The Thing From Another World Blu Ray Review (Warner Archive Collection)
The Thing from Another World (aKa The Thing) is a 1951 science fiction-film directed by Christian Nyby (It’s a Great Life, Rawhide, Perry Mason, & Bonanza). It’s based off the 1938 novel Who Goes There? from author John W. Campbell Jr. It was produced by Howard Hawks (Rio Lobo, El Dorado, Rio Bravo, & Scarface) & Edward Lasker (The Big Sky, Reign of Terror, & Tulsa). A United States Air Force crew is dispatched from Alaska at the request of Dr. Carrington (played by: Robert Cornthwaite from The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The War of the Worlds, & Doctor Detroit). They have evidence that an unknown flying object has crashed near by so reporter Ned Scott (played by: Douglas Spencer from This Island Earth, The Diary of Anne Frank, & Shane) joins them hoping for a huge story.
Dr. Carrington plus the entire crew investigate the situation which includes Captain Hendry (played by: Kenneth Tobey from Gremlins 1/2, It Came from Beneath the Sea, Strange Invaders, & Airplane!), Dr. Redding (played by: George Fenneman), Corporal Barnes (played by: William Self from Kilroy Was Here, Marshal of Cripple Creek, & Sands of Iwo Jima), Dr. Voorhees (played by: Paul Frees from Fantastic Four TV series, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, & The War of the Worlds), & others. They find a large block of ice that a body inside it. They all have different opinions on what to do with their recent discovery. Their curiosity turns into disaster when The Thing (played by: James Arness from Gunsmoke, Them!, How the West Was Won, & Hondo) thaws out. They fight for survival against this unknown monster as Nikki Nicholson (played by: Margaret Sheridan from The Diamond Wizard, Pride of the Blue Grass, & I, the Jury) updates them with critical information. Is this really the end? or Is this crew saving the world from their worst nightmare????
The Thing from Another World is one of the best science fiction films made in the 1950s. It definitely hasn’t aged as well as others but it’s a nice time capsule for that period of cinema. Let’s be honest, the best thing this production has ever did was to help inspire John Carpenter to direct 1982’s The Thing. This had a solid cast without really any big stars & it was a well written screenplay which really boosted the quality of the feature. The special FX were very impressive for it’s time. They don’t make films like this anymore, this production had class & a high quality to it. I love the cinematography & the score for this. I have always been curious if Howard Hawks did more than produce this, it does feel like he directed some of this at times. This is a completely different take compared to the other adaptations from the book. It’s more dialogue driven & it does require more patience but it’s worth the wait, RECOMMENDED!!!!
Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Warner Archive Collection! This 1080p (1.33:1) transfer is like watching this film for the very first time! The cinematography looks beautiful in black & white. This blows away every previous home video release. This DTS-HD Master Audio English 2.0 track provides crisp & clear dialogue, this feature has plenty of that. The under-rated score is at it’s highest quality here, that’s my favorite thing about this. It also has English SDH subtitles. It has two “Trailers” for the feature but that’s the only extras here. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!