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Internet goes into Meltdown over Arrow Video’s THE THING!

15 July 2017

While you were sleeping, Arrow Video announced their October releases for both the UK and U.S. markets. Among the five announcements was their UK only release of THE THING in both Collector’s Edition & Steelbook Blu-ray variants, individually limited to 4,000 units. Along with announcement was immediate pre-order links for Amazon UK and Arrow‘s own web-store. Within minutes both variants were sold-out at Amazon and the heavy traffic caused Arrow‘s store to crash.

Later on in the piece, Zavvi launched their pre-orders and they too sold-out within an hour. The two SKUs popped up briefly again on Amazon earlier this morning but were gone in less than half an hour while Arrow‘s store has gone live for around five minutes a few times throughout the day.

Here’s the information on the two variants as it stands…
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THE THING: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Contents:

• 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
• Poster
• Lobby Cards
• Book containing new writing on the film
• Newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin

19983640_1625835777450410_4903886236474498767_oTHE THING: Steelbook Blu-ray Contents:

• 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

We suggest taking the ‘Email Us’ when available on Amazon UK option so you can be alerted as to when or if it’ll made available to pre-order once again. In the interim keeping checking the Arrow store to see if it’s live again as they surely must have stock remaining given how little time that store has been operational in the past fourteen odd hours.

Here’s some direct links to make it easier:
Collector’s Edition Blu-ray:
Pre-order your copy via Arrow here: http://bit.ly/2vkWa8S
Pre-order your copy via Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2uhnAzE
Steelbook Blu-ray:
Pre-order your copy via Arrow here: http://bit.ly/2tTuCHU
Pre-order your copy via Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2tawLSy

Remember even if you miss out on either of these sweet variants of THE THING, that Arrow will release a Standard Edition in Amaray casing down the track, possibly sooner than later if these bad boys are in fact completely sold-out.

Other Arrow announcements included the US/UK release of GEORGE A. ROMERO BETWEEN NIGHT & DAWN Blu-ray Collector’s Edition featuring THERE’S ALWAYS VANILLA, SEASON OF THE WITCH & THE CRAZIES. Also a US/UK release of BLOOD FEAST Blu-ray (for the first individually outside of their Herschell Gordon Lewis packs), a US/UK release of blaxploitation feature J.D.’s REVENGE on Blu-ray and UK only release of Steve De Jarnatt’s apocalyptic classic, MIRACLE MILE on Blu-ray.
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