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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
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Relive the adventure and magic in one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, from Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg. Captivating audiences of all ages, this timeless story follows the unforgettable journey of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy he befriends. Join Elliot (Henry Thomas), Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and Michael (Robert MacNaughton) as they come together to help E.T. find his way back home, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is "one of the great American films" (Leonard Maltin) that forever belongs in the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere.
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I've seen this film approaching 70 times, and I know where the beats are, top to bottom. I was looking for changes, and could detect not a one. Even the slight jump-cut as ET indicates the closet as "home" is restored. The original ILM animation of the bikes in flight is back. The string passage during the final embrace is right where it should always have been. All the terrible tampers have been removed.
The transfer, from original 35mm elements, is as flawless as can be. The look and feel of the theatre experience fills the eye and the ear and, as always, the heart. Welcome "home," E.T., and thanks, Universal, for a job well undone.
The movie, of course, is incredible. I grew up loving E.T., and it's wonderful to see my children loving him, too. The CGI E.T. made me irate, transforming a realistic looking E.T. into a goofy cartoon, so I was extremely happy that they released the 30'th anniversary addition in the original form. The bathtub scene was an adorable idea, but definitely not worth the cost of buying a ruined movie rather than a timeless classic. The bathtub scene can still be viewed in the "extras" section of this set.
As far as the media, I'm just an average viewer, not a techy who can notice the subtle differences in the definition. I thought the picture on the Blu-Ray was beautiful, and the DVD looked great on our portable DVD player. No problems with either.
Get this movie for you, your kids, someone who still has that little kid inside them. Be OK with the idea that you will cry at some point. Be OK that you want to smash your TV in because of how angry you get at the antagonists.. Its all good. Having someone to hold onto and share this experience with makes it that much better....
You can tell a rough estimate of the era when a movie was shot based on the film quality, and if I hadn't originally seen this in theaters, I wouldn't have believed it came out in the early 80s! The images were THAT good! (If you can't tell, I just can't get over the great restoration job...the look of the picture.)
Aside from that, it's a great movie, and I'm glad we finally got the chance to introduce our kids to this film.
I highly recommend this item!
Storywise, there isn't a whole lot to say. The summary on any of the home video editions may be inaccurate, but that's what happens when trying to cram a 2 hr movie into two paragraphs using the English language. Especially when most English speaking folk have very little knowledge of their own dictionary. The gist is there though. Amazon might have one posted on this product page.
One thing I've been hitting the roof over is the change in the cover-art graphics that took place in 1996 and stayed that way until this digibook blu ray/dvd combo pack was released in June of 2013. It was originally a BestBuy exclusive, but no longer. I don't know when or if I'll ever enjoy this film again. As I started to indicate, there's not a whole lot to gain by watching it after seeing 20 times, give or take, and for an analytical person like myself, it's hard to really put one's finger on why this film comes off as being so damn good. It's pretty much a children's film, meant to be watched with parents (hence the PG rating), but adults can find themselves lost in it if they aren't foul people with no hope of salvation. This fact alone makes it a marked achievement as a work of art. As product, that just depends on how much that fact impresses you (or doesn't).
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~ Well, back in 1982, this movie was pretty big. Still is in a way, although nostalgic now.Read more