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Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi blockbuster, now fully restored in 4K. Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who experiences a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. Meanwhile, government agents have close encounters of the second kind - discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in an unusual place. Roy and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind - contact.
Special Features Include:
ALL-NEW SPECIAL FEATURES (Bonus Disc)
Three Kinds Of Close Encounters featurette
All-new interviews with directors Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve reflecting on the legacy and impact of this iconic sci-fi classic.
Steven’s Home Videos and Outtakes
Get a rare glimpse behind the scenes with director Steven Spielberg as your guide in these never-before-seen on-set movies and gags
Blu-ray ALSO INCLUDES
- Close Encounters Of The Third Kind – Making Of Documentary
- Steven Spielberg: 30 Years of Close Encounters featurette
- 1977 Featurette Close Encounters Of The Third Kind – Watch The Skies
- Deleted Scenes
- Storyboard Comparisons
- Extensive Photo Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers
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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - 4K Ultra HD Limited Edition Gift Set
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of steven spielberg’s sci-fI blockbuster with this limited edition 4k ultra hd boxset, featuring exclusive packaging that lights up and plays the iconic 5-tone theme from the film!
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Experience a Close Encounter like never before with limited edition packaging that lights up when opened and plays the iconic theme from the film! For more details, watch the 'unboxing' video located under the pack shots at the top of this page.
Go further behind-the-scenes with this limited edition booklet featuring rare photos from the film's production.
All-New Special Features
Includes additional blu-ray bonus disc with all new bonus features for the 40th anniversary edition: three kinds of close encounters featurette & steven’s home videos and outtakes. Plus, additional behind-the-scenes content is also included on the blu-ray disc.
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Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi blockbuster, now fully restored in 4K. Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who experiences a close encounter of the first kind and witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. Meanwhile, government agents have close encounters of the second kind and discovering physical evidence of extra-terrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappears decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in an unusual place. Roy Neary and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind and the final contact.
FILM FACT No.1: Awards and Nominations: 1977 New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 3rd place NYFCC Award: Best Film. 3rd place NYFCC Award: Best Director for Steven Spielberg. 1978 Academy Awards®: Win: Best Cinematography for Vilmos Zsigmond. Win: Special Achievement Award for Frank E. Warner for sound effects editing. Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Melinda Dillon. Nominated: Best Director for Steven Spielberg. Nominated: Best Art Direction and Set Decoration for Daniel A. Lomino, Joe Alves and Phil Abramson. Nominated: Best Sound for Don MacDougall, Gene S. Cantamessa, Robert Glass and Robert Knudson. Nominated: Best Film Editing for Michael Kahn. Nominated: Best Effects and Visual Effects for Douglas Trumbull, Gregory Jein, Matthew Yuricich, Richard Yuricich and Roy Arbogast. Nominated: Best Music and Original Score for John Williams. 1978 Golden Globes: Nominated: Best Motion Picture in a Drama. Nominated: Best Director in a Motion Picture for Steven Spielberg. Nominated: Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture for Steven Spielberg. Nominated: Best Original Score in a Motion Picture for John Williams. 1978 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Win: Best Director for Steven Spielberg. Win: Best Music for John Williams. Nominated: Best Science Fiction Film. Nominated: Best Actor for Richard Dreyfuss. Nominated: Best Actress for Melinda Dillon. Nominated: for Steven Spielberg. Nominated: Best Supporting Actress for Teri Garr. Nominated: Best Make-Up for Bob Westmoreland, Carlo Rambaldi and Thomas R. Burman. Nominated: Best Special Effects for Douglas Trumbull. 1978 American Cinema Editors: Nominated: Best Edited Feature Film for Michael Kahn. 1978 Hugo Awards: Nominated: Best Dramatic Presentation for Steven Spielberg. 1978 Writers Guild of America: Nominated: Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen for Steven Spielberg. 1979 BAFTA® Awards: Win: Best Production Design/Art Direction for Joe Alves. Nominated: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music for John Williams. Nominated: Best Cinematography for Vilmos Zsigmond. Nominated: Best Director for Steven Spielberg. Nominated: Best Film. Nominated: Best Film Editing for Michael Kahn. Nominated: Best Screenplay for Steven Spielberg. Nominated: Best Sound for Chester Slomka, David M. Horton, Don MacDougall, Frank E. Warner, Gary S. Gerlich, Gene S. Cantamessa, Neil Burrow, Richard Oswald, Robert Glass, Robert Knudson, Sam Gemette and Stephen Katz. Nominated: Best Supporting Actor for François Truffaut. 2002 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Nominated: Best DVD Classic Film Release. 2008 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Nominated: 30th Anniversary Best DVD Special Edition Release.
FILM FACT No.2: J. Allen Hynek makes a cameo appearance in the closing scene. Steven Spielberg's friends Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins cameo as two World War II pilots returning from the mother ship. Real-life ARP technician Phil Dodds cameos as the operator of the ARP 2500 synthesizer communicating with the alien mothership. Musician Jerry Garcia also makes an appearance in the crowd scene. Carl Weathers appeared as a soldier in the film. Now for an obscure piece of trivia: if you have very sharp eyes, be sure to look for a hitchhiker on the bottom of the "Mothership" as it passes over Devil's Tower in the climax of the film. Look closely and you can see none other than R2-D2, the little droid hero from the film ‘STAR WARS’ which also was released in 1977 and directed by one of Steven Spielberg's pals, George Lucas.
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, J. Patrick McNamara, Warren J. Kemmerling, Roberts Blossom, Philip Dodds, Cary Guffey, Shawn Bishop, Adrienne Campbell, Justin Dreyfuss, Lance Henriksen, Merrill Connally, George DiCenzo, Amy Douglass, Alexander Lockwood, Gene Dynarski, Mary Gafrey, Norman Bartold, Josef Sommer, Michael J. Dyer, Roger Ernest, Carl Weathers, F.J. O'Neil, Phil Dodds, Randy Hermann, Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins, David Anderson, Richard L. Hawkins, Gene Rader, James Keane, Dennis McMullen, Cy Young, Tom Howard, Galen Thompson, John Dennis Johnston, Bennett Wayne Dean Sr. (uncredited), Basil Hoffman (uncredited), J. Allen Hynek (uncredited), Monty Jordan (uncredited), Shay McLean (uncredited), Stephen Powers (uncredited) and Howard K. Smith (uncredited).
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producers: Clark L. Paylow, Julia Phillips and Michael Phillips
Screenplay: Steven Spielberg, Jerry Belson (uncredited), John Hill (uncredited), Hal Barwood (uncredited) and Matthew Robbins (uncredited)
Composer: John Williams
Cinematography: Douglas A. Franker, A.S.C. (Director of Photography), Vilmos Zsigmond, A.S.C. (Director of Photography) and William A. Franker, B.S.C. (Director of Photography)
Special Photographic Effects: Douglas Trumbull
Image Resolution: 1080p [Metrocolor]
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 [Panavision]
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, German: 5.1 DTS-HD Surround Sound and English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Danish, Finnish, German, Norwegian and Turkish
Running Time: 134 minutes, 132 minutes and 137 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Andrew's Blu-ray Review: When ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ was first released, Steven Spielberg felt the film could not of been made because of the legendary author Ray Bradbury, who has written such works as “The Martian Chronicles” and “Fahrenheit 451,” and also felt ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ wouldn't have been made if Steven Spielberg had not seen the film ‘It Came from Outer Space'  six times when he was a child and also Ray Bradbury had written the original treatment for that 1953 film. Indeed, ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ and other Steven Spielberg works would seem to owe a lot to the author Ray Bradbury. According to film historian and critic Joseph McBride, Jean Renoir compared Steven Spielberg's storytelling in this picture to Jules Verne and Georges Meliés. At its heart, ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ is a simple fantasy that depicts the first formal meeting of humans and aliens. Although the film certainly features the global point of view and shows how governments might respond to this event, Steven Spielberg wisely took the more intimate approach to tell the story.
In late 1977, UFOs had been seen as a popular subject for speculation, rumination, and investigation for more than 50 years, at no time was the phenomenon more popular than during the 1970s. Along with the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and the Abominable Snowman, UFOs were no longer the province of "fringe" elements, but had moved into the mainstream. There were plenty of sceptics, but many people, including those who had never purported to see anything out-of-the-ordinary, wanted to believe. Maybe it had something to do with the world order being so bleak, especially with racial tension, Vietnam, and the Cold War, but more and more men and women looked to the stars to find hope.
‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ is a totally brilliant sci-fi film movie, but it also benefited from peerless timing. Released on the heels of ‘Star Wars,’ it was able to absorb the pro-Science Fiction atmosphere that had arisen as a result of George Lucas unexpected blockbuster. Suddenly, everyone was into stories about space and aliens. ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ represented an opportunity for director Steven Spielberg to tell a story he had wanted to tell for years and what might happen if benevolent aliens made contact with human beings. Steven Spielberg had been working on the story since before he began filming the film ‘Jaws’ and, even after ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ was "in the can" in late 1977, the director wasn't done with it. Consequently, the version that was rushed into cinemas in November 1977 and did not represent Steven Spielberg's final vision, so later on new upgraded film versions started to be re-released into the cinemas, and Steven Spielberg now was much more happy to finally show people how he wanted the sci-fi film to be released in versions he was much happier about.
With the film ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ we find Roy Neary [Richard Dreyfuss] who works as a technician for an Indiana power company and lives with his wife Ronnie Neary [Teri Garr] and three children and seems like a nice enough guy, but clearly the bloom is off the rose and he's living a fairly drab existence. All of that changes when some force causes electricity to cut off all across his area. After Roy Neary is sent to work on the situation, he comes quite close to some alien vehicles, and the experience leaves him changed, to say the least. From then on, Roy Neary feels a nagging urge to find meaning in odd shapes, a desire that eventually leads him to apparent semi-madness.
However, that's not the case, and before too long Roy Neary and others, including Jillian Guiler [Melinda Dillon], whose son Barry Guiler [Cary Guffey] has been kidnapped by the aliens and figure out what it is they need to do, and he heads out west for... well, he's not sure what. Nor are we, but it's a terrific ride as Roy Neary and Jillian Guiler have to evade oppressive government forces to reach their ultimate goal of Devil’s Tower.
Steven Spielberg paced the film extremely well, and though the effects have aged slightly, they still hold up after almost a quarter of a century. It achieves a level of beauty and tenderness rare in this type of sci-fi genre, and it also combines well-integrated humour, drama and action. As a whole, ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND' remains a totally fabulous and emotional piece of work that deserves to be included along with all the other greatest sci-fi films ever made.
Steven Spielberg reworked the film again in 1998. This 137-minute "Director's Cut" combines different aspects of the 1977 and 1980 versions. Many think this is the best edition of the film, and I might agree, but some good bits from the 1977 film fail to appear. The introduction to the Roy Neary's uses the scene from the 1980 cut, which is more abrupt but it adds some nice exposition to the family, so it's a draw. Other 1980 snippets are integrated, such as "Roy's shower" and the expedition to the Gobi Desert.
The film's climax featuring the arrival of the alien "Mothership" was shot in a dirigible hangar in Mobile, Alabama and was six times the size of a normal Hollywood sound stage. There were also extensive sequences shot at Devil's Tower in Wyoming as well as in India, which required crowd sequences involving thousands of extras. When the film finally got its cinema release, it became one of Steven Spielberg's most financially successful films and again it earned Eight Academy Award® nominations, winning the Oscar for Best Cinematography.
The 1998 version cuts some segments that appeared in both the 1977 and 1980 versions, and these alterations do not hurt the sci-fi film very much, but I wish Steven Spielberg had kept certain scenes in the film. When I consider the three versions, I personally found the Special Edition the best version to view in my opinion, as it eventually shows us what it is like inside the alien "Mothership." But what I found the most negative aspect of the Theatrical Edition and the Director's Cut, is the long scenes of Richard Dreyfuss building the mud replica of the Devil’s Tower in his lounge, and I felt this went on far too long and I also felt very embarrassed by what I witnessed, whereas Melinda Dillon was far more intelligent by producing her superb illustrated drawings of the Devil’s Tower and was far more sensible and intelligent in her search for an answer. Of course I suspect you have your favourite version of the film ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ and I would never criticise or comment on your personal choice.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND MUSIC TRACK LIST
CHANCES ARE (1957) (Words and Music by Al Stillman and Robert Allen) [From the Columbia Records album "Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits"]
WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR (1940) (Wordsby Ned Washington and Music by Leigh Harline)
THE SQUARE SONG (1970) (Words and Music by Joseph Raposo)
LOVE SONG OF THE WATERFALL (1937) (Words and Music by Bob Nolan, Bernard Barnes and Carl Winge) (From the United Artists Records album "Love Song of the Waterfall") [Sung by Slim Whitman]
MORE THAN A FEELING (1976) (uncredited) (Written by Tom Scholz) [Performed by Boston]
SHE’LL BE COMIN’ ‘ROUND THE MOUNTAIN (uncredited) (Traditional) [Whistled by a UFO observer]
Blu-ray Image Quality – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment presents all three versions of ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ in a stunning 1080p image presentation that has now been fully restored via a brand new 4K image transfer and an equally impressive Panavision 2.39:1 aspect ratio with this Blu-ray Disc that really enhances this film 100%. ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ was shot on 35mm film, using 65mm film for many of the VFX shots, and here it utilizes an all-new 4K scan of the original 35mm negative and it is presented even better now than when first release in the cinema, especially now via your Home Cinema set up. The image transfer is absolutely astounding and now has a much richer colour than ever before. The black levels and contrast are simply amazing and will leave you totally speechless, while the colours are incredibly rich and saturated. The vibrant lights of the alien spaceships have never been so lucid, meaning they are bright and luminous. It is an incredible feast for your eyes and adding a completely new dimension to the film and again not only do we get a brilliant and terrific image transfer, but also total sharpness that is totally awe inspiring. The vast majority of the film offers you a brilliant strong high-definition images that are portraying something precisely and with total clarity. There are no issues of jagged edges or shimmering occurred like you experienced in earlier releases, and I noticed no signs of edge enhancement that again you experienced with earlier video releases. Colours look totally natural and distinct, and the film did not feature any particular bright palette except from the hues generated by the alien crafts themselves, and I felt the tones appeared clear and vivid. Black levels looked and appeared appropriately deep and dense, and shadow details seemed clean and nice and without any excessive opacity, in other words, the quality of any transparency or translucence, especially permitting diffusing light to pass through any persons, objects, etc. So all in all I felt very pleased and satisfied with this image transfer, as it often looked absolutely stunning and exceptional.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment presents us ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ offers both 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and 5.1 Dolby Digital TrueHD surround soundtracks. The track featured is surprisingly broad and engaging sound-field all round. The front speakers offered a nice sense of ambience sound; in addition to the brilliant and awesome John Williams film music score, which added a great deal of unique ambient musical effects, and all in all seemed to be well placed within the sound environment. Elements also blended together neatly and very smoothly. Some directional dialogue occurred, and while it could be somewhat tentative at times, for the most part I felt that the speech appeared to come from the appropriate locations with the speakers. Likewise, John Williams’s film music score is nicely spread out, and sometimes the fidelity does soar at times to great effect. Surrounds are generally well active, though again that is only when a UFO appears. Sounds in the rear speakers are usually pretty easy to localise, so there is never that seamless "wall of sound" that you usually get with the best audio presentations, which is not a bad aspect of this audio presentation. That said, ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ is definitely a demonstration material, especially when it really delivers that awesome audio experience, and so watch out as you hear all the spaceships sounds coming out of all your speakers, you will think you are being invaded in your viewing experience. There are moments in which the film will genuinely rattle all of your speakers and make sure the neighbours are away when you view this film.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Includes All 3 Versions of the Film: Theatrical Version , Special Edition  and Director’s Cut 
Special Feature: A View from Above: With this special activating feature “View from Above,” provides in-movie pop-up graphics as you view the film, which points out differences, especially in the Special Edition and Director’s Cut, as compared to the Original Theatrical Version of the film. Look out for the three different icons as you are viewing the film version of your choice.
Special Feature: Three Kinds of Close Encounters  [1080p] [2.39:1 / 1.78:1] [22:02] Here we have an All-new interviews with directors Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve reflecting on the legacy and impact of this iconic sci-fi classic. We get lots of nice clips from the film, as well as lots of amazing rare promotional photographs, especially of a young Steven Spielberg. We hear how J.J. Abrams and Denis Villeneuve were dramatically affected by the sci-fi film in their early teens. We hear that despite Steven Spielberg never ever witnessing a UFO, he still believes there are aliens out there in the Universe and that we are not alone. We get some clips from Steven Spielberg’s rare home movies. Contributors include: Steven Spielberg [Director/Screenwriter], J.J. Abrams [Director] and Denis Villeneuve [Director].
Special Feature: Steven Spielberg’s Home Videos and Outtakes  [480i] [1.37:1 / 1.78:1] [5:25] Here we get a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes with director Steven Spielberg as your guide in these never-before-seen on-set movie scenes, special outtakes and goofy gags. Luckily Steven Spielberg with sound and always does this whenever he directs a film and a great archive for future viewing. Contributors include: Vilmos Zsigmond, A.S.C. [Director of Photography], Steven Spielberg [Director/Screenwriter], George Jensen [Production Illustrator], Joe Alves [Production Designer], Clark L. Paylow [Associate Producer/Unit Production Manager], Melinda Dillon [Jillian Guiler], Cary Guffy [Barry Guiler], Richard Dreyfuss [Roy Neary], John A. Alonzo, A.S.C. [Additional Director of Photography], François Truffaut [Claude Lacombe], Geoffrey Rowland [Assistant Film Editor], Michael Khan, A.C.E. [Film Editor], Charles Bornstein [Assistant Film Editor] and John Williams [Composer].
Special Feature: Steven Spielberg: 30 Years of Close Encounters  [1080p] [1.78:1 / 2.39:1] [21:21] This special feature is simply a one-on-one chat with the director Steven Spielberg. Once again we get to view lots of clips from the film and also view lots of rare black-and-white promotional photographs, and we also get to view more Steven Spielberg rare home movies footage, as well as some brilliant colourful artistic storyboard illustrations. Steven Spielberg gives great praise about Michael Khan, A.C.E. and his amazing film editing skills, as well as great praise towards the brilliant composer John Williams, who thought up the now famous five musical notes when communicating to the alien “Mothership.” Contributors include: Steven Spielberg [Director/Screenwriter] and Joe Alves [Production Designer].
Special Feature: The Making of ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND'  [1080i] [1.37:1] [101:41] This documentary was made for the original inferior DVD release of the sci-fi film, and provides film fans with a rare behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film and with the sci-fi film 'Star Wars,' ushered in a new era in Science Fiction. Includes interviews with director, producer and other members of the cast and crew, who tell their intimate stories of what it was like to be involved in the film, as well as the enormous effort that went into making Steven Spielberg's vision a reality. We hear the difference between close encounters of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd kind is explained, and Richard Dreyfuss tells how it took him 6 months to convince Steven Spielberg to cast him in the lead role. We hear how Steven Spielberg contacted the actor Steve McQueen to play the part of Roy Neary, but turned it down. We hear that Bob Balaban had only learnt French at High School and was not that fluent in French, but was totally impressed the director and got away with it. They all gave great praise about the French Director/Actor François Truffaut and how children adored him. Contributors include: Steven Spielberg [Director/Screenwriter], Bob Balaban [David Laughlin], Richard Dreyfuss [Roy Neary], Teri Garr [Ronnie Neary], Melinda Dillon [Jillian Guiler], Cary Guffey [Barry Guiler], Douglas Trumbull [Special Visual Effects, Vilmos Zsigmond, A.S.C. [Director of Photography], Joe Alves [Production Designer], John Williams [Composer], Michael Kahn [Film Editor], Robert Swarthe [Animation Supervisor], Gregory Jein [Chief Model Maker], Ralph McQuarrie [Production Illustrator for the Mothership and Dennis Muren [Mothership Photography]. Directed by Laurent Bouzereau. Produced by Laurent Bouzereau. Screenplay by Laurent Bouzereau. Cinematography by Jeff Daly, Maurey Dahlen and Philip Bradshaw.
Special Feature: Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Watch The Skies  [1080p] [2.39:1] [5:54] ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND' was a long-cherished project for director Steven Spielberg. In late 1973, Steven Spielberg developed a deal with Columbia Pictures for a science fiction film. Though Steven Spielberg receives sole credit for the script, he was assisted by Paul Schrader, John Hill, David Giler, Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins, and Jerry Belson, all of whom contributed to the screenplay in varying degrees. The title is derived from UFOlogist J. Allen Hynek's classification of close encounters with aliens, in which the third kind denotes actual human contacts with aliens. Douglas Trumbull served as the visual effects supervisor, while Carlo Rambaldi [Italian Special Effects Artist] designed the aliens. Despite being a very excellent short promotional video for the film and all the cast and crew who helped to make this classic sci-fi film, and so with this special feature it sure packs in a lot of fascinating facts of great interest in this special feature.
Special Feature: Deleted Scenes  [480i] [1.33:1] [18:23] Here we get to view nine deleted scenes and they are as follows: In the Desert; Roy on the Job; Roy Gets Directions; At the Airport; At the Police Station; At the barbecue; English lessons; On the Roof and At the Gas Station. As usual you can either watch them separately or Play All. After viewing them all, I can see why these scenes were luckily deleted, as they were shockingly very bad.
Special Feature: Storyboard Comparisons  [1080p] [1.78:1 / 2.39:1] [22:10] Here we get to view five individual storyboard illustrations and they are as follows: Crescendo Summit #1; Crescendo Summit #2; Barry’s Kidnapping; The Landing Site and Roy’s First Encounter. As you view the black-and-white storyboard illustrations, you get to compare the actual scene from the film. As usual, you can either watch each item separate or Play All.
Special Feature: Extensive Photo Gallery  [1080p] [1.78:1] Here we get to view seven individual Photo Gallery Titles. To start viewing each individual images in the different Photo Galleries, you press the ENTER button on your remote control and to move to the next image, you have to press the right arrow key on your remote control. The seven different Photo Galleries are as follows: Storyboard Galleries [79 images]; Location Scouting Pictures [50 images]; Mothership Drawings by Ralph McQuarrie [13 images]; Behind the Scenes [5 images]; Production Team [4 images]; Portrait gallery [9 images]; Marketing: Original Theatrical Release] and Special Edition [23 images].
Theatrical Trailers: Here you get to view two Theatrical Trailers for the film ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND,’ and they are as follows: Original Theatrical Trailer  [1080p] [2.39:1] [6:01] and Special Edition Trailer  [1080p] [2.39:1] [1:57]. You get to view them in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound. The Original Theatrical Trailer is actually the special feature “Watch The Skies,” but this version is much longer.
Finally, ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND’ is still so etched in the popular consciousness that it's hard to believe that it has been well over 40 years since it first hit the world wide cinema release. Although the sci-fi film has been released in a myriad of different versions, which are all presented in full with this Blu-ray disc, which ever version is your personally preference, the sci-fi film still remains a totally uplifting experience that is an absolute landmark of the science fiction genre. I have never seen the film look or sound so spectacular in this 4K restoration. But to top of all that, this 40th Anniversary Edition packaging design is very impressive, and you also get a great release that easily earns its brilliant price tag. Director Steven Spielberg has really brought the magic of Hollywood to this 4K restoration. But I am really so honoured and proud to have this ultimate release in my Blu-ray Collection and especially with this 4K restoration that again is such a beautifully designed looking item and I know it will give you many hours of viewing pleasure. Very Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Aficionado
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