E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas

     
 

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Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups. Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his singleSee more details below

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Overview

Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups. Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he's right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn't sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the "little squashy guy," perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he'll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him. In 2002, Steven Spielberg re-released E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in a revised edition, with several deleted scenes restored and digitally refurbished special effects.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Steven Spielberg's 1982 masterpiece and all-around pop culture phenomenon soars to new heights on DVD. The beloved adventure concerns the remarkable friendship between young Elliot (Henry Thomas), whose world has been shattered by his parents' divorce, and the stranded alien he befriends and helps to return home. To mark the film's 20th anniversary, Spielberg did a bit of tinkering. Most exciting is the restoration of two brief, deleted scenes, as well as enhancements to the Oscar-winning special effects and to the wayward extra-terrestrial. More questionable calls include the digital replacement of the government agents' guns with walkie-talkies, and the description of a trick-or-treater as a "hippie," substituting for the original "terrorist." A winner of four Academy Awards, including one for John Williams's transcendent score, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is still wondrous after all these years, brimming with iconic images (a bicycle ride across the sky) and classic moments, such as young Drew Barrymore's introduction to E.T.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Taking the child's eye view of alien-human relationships, Steven Spielberg's classic fable became an extraordinarily popular combination of special effects and sentiment, confirming the supremacy of the kidpix blockbuster and Spielberg's ability to conjure emotions as well as thrills. With a story about a fatherless boy who finds his soul mate in a benevolent E.T., Spielberg sensitively yet humorously delved into childhood innocence and experience, revealing the threat posed by adult ignorance and misplaced authority. With his affirmation of love and the importance of home, E.T. was something of an old-fashioned antidote to the chaos of the prior two decades. The special effects, though, were anything but old-fashioned, as Carlo Rambaldi's animatronic alien displayed a range of feelings and mystical powers (as well as inebriation), and the flying bicycles reaffirmed Spielberg's mastery of staging visual wonders. Greeted by mostly ecstatic reviews, E.T. appealed to the children-of-all-ages audience, surpassing Star Wars (1977) as the biggest moneymaker of all time at that point; E.T. dolls flew off the shelves. Nominated for nine Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, E.T. won for its sound and visual effects, as well as for John Williams's score.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2012
UPC:
0025192114342
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
25

Special Features

Steven Spielberg & E.T. - the director reflects on his experience making E.T. and the impact the beloved classic has had on his celebrated career; Deleted Scenes; A look back; The E.T. reunion

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Drew Barrymore Gertie
Dee Wallace Mary
Henry Thomas Elliott
Peter Coyote Keys
Robert MacNaughton Michael
K.C. Martel Greg
Sean Frye Steve
Erika Eleniak Pretty girl
David O'Dell Schoolboy
Richard Swingler Science teacher
Frank Toth Policeman
Robert Barton Ultra sound man
Michael Durrell Van Man
Tamara de Treaux Special E.T. Movement
C. Thomas Howell Tyler
Milt [Lewis] Kogan Medic
Robert Murphy Medic
Debra Winger E.T./Voice

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Producer
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Jackie Carr Set Decoration/Design
John Connor Camera Operator
Allen Daviau Cinematographer
Mike Fenton Casting
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Marci Liroff Casting
Carol Littleton Editor
Frank Marshall Production Manager
Melissa Mathison Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Dennis Muren Special Effects Supervisor
Carlo Rambaldi Special Effects
Glenn H. Randall Stunts
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Teegarden Set Decoration/Design
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Wallace Worsley Production Manager

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- E.T.:The Extra-Terrestrial
1. The Visitors (Main Titles) [4:49]
2. Left Behind [3:13]
3. A Boy's Life [1:53]
4. Something in the Shed [2:39]
5. Boy Meets Alien [6:47]
6. A New Friend [12:07]
7. Elliott's Alien [5:19]
8. Home [6:20]
9. A Psychic Link [7:20]
10. E.T. Phone Home [7:10]
11. The Magic Touch [2:49]
12. Halloween [3:39]
13. A Moonlight Ride [7:16]
14. Looking for E.T. [3:52]
15. Quarantine [8:13]
16. Losing E.T. [6:52]
17. Back to Life [5:11]
18. The Escape [7:43]
19. I'll Be Right Here... [7:08]
20. End Titles [4:01]

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