Saturday, October 6, 2012

On Tuesday, The Classic Movie E.T. Will be Available on BluRay #ETPhoneHome

E.T. Digitally Remastered and With Updated Surround Sound

Happy 100th birthday to Universal Studios, and Happy 30th Birthday to E.T., The lovable little alien that won over our hearts, and became a legend.  On Tuesday, October 9th, this legendary tale will be available on BluRay and also in a special BluRay Combination Pack.

The BluRay Combination Pack Comes With All of This:

  • A Digitally remastered version of the 1982 theatrical movie E.T. The Extra Terrestrial  
  • Rated PG - 115 minutes
  • An all-new interview with Academy Award winning director Steven Spielberg
  • “The E.T. Journals” featuring never-before-seen footage from the set of the film. 
  • The Blu-ray™ Disc, UltraViolet™,  Standard DVD and a Digital Copy of the film
  • BD-Live, My Scenes, Pocket Blu App (Blu-ray Exclusive) 
  •  Two Deleted Scenes 
  • English, Spanish and French Subtitling Options
  • Combo Pack Suggested Retail Price  $34.99 (prices vary by retailer)
I'm sure that most people already know the story of E.T and Elliot, but just in case, I can sum it up in a few sentences.  A young boy (Elliot) encounters an alien. (E.T).   Elliot, his sister, and their friends come to love the little alien, but he needs to get home, and they are trying to help him.  When it is discovered that there is an extra-terrestrial being on our planet, the government becomes concerned and wants to take possession of it. The children fight to get E.T. Home before he can be taken into government custody.  It is interesting to see the difference in the way the children treated and considered their friend versus the way the people who considered E.T. an "it" did.

The movie was #1 in the box office for 16 weeks, and is the fourth most successful movie in the United States.  it was nominated for 9 Academy Awards, and took home four for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound and Best Music.  Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, and Dee Wallace play the starring roles.

Those who had complaints about the last release will be happy to know that this is the original movie, and although the picture is clearer and the music in fantastic Dolby digital surround, it is otherwise the same.

After enjoying the movie, there are hours of bonus material to watch.

I enjoyed watching the E.T. Reunion, even though it made me feel very old.

Watch The E.T Journals and  Enjoy some behind the scenes moments that happened while the movie was being made.  It is a fun way to peek at some glimpses of what it was like, and what goes on off screen.

  • Stephen Spielberg and E.T.  is an interesting feature.  He
  •  reflects back on directing the film and what it was like as well as how he feels about the movie now, thirty years later.

    A Look Back  includes interviews with the director, cast, and some of the more important player involved in making the movie.

    The Evolution and Creation of E.T. shows how the movie happened.  The things that occur from the screenplay, to the final cut.

    The E.T. Reunion is exactly what you would expect, fun, nostalgic, and sweet.

    The Music of E.T. focuses on the theatrical music genius John Williams.  The relationship between Williams and Stephen Spielberg is also highlighted.

    The 20th Anniversary Premiere special feature is one that John Williams fans will enjoy.  He played the musical score of E.T. live at the Shrine Auditorium when the movie was re-released ten years ago. This bonus gives a great behind the scenes look at some of it.

    The combo pack allows me to enjoy the movie on any of my players or on my mobile device.  I shuld also note that some of these features are only available with a BluRay purchase.

    I still can't believe it has been 30 years since E.T. landed in theaters, but it is fun to watch him again, with my sons.