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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Special Edition) [DVD] [1982]


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  • Actors: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Melissa Mathison
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Melissa Mathison
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct 2002
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063W1I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,774 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

DVD Special Features :

English,
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Subtitles, deaf and hard of hearing
DISC 1:

Introduction by Steven Spielberg
Feature Film (20th Anniversary edition)
John Williams Live at the Shrine
Auditorium 2002 Premiere
DISC 2:

Evolution and creation of E.T. The Reunion
The music of John Williams
The 20th Anniversary Premiere
Space Exploration
Designs, Photographs and Marketing
Trailers
DVD- Rom Features
Including Total Axess

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This 20th Anniversary edition of E.T. introduces the warmth and sense of magic of Steven Spielberg's much-loved movie to a whole new generation. And it is the youngsters at whom this new version has been aimed, with the film being given a Star Wars-style make-over in the hope that it will appeal to a generation weaned on digital effects. Thus, ET now has a souped-up space ship and the pursuing FBI agents are more politically correct, carrying walkie-talkies in place of guns. They've even given ET himself a CGI face-lift, digitally replacing the beloved puppet in certain scenes.

But this is no Apocalypse Now Redux. The re-edited scenes are small and insignificant to the plot: the only additional footage of any note is ET taking a bath and demonstrating that he can breathe underwater, which is amusing but irrelevant. The surprise is that the deleted scene with Harrison Ford playing Elliot's school Principal has still not made it to the new version. Despite such grumbles, E.T. is still the joyful experience it was 20 years ago, only this time grown-ups can follow the story through an added glow of nostalgia, as they fondly remember just how great BMXs were! --Nikki Disney

On the DVD: E.T.--20th Anniversary Edition has the revised version of the movie (but not the original cut) on Disc One, presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and with a choice of gloriously remastered Dolby 5.1 or DTS sound options. The major beneficiary of this new presentation is John Williams' outstanding music score, which uniquely can also be played along with the film in the live version from the LA Shrine Auditorium 2002 premiere. A documentary about Williams conducting this extraordinary performance and a feature on his original scoring sessions are the best extra features on Disc Two. Other documentaries cover the "Evolution and Creation of ET"; a "Reunion" of the principal cast and crew with some fun behind-the-scenes footage; a piece on the planets of the Solar System narrated by ET himself (!); a photo gallery; trailers, and DVD-ROM extras. There's no director's commentary, but Spielberg does briefly introduce the movie on Disc One. --Mark Walker

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "leeclaxton" on 3 Nov 2002
Format: DVD
ET is, without question, Steven Spielberg's acknowledged masterpiece.
Originally released to stunned cinema audiences worldwide in 1982, ET is a movie containing all of the basic elements required to make it a box office hit. There are comic moments (like ET blowing bubbles in the bath), there are moments of suspense (like when ET tried to run back to his spaceship and we are all wondering if he'll make it), there are haunting and harrowing moments (like the bit when the men in spacesuits invade the house) and there are pure emotional moments (for example, the final scene when ET says goodbye).
The 20th anniversary edition has been digitally remastered and a few extra scenes have been added. John Williams has also brushed up his award-winning score and added a few new tracks to the soundtrack, available on CD.
The DVD contains plenty of interesting and informative extras - especially the option of watching the movie in sync with John Williams' live performance of the score from the premiere at the LA Shrine in March 2002. This basically means that as you watch the movie, the music you hear will be 'live', so the speak - you can ever hear the amazing standing ovation during the end credits! There is also a featurette on reuniting the cast and Spielberg himself, who talk openly and emotionally about their experiences of filming and the effect ET had on their lives.
This DVD is an absolute must for any respectable DVD collection. In my opinion, ET is the greatest film made since the Hollywood boom.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The usual suspect TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
ahhhhh, remember when Spielberg was all about fun and feel good? No? Well check out E.T!

Love my horror and gore. Love my serious stuff. Love my cheesy action movies. But E.T still has a special place in my movie collection. Never has it stopped making me smile and laugh with nothing other than visuals. Hard to come by these days.

The BD transfer is outstanding again. Not quite the equal of Jaws but knocking on the door. Worthy of upgrading from the DVD in a millisecond!

Audio: English DTS HD-Master 7.1; French DTS-HR 7.1; English and French DTS Surround 2.0; Dutch DTS Surround 5.1

Subs: English SDH; French; Cantonese; Dutch; Korean; Arabic; Traditional Mandarin; Ukranian

Running time: 114mins

I'm trying to confirm that it is actually region free. The disc isn't marked up with any region. Nothing on the box to suggest it is region locked. Blu-ray.com suggest it's region free. Everything suggests it is region free!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. Hopkins on 25 Dec 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Fantastic quality and classic just got clearer, never dates, love the collectable cover

Buy it today you will not be dissapointed
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2004
Format: DVD
I was thrilled to receive this in my Christmas stocking last December. E.T. remains one of my favourite films ever - I vividly remember going to see it with my parents and sister when I was 8 years old, and being utterly captivated and obsessed.
I've actually only seen it about 4 times in my life. I like to come to it fresh at each viewing. I love it because I think it's a wonderful story, flawlessly told.
I was a little disappointed by the remastered version - I don't agree with Spielberg's assertion that the changes are discreet and almost unnoticeable. For someone who has only seen the film a handful of times, I could spot the changes a mile away.
I'm not a fan of CGI - I think it makes many modern films look utterly fake and soulless. The beauty of E.T. is that the special effects were merely secondary to this timeless tale, and very adequete. Touching them up makes the film a teeny bit blander. What harm to leave them as they were? The original film has aged beautifully. I especially take umbrage to dickeying with E.T.'s face - making him too cutesy and removing much of his poignancy. Seeing the extra bathroom scene was interesting, but I agree with its original deletion. It just didn't sit with the tone of the rest of the film - it was unnecessarily comical.
It was good to see Spielberg's new director's cut, but I'm surprised at him for feeling the need to alter his most personal film. It was perfect the first time - so why change it, and water it down slightly?
This 20th anniversary box set does include the original film, though, and I've more or less decided to only watch this version in future. I also enjoyed all the little documentary pieces about the making of the film and the reunion of the cast. So I am still thrilled to have the DVD - just a little underwhelmed by the new and 'improved' version!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. G. Hancox on 24 Oct 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Brilliant!

I'm well happy with this purchase.The blu ray transfer is fantastic. Crisp,sharp picture,with brilliant sound. Oh, and in case you are wondering, this is not the silly altered version,when all guns were replaced with walkie-talkies.This is the original,how Speilberg wanted it to be.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Gershwin on 16 April 2007
Format: DVD
This film is excellent for a variety of reasons, but I think one of it's main areas of appeal is the fact that it taps into the fear we all have of losing someone who matters to us.

In this case, we have a young boy named Elliot who, after suspecting that an alien spacecraft has landed within his local area, discovers an Extra-terrestrial who he befriends, hides in his room and promptly names 'E.T.'

From there on out, Steven Spielberg uses a variety of successful dramatic devices to draw the viewer into the story, creating an overwhelming feeling of empathy. It is nigh on impossible not to become emotionally involved in this film, and the plight of Elliot as he struggles to come to terms with the idea of losing his new friend, who he cares about so much. The compassion which is shared by Elliot and E.T. is also shared by the viewer, and as the two main characters suffer, we as the viewers share in that, and suffer too.

But there is also great humour, innocence and poignancy here, as the viewer is forced to look at life from a child's perspective, something we could all benefit greatly from doing. Every camera shot, every scenario and every piece of dialogue is executed with sensitivity, charm and innocence, as Elliot introduces E.T. to the human world and tries, often with hilarious results, to keep E.T. as his own special secret.

Then, there is the inevitable, as Elliot is forced to face the reality of separation from his new friend, saying goodbye to the innocence of his childhood in the process. The sad scenes in this film are very sad, beautifully shot and simply mesmerising. This is almost a golden example of storytelling, and one of Spielberg's most fantastic moments.
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