ET - The Extra-Terrestrial 1982

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Steven Spielberg directs this heart-warming family tale of friendship between a boy and his pet alien. Young Elliott (Henry Thomas) has not had a happy home life since his parents split up. Living with his mother, Mary (Dee Wallace), he is constantly fighting with his older brother, Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore). When Elliott finds an alien in his backyard one night, he takes the creature in, christening him 'ET' and aiding him in his efforts to contact his mother ship. ET has various amazing powers, including the ability to heal and make objects levitate, but his growing bond with Elliott is threatened by the fact that government officials are already trying to track him down.

Starring:
Robert MacNaughton, Dee Wallace
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DVD, Blu-ray

E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

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Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Robert MacNaughton, Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaugton
Director Steven Spielberg
Rental release Currently unavailable
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 55 minutes
Starring Robert MacNaughton, Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaugton
Director Steven Spielberg
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 21 December 2012
Main languages English

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14 of 16 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 April 2012
Format: DVD
ET is, admittedly, a well made film which at its heart has a touching tale of friends finding each other in a lonely world as they both struggle with the feeling of being an outsider. Spielberg has a magic touch, especially with special effects, and the alien is superbly well realised and lifelike. I can see the skill that went into this film, and that people of a more empathetic nature will find much to enjoy here, especially children.

Unfortunately I am one of that unhappy crowd who intensely dislikes this film. I have bad memories of going to see it in the cinema when I was six. I was obviously a cold cynical child who felt no connection with it, and nearly 30 years later I still squirm all the way through. It's a bit too American overly schmaltzy for my taste, and I really can't bear ir. It annoys me from beginning to end, and I just end up wishing that the little critter would just get on with it and go home. Spielberg is great when delivering action and special effects (Indiana Jones trilogy for example) but useless when it comes to emotional impact, always overegging the pudding (the embarrassing Saving Private Ryan...) and making a sloppy mess.

People less cold and cynical will absolutely love this - and good luck to them. It's just that for me personally it fails to resonate. So three stars only.
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34 of 40 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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13 of 15 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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