Universal have just announced a special 'Collector's Edition' release for JC's classic sci-fi/horror/remake The Thing to be released on Region 1 later thus year.
"Universal has announced plans to release The Thing in anamorphic widescreen this October. This popular John Carpenter film will arrive as part of a Dawn of the Dead (2004) promotion this October 19th. The retail price will be set at around $19.98.
As well as the new 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, the disc will include an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track, an audio commentary with director John Carpenter and Kurt Russell, a John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape featurette, Production Background Archives, Cast Production Photographs, Production Art and Storyboards, a feature on Location Design, Production Archives, The Saucer feature, The Blairmonster feature, outtakes, a feature on the post production and the films theatrical trailer."
Good news for those who don't already own the disc, but whether it's worth purchasing if you already own the Region 2 Universal edition (just for the added Saucer and Blairmonster features) remains to be seen.
"Why don't we just wait here for a while... see what happens..." - RJ MacReady