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Arrow Announces Full Details for ‘The Thing’ 4K Restoration; Coming October!

Arrow Video announced just last month that a 4K restoration of John Carpenter’s The Thing was in the works, and the wait for more information is now over. It’s coming in October and we’ve got all the details!

The UK exclusive release will be available in either Steelbook or Limited Edition packaging, both limited to just 4,000 units. Both contain the newly restored 4K transfer (from the original negative), which was supervised by John Carpenter and director of photography Dean Cundey.

Both packages include the following bonus features:

• 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

Pre-order your copy over on Arrow Video’s website. You’ll have it on October 23rd.



  • American Atheist

    Awesome! I wonder how many times I can buy the same movie? I can’t wait for the 8K version, that will be epic.

    • Lord Sparkington

      Well, I know it’s hard to believe, but not everyone lives in America or has a multi region bluray player. So this release from Arrow will be perfect for me, who lives in Australia, because our bluray region is B just like the UK and Arrow Video which this is, whereas the Scream release is region A locked.

      • Psytrix

        Jesus.. It’s so easy to mod your player to make it region free – why limit yourself?

  • pablitonizer

    This shouldn’t be limited edition, this should go to a museum for everyone to see it!

  • Necro

    I’ve yet to see any film in 4K. I’m (according to a really good friend of mine) really missing out, I’m a high definition nut and the clearer the picture and sound, the more I’m intrigued/inclined to spend money to upgrade. I remember the first time I watched this on Blu-ray and I was just speechless, so I can’t imagine it in 4K.

    • Ocelot006 .

      Well, it’s still a Blu-Ray. It sourced from a 4K restoration but’s still 1080p.

    • dr.chimrichalds

      The movie that showed me just how incredible a film can look in 4K is Fantastic Beats & Where to Find Them. There is a scene towards the end when Dan Fogel is standing in the rain & the level of detail on his coat is mind blowing. Don’t get me wrong, the entire movie looks incredible, but it was that scene in particular where the difference between Bluray and 4K really made itself apparent to me. If you watch almost all of your movies on Bluray, the step up in image quality is gonna be more noticeable than to someone who occasionally watches films in HD. Logan, John Wick 2, The Great Wall & The Revenant are some of the best examples I’ve seen that really show off the capabilities of the new format. Labyrinth is another great one. For a movie that is 20+ years old, it looks great in 4K.

      • Necro

        Ok cool. Thanks

  • thegunshow

    Awesome artwork.

  • enemy

    Steelbook for me, you can’t beat the original artwork.

  • zombie84_41

    I deft be getting this in the limited packaging.

  • Brett Lovejoy

    Forgive my ignorance, but what’s the difference between the latest version of this movie and this upcoming version? Aren’t both in 4K? I plan on getting a 4K TV here in the coming months, just not sure if they’re one-and-the-same or if this newer release is true 4K.

    • Ocelot006 .

      It’s a Blu-Ray. Not an UHD Blu-Ray.

      • Brett Lovejoy

        So the most recent release is just upscaled to look better, and this new release is going to be actual 4K?

        • Ocelot006 .

          No it’s not actually going to be 4K. It’s from a 4K source. It’s 1080p. It’s a standard Blu-Ray. Not a UHD Blu-Ray.

          • Brett Lovejoy

            Oh OK, thanks!

  • Saturn

    It pays to be in the UK…..

  • Yes please! Region B disc is perfect for us Aussies. Shame Arrow’s website crashed under the immense response to this…

    And it seems Zavvi has both the Steel Book & Boxset both sold out too 🙁

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