not make it a double-feature DVD? There really are no "prime" elements for Mystery of the Wax Museum and it's not the kind of movie that you'd see a Citizen Kane-style restoration done on.

    Both films are a lot of fun...and Lionel Atwill's "unmasking" scene with Fay Wray's reaction is priceless. Vincent Price is great in House of Wax, too.
     
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    Only if you do the same for Fox![​IMG]
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    I'll do the same once Warner starts releasing their catelogue titles at a greater volume.




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