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Blu-ray Review – The Thing (1982)

The Thing, 1982.

Directed by John Carpenter.

Starring Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Richard Masur, Charles Hallahan, and Joel Polis.

Synopsis:

A group of researchers in Antarctica fall foul of an alien organism that can mimic anything it comes into contact with, resulting in paranoia as the trust between the team crumbles.

Given that the special editions of this title sold out within a couple of hours, prompting Arrow Video to run out a few extra to satisfy demand, you can be sure that John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi/horror The Thing still remains a popular title amongst connoisseurs and collectors alike. So with that in mind, does this movie really need to be sold to you? Does it need a plot analysis? Of course it doesn’t, because you already know what you’re in for when you put that shiny Blu-ray disc into your player
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Silkwood

It’s a quality true-life mystery-exposé that doesn’t come off as tabloid trash or Oliver Stone hysteria — the true story of Karen Silkwood is told without cooking the books. The all-superstar cast is something too — Meryl Streep, Cher and Kurt Russell. Only a fine director like Mike Nichols could steer this one into good entertainment & memorable cinema territory.

Silkwood

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1983 / Color B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 131 min. / Street Date July 25, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid, Fred Ward, Ron Silver, Charles Hallahan.

Cinematography: Miroslav Ondrícek

Production Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein

Art Direction: Richard D. James

Film Editor: Sam O’Steen

Original Music: Georges Delerue

Written by Alice Arlen and Nora Ephron

Produced by Larry Cano, Michael Hausman, Buzz Hirsch, Mike Nichols

Directed by Mike Nichols

Remember when the big movies about adult themes were in the theaters, and not on cable TV?
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John Carpenter’s The Thing

Look out: John Carpenter's chilly tale of shape-shifting chaos at the South Pole creeps back with a new transfer and two fully stocked discs of extras old and new, including the bowdlerized Network cut, just for laughs. The picture still works like gangbusters -- the best monsters are still the gooey, rubbery pre-cgi kind. John Carpenter's The Thing Collector's Edition Blu-ray Scream Factory 1982 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 109 min. / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 34.93 Starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis. Cinematography Dean Cundey Production Design John J. Lloyd Special Makeup Effects Rob Bottin Film Editor Todd Ramsay Original Music Ennio Morricone Written by Bill Lancaster from the short story "Who Goes There?"by John W. Campbell Jr. Produced by David Foster, Lawrence Turman Directed by John Carpenter

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

It's been eight years since
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Blu-ray Review – The Thing Collector’s Edition

The Thing Collector’s Edition

Directed by John Carpenter.

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

Synopsis:

The Thing arrives on Blu-ray again in a comprehensive two-disc set from Shout! Factory. All the previously released bonus features are included, along with about two-and-a-half hours of new interviews and two new commentary tracks. This Collector’s Edition also offers a new 2K scan of the film print. Highly recommended.

Did you notice that The Thing movie poster on the basement wall in Stranger Things? (Of course you did.) Interesting that the creators of that series chose that bit of 80s ephemera, rather than a poster for E.T. or Poltergeist, two films that crushed Carpenter’s now-classic movie at the box office in 1982.

Sure, that Thing poster was a gun on the mantelpiece alluding
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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 1: Transformations

It starts with a cry of pain. Then a look of terror or ecstasy. And then the body starts to change. Hair grows from the knuckles. Maybe the eyes turn black. Sometimes fangs sprout. Before you know it, the person in front of you isn’t a person anymore. The Transformation can be the most horrific moment in a horror film because it’s where the internal becomes the external. No more false faces. No more hiding. And depending how fearsome the new being is, no more running as well.

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An American Werewolf in London (1981)– London wolf calling

It starts out so innocently. Knowing that a full moon is approaching, David Kessler (David Naughton) locks himself in the home of nurse Alex Price (Jenny Agutter) in order to be able to transform into a werewolf peacefully, not killing any innocent people and proving that he doesn’t have to commit
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Zach Braff Directing Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine And Alan Arkin In Going In Style

Production is now underway on location in New York City on the New Line Cinema comedy Going In Style, directed by Zach Braff (“Garden State”) and starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules,” “Hannah and Her Sisters”) and Alan Arkin (“Little Miss Sunshine”).

Freeman, Caine and Arkin team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Al, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

The film also stars two-time Oscar nominee Ann-Margret (“Tommy,” “Carnal Knowledge”) as Annie, a grocery cashier who’s been checking Al out in more ways than one; Peter Serafinowicz
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Scariest Movies to Watch on Halloween – Redux Edition

It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.

In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of
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Thn HalloweenFest Day 3: John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’

‘Why don’t we just wait here for a little while… see what happens…’

Director: John Carpenter

Cast: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Charles Hallahan, Richard Masur, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat

Plot: The scientists at a remote Us outpost in Antartica stumble upon the seemingly unoccupied Norweigan frontier that holds evidence of a mysterious extraterrestrial existence. Upon the return to their own camp, they appear to have unknowingly brought along this mysterious shape-shifting alien that is able to manifest itself into any being it kills…

Horror Highlights: From the top-notch performances and the foreboding sense of dread (in part due to Ennio Morricone’s intimidating score), there is so much to marvel at (and terrify) during the The Thing’s running time – Albert Whitlock’s seamless matte paintings, Dean Cundey’s claustrophobic cinematography, that chilling, if somewhat, brave downbeat ending, what more’s needed to impress? Oh, yes
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Going in Style Remake Gets Director Don Scardino

Going in Style Remake Gets Director Don Scardino
New Line Cinema has hired The Incredible Burt Wonderstone's Don Scardino to direct the upcoming remake of the Martin Brest comedy Going in Style. We reported back in October that the the studio had plans to revive this senior bank heist thriller, originally starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg.

The film follows three old men who share a small apartment in Brooklyn. The trio decides to hold up a bank disguised with novelty Groucho Marx-style glasses, and they get away with over $35,000 dollars. After one of them suffers a heart attack and dies, the remaining two head to Las Vegas to splurge the rest of their take.

Don Scardino will be directing from a script provided by St. Vincent de Van Nuys' Theodore Melfi. Donald De Line and Tony Bill are producing.

No production schedule has been released.

Going in Style was released November 1979 and stars George Burns,
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A Tribute To Tony Scott: The Fan

Tony Scott admitted in an interview for Film4 once that had Robert De Niro not been attached to The Fan, it would not have interested him. “The Fan was a go project and I wanted to work with Bobby DeNiro” Scott explained. “I didn’t have much interest in the script originally. In fact I’d passed on it twice before. But I very much wanted to work with Robert De Niro.”

The Fan follows down-on-his-luck knife-salesman, Gil Renard (De Niro), whose life is completely overrun by his obsession with baseball. When his favourite baseball team sign a new all-star player named Bobby Rayburn (Wesley Snipes), a new level of obsession is born in Gil. Abandoning his commitments to his job, his ex-wife and his son, Gil becomes fixated on helping an unaware Rayburn get out of his career slump and turn things around for the team – even if it
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Going in Style Remake Moves Forward at New Line Cinema

Going in Style Remake Moves Forward at New Line Cinema
New Line Cinema is mounting a remake of the 1979 heist comedy Going in Style, hiring Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent de Van Nuys) to write the screenplay.

George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg starred in the original, portraying three senior citizens who decide to rob a bank. Martin Brest made his directorial debut on the comedy, and went on to make hits such as Beverly Hills Cop, Spies Like Us, and Midnight Run.

Donald De Line has signed on to produce, with Tony Bill, a producer on the original, serving as executive producer. No production schedule was given.

Going in Style was released November 1979 and stars George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan, Pamela Payton-Wright, Siobhan Keegan, Brian Neville, Constantine Hartofolis. The film is directed by Martin Brest.
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Creepy New Images from The Thing, Plus Make-up and Effects Talk from the Creators

The shapeshifting alien in John Carpenter's The Thing is easily one of the most terrifying monsters in cinematic history — we get goosebumps just thinking about the scene where the infected Norris' (Charles Hallahan) head tears itself apart from the body, sprouts spider-like legs, and skitters away — and it was created by creature designer Rob Bottin well before the advent of CGI technology. In fact, the "thing" in The Thing has become such an iconic creature that producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman made the decision to use as many practical effects as possible when depicting the creature in the upcoming The Thing prequel.

We only get to see a few glimpses of the creature in the trailer and TV spot that recently began airing, but some close-up shots of the creepy critter appeared in a recent article in Make-Up Artist Magazine (via director Matthijs van Heijningen's Facebook page). The
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Hunter: Win the Complete Series on DVD!

The police drama Hunter debuted in 1984 and was created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell. The TV show ran for seven seasons on NBC and features exploits of L.A. homicide detectives Rick Hunter (Fred Dryer) and his partner, Dee Dee McCall (Stepfanie Kramer).

Stories feature the duo foiling plots involving deadly heists, killer porn stars, gangland murders, international terrorists, punk rockers, and more. Kramer left the show after six seasons to pursue her music career and her character married an old flame. For the final season, Hunter and Captain Devane (Charles Hallahan) move from homicide to the elite Metro unit.

The complete series has recently been released on DVD. The 28-disc set includes all 152 action-packed episodes and features guest star appearances by George Clooney, Eric Estrada, Jesse Ventura, Dennis Franz, Brian Dennehy, Ed O'Neill, Bruce Davison, Garrett Morris, Jerry
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Hunter: Win The Complete Second Season on DVD!

Created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell, the police drama Hunter debuted in 1984. The NBC series ran for seven seasons and features exploits of L.A. homicide detectives Rick Hunter (Fred Dryer) and his partner Dee Dee McCall (Stepfanie Kramer).

Season two represents a change for the Hunter TV show in that more emphasis was placed on the chemistry between Hunter and McCall and Dryer and Kramer ad-lib quite a bit. Series regulars include Dryer, Kramer, Garrett Morris, Charles Hallahan, John Amos, Bruce Davison, Darlanne Fluegel, Lauren Lane, Arthur Rosenburg, John Shearin, James Whitmore Jr., Ruby Ramos, Perry Cook, Richard Beauchamp, and Courtney Barilla.

Stories feature the duo foiling plots involving deadly heists, killer porn stars, gangland murders, international terrorists, punk rockers, and more. The second season also includes one of the most memorable episodes of the series, "Rape and Revenge." This
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