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The thing

Call Number



Collector's ed.


In English or French, with optional Spanish or French subtitles; English captions.


Kurt Russell, A. Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas Waites.

Publication Information

Universal City, CA : Universal, [2004]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


MPAA rating: R.


In the winter of 1982, a twelve-man research team at a remote Antarctic research station discovers an alien buried in the snow for over 100,000 years. Soon unfrozen, the form-changing alien wreaks havoc, creates terror and becomes one of them.


Based on the story "Who goes there?" by John W. Campbell, Jr.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1982.

Special features: feature commentary with Kurt Russell and director John Carpenter ; "John Carpenter's The thing : terror takes shape," an 80-minute documentary featuring interviews with select cast and crew ; stop motion animation cut from the film ; work-in-progress visual effects footage ; behind-the-scenes location footage ; original theatrical trailer ; outtakes from the film ; behind-the-scenes photographs ; storyboards and conceptual art ; annotated production archive.

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