Directed by Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks. USA. 1951.


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Universal Pictures releases Howard Hawks’ pioneering science fiction shocker The Thing From Another World on DVD. 

John Carpenter, who made a gorier version of the film in 1982, supplies an exclusive audio commentary and the 2 DVD edition features a restored print and a colourised version. The latter is much better than earlier attempts at colourisation and will probably encourage people who cannot cope with black and white pictures to watch it.

The film itself takes you to a military base in Antartica. This is an isolated male community that has to deal with issues of individuality and team work to deal with a 'veggie' monster who represents the communist threat. The heat and warmth of their station is compared and contrasted with the literal and metaphorical coldness of the alien.

The appearance of the monster at the end is disappointing by today's standards, but in compensation the image of the men marking out the position of the crashed flying saucer in the ice field is an outstanding piece of cinema. Also, look out for the wonderful opening title sequence.

An exceptional saucer movie that encapsulates the cold war period.

Title: The Thing From Another World
Release Date: 19 March 2007
Recommended Retail Price: £15.99
Certificate: 12

Nigel Watson
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