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This review is from: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Two-Disc Widescreen Limited Collector's Edition) (DVD)
Both versions of Steven Spielberg's masterpiece are available on this limited edition DVD of E.T- THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL. The original 1982 and the 2002 re-mastered version are equally impressive. The minor cuts and restored footage doesn't add much. Sure, the CG E.T is impressive and there are some great moments put back in that make the film feel more complete. But the heart of the film stays the same. Differing from Spielberg's more strident films (JAWS, the INDIANA JONES films and JURASSIC PARK), E.T is the simple story of Elliot (Henry Thomas) who finds a friend from space and helps him to find his way home, hence the oft-quoted line "E.T phone home!". The iconic image of Elliot riding past the moon is one of the most memorable movie moments in cinema history, accompanied by John William's whimsical score (Another coup-de-grace par-excellence). The film itself is still emotionally involving and the peformances of the principal actors, especially Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore are fantastic. Regardless of the film's 2002 theatrical dissapointment, Spielberg's masterful storytelling holds up to this day. One of my all-time favourites, E.T will always be remembered as one of the greatest cinema experiences in film history.
The DVD extras are very impressive. Startting off with Disc One, the 2002 version has an introduction by Steven Spielberg, a live performance of John Williams conducting at the 2002 premiere and an "exciting space exploration". Disc Two has the 1982 version. the extras include a "Spotlight on Location" featurette, The Reunion: The cast and filmmakers talk sbout the film. The Evolution and Creation of ET: hundreds of production photographs, conceptual drawings and original advertising in an interactive environment. Also included are theatrical trailers and DVD-ROM features. A must have DVD.
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Initial post: Jun 6, 2009 3:59:05 PM PDT
B. Albertson says:
No, the original version is not on this DVD. Don't listen to these people. I did, and purchased this item and was really irritated to find that it had the CGI E.T. and the feds carrying walkie talkies instead of guns. It's ridiculous how they're holding the walkie talkies too! Clearly, supposed to be holding guns... CLEARLY!
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 27, 2010 11:24:30 AM PST
G. Goodman says:
It clearly states that there is only one disc, which doesn't necessarily limit it to one movie, but the product description says nothing about there being 2 versions. Perhaps the first poster is a troll for one of the sellers trying to unload his stock gathering dust? Shameful.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2010 10:47:06 PM PST
L. Jones says:
If you paid attention, you would see that he is reviewing:
E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (2-Disc Widescreen Limited Collector's Edition) (DVD)
As far as I can gather, this set does contain the 1982 version. Fault Amazon for lumping all the reviews together, but get your facts straight before accusing someone of being a troll. Shameful.
Posted on Apr 3, 2013 7:51:38 PM PDT
William Sommerwerck says:
A "coup de grace" is the strike intended to kill someone -- a death blow. Don't use terms you don't understand.
Posted on Jun 20, 2013 4:31:38 AM PDT
This is a lie it doesn't contain the 2002 version, only the delete scenes separate!
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