E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL [1982 / 2012] [Limited Edition SteelBook] [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + ULTRAVIOLET] [UK Release] He is afraid! He is totally alone! He is 3 million Light Years from Home!
‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ is often referred to simply as E.T. and is a 1982 American science fiction film coproduced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo Rambaldi and Dennis Muren, and starring Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Peter Coyote. It tells the story of Elliott [Henry Thomas], a lonely boy who befriends an extra-terrestrial, dubbed E.T., who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help it return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.
FILM FACT No.1: Awards and Nominations: 1982 Heartland Film: Win: Truly Moving Picture Award for Steven Spielberg (director). 1982 Jupiter Award: Win: Best International Film for Steven Spielberg. 1983 Academy Awards®: Win: Best Sound for Don Digirolamo, Gene S. Cantamessa, Robert Glass and Robert Knudson. Win: Best Effects and Visual Effects for Carlo Rambaldi, Dennis Muren and Kenneth Smith. Win: Best Effects and Sound Effects Editing for Ben Burtt and Charles L. Campbell. Win: Best Music for an Original Score for John Williams. Nominated: Best Picture for Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. Nominated: Best Director for Steven Spielberg. Nominated: Best Writing and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Melissa Mathison. Nominated: Best Cinematography for Allen Daviau. Nominated: Best Film Editing for Carol Littleton. 1983 Golden Globes: Win: Best Original Score in a Motion Picture for John Williams. Win: Best Motion Picture in a Drama. Nominated: Best Director in a Motion Picture for Steven Spielberg. Nominated: New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture for a Male for Henry Thomas. Nominated: Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture for Melissa Mathison. 1983 BAFTA Film Awards: Win: Best Score for John Williams. Nominated: Best Cinematography for Allen Daviau. Nominated: Best Direction for Steven Spielberg. Best Film for Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. Nominated: Best Film Editing for Carol Littleton. Nominated: Best Make Up Artist for Robert Sidell. Nominated: Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles for Drew Barrymore. Nominated: Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles for Henry Thomas. Nominated: Best Production Design/Art Direction for Jim Bissell. Nominated: Best Screenplay for Melissa Mathison. Nominated: Best Sound for Charles L. Campbell, Don Digirolamo, Gene S. Cantamessa, Robert Glass and Robert Knudson. Nominated: Best Special Visual Effects for Carlo Rambaldi and Dennis Muren. 1983 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Win: Best Science Fiction Film. Win: Best Writing for Melissa Mathison. Win: Best Music for John Williams. Win: Best Special Effects for Carlo Rambaldi and Dennis Muren. Win: Best Poster Art for John Alvin. Nominated: Best Actor for Henry Thomas. Nominated: Best Supporting Actress for Dee Wallace. Nominated: Best Director for Steven Spielberg. 1983 American Cinema Editors: Nominated: Best Edited Feature Film for Carol Littleton. 1983 Awards of the Japanese Academy: Win: Award of the Japanese Academy for Best Foreign Language Film. Nominated: Popularity Award for Most Popular Performer for "E.T." 1983 Blue Ribbon Awards: Win: Best Foreign Language Film for Steven Spielberg. 1983 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain: Win: Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) USA. 1983 César Awards, France: Nominated: Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger) for Steven Spielberg. 1983 David di Donatello Awards: Win: Best Foreign Director (Migliore Regista Straniero) for Steven Spielberg. 1983 Directors Guild of America: Nominated: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Steven Spielberg. 1983 Fotogramas de Plata: Win: Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) for Steven Spielberg. 1983 Grammy Awards: Win: Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special for John Williams. Win: Best Instrumental Composition for John Williams for "Flying - Theme from 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.'" Win: Best Instrumental Arrangement for John Williams for Flying - Theme from 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.' Nominated: Best Pop Instrumental Performance for John Williams. 1983 Hugo Awards: Nominated: Best Dramatic Presentation for Steven Spielberg (director) and Melissa Mathison (screenplay). 1983 Kinema Junpo Awards: Win: Best Foreign Language Film for Steven Spielberg. Nominated: Readers' Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film for Steven Spielberg. 1983 Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA: Win: Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing and Sound Effects. 1983 People's Choice Awards, USA: Win: Favorite Motion Picture. 1983 Sant Jordi Awards: Win: Mejor Película Infantil for Steven Spielberg. 1983 Writers Guild of America: Win: Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen for Melissa Mathison. 1983 Young Artist Awards: Win: Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Drew Barrymore. Win: Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Robert MacNaughton. Win: Best Family Feature in an Animated, Musical or Fantasy. Win: Best Young Motion Picture Actor for Henry Thomas. 2000 PGA Awards: Win: PGA Hall of Fame for Motion Pictures for Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy.
FILM FACT No.2: William Kotzwinkle, author of the film's novelization, wrote a sequel, “E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet,” which was published in 1985. In the novel, E.T. returns home to the planet Brodo Asogi, but is subsequently demoted and sent into exile. E.T. then attempts to return to Earth by effectively breaking all of Brodo Asogi's laws. E.T. Adventure, a theme park ride, debuted at Universal Studios Florida in 7th June, 1990. The $40 million attraction features the title character saying goodbye to visitors by name. At Steven Spielberg's suggestion, George Lucas included members of E.T.'s species as background characters in ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.’ The scene featuring Elliot and E.T. bicycling in front of the full moon are used as the symbol for Steven Spielberg’s production company Amblin Entertainment. In July 1982, during the film's first theatrical run, Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison wrote a treatment for a sequel to be titled ‘E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears.’ It would have shown Elliott and his friends getting kidnapped by evil aliens and follow their attempts to contact E.T. for help. Steven Spielberg decided against pursuing it, feeling it "would do nothing but rob the original of its virginity.”
Cast: Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, K.C. Martel, Sean Frye, C. Thomas Howell, Erika Eleniak, David M. O'Dell, Richard Swingler, Frank Toth, Robert Barton, Michael Darrell, David Berkson M.D., David Carlberg Ph.D., Milt Kogan M.D., Alexander Lampone M.D., Rhoda Makoff M.D., Robert Murphy M.D., Tom Sherry M.D., Susan Cameron, Will Fowler Jr., Barbara Hartnett, Diane Lampone, Mary Stein, Mitch Suskin, Ted Grossman (uncredited), Jean-Paul Hellendall (uncredited), Kevin Jessup (uncredited), James Kahn (uncredited), Michael Lepre (uncredited), Anne Lockhart (uncredited), Melissa Mathison (uncredited), Gary Ordog (uncredited), Chuck Riley (voice) (uncredited), Robert W. Scholler (uncredited), Jonathan Wasserberger (uncredited), Richard S. Weisman (uncredited), Pat Welsh (E.T. voice) (uncredited) and Debra Winger (uncredited)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Melissa Mathison and Steven Spielberg
Screenplay: Melissa Mathison
Composer: John Williams
Cinematography: Allen Daviau, A.S.C. (Director of Photography)
Image Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
English: 2.0 Original Stereo Audio
French: 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
French: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
Dutch: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
English: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Dutch, Korean, Mandarin (Traditional) and Ukrainian
Running Time: 110 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Universal Pictures / Amblin Entertainment
Andrew's Blu-ray Review: ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’  is more than a film, it is one of those rare cinematic occurrences that strikes at exactly the right time and place, revealing the cultural zeitgeist of the moment. The film sparked an immediate pop culture frenzy when it was released in 1982; it turned the precocious, young Drew Barrymore into a household name, led to a 65% increase in the sale of “Reese's Pieces” and had kids, and even adults, everywhere saying, “E.T. phone home.” The film grossed $700 million worldwide, making it the top-grossing film of the 1980s and the 4th highest U.S. box office of all time. Variety called E.T. “The best Disney movie Walt Disney never made.” And Rolling Stone raved that Steven Spielberg was “the most successful movie director in Hollywood, America, the Occident, the planet Earth, the solar system and the galaxy.” But ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ was never intended to be such a phenomenon.
After his success with ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ , Steven Spielberg had instead set out to make a smaller, more personal film. “E.T. was about the divorce of my parents, how I felt after my parents broke up,” Steven Spielberg admitted. “It was the first movie I ever made for myself.” The idea for ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ began to form while the director was on location in Tunisia for ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ A lonely Steven Spielberg started picturing something of an imaginary friend. “It was like when you were a kid and had grown out of dolls or teddy bears,” he recalled. “You just wanted a little voice in your mind to talk to. I began concocting this imaginary creature, partially from the guys who stepped out of the Mother Ship for ninety seconds in ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ .” He shared the idea with Melissa Mathison, Harrison Ford's screenwriter girlfriend who had already penned two family films ‘The Black Stallion’  and ‘The Escape Artist’ . Together Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison fleshed out the story.
Melissa Mathison would receive sole screenwriting credit on ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ even though there was a significant second influence on Steven Spielberg's story. John Sayles had a script in development at Columbia called ‘Night Skies.’ Steven Spielberg had done some work on the project and was considering directing it. John Sayles's story revolved around malevolent aliens who terrorize a farmhouse. The aliens could kill just by touching a victim with a long, bony finger. ‘Night Skies’ also featured a friendly alien “Buddy” who forms a friendship with a child and in the last scene, Buddy is marooned on earth, left behind by his people. Given the similarities between ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ set up and the ‘Night Skies' ending, and Steven Spielberg offered John Sayles and Columbia Pictures first refusal on his new benevolent alien angle. John Sayles declined and did not pursue any screen credit. The studio also passed on ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL,’ but they retained 5% of the profits enough to make ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ a film produced by Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures most profitable film of the year.
Steven Spielberg was given a $10.5 million budget for ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ and not a huge amount considering Raiders estimated $20 million price tag. The E.T. puppet alone cost $1.5 million. It was designed by special effects wizard Carlo Rambaldi and made use of two control systems; the first allowed for the ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ movements to be controlled by puppeteers and the second, an electronic system, created E.T.'s mannerisms, like wrinkling his nose. In all, the alien E.T. was capable of 85 movements, had 35 facial expressions and stood three feet tall. There were three versions of the puppet with four interchangeable heads. In long shots, when E.T. was walking, little people in an E.T. suit took over the part.
Along with a smaller-than-usual Steven Spielberg budget, the director took a chance with his normal production process, forgoing his need to storyboard every scene. For ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL,’ Steven Spielberg mainly sketched just the effects shots. “I had the feeling the boards might force the child actors into stiff unnatural attitudes and I didn't want that,” explained Steven Spielberg. ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ was shot over 61 days in the fall of 1981. Several exterior locations around Southern California were used, as well as interiors filmed at Culver City High School. The bulk of the film was shot at Laird International Studios in Culver City. Steven Spielberg chose Laird to keep E.T. off the Universal lot and was greatly concerned with secrecy during the production. All the cast and crew were required to sign confidentiality agreements. Even Spielberg's dog Willie was issued an ID badge while visiting.
‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ grossed $11.8 million its opening weekend; Steven Spielberg himself was said to be making half a million dollars a day during the first week of the ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ release. Steven Spielberg was also guaranteed 10% of all licensed ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ products, as well as product approval on everything from pyjamas to lunchboxes and alarm clocks to bubble gum. Universal Pictures spent $2 million filing suit against non-licensed merchandise. It was a small price to pay as ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ set a new standard for movie merchandising. It took in an additional $1 billion in merchandise revenue. But home video profits were put on hold. Steven Spielberg felt that ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ should only be viewed on the big screen. The film was finally released on the video format in 1988. Again, in a brilliant bit of foresight, Steven Spielberg was contractually guaranteed 50% of video profits.
With the film's success came the inevitable complaints and lawsuits. Melissa Mathison cited her screenplay description of the alien as proof that she created E.T.'s likeness and the Writers' Guild agreed. Arbitration was settled in her favour, granting Melissa Mathison a piece of the merchandising profits. Several other writers made claims that their work had been plagiarised by ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL,’ but these suits were all thrown out. The allegation that probably concerned Steven Spielberg the most was made by Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, who asserted similarities and down to specific scenes between ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ and an unproduced screenplay of Satyajit Ray's called ‘The Alien’ which had been circulated in Hollywood. Eventually Satyajit Ray was persuaded to withdraw the claim.
A few final notes of interest about ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ that in Sweden, Finland and Norway, children under 12 were banned from seeing the film because of the “portrayal of adults as the enemies of children.” The week ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ opened; Steven Spielberg used some of his half-million dollar-a-day profits to buy the original Rosebud sled from ‘Citizen Kane’  for $65,000 at auction at Sotheby's. “Reese's Pieces” [peanut butter candy manufactured by The Hershey Company] will forever be associated with ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ but the candy selected for the film was originally supposed to be M&M's. Allegedly, Mars declined to be involved, saying the subject matter was unsuitable and would frighten children.
E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL MUSIC TRACK LIST
Blu-ray Image Quality – Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment has restored and remastered from the original 35mm negatives. ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ lands on Blu-ray with a terrific awesome 1080p encode image. The cinematography of Allen Daviau is well preserved and remains faithful to the intentions of the filmmakers. A large portion of the film was shot indoors with poor lighting conditions, an artistic choice which reflects the story's many themes. Despite the amount of heavy shadows and limited light, details come through without issue, revealing many of the small trinkets and pieces of furniture scattered throughout the family house. Fine lines are distinct with excellent lifelike textures on the faces of the cast and on a variety of clothing. E.T., in particular, looks especially realistic with a never-before-noticed slimy sheen, allowing fans to fully appreciate Carlo Rambaldi's creation. Daylight exteriors, as would be expected, look best with sharp definition in the surrounding foliage and the architecture of the suburban neighbourhood. Presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, the transfer displays a fine, visible layer of grain that's consistent and stable with a crisp and well-balanced contrast. True to the film's deliberate look, interiors are quite dim and dark with an interesting haze and lots of shadows. This has a slight effect on the colour palette, but primaries are accurate from beginning to end with warm secondary hues. Black levels are also somewhat effected, but not to any damaging extent, appearing quite rich and deep for a majority of the films runtime. All in all, the picture quality is in excellent condition and should satisfy fans.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment sci-fi family classic arrives with a spectacular and immersive 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, but you also get the 2.0 Original Stereo soundtrack. Without a doubt, the track's greatest and most thrilling aspect is the memorable score of John Williams, breathing life to the sound system with rich detail and clarity in all seven channels. Every time the haunting, fairy-tale-like motif comes on, the front soundstage fills with warmth and fidelity, generating a wonderfully engaging image. Dynamics and acoustics are crisp with sharp, almost lifelike precision in the instrumentation. Vocals are clean and well-prioritized in the centre with remarkable intonation, allowing for viewers to hear every tearful piece of dialogue. Low bass is appropriate for a movie of this vintage, mostly reserved for providing depth to the music. Equally impressive, and adding to the overall joy of listening to “E.T.” as if for the first time, are the surrounds, utilized on numerous occasions to enhance the action. Surprisingly, discrete effects never sound artificial or forced. Instead, they create a satisfyingly immersive sound field with excellent directionality. Subtle atmospherics in outdoors sequences broaden the listening area while the sounds of cars or space ships flying overhead move with fluid, flawless panning. John Williams' music also participates in the fun with great envelopment, pulling viewers into the middle of the excitement and drama. It's a fantastic lossless mix that long-time fans will love, like watching the film again for the first time.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
Special Feature: Deleted Scenes  [1080p] [1.78:1] [3:40] The two, now-infamous scenes that included Bathtub hijinks and Halloween anarchy which were finally restored to the 2002 re-release of the film with the digital alterations are shown here.
Special Feature: Steven Spielberg and E.T.  [1080p] [1.78:1] [12:31] The director looks back at his early ideas for the film and his thoughts on its legacy. This 2012 interview with the legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg [Producer/Director] is all about the origins of the story, its themes and the final script. Several comments are reiterations from other documentaries, but it still makes for a good conversation piece especially about a few of the technical details of the filmmaking process.
Special Feature: The E.T. Journals  [1080i] [1.78:1] [53:38] The following documentary is composed exclusively of the original behind-the-scene footage that was shot during the production of ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ in 1981. It follows the order of the scenes as they appear in the film. In early March 1982, three months after completion of principle photography, Steven Spielberg met with composer John Williams to “spot” the movie, and figure out where the music cues would appear throughout the film. Later that month the film score was recorded with a full orchestra. This is a great documentary made from Behind-the-Scenes footage and interviews shot during the production and edited in order as they would appear in the film, so fans can watch how each scene was accomplished. See Steven Spielberg at work and enjoy several never-before-seen scenes from the set. While John Williams's iconic score plays in the background, we get lots of wonderful footage of the daily activity of the actors, hear many amusing comments and get a good sense of the camaraderie of cast and crew. Contributors include: Steven Spielberg [Producer/Director], Katy Emde [First Assistant Director], Caprice Rothe [E.T. Movement Coordinator], Matthew De Meritt [Special E.T. Movement], Allan Daviau [Director of Photography], Melissa Mathison [Screenwriter/Associate Producer], Henry Thomas [Elliot], Carlo Rambaldi [E.T. Creator], Drew Barrymore [Gertie], Robert MacNaughton [Michael], Erica Eleniak [Pretty Girl], Kathleen Kennedy [Producer], Dee Wallace [Mary], Steve Townsend [E.T. Technical Supervisor] and John Williams [Composer]. So here is what you get to view:
Parts One and Part Two: A two-part series of behind-the-scenes footage that runs in the order of the movie’s plot. Steven Spielberg and others also sit down to offer their thoughts, especially with young Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton and Drew Barrymore and is definitely a must view.
A Look Back: A short making-of documentary, and features interviews with cast and crew talking about their experiencing on the production and sharing many wonderful memories. Tons of Behind-the-Scene footage plays in between the comments, making it a great watch for fans.
The Evolution and Creation of E.T. A bit more recent and longer documentary than the previous, showing Steven Spielberg talking about the story's origins, the film's themes and the personal influences the director injected into it. With more Behind-the-Scene footage interspersed throughout, several comments from other key players revolve around working with each other and the alien creature, the casting and of course, developing the right look for “E.T.” and the casts emotional response.
The E.T. Reunion: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy reunite with the main cast to talk and reminisce on the production, working with one other and the film's impact on each person's life.
The Music of E.T.: A Discussion with John Williams: A brief but fairly interesting conversation with John Williams, where he talks about his impression of the film and about developing one of the most memorable cinematic film music score.
Special Feature: The 20th Anniversary Premiere  [1080p] [1.37:1] [17:49] This special feature is officially entitled: Live at the Shrine! John Williams and the World Premiere of ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’ and was performed at The Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles on the 16th March, 2002. Here we take a look at the preparation, rehearsal and the work that went into the 2002 theatrical premiere with a live performance of John Williams's composed film music score that had to exactly match the cues of each scene. The one downside look at the 20th Anniversary premiere is that you really wish you could have been there. Contributors include: Steven Spielberg, Dana Glauberman, Ken Wannber, John Williams, Melissa Mathison, Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Ed Verreaux, Carlo Rambaldi, Allen Daviau, Kathleen Kennedy, Bill George, Colin Brady, Shawn Kelly and David Tanaka.
Special Feature: Designs, Photographs and Marketing: This special feature is broken into six categories and they are as follows:
E.T. Designs by Production Designer Illustrator Ed Verreaux: Here we get to view 42 roughly hand drawn illustrations of just the head and neck of E.T. in different facial expressions, as well as different body designs. It runs automatically and every five seconds it changes to the next image.
E.T. Designs by Carlo Rambaldi [Italian Special Effects Artist]: Here we get to view 10 roughly drawn illustrations of more E.T. head and body designs. It runs automatically and every five seconds it changes to the next image.
Spaceship Designs by Ralph McQuarrie [American conceptual designer and illustrator]: This time we get to view nine very rough hand drawn illustrations of the concept of what E.T.’s spaceship might look like. It runs automatically and every five seconds it changes to the next image.
Designs by Production Designer Illustrator Ed Verreaux: Here we get to view nine very rough hand drawn black-and-white and colour illustrations of all aspect of the production and stage passes. It runs automatically and every five seconds it changes to the next image.
Production Photographs: Here we get to vie 139 images of behind-the-scene filming of ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL,’ and sadly the majority of the photographs is of very poor quality, but we do a get a small sample of decent colour photographs. It runs automatically and every five seconds it changes to the next image.
Marketing E.T.: Here we get to view 62 very rough hand drawn illustrations pf E.T., as well as very rough publicity photographs of E.T. with cast and crew, as well as film posters, E.T. memorabilia, E.T. toys, E.T. bikes, E.T. Books and E.T. Premiere photographs, that of course all relates to the film ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL.’
Theatrical Trailer  [1080i] [1.37:1] [1:50] This is the Original Theatrical Trailer for the film ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL.’
Special Feature: Special Olympics TV Spot  [480i] [1.37:1] [1:02] Here we get to see E.T. sending out the goodwill vibes to a special Olympian in giving some encouragement to help a young boy over his difficulties in achieving his goal in getting over the high jump sport for the Special Olympics World Games that was held in Washington D.C.
Finally, following one box-office success after another, Steven Spielberg delivered another blockbuster smash with ‘E.T. – THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL,’ a sci-fi masterpiece about friendship, family, and dealing with feelings of loneliness. During its release, the simple story of a boy befriending a stranded alien captured the imagination of the world, quickly growing into a cultural phenomenon and is today remembered as a timeless classic with a universal appeal for future generations. The Blu-ray lands with a spectacular and cinematic high-definition transfer, along with an excellent audio presentation that will surely entertain. While many of the supplements are the same from previous inferior DVD releases, the package includes two new exclusives that will satisfy fans, making this Blu-ray edition a must-own. Ever since I first viewed this beautiful film in London and had a 10 hanky Kleenex crying experience, like the rest of the cinema going public as the credits rolled up the screen, I have loved this exquisite beautiful film ever since and now I have this equally beautiful designed Limited Edition SteelBook exclusive to a UK Release, it has now gone pride of place in my ever increasing Steven Spielberg Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!
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