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A View From Above
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Making of Documentary
1977 Featurette "Watch the Skies"
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.
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
Not this one. I purchased the double fearture edition ISBN 1- 4258-3431-7(one disc), but a message said "cannot be viewed in your area !!!Published 4 days ago by George Farnell
Wish they made a 3D version! SciFi with honest possibilities.Published 5 days ago by Frederick F. Wolf
One of the great benevolent e.t. films. The plot and special effects remain surprisingly fresh today. We are encouraged to view e.t. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jan Jander
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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
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
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
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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
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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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