E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
35th Anniversary Limited Edition
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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 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. ...
Let me explain something that I feel a lot of people are forgetting. This set doesn't only include the new version, but the old as well. That's a great deal, since you can choose which one you would like to see. If you hate the new effects and CGI, don't watch it. It's that simple.
Now don't get me wrong. I think the newer version is very silly, and I wonder if Spielberg really thought it looked good when he did it. Maybe if he were to do it in around 10 years, it wouldn't look so animated.
I did like the deleted bathroom scene though, even though it was done with CGI. It would have been nice to have seen that in the original, but I guess that would be having my cake and eating it too.
There is nothing flawed about this set, it simply just gives some options that not everyone will want to choose. If you enjoy the movie, you will enjoy this set. It's a classic that hasn't lost it's flavor after all these years.
Since writing this review 9 years ago, some things have changed (believe it or not). With the release of Blu-ray and Amazon Instant Video, this has caused some confusion over which version(s) are featured on each format. I currently own the Blu-ray edition that Amazon lists as "Multi-format" and has a blue cover that says "Anniversary Edition" at the top and it contains only the ORIGINAL 1982 version of the film (which is undoubtedly the superior version of the two, since it omits the "not ready for prime time" CGI effects that many believe ruined this classic movie.
As noted above, I did enjoy the scene with ET in the bathroom that was added to the 20th anniversary edition and it IS included on this 30th anniversary blu-ray edition as a deleted scene (along with one other scene where Elliot's mom is asked where Elliot is on Halloween).
The blu-ray transfer is fantastic and it was wonderful to see they decided to use the original 1982 version as opposed to the 2002 version with the added effects. Of course it would have been nice to include both, if for nothing else, to serve as a comparison. But if I had to choose, I am happy to see they dropped the 2002 edition.
I hope this clears up any confusion my original review may have caused. Amazon does not separate their reviews based on different versions and my original review is pretty outdated here in 2014. 32 years later, this film is still just as touching and magical as ever and this blu-ray edition really brings it to life for a new generation.
This is a scam by the movie makers and the quality of the image sucks!!!
If I want to watch crappy video...I will watch YouTube...and now it is better then any UV digital movie.
This is a note to the entire world: TELL THE MOVIE COMPANIES AND SELLERS (Amazon) to not send movies with UV.
If you haven't TRIED to get a UV digital movie yet....are you in for a treat...NOT!
You have to register a 2 different places and get all the SPAM email and then for your trouble, you get a very bad copy of the movie.
I even have another grip...if you order a BlueRay (HD) version of a movie...it should also come with a HD digital copy.
iTunes does a much better job of digital movies....and they belong to you!