- Audio CD (September 24, 1996)
- Original Release Date: June 11, 1982
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
- Label: MCA Records
- Run Time: 115 minutes
- ASIN: B000002P2X
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, March 19, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Gosh, cinematic goodbyes have never been so powerful, before or since. Williams was born to write for the screen.
This compact disc release contains excerpts (such as the witty "Frogs" cue) that had not been available on previous CD or LP versions of the soundtrack. The same familiar cues that accompany E.T. and Elliott's flight across the face of the Moon, the climactic bike ride, and E.T.'s farewell all remain, only now they have been remastered for maximum audio and emotional impact.
Even if you've had old LP or CD recordings of the score, this new version, which now probably stands as the official COMPLETE version, as did the CLOSE ENCOUNTERS score, is worth getting for your collection. It is Williams, the greatest living composer of film music today, at his very frequent best. Grab it!
It is the end where the score really gets emotional. The final medley ("Escape/Chase/Saying Goodbye) is a triumph of Williams' genius. As the ship closes, taking the little alien back to his world as the boy looks on, Williams delivers an emotional punch that literally "knocks" the listener on his/her feet. The familiar "E.T. Theme" is played again, but this time the skies open and all who listen feel the bond so shared by Elliott and the little creature.
Like I said, when I heard this in the theater, I jumped up and applauded, like everyone else this little tale so wondrously told in sight and sound.
The best tracks on this album are Escape/Chase/Saying Goodbye, Far From Home/E.T. alone, E.T.'s Powers, The Magic of Halloween, and End Credits. Of course, all of the music is great. But that's some of the best parts of the score. Especially Escape/Chase/Saying Goodbye. This is such a great cue, and if you don't know. Williams couldn't pull this cue off to fit the movie so Spielberg cut the movie to fit the music. Good job Steven. And good job Williams!
This is a must have for any soundtrack fan.
Nowadays, being much older and much braver, E.T. is among my 10 favorite movies of all time and the score is in my top 5. John Williams gives us a score that swells with emotion to the bursting point. The whimsy (particularly with the nod to John's earlier work in Empire Strikes Back), the literally soaring beauty of the Flying Theme, and the 20th Century tension that follows the government as they try to track down our little hero.
The highlight of the score is the 15 minute plus "Escape/Chase/Saying Goodbye". I firmly believe that it's a gutsy move for a composer to introduce a new major theme in the last 15 minutes and expect the listener to respond to it, but it works. The 11 note motif is my favorite theme and it's what drives us from the children's escape with E.T. to the end of the movie. Every time I listen to it, I stop what I'm doing and devote myself fully to the music. If I'm particularly invested, when the goodbyes are all said and done and E.T. stands nobely at the entrance of his spacecraft, the ramp raising up, the iris door closing in on his fully restored beating heartlight, I have been known to get more than just a bit misty eyed.
Everyone should own this soundtrack. Even if you've never seen the movie, or have and didn't like it for some heartless reason, the music is inspirational, exciting, terrifying and downright fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When you listen to this CD, it feels like you are watching the movie. The songs transport you into the movie. This CD was well worth $8, and would like anyone a fan of E.T. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Never understood the reason why the public liked this film. It's silly. And the music though well made and well intended by the master Williams, is just as sillyPublished 3 months ago by Captain Breed
It is excellent masterpiece of music by John Williams.
I really love it.
this is a awesome soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this soundtrack are all of them. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David