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Scott Calvert

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...looks great! There have been some complaints about this one that I've read and I believe they mostly have to do with inflated expectations. As a realist, I believe the HD-DVD of this film looks wonderful.

There are a few inconsistencies, a few shots where there is some grain, a few shots that are a bit soft, but to me this is nitpicking. On the whole, this disk is a significant upgrade over the SD-DVD and looks like a very good 35mm print of the film, which in my opinion is all that this format should strive to accomplish.

Sound was pretty good, no true HD.

Added bonus: not a combo disk as origionally thought, and also uses the theatrical one-sheet as cover art instead of the kinda lame cover for the anamorphic DVD.

Overall, pretty jazzed with this one.
 

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This is one film I am looking forward to view. Certainly, one of my fav Carpenter films. Can you confirm it is really a 2.35:1 format, not the 1.85:1 the label states?
 

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Sounds good! Though I thought the anamorphic disc looked quite good, and even the original release wasn't bad for being non-anamorphic. So if it's a step-up from the DVD, it's sitting pretty in my eyes.

Definitely one I'd like to have in HD someday.

What are the soundtrack options. Good DD+ track? I love the music in this film. Some great sound effects too!
 

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I was on the fence about this one. Its always been a fav of mine but wondered if it would really be worth a HD upgrade since its almost a 25 year old movie.

It looks really great. I agree those complaining about it have inflated expectations.

Glad I picked it up.



PS Who do I have to bribe to have Halloween and Re-Animator in HD too:)
 

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It blew me away. There are more 3-D scenes that you can shake a stick at! Some scenes you can almost touch the blood that's oozing...yikes!
 

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The packaging doesn't indicate it's a combo disc, and there definately is not an SD version.
 

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I finally got around to watching the whole movie tonight and I was struck by how much tension it still creates even after repeated viewings. Everything about this movie screams 'classic.' I just never grow tired of turning down the lights and watching this John Carpenter masterpiece. I too was quite happy with the last SD release that finally delivered with an anamorphic transfer. However, I have to say that this HD DVD is a huge improvement that, dare I say it, creates a more three dimensional effect. I could nit pik some minor visual problems but they were never distracting...maybe it's because this is such a damn good flick. If you love John Carpenter's The Thing, you've gotta pick this HD DVD up.
 

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"I finally got around to watching the whole movie tonight and I was struck by how much tension it still creates even after repeated viewings. Everything about this movie screams 'classic.'"

I watched The Fog and The Thing for Halloween this year.

Those early Carpenter movies are full of atmosphere and mood. The people making crappy horror today should study those.
 

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