The Thing From Another World! DVD

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$14.98
Arctic researchers discover a huge, frozen spaceling inside a crash-landed UFO, then fight for their lives after the murderous being (a pre-Gunsmoke James Arness) emerges from icy captivity. Will other creatures soon follow? The famed final words of this film are both warning and answer: "Keep watching the skies!"

A snappy ensemble. An eerie theremin-infused Dimitri Tiomkin score. Rising suspense. Crisp Christian Nyby direction. All merge in an edgy classic produced by Howard Hawks (Bringing Up Baby, Rio Brave) and filled with Hawksian trademarks of rapid-fire dialogue and of people united by do-or-die stress. Keep watching the skies and the screen. Don't miss a moment of "one of the best sci-fi thrillers of the '50's" (John Stanley, Creature Features).
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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 87 Minutes
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Audio:
    ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
  • Director: Christian I. Nyby II
  • Cast: James Arness, Margaret Burke Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Interactive Menus

    Theatrical Trailer

    Scene Access

  • Release Date: 1951

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4.94.9(25 reviews)See all 25 reviews
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4.9

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NoneThe Thing From Another World! DVD
 
4.9

(based on 25 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (22)
  • Engaging characters (20)
  • Original (16)
  • Great cinematography (8)
  • High production value (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (22)
  • Adult viewers (7)
  • Younger viewers (6)
  • Perfect gift (5)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (19), Casual viewer (3)

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5.0

Great movie

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from Rancho Cucamonga

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Original

Cons

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    • At Home
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    Comments about this product:

    Great gift for my parents. Horror without being too scary.

     
    5.0

    " It's Alive "

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    from Orange Park, Florida

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value

    Cons

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      Comments about this product:

      Great sci-fi movie from the fifties starring James Arness ( Matt Dillon,Gunsmoke ) as The Thing from another world. If you grew up watching these sci-fi movies in the fifties, then you're guaranteed to love this one. This is one of my favorite sci-fi films of all-time.

       
      5.0

      Fast-paced intelligent script AND Scary

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      from Kansas City, Kansas

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Original
      • Realistic Dialogue

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home

        Comments about this product:

        One of the few scary movies involving the brilliant director Howard Hawks, and it shows. The characters seem real, the dialogue is witty and fast-paced, and all this in a scary flick. It's one of my all-time favorite horror movies.

         
        5.0

        Tense Drama without Special Effects

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        from Salem, VA

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Grippingly Tense Moments
        • Original

        Cons

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          • Adult Viewers
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          Comments about this product:

          Filmed in B/W, the use of surprise elements (dead sled dogs falling out of cabinet) and the staging of very tense scenes (severed hand of monster begins to move) create a much more frightening experience than the remake with all its special effects.

           
          5.0

          Great Product

          By 

          from Martin, SC

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          Pros

          • Entertaining

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • At Home

          Comments about this product:

          I am a great fan of classic movies and this move fits all my expectations.

           
          5.0

          The Best

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          from LA, from Burbank, CA

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          Pros

          • A Great Original
          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Original

          Cons

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            • At Home

            Comments about this product:

            It represents a first in the malevolent alien type of movies, which also includes a subplot of the negative effects of science going astray, and military involvement in the threat of "communism" in it time.

             
            5.0

            I love this classic movie

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            from Sacramento, CA

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            • Entertaining

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              This movie as classic

               
              5.0

              Awesome!

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              from Smyrna, GA

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                  Comments about this product:

                  Impressed with the quality of the film.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Bought me back to my teenage years!!

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                  from new york city ny

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                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Love Old "horrorscifi"
                  • Love Old Sci Fi "horror
                  • Original

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                      Comments about this product:

                      love old movies .......thanks for having them available.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      A 1951 Sci-fi classic

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                      from Scottsdale, AZ

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining

                      Cons

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                        • At Home
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                        Comments about this product:

                        For a 1950s Sci-fi, this is very well done. Character development is better than most Sci-fis.

                        It is hard to say if the idea is original or not. As far as I know, it was original in movies, but may well have been behind the sci-fi literature.

                        Special effects were minimal, and in keeping with the low budgets that 1950s sci-fi movies had to deal with. However, there were sufficient effects to tell the movie's engaging story.

                        One of the best of the 1950s sci-fi breed. Sure scared me when I was a kid in the 1950s.

                         
                        5.0

                        Top rated B movie; it is a classic.

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                        from Albuqueruqe, NM

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                        Pros

                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Entertaining
                        • Original
                        • Top Rated B Movie It Is

                        Cons

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                          Comments about this product:

                          Top rated B movie; it is a classic in its own right and is a much more accomplished piece of work for my money. . The characters in this 50's film are all likable, including the wonderful Dr. Carrington. All the characters are capable, and in many cases, quite resourceful and ingenious. Each, always maintains a humorous, dry wit angle of attack on the situation.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Very fine, classic film

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                          from Washington, DC

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                          Pros

                          • Engaging Characters
                          • Entertaining
                          • Excellent Restoration
                          • No Gore For Its Own Sake
                          • No Superfluous Blasts
                          • Original
                          • Truly Suspenseful

                          Cons

                          • Budget Was Limited
                          • Much Overlapping Dialogue

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                          Comments about this product:

                          This is an outstanding restoration of a fine old film. (The scenes that are patched from secondary footage in the usual TCM presentation are fully repaired here. What a pleasant surprise!) The suspense is "old school" but effective. Character interaction is more realistic than many films of the era (or even today), but the overlapping dialogue can be a bit heavy making it difficult for the viewer to catch everything. However, that "problem" just prompts repeated viewing and this movie can stand up to it. I am still a little disappointed in the somewhat maniacal characterization of the lead scientist; however, the circumstances are understandable and not all of the team agree with his outlook. Thought-provoking thriller...

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          One of the greatest bad movies ever!

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                          from Vermont

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                          Pros

                          • Entertaining

                          Cons

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                            Comments about this product:

                            This is a classic 1950's scifi movie. By today's standards it has terrible special effects, acting, dialog, etc., but that's what makes it so great.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Never Grows Old in My World ..

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                            from Neligh,NE

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                            Pros

                            • Engaging Characters
                            • Entertaining
                            • Great Cinematography
                            • High Production Value
                            • Original

                            Cons

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                              Comments about this product:

                              I saw this film as kids growing up and always like it and still do to this day.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great in 1950 and 2013.

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                              from Corinth,MS

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                              Pros

                              • Engaging Characters
                              • Entertaining
                              • Original

                              Cons

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                                Comments about this product:

                                Watch it to bring back old times.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Just love it!

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                                from Baltimore, MD

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                                Pros

                                • Engaging Characters
                                • Entertaining
                                • Great Cinematography
                                • High Production Value
                                • Informative
                                • Original

                                Cons

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                                  Comments about this product:

                                  I have loved "The Thing" for a long time. Lost my original copy so had to get another one. It is great to see James Arness aka Matt Dillon in such a role. Also he made another great scifi movie, THEM!

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  scary without all the gore

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                                  from portland oregon

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                                  Pros

                                  • 50's Movie At Its Best
                                  • Classic
                                  • Engaging Characters
                                  • Entertaining
                                  • High Production Value
                                  • Original

                                  Cons

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                                    Comments about this product:

                                    This is a wonderful Science fiction movie, and a all time classic. Watching this movie, you feel as if you could have been friends with anyone of these characters in this film, great comic relief at times. These actors and actresses, work so well together, you can tell there was great chemistry between them all.
                                    A great film, to watch with family and with children today, expose to so much explicit violence and gore, this will be a refreshing change and even though film in black and white, it is still able to be scary and entertaining for all who watch it.

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Fantastic '50's movie-great story!

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                                    from Florida

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                                    Pros

                                    • Engaging Characters
                                    • Entertaining
                                    • Great Cinematography
                                    • High Production Value
                                    • Informative
                                    • Original

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                                      Comments about this product:

                                      In the 50's this was considered a top Horror film and it still is. It is a great family movie because it is scary and suspenseful without being gory. The actor's are very believable.

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great movie and service

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                                      from Wake Forest, N.C.

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                                      Pros

                                      • Engaging Characters
                                      • Entertaining
                                      • Informative

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                                        Best sci-fi movie of the 50s

                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        See this one!

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                                        from Vista, Ca

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                                        Pros

                                        • Engaging Characters
                                        • Entertaining
                                        • High Production Value
                                        • Informative
                                        • Original

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                                          This is in my opinion one of the best sci-fi flicks from the 50's. Why? Because the screenplay (dialog) is so real in the sense that the acting is seamless. It is as if you got 20 actors together and gave them a great script and told them to use that script as a guide and let them ad lib and become "friends" in the process transforming those actors into the actual people involved in this if it were actually something to have occurred. I think they purposely left the "Thing" to be somewhat obscure as they don't do any close ups and there are not a lot of make-up/close ups of the alien. Many modern films have used this movie as a reference to later films and it all becomes relevant once you watch it. It still stands the test of time.

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