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The Thing – 16x9 Enhanced?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Louis-Philippe, Jan 19, 2003.

  1. Louis-Philippe

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    Hello,

    I’ve read reports that some R1 copies of John Carpenter’s The Thing are 16x9 enhanced even if it’s not mentioned on the box... I know that my copy is not.

    My question is the following: If these reports are true, is there a way to spot this from the packaging?

    Thanks for your help.
    lpr
     
  2. Jon Robertson

    Jon Robertson Screenwriter

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    They are not true, but I wish to God they were.
     
  3. Gordon McMurphy

    Gordon McMurphy Producer

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    Oh, no! I wish it were true, but it's hooey.

    I'd love to see Universal create a new 2 disc edition with a new transfer, all the deleted scenes (in widescreen, of course), DTS etc, but... who knows.

    2003 should be a good year for vintage Universal titles.


    Gordy
     
  4. Dave F

    Dave F Cinematographer

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    The situation is reversed, I think. I remember hearing reports of some packaging that indicated a 16x9 transfer, but it was the same old non-anamorphic version on the disc.

    -Dave
     
  5. Dave H

    Dave H Producer

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  6. Scott Varney

    Scott Varney Agent

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    If I remember correctly, the free copies of the movie that some retailers were giving away with the PC/XBox game were marked as 16:9 but were the same discs as released in the Collector's Edition.
     
  7. Louis-Philippe

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I guess I had false hopes for this one. Hopefully we'll have a new transfer soon.
     
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    Rob Tomlin Producer

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  9. Jason Hennigan

    Jason Hennigan Stunt Coordinator

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    The disks given away as promos for the game were marked 16:9, but are the same as the original disk, no 16:9.
     
  10. Sean Patrick

    Sean Patrick Supporting Actor

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    for what it's worth, it's not a bad transfer. doesn't look too shabby scaled to 16:9 on my tv.

    that being said it's one of many titles (The Game, Abyss, etc) that are considered "really good" non-16:9 titles that I fear will never get the 16:9 treatment they deserve.
     
  11. Dave Morton

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    I have to agree with Sean. I have this movie and the picture quality is quite good. I picked it up for $9.99 and am quite pleased.
     

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