Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr

     
 

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Steven Spielberg's first film to feature aliens, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo; while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded

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Steven Spielberg's first film to feature aliens, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo; while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a fine disc, but avid fans of the film will probably want to check out the two-disc set that comes loaded with extras.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Several years in the making and, like Jaws, millions over budget, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) became Steven Spielberg's second blockbuster, confirming his skills at creating visually spectacular popular entertainment. Blending his reverence for the power of movies with a science fiction UFO tale, Spielberg turns an average man's "close encounter" with an extra-terrestrial into an uplifting excursion into fantastic sights. Unlike in Cold War 1950s UFO stories that posit a threat from outside, Spielberg turns the unknown from an initially menacing force that imperils normality into a universal ambassador of transcendent goodwill, providing an escapist note of cinematic hope during the late '70s cultural malaise. Still, 2001 F/X master Douglas Trumbull's pre-digital age visual effects were an even stronger draw, as Close Encounters moves from initial appearances of space pod lights towards the climactic appearance of the enormous and stunningly rendered "mother ship." Praised for Spielberg and company's dazzling craft, amid reservations over the cardboard characters, Close Encounters became one of the biggest hits of the 1970s, helping financially teetering Columbia Pictures and strengthening the late '70s turn towards youth-oriented blockbusters. Beginning with a 1980 "Special Edition," Spielberg re-edited Close Encounters several times after 1977.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
UPC:
0043396094307
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:17:00
Sales rank:
4,252

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 (DTS and Dolby Digital), English 2-Channel (Dolby Surround), French, Spanish; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Animated menus; Remastered in high definition; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss Roy Neary
François Truffaut Claude Lacombe
Teri Garr Ronnie Neary
Melinda Dillon Jillian Guiler
Cary Guffey Barry Guiler
Bob Balaban David Laughlin
J. Patrick McNamara Project leader
Warren Kemmerling Wild Bill
Roberts Blossom Farmer
Philip Dodds Jean Claude
Shawn Bishop Brad Neary
Adrienne Campbell Silvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss Toby Neary
Merrill Connally Team Leader
George DiCenzo Major Benchley
Basil Hoffman Actor
Lance Henriksen Robert
Amy Douglass Implantee
Alexander Lockwood Implantee
Gene Dynarski Ike
Norman Bartold Ohio Tolls
Carl Weathers M.P.
F.J. O'Neil ARP Project Member
Randy Herman Returnee #1 Flt. 19
Hal Barwood Returnee #2 Flt. 19
Matthew Robbins Returnee #3 Flt. 19
David Anderson Air Traffic Controller
Bill Thurman Air Traffic
Gene Rader Hawker
Eumenio Blanco Federale
Chuy Franco Federale
Luis Contreras Federale
James Keane Radio Telescope Team
Dennis McMullen Radio Telescope Team
Matt Emery Special Leader
Galen Thompson Special Forces
John Dennis Johnston Special Forces
Jon Ewing Dirty Tricks #1
Keith Atkinson Dirty Tricks #2
Robert Broyles Dirty Tricks #3
Josef Sommer Larry Butler
David Gilbert Voice Only
Bob Westmoreland Actor

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Screenwriter
Phillip Abramson Set Decoration/Design
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Joe Alves Production Designer
Roy Arbogast Special Effects
Jerry Belson Screenwriter
Jim Bloom Producer
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Robert Glass Sound/Sound Designer
Don Jarel Cinematographer
Gregory Jein Special Effects
Michael Kahn Editor
Buzz Knudson Sound/Sound Designer
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Jim Linn Costumes/Costume Designer
John Loggia Production Designer
Daniel Lomino Art Director
Don MacDougall Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Muren Cinematographer
Chuck Myers Asst. Director
Julia Phillips Producer
Michael Phillips Producer
Steven Poster Camera Operator
Douglas Slocombe Special Effects
Dave Stewart Cinematographer
Douglas Trumbull Cinematographer,Special Effects
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Matthew Yuricich Special Effects
Richard Yuricich Cinematographer,Special Effects
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Sonora Desert, Mexico
3. Barry
4. The Neary Family
5. Close Encounter First Kind
6. In Pursuit
7. Gobi Desert, Mongolia
8. Dharmsala, Northern India
9. Roy, Jillian & Barry
10. "Here They Come!"
11. Contacting the Guilers
12. Noticing Something Strange
13. Roy's Sculpture
14. Moorcroft, Wyoming Reunion
15. Cross-Country
16. "We Need Answers."
17. Making Their Escape
18. Evanding the Army
19. Targets Approaching
20. Making Contact
21. Cloud & Light Show
22. The Mother Ship Arrives
23. The Ship Lands
24. The Five Tones
25. Returning Guests
26. Close Encounter Third Kind
27. Pilgrims
28. Farewells

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
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This sci-fi masterpiece, hailed as a modern-day fairy tale, is a thought-provoking thriller about alien contact, secret government operations, and missing people. I enjoyed every minute of this 2 hour plus movie. As tech-savy as Jurassic Park and as thrilling as Jaws, this is a must-see for even the most casual movie (or Spielberg) fan.
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind is the best Spirlberg movie ever. The actors are great Richard Dryefuss is a great actor. Graet suspence! This movie is a killer for if your a Steven Spielberg fan. Ridley Scott and Alferd Hitchhock started it and Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard finished it.
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A true sci-fi classic! Steven Spielberg directs a monumental film about the UFO Experience and what possible contact with other world life forms might be like in a positive setting instead of an invasion, which with the exception of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” had been pretty much par for the course until Spielberg tackled this concept (War of the Worlds, etc.). Richard Dreyfuss is Roy, a power company worker who encounters a UFO while trying to find a jobsite during a power outage. The whole town sees these magical lights that have no explanation. Roy becomes obsessed with UFO’s and soon loses his job, his family and his sanity. He feels called to Wyoming for some unknown reason, so he heads to Devil’s Tower, which according to the news has been the site of a recent outbreak of Anthrax and the Army is evacuating the town. Roy meets up with other UFO hunters to try and find out why they are all drawn to this place. He doesn’t know that the answer he is looking for will lead him into the unknown. This DVD contains a retrospective look at the film and has some in depth interviews with the director, actors and producers to give a full perspective on what a landmark film this was.
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The first time I saw this movie it blew me away. You will never look up at the night sky again in the same way.
Rob1941 More than 1 year ago
Both my wife and I really enjoy "Close Encounters." We have seen the movie countless times and never tire of it. My wife particularly liked Richard Dreyfus' performance.
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