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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

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Product Description

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND: THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION is visionary director Steven Spielberg's definitive director's cut of his exhilarating film. This new edition of his masterpiece is digitally remastered from newly-restored film elements and includes a "making of" featurette, complete withnew behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with stars and crew. In the night skies near his Muncie, Indiana home, power repairman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) experiences something out of this world. His close encounter sets into action an amazing chain of events that leads to contact with the benevolent aliens and their Mothership. Spectacular special effects, John Williams' outstanding score and winning performances from Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and legendary director Francois Truffaut in the role of Lacombe makes CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND: THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION movie magic of the best kind.

Additional Features

The Collector's Edition (CE) represents Steven Spielberg's third version of Close Encounters. Created in 1998, this sequence contains most of the judicial edits made for the Special Edition (SE) in 1980, speeding up Roy Neary's first contact with the UFOs and adding a scene of a discovery in the Mongolian desert. The CE also reinstates the comical madness of Neary tearing up his own front yard, replaced in the SE by a scene where he breaks down in the shower; both scenes are restored in the CE. The SE's revised ending, featuring an extended scene inside the mothership is deleted. The two-disc DVD set includes an extensive 100-minute documentary that was produced in 2000 and incorporates footage seen on an earlier laserdisc version. Also shown are 11 deleted scenes including the footage aboard the mothership, and scenes introducing Lacombe (François Truffaut) that were jettisoned in the initial release when Spielberg shot a new opening. One of the laserdisc's features--the ability to play all the different versions--is missing here, but the excellent image and sound quality (the latter is better here than most theatergoers witnessed in theaters) makes this a grand DVD. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Feature Length Making-of Documentary
  • 1977 Featurette Watching the Skies
  • 11 Deleted Scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Melinda Dillon, Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Francois Truffaut
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Producers: Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2001
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (842 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,649 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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190 of 210 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Samuelson on November 15, 2007
Format: DVD
Now this is the way it should be. You get all three cuts, all remastered in 5.1 surround and all have been digitally transferred. Thank you so much Mr. Spielberg because this without a doubt has to be one of your best (along with the original ET).

Last night, I watched the original theatrical version and forgot how much was removed for the "Special Editions" and the final "Director's Cut". In my mind, the original version is the best and to finally have it in all it's uncut 5.1 surround sound (which didn't exist back then) glory is simply wonderful.

The packaging is nice, although I found it very difficult to remove the DVDs without fearing I might snap them because the locking mechanism seems to not want to let go of the DVDs no matter how hard I press down on them. I suppose I could look at it in that I shouldn't fear them coming off during shipping and getting scratched up.

The box is nicely designed and inside are some wonderful items. It comes with a poster that gives a time line for each movie and where each cut differs which I found really interesting. It also comes with a book full of bios on the actors and other people that worked on the film. Plenty of in-movie and behind-the-scene shots. Finally, the three DVDs are housed in a tri-fold container. Inside and outside are colorful shots from the movies and it really makes the entire set look nice.

In addition to the three editions of the movies, there is also a new "30 Years" documentary looking back over time at how CE has been a favorite movie that has stood the test of time. Also, the making-of documentary that was on the original Director's Edition that came out a few years ago has been split across the three DVDs.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Glen Murley on November 24, 2007
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I bought a Blu ray player a few months ago. At 39 years old I was really hoping to see some of my favorite movies in this new HD format. Some movies seem to really benefit from this format (Kubrick's re-releases, Fifth Element, etc.). And some movies don't seem to take full advantage of the HD format.

So it is with great pleasure that I say that this edition of Close Encounters of the Third Kind is quite simply "amazing!" Yes, the film is 30 years old. And some grain is to be expected. But wow, what a transfer! The colors pop off the screen. The contrast is nice and sharp, but not in a bad way. The dark scenes are virtually flawless. The color tones and overall look of the entire film is breahtaking. The audio easily makes this a reference Blu Ray disc and will really test your system.

I'm not sure how much of the look of this film is due to the recent digital remastering and how much is simply due to the HD format, but the end result is enough to give you goose bumps.

The movie may be 30 years old, but this transfer makes it look as though it was released this year.

Worth noting is, thanks to the Blu Ray format, this release is just two discs (not 3 discs as in the standard def format). All three versions of the film (original Theatrical release, Special Edition release, and the edition for this set, Director's Cut) are ALL on the first disc. Disc two contains all the special features. And there's hours of non-filler, must-watch stuff on this disc too. A 2007 interview with Spielberg and cast talking about the versions, an almost 2-hour documentary from Collector's Edition release, 42 minute "Making of" documentary. After watching all the special features I want to go back and watch the film again.
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181 of 217 people found the following review helpful By Michael Porter on March 10, 2001
Format: DVD
This two-disc set features a THX-certified 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer of Spielberg's (so far) favored cut of the film (the third!), dubbed the "Collector's Edition" after its 1998 release on VHS and laserdisc, and runs 137 minutes. The anamorphic transfer is minted from a hi-def transfer created at Sony's DVD center in Culver City, California and cleaned up for this release. The disc features both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 soundtracks, the 102-minute "The Making Of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" documentary by Laurent Bouzereau created for the 1998 laserdisc, a collection of additional deleted scenes, a featurette on the film's enduring place in the sci-fi film pantheon entitled "Watch The Skies" (which, coincidentally, was the original working title for Spielberg's opus), talent files, and two theatrical trailers. Note that the still gallery on the laserdisc will not be carried over to the DVD. The set also comes packaged in Columbia's new "book-like" special edition casing with extensive production notes.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Samuelson on June 13, 2002
Format: DVD
I would really rate this as 3.5 stars but not 4, so I'm forced to give it a 3.
First off, the movie overall is excellent. Heck, I was 11 years old when this came out and I LIVED in Muncie, Indiana when it was released. The theater went nuts when the subtitle came on, saying "Muncie, IN", and then seeing Roy wearing a Ball State University shirt, well that just got the crowd in the theatre all worked up. We loved it!
I saw the "Special Edition" on VHS when it came out. I was a little diasppointed at the time when the scene with Roy tearing up his lawn was removed from that edition.
However, I wasn't as disappointed with that version as I am with this. Many of the scenes from the 1st SE have been moved off to the second DVD as deleted scenes. A bad choice in my opinion. However, those scenes that were missing in the SE from the original release are back in with some other new scenes plonked in as well. Still, it's a disappointment with the other scenes missing.
But, the other features on the second DVD are great. But, I wish Columbia/TriStar would take notice of how James Cameron released T2 - The Ultimate Edition. In that release, you have the choice of 3 versions of the movie on the same DVD: The original theatrical release, the Special Edition which came out a few years later on VHS, and then a third version with more deleted scenes in addition to the SE version. I don't know why Columbia/TriStar/Spielberg couldn't have done the same for Close Encounters.
The picture itself is great and the sound is excellent. Much better than the original release back in 1977, but of course, technology for sound has improved vastly since then, so it's not a surprise. Still, it's amazing how the sound can make a difference in how a movie is presented.
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Edition Details???
It contains 3 dvd's 1 for each film, a booklett with bio's & trivia & a poster that stats the changes within each film, all presented in a nice slip case to hold it all. All movies have been digitaly restored both picture & soundtrack with 5.1 dolby or dts. From my 1 st viewing of the 2nd disc... Read More
Nov 13, 2007 by Benniebo1 |  See all 6 posts
The packaging for the 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray edition is a cardboard case housing a 30th Anniversary Collector's Book (containing cast and crew bios, behind the scenes photos, etc), and a digipack containing the discs and a fold-out poster. The flip side of the poster is a comparison chart... Read More
Mar 2, 2015 by B. Albert |  See all 3 posts
Deleted scene?
Yes, the "Special Edition" version contains the "Roy inside the mothership" sequence, which Spielberg paid 2-3 million to shoot, but which was deleted from future releases and versions. But I like it. Actually, the best version of CE3K is one where ALL scenes in any version... Read More
Dec 11, 2008 by Thomas Glebe |  See all 7 posts
Still a DigiPak?
are you referring to the digi "book"? I've been trying to find a version that is not just the plastic jewel case... but either a book format or at least has a nice slipcover
Dec 26, 2014 by Istvan Kolnhofer |  See all 2 posts
New version on Valentines Day 2011?
OMG so are they going to monkey around with this film yet again?!?! Please just release the original 1977 film and let it be.
Jan 22, 2011 by James L. Dickinson |  See all 3 posts
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