John Carpenter’s classic “The Thing” is getting a feature-packed, newly restored special edition release from Arrow

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While not a box office hit when it was first released, The Thing has been rightly recognised as a sci-fi horror genre classic.

Arrow Video are bringing us a feature packed new special edition, including all-new documentaries, as well as the classic original feature-length ‘making of’ doc, with a transfer sourced from a new, director-approved, 4K restoration.

There’s a steelbook edition, which will have 4000 units, as well as non-steelbook Limited Edition, which will be limited to 6000 copies (up from 4000 originally, due to high demand) and which will contain some additional in-box goodies.

This isn’t an exclusive, so we’ll add more links when we get them.

Pre-order Steelbook: HMV | Zavvi | Amazon UK
Pre-order Ltd Edition: HMV | Zavvi | Amazon UK


Over the years, star Kurt Russell and master of horror John Carpenter have teamed up on a multitude of films (Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York to name a few) but of all their collaborations, 1982 s horror/sci-fi amalgam The Thing surely tops the list.

A research team based out in the snowy wilds of Antarctica find themselves beseiged by a terrifying, shape-shifting creature which has found its way into their base. When it becomes clear that the creature can take the form of any organism it so chooses, the tension within the team reaches breaking point any one of them could be… The Thing.

Critically panned at the time of its release, John Carpenter s The Thing has rightly gone on to become one of the most celebrated sci-fi horror efforts ever made now newly restored by Arrow Video in a stunning 4K transfer supervised by Carpenter and director of photography Dean Cundey.


  • Brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative, supervised and approved by director John Carpenter and director of photography Dean Cundey
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original Mono and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by John Carpenter and actor Kurt Russell
  • Who Goes There? In Search of The Thing an all-new feature length documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures exploring the history of The Thing, from the original novella to John Carpenter’s terrifying science fiction classic. Featuring new interviews with the cast and crew, as well as authors, historians, and critics
  • 1982: One Amazing Summer an all-new retrospective documentary produced by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures about the unforgettable films released in the summer of 1982
  • John Carpenter’s The Thing: Terror Takes Shape archive documentary on the background and production of the film
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Outtakes
  • Behind-the-Scenes
  • Trailers, Teasers, TV and Radio Spots
  • Still Galleries

Limited Edition In-Box Extras:

  • Poster
  • Lobby Cards
  • Book containing new writing on the film

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23 Responses

  1. Think I’ll wait for a ‘true’ 4K version.

  2. Its sold out already. Should have been limited to one per customer. The scalpers will have a field day with this one.

  3. Just preordered it!

  4. Must. Resist. The. Temptation.

  5. Paul Stone Paul Stone says:

    So just a 4K disc or does it have 4K and standard blu ray?

  6. Jam Grantham Jam Grantham says:

    Pre ordered! Thanks boys!

  7. Barry Finch Barry Finch says:

    Wonder will they release escape from New York and the fog ? never seen them bit supposedly the region 2 versions availible are poor.

  8. Is this really sold out already? Any one have order confirmation?

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