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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Two-Disc Widescreen Limited Collector's Edition)
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For the first time ever, one of the most beloved motion pictures of all time is now the ultimate DVD experience! Hailed by Leonard Maltin as "one of the great American films", this all-new version of Steven Spielberg's masterpiece features never-before-seen footage, enhanced special effects and a digitally remastered, Oscar-winning soundtrack. Unsurpassed in sound and clarity and packed with over ten hours of thrilling bonus features, the 2-Disc, Limited Collector's Edition of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is the essential element in your family's home entertainment library.
Universal pulled a fast one when they placed both the 1982 and 2002 versions of E.T. on this standard DVD release. The result is an excellent two-disc set that contains nearly all of the material on the higher-priced ultimate edition (minus the handsome packaging). On the disc one bonus menu, you must play through the two-minute introduction to see a short on the 2002 premiere of the film that was accompanied by John Williams conducting a live orchestra. There is an option to see the film with this unique soundtrack. The second disc contains a solid documentary on the making of the film and the reissue with plenty of interviews and cool tidbits. A slide show offers dozens of photographs and sketches, albeit with little descriptive text. Surprisingly, there are no original trailers. Since the movie was painstakingly restored and updated, the sound and picture quality are excellent. Now if we could just get Spielberg to do a commentary track. --Doug Thomas
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When I opened the case the DVD and Blu Ray discs were inside along with the Digital Copy redemption code. This disc contains the original 1982 version of the movie. I was VERY glad to see the CGI "enhanced" 2002 version is NOT included, but there are a few of the deleted scenes that were on the 2002 (25th anniversary ed.) included here that were enjoyable. I can't say anything that hasn't been said already- ET is magical, wonderful, and I'm very glad it is still available so my kids can enjoy it as much as I did 30 years ago
I love this version, And cried at the scenes that used to frighten me, And laughed at scenes I didn't know were funny till now.
It was a very good buy, As it plays the orchestra for the twenty'th anniversary airing, Which compliments the film, Including the laughter from the audience.
I would buy it again.
If you're going to get the movie, go ahead and buy a big bag of Reese's Pieces as well for the movie night because trust me, you're going to be craving them after watching Elliot throw them all over the woods, trying to lure in ET!
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.
E.T. was a movie that I watched so many times as a kid, I literally wore out the VHS tape. However, it wasn't until a recent blu-ray viewing that I was able to understand and appreciate just how incredible the film is all the way around. The first particular thing I noticed was the cinematography, something I did not notice as a younger viewer. It soon became very obvious to me that this film was a visual masterpiece. Shots in the beginning of the movie very closely resembled Raiders of the Lost Ark, something that must have been Spielberg's decision as both films were shot by different Directors of Photography (DPs). The way that the faces of the authority figures were shadowed or left unseen at the beginning of the film was such a subtle yet impactful decision.
The same thing this movie did for Spielberg it did for it's composer John Williams. As if what he had already done for Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders etc etc etc wasn't enough, the music in E.T. is what elevates this film into the magical realm. If you watch the movie and pay close attention, you can tell that the music almost never stops.
The final thing, that probably goes more unnoticed than it should, is the acting and the characters. The characters are all classics of the early 1980's, the separated mother, the middle child, the little sister, and they are all unnoticeably played to perfection. The child actors in this movie were so great they made Mr. Spielberg want to have children of his own.
So to recap, perfectly shot, perfectly scored, perfectly acted, perfectly written and masterfully directed. What more could you ask for?
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