From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: The Thing FROM THE PRODUCERS OF DAWN OF THE DEAD, COMES A THRILLING JOURNEY TO ANTARCTICA'S DARK AND DESOLATE FRONTIER IN THE THING

A Chilling Prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 Cult Classic Available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™; DVD; and On Demand January 31, 2012 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- An expedition of a lifetime becomes a subterranean nightmare in The Thing, the thrilling prelude to John Carpenter's 1982 film of the same name. Debuting on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on January 31, 2011, The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,) as paleontologist Kate Lloyd who, along with the crew's pilot Carter (Joel Edgerton, Warrior), discovers a mysterious organism buried in the ice.

When a simple experiment frees the creature from its frozen prison, it unleashes a flood of chaos and paranoia upon the camp, pitting the team against one another.  With the ability to mimic the physicality of anything or anyone that it touches, the shape-shifting creature makes everyone a suspect in this suspenseful psychological thriller.  From Dawn of the Dead producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, The Thing also stars Ulrich Thomsen (Season of the Witch), Eric Christian Olsen ("NCIS: Los Angeles"), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ("Lost"), Paul Braunstein (Tuxedo) and Kim Bubbs ("Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures"). 

The Thing Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes an all-new UltraViolet™ copy of the film.   UltraViolet™ is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, put them in the cloud and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smart phones and soon, consumers can download to devices of their choice too.  The Thing Blu-ray™ Combo Pack also includes a DVD as well as a Digital Copy of the film which is compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android or other retail partners.  So now, consumers can truly enjoy their movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere, on the platform of their choice.

BLU-RAY and DVD BONUS FEATURES:

  • DELETED/EXTENDED SCENES
  • THE THING EVOLVES: Profiling key behind-the-scenes stories of the film from inception to completion, including pieces entitled "The Legacy," "The Inspiration" and "The Evolution."
  • FIRE & ICE: In a frigid environment and against a relentless foe, there's only one hope: Fire.  Join the cast as they train with flame-throwers, battle wild fires on-set and get schooled in the importance of understanding fire's unpredictable personality.
  • FEATURE COMMENTARY:  With Director Matthijs van Heijningen and Producer Eric Newman.

BLU-RAYExclusive BONUS FEATURES:  Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

  • UltraViolet™: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, put them in the cloud and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smart phones, currently available in the United States only.
  • BD-LIVE™:  Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more!
  • pocket BLU™ app:   The groundbreaking pocket BLU™ app uses iPad®, iPhone®, iPod®  touch,  Android™, PC and Mac®  to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray™ player.  Plus iPad® and Android™ tablet  owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU™ made especially to take advantage of the tablets' larger screen and high resolution display.  Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray™ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that's bigger and better than ever before.  pocket BLU™ offers advanced features such as:
    • ADVANCED REMOTE CONTROL:  A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
    • VIDEO TIMELINE:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
    • MOBILE-TO-GO:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
    • BROWSE TITLES:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
    • KEYBOARD:  Entering data is fast and easy with your device's intuitive keyboard.
  • uHEAR™:  Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your
    Blu-ray™ disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.

CAST AND FILMMAKERS:
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paul Braunstein, Kim Bubbs
Directed By: Matthijs van Heijningen
Written By:  Eric Heisserer
Based on the Story "Who Goes There?" By: John W. Campbell Jr.
Producers:  Marc Abraham, Eric Newman
Executive Producers:  J. Miles Dale, David Foster, Lawrence Turman, Gabrielle Neiman
Production Designer:  Sean Haworth
Director of Photography:  Michel Abramowicz
Costume Design: Luis Sequeira
Edited By:  Peter Boyle, Julian Clarke
Original Music By: Marco Beltrami

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:
Street Date: January 31, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61119544 (U.S.); 61121264 (Canada)
Layers: BD-50
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images and language (U.S.); 18A for brutal violence, gory scenes and coarse language (Canada); 13+ for Violence/Horreur (Quebec)
Languages:/Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French (Canadian) Dolby Digital  5.1
Run Time: 1 Hour, 43 Minutes

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD:
Street Date: January 31, 2012
Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Selection Number: 61115236 (U.S.); 61121265 (Canada)
Layers: Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40:1
Rating: R for strong creature violence and gore, disturbing images and language (U.S.); 18A for brutal violence, gory scenes and coarse language (Canada); 13+ for Violence/Horreur (Quebec)
Languages/Subtitles: English SDH/Spanish Subtitles/French Subtitles
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1, French (Canadian) DTS Surround 5.1
Run Time: 1 Hour, 43 Minutes

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

CONTACT: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Jennifer Black
Executive Director, Publicity
(818) 777-0546
Jennifer.Black@nbcuni.com

SOURCE Universal Studios Home Entertainment



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