Universal Brings 'Thing,' 'Dead' Series to Blu-ray this Halloween

Posted Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 12:00 PM PDT by Peter Bracke
The Thing (1982)

Universal has announced plans to bring three of its top catalog horror hits to Blu-ray this September with all-new U-Control features, both as stand-alone releases and a three-title 'Halloween Starter Pack.'

Making their Blu-ray debut on September 30 will be John Carpenter's cult classic 'The Thing,' George A. Romero's 'Land of the Dead,' and the 2004 remake of 'Dawn of the Dead.' (All three titles were previously released on HD DVD.)

Tech specs include 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video and DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround soundtracks.

Extras confirmed so far include filmmaker audio commentaries on all three titles, and multiple making-of featurettes on 'Land of the Dead.' More details are expected in the coming days, which should see all of the bonus features found on the previous HD DVD versions carried over to their respective Blu-rays.

Exclusive to Blu on all three titles are new U-Control picture-in-picture tracks (Profile 1.1 required), plus U-Control tutorials. 'The Thing' will also be BD-Live-enabled (Profile 2.0 required), though exact content specs remain TBA.

Note that all three titles will be made available individually for $34.95 each, and as part of a three-movie 'Halloween Starter Pack,' though its MSRP remains unconfirmed at press time. Stay tuned.

You'll find the latest specs for 'The Thing,' 'Land of the Dead,' 'Dawn of the Dead' and the 'Horror Starter Pack' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they're indexed under September 30.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
The Thing (1982) (Blu-ray)
Land of the Dead (Blu-ray)
Dawn of the Dead (2004) (Blu-ray)
Halloween Starter Pack ['The Thing (1982),' 'Land of the Dead,' 'Dawn of the Dead (2004)'] (Blu-ray)
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