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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Two-Disc 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] (1977)

Richard Dreyfuss , François Truffaut , Steven Spielberg  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Steven Spielberg, Hal Barwood, Jerry Belson, John Hill, Matthew Robbins
  • Producers: Clark L. Paylow, Julia Phillips
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (564 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VECACG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Two-Disc 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Steven Spielberg 30 Years of Close Encounters
Extensive Photo Gallery
A View From Above
Storyboard Comparisons
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Making of Documentary
1977 Featurette "Watch the Skies"
Deleted Scenes

Editorial Reviews

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Anybody who has written him off because of his string of stinkers--or anybody who's too young to remember The Goodbye Girl--may be shocked at the accomplishment and nuance of Richard Dreyfuss's performance in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Here, he plays a man possessed; contacted by aliens, he (along with other members of the "chosen") is drawn toward the site of the incipient landing: Devil's Tower, in rural Wyoming. As in many Spielberg films, there are no personalized enemies; the struggle is between those who have been called and a scientific establishment that seeks to protect them by keeping them away from the arriving spacecraft. The ship, and the special effects in general, are every bit as jaw-dropping on the small screen as they were in the theater (well, almost). Released in 1977 as a cerebral alternative to the swashbuckling science fiction epics then in vogue, Close Encounters now seems almost wholesome in its representation of alien contact and interested less in philosophizing about extraterrestrials than it is in examining the nature of the inner "call." Ultimately a motion picture about the obsession of the driven artist or determined visionary, Close Encounters comes complete with the stock Spielberg wives and girlfriends who seek to tether the dreamy, possessed protagonists to the more mundane concerns of the everyday. So a spectacular, seminal motion picture indeed, but one with gender politics that are all too terrestrial. --Miles Bethany

Product Description

Steven Spielberg's classic film is back now on this never-before-released Ultimate Edition DVD, which includes all three versions of the sci-fi blockbuster. Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who along with several other stunned bystanders experience a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, much to the dismay of his wife and family. Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have close encounters of the second kind - discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in unusual places. Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote area where he and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind - contact.

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167 of 184 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wished upon a star and my dream came true! 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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176 of 209 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Coming To DVD! Preorder Now! 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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-own Blu Ray Title! November 24, 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Close Encounters of the Third
A great film and a classic one at that. Even though the film was made several years ago...it still stands as an icon to all things
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Published 5 hours ago by June Bloom
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift
Purchased for a Christmas gift and recipient was pleased. Husband liked the movie and I was thrilled to be able to get the Anniversary Edition.
Published 20 hours ago by Joanne Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Deal
I always liked this film. Nice of Spielberg to give a nod to Truffaut. Great price for blue ray and yes, it is essential to any library.
Published 7 days ago by Apuch
2.0 out of 5 stars It is okay
I got this as a present, but I don't really like it. I know others have loved it, but I couldn't get into it.
Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite sci-fi films
Now that I have it on Blu-ray, Close Encounters remains one of my all time favorites. This disc presents the three different versions of the film.
Published 8 days ago by britton bruce
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic SciFi
Always great to see the scene shots and filming locations done by Spielberg. This movie embodies his talents in the likes of E.T. and 1941. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ensoniqman
5.0 out of 5 stars Close Encounters
This is one of the best films of all time. I have the VHS version of this film, but decided to purchase the Blu-ray version for my collection. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Sandra Alaska
5.0 out of 5 stars A few things to clear up about the "Close Encounters" Blu-Ray
I will not go into detail on how I feel about Steven Spielberg's wonderful science-fiction odyssey, probably one of the best movies ever made and a classic in the science-fiction... Read more
Published 12 days ago by JLR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great package for a timeless film.
This release of one of Mr. Spielberg's classic films was the first Blu Ray to use seamless branching to include all three cuts of the film on the first disc. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Cliff Good
4.0 out of 5 stars My nine year old review
It was kind of cool because they did not reveal everything until the end. It was like a detective movie where the actors did not know what was going on.
Published 14 days ago by KEK
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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
Deleted scene?
The 1980 Special Edition version features the scene with Roy inside the mothership. By the way, he doesn't walk out as an alien. There is one alien that is outside the mothership at the end of the film but it isn't Roy as an alien. Why did you think Roy was turned into an alien?
May 14, 2008 by J. Roche |  See all 7 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
Director's cut
This is not the case. Each version has something exclusive to it.
Aug 9, 2010 by warrian |  See all 2 posts
Version info
No, this is the 1998 collector's edition(Or director's cut)The New 30th annisversery DVD has all three versions for the first time.

In 1980, Spielberg wanted to finish the film the way he wanted to-but the stduio would only agree if Spielberg would show the inside of the ship. That was the... Read more
Nov 19, 2007 by Melvin Jay Babb |  See all 2 posts
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