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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2012

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“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

A young boy, Elliot, meets an alien left behind on our planet by his buddies. Elliot befriends said alien and helps him to contact his home planet to ask for a rescue party. The evil paranoid government agents are afraid of this extra-terrestrial being and want to capture it for their own purposes.  Elliot must save his new alien friend from the evil clutches of the government!

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 1982, Color, rated: PG, 1 hour 54 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Starring:  Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, C. Thomas Howell
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Rating
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  • Violence: Very Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I have waited years for the Blu-ray release of E.T. as it is a childhood favorite of mine and,  actually, as an adult I appreciate it even more. So was it worth the wait for this Blu-ray? Yes, most definitely. The remastered audio and video are superb and offer an amazing presentation of the Spielberg classic.  Indeed some of the extras on here are recycled from the DVD release, but there is only so much content that can be derived from a 30 year old film and I think this is a solid package.  This is a great opportunity to show a new generation of youngsters one of your own favorite films from your childhood.  Easy to recommend E.T. as a must buy for fans!

Technical

E.T. has never looked better. In fact, given today’s technology, I wouldn’t be surprised if it looks better than it originally did on the scratched and faded 35mm at your local cinema. The image is crisp, detailed, but retains a natural film quality as well.  As good as the video quality is, I was more excited about the new DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix, and boy does it sound good.  John Williams’ score is one of my favorites and it sounds fantastic here. Excellent job Universal!

Extras

Steven Spielberg and E.T., The E.T. Journals, 4 minutes of Deleted Scenes, A Look Back - production diary, The Evolution and Creation of E.T., The E.T. Reunion, The 20th Anniversary Premiere, The Music of E.T., Image Galleries, Theatrical Trailer, TV Spot.