For the first time ever, one of the most beloved motion pictures of all time is now the ultimate DVD experience! Hailed by Leonard Maltin as "one of the great American films", this all-new version of Steven Spielberg's masterpiece features never-before-seen footage, enhanced special effects and a digitally remastered, Oscar-winning soundtrack. Unsurpassed in sound and clarity and packed with over ten hours of thrilling bonus features, the 2-Disc, Limited Collector's Edition of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is the essential element in your family's home entertainment library.
Universal pulled a fast one when they placed both the 1982 and 2002 versions of E.T.
on this standard DVD release. The result is an excellent two-disc set that contains nearly all of the material on the higher-priced ultimate edition
(minus the handsome packaging). On the disc one bonus menu, you must play through the two-minute introduction to see a short on the 2002 premiere of the film that was accompanied by John Williams conducting a live orchestra. There is an option to see the film with this unique soundtrack. The second disc contains a solid documentary on the making of the film and the reissue with plenty of interviews and cool tidbits. A slide show offers dozens of photographs and sketches, albeit with little descriptive text. Surprisingly, there are no original trailers. Since the movie was painstakingly restored and updated, the sound and picture quality are excellent. Now if we could just get Spielberg to do a commentary track. --Doug Thomas