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.
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