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The Thing
($34.98 Blu-Ray, $29.98 DVD, Universal)

A prequel to John Carpenter’s amazing, gooey sci-fi classic (itself a re-imagining of a 50s monster movie), director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr’s movie fills in some story gaps for horror nerds—and packs a few scares—but there’s nothing really new and waaay too much CGI. DVD extras include deleted/extended scenes, a couple of featurettes and a commentary with Van Heijningen, who doesn’t say anything like “here’s where we bastardized what made Carpenter’s film so memorable.”

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Dream House (Universal)

The Mill & The Cross (Kino Lorber)

The Other F Word (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

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