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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial – Blu-ray Review

The Flick: 

There are movies that come and go, and there are movies that permeate the public consciousness. Movies that touch viewers so deeply that their lives are changed. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is a film that forever changed the way I view the world around me. Even though I was only ten years old, I clearly remember waiting in line at The Plaza Theatre to see the next great Spielberg movie. I was already a fan of his previous films The Sugarland Express, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1941, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jaws was the movie that got me interested in special effects, and Close Encounters sparked my curiosity in the potential for life on other planets, so when I heard he was making another films about an alien I bugged my parents about tickets until opening day finally came.

I wasn’t prepared for what was about to unfold before my ten year old eyes. Elliott (Henry Thomas) and his new best friend E.T. were characters that I could relate to. Elliott had the same problems I did. He got picked on in school, he had a crush on a girl, he had family issues, and most of all he had to bribe the big kids to get in on their Dungeons & Dragons game. I couldn’t believe the similarities between Elliott and myself. Even his room bared an uncanny resemblance to my own.

How was it that this director that had already shaped a sizable portion of my young life could continue to do so with every film he made? I didn’t realize it at the time, but E.T. wasn’t just about a boy that meets an alien and has an incredible adventure. It’s about a family in turmoil. It’s about that family being brought together and made stronger by one singular event. The same can be said about all of Spielberg’s movies. He always tells a story that can be traced back to middle class America. He is a storyteller with such a strong command of his chosen medium that you don’t even realize you’re learning something.

I could waste a thousand words reviewing this film, but I’m not going to do that. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is a film that speaks for itself and it’s director is a true visionary that sparks the imagination like few can. If you haven’t yet seen E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial I suggest you do so as soon as possible. It just might change your life.

The Blu-ray:

Audio/Video

The audio on this disc is unbelievable and the video transfer is almost flawless. Even if you already own this film I suggest buying this version because it’s more than an upgrade.

Special Features

Steven Spielberg & E.T.: The director recounts the beginnings of E.T. and the production in this fantastic, but short mini-retrospective.

E.T. Journals: A must see for fans of the film. This behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film is a look at the process that brought these characters alive. Worth watching over and over again.

A Look Back: A nice documentary on the production of the film.

The Evolution and Creation of E.T.: Interviews and behind-the-scenes footage make for a solid feature.

The E.T. Reunion: Cast and crew get together and reminisce about the film.

There are tons of other features on here that make this a must own disc for all fans of the film.

The Film Rating: ★★★★★

The DVD Rating: ★★★★★

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I enjoy the types of films that used to dominate late night television in the ’80s, spending time with my family, filmmaking, photography, Rubik’s Cubes, Diet Pepsi, building old Shogun Warriors model kits, Canon cameras, comic books, AOR, coconut ice cream, mac & cheese, cold pizza, popcorn, nachos, UL Football tailgating, film festivals, reading, Barry Manilow (don’t ask), films with both Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase in them, Alf, Pac Man, 1979 Trans AMs, beer, Godzilla, Hooters (both the restaurant and ones girls like to keep hidden), and Bigfoot (he’s real). I’m just saying.

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