SRP $34.95 2.35:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 UNIVERSAL
 

Horror remakes have proven to be a hard thing to do, with most failing miserable, even when remaking mediocre films to begin with! John Carpenter's "THE FOG" is a perfect example. While the original wasn't one of his better films, the remake was so dreadful and devoid of talent, that it made one really appreciate what Carpenter achieved with the original film. It did have its moments!

"THE THING" is a well revered Howard Hawks film. It's also his one "horror/sci-fi" film.  It proved to be more intelligent than any of the scary films being released at the time, so Carpenter had his hands filled with trying to honor and surpass the original. He achieved his goals! To begin with, the script by Bill Lancaster is terrific! It pays homage to some of the best elements of the original film and source material, while building an original narrative of its own. Kurt Russell is better than he's ever been here, and the menacing chills that are achieved with pretty impressive special effects are complimented with psychological terror throughout, in a way that Carpenter readily handles with deft skill and even restraint.

UNIVERSAL has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/VC-1 blu-ray.  Comparing this transfer to the laserdisc and most recent dvd, one instantly appreciates the upgrade. Colors are outstanding! Previous formats made the film's atmosphere appear dull and virtually devoid of life in terms of color richness. Now, colors are often vibrant, but restrained when intended. While blacks aren't inky enough as found in the best looking blu-rays, they're pretty dark, allowing for impressive detail in darker scenes.  Sure, some scenes fall flat, but most of the image offers 3-dimensional depth. It's an extremely solid looking transfer.

UNIVERSAL has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix.  While dynamic range is notably improved over that found in every other format presentation, with deeper bass and better high-end fidelity, the actual mix is dated, with few surround effects. The score is terrific and well complimented throughout. Not at all an aggressive mix, but still the best it's sounded thus far.

Audio commentary with PIP option is provided.