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 single

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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 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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
UPC:
0025192866524
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:01:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Exclusive audio track of John Williams' magical score; The Reunion: E.T.'s family and friends; Behind-the-scenes with composer John Williams; Original theatrical trailer; Exclusive production photos & concept drawings; E.T.'s interactive space tour

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Visitors (Main Titles) [4:33]
2. Left Behind [3:13]
3. A Boy's Life [1:53]
4. Something in the Sand [2:39]
5. Boy Meets Alien [6:47]
6. A New Friend [14:45]
7. Elliott's Alien [5:18]
8. Home [6:21]
9. A Psychic Link [7:19]
10. E.T. Phone Home [7:10]
11. The Magic Touch [2:48]
12. Halloween [3:39]
13. A Moonlight Ride [1:59]
14. Looking for E.T. [6:09]
15. Quarantine [3:52]
16. Losing E.T. [8:14]
17. Back to Life [6:51]
18. The Escape [5:12]
19. I'll Be Right Here... [7:41]
20. End Titles [7:08]

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E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm giving this four stars because it's such a classic, but buyer beware--this is being marketed as the product that gives you the original 1982 version as well as the computerized 2002 version, but the truth is both this version and the cheaper two-disc version include the original, untouched 1982 version! That one costs around $24, so only get this version if you really want all those extras...don't get it just because you you think it's the only way to own the 1982 version. They BOTH have it--but the cheaper version is very quiet about that fact. A trick? Let's just call it a subtle upsell.
Keith_in_Calhoun More than 1 year ago
I can verify FOR A FACT that UPC# 0025192866425 is the RE-RELEASED VERSION which contains additional scenes, some absolutely unnecessary CGI and some added political correctness (why??). Why does Lucas continue to alienate those of us who made him wealthy in the first place? There was obviously NOTHING WRONG with the original version considering it held the title as the highest grossing film of all time for 11 years. But it now appears that you have to buy one of the much more expensive multi-disc boxed sets in order to watch the original version. Apparently Mr. Lucas needed a little MORE money. Thanks a bunch, Mr. Lucas. If anyone knows which UPC code correlates to the ORIGINAL version, please post it here.
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awesome from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Vinny_R More than 1 year ago
This edition DOES NOT have the original film. The box says "1982" right on it, but it is not the original. Once you open it, you can't return it. I just have to eat it and so will you. B&N, I hope you're proud of yourselves. You tack reviews of other DVD editions onto this one and lead people to believe that they're getting a product that's much better than the crap you're actually shipping out. Once they find out, you won't take it back.
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In one of the best films in movie history, E.T. tells the story of a boy that is cooping with his parents recent divorse. One night, he is walking when he hears something in the tool shed. When ne one believes him, he goes out and tries to find it. He leaves a trail of Reese's pieces on the floor until the alien comes into his room. After some heart warming events, the government comes in and tries to take E.T. away from Elliot. This was the first movie I ever saw and it has always been one of my favorites to watch. This is the film that made me a movie buff. This is the film that inspired me to become a film maker. I laughed I cried I feel in love with this movie. I will never see a better film than this.
cysugamama More than 1 year ago
This is a great look for all ages. I still watch this from time to time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you Mr. Speilberg for this wonderful tale! Kids young and old will enjoy this classic story that will never go out of date. Our grandkids of course had not heard of it, so when we sent it to them, it was not their first choice. They wanted to watch movies that were currently on the market. When they finally got to this one, WOW! Grandma was pretty cool for sending this and they loved it. A lesson that something old can be quite special! Each time we watch this movie, it is as enjoyable as the first time ... maybe even more. A young Drew Barrymore will capture your heart. A Blu-Ray of this movie would be excellent once it becomes available. SciFi for little kids and just fun for adults = a movie to share over popcorn with your kids, grandkids.
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Beth43 More than 1 year ago
I returned this DVD since my grand daughter already owned it.