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1.0 out of 5 stars ... ruined a classic, September 25, 2002
This review is from: E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (Ultimate Gift Boxed Set) (DVD)
First, I want to make it clear that I'm reviewing the DVD here, not the original film. I liked the original; it's a good movie. Not as fantastic as it is hyped to be, but good enough to have on DVD for an occasional viewing. I give the film 4 stars.
I have BIG problems with what's behind this DVD, and the "special edition" of ET that's on it.
The 2002 edition of ET is just absurd. As others pointed out, CGI ET looks silly, and isn't consistent with the "old" scenes that include ET. His stiffness was part of his physical character. Making him more "jar-jar" just doesn't make sense. It's an example of "lets do it because we can". There are lots of thing we "can" do that we "should not" do, and this is one of them.
But much worse than this is the digital removal of the guns. Not only was this poorly done (from a technical point of view), but it's an example of Political Correctness(tm) gone mad. Guess what: government agents and cops carry guns, and they point them at people/things that they are trying to stop/apprehend. Get over it.
I hate to see a work of art like ET defaced just to appease a loud, misguided minority of people who believe in political correctness. Bowing to this minority was a cowardly act.
Finally, the packaging Universal has chosen is obnoxious. The only way to get the original film is to buy a very expensive "gift boxed set", filled with things I do NOT want. I'm willing to pay for a boxed set, but only if it contains the following items: Original movie with original 5.1 sound track, commentary track(s), deleted scenes, making of and/or retrospective featurettes. That's it. This would probably fit on one disc, making a boxed set unnecessary. ...
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Initial post: Jul 14, 2007 3:07:51 PM PDT
Ta-kuan Fuan says:
The original still is my favorite movie of all-time and I completely agree with you in that it did NOT need to be touched up in any way, shape or form.

Posted on Sep 6, 2007 11:47:15 AM PDT
Alan Cerny says:
Don't hold your breath for a commentary track by Steven Spielberg. He doesn't do them. However, the documentaries on the Ultimate Box are quite good.

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 12:00:15 PM PDT
Candis Heil says:
I agree with you completely.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 1:34:32 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 24, 2007 7:48:05 AM PST
Debbie. D says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2008 10:21:31 PM PST
Hello, Mr. PC Fascist - it's a MOVIE (i.e. a fictional story shot on film); that means it's not real - they weren't REALLY pointing shotguns at children, so YOU get over it. If it bothers you, then WATCH SOMETHING ELSE - no one's FORCING you to watch the big bad movie with the shotguns in it, right? God, why does everyone insist on the universalization of their own personal tastes & standards? Jeez...it's like inside every American there's a little dictator, dying to get out...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2008 4:24:59 PM PST
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Posted on Apr 30, 2008 8:31:39 AM PDT
John Wallace says:
This review is on all the E.T. versions.
Are all the versions sold on Amazon edited like this review says?

Posted on May 3, 2008 3:15:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2008 3:17:56 AM PDT
I have veered away from purchasing the DVD release of the film for the reason that you mentioned: the "cuts" and the alterations. I'm glad that I have a VHS, albeit older, copy of the film. 'Guess I'll have to watch it until an unedited version appears.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2008 10:41:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 20, 2008 10:43:33 PM PDT
panopticon7 says:
put simply, editing out the weapons is dishonest. one of the significant sensibilities of the original film was its honesty. for such a fantastical film, divorce, loneliness and friendship were treated respectfully--as was the genuine fear demonstrated by an authority that was simply out of its depth. "Political Correctness" once meant sensitivity toward the feelings of others and a sense of social justice; this review, whether consciously or not, reflects the new paradigm of political correctness in this era--basic dishonesty; comfortable lies in favor of shameful truth--yes, as noted, people who consider themselves authorities in the US really do carry guns and they really do point them--and use them--against whomever they please as they please to get their american way. this new edit, which i have seen, more than mars the classic film--it warps it into a disturbing new shape; again as noted, the inconsistencies are obvious to even an untrained eye--who approaches this now will know something is amiss, if not precisely what--in other words, the disingenuousness of the new narrative will linger in a way the film's story will not any longer.
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