E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Coming to Blu-ray in October

To celebrate Universal’s 100th Anniversary, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is being released on blu-ray for the first time in October 2012. The film stars Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, and Peter Coyote. When it was released theatrically in 1982, it was the biggest film of the year and held the #1 spot for over 16 weekends. It also still holds the spot for the 4th most successful movie of all time in the USA. It won 4 Academy Awards including Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound, and Best Music for the score composed by John Williams.

The blu-ray is a combo pack, which includes the blu-ray version, DVD version, and Digital Copy, and an UltraViolet version of the film. The release features an all new, digitally remastered version of the film and a new 7.1 surround sound track,
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray™:
-The E.T. Journals:  In this all-new bonus feature, retrace the day-to-day experience of creating E.T from never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage shot by Academy Award®-winning cinematographer John Toll.   This piece will give viewers a unique feeling of being on the set and living the excitement of what it was like to make E.T.
Steven Spielberg & E.T.:  Watch an all-new interview with Steven Spielberg, as he reflects back on the film and discusses his experience working with the actors, as well as his overall and current perspective on E.T.

-Deleted Scenes: Two scenes from 2002 version of the film.

-A Look Back:  A special insider’s look into the making of E.T. featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, the cast, and others intimately involved with the film. 

-The E.T. Reunion:  The cast and filmmaker reunite to discuss their thoughts on the impact of the film.

-The Evolution and Creation of E.T.:  From idea to screenplay, through casting and making the film. 

-The Music of E.T.:  A Discussion with John Williams:  Interviews and footage focused on the long-standing relationship between John Williams and Steven Spielberg.

-The 20th Anniversary Premiere:  Composer John Williams played the score of E.T. live at the Shrine Auditorium for the re-release premiere of E.T.   This featurette gives us a behind the scenes look at this presentation.

-Original Theatrical Trailer

-Special Olympics TV spot

-Designs, Photographs and Marketing
E.T. Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux
E.T. Designs by Carlo Rambaldi
Spaceship Designs by Ralph McQuarrie
Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux
Production Photographs
Marketing E.T.
Supplements for the DVD:
-Steven Spielberg & E.T.

-Deleted Scenes

-A Look Back

-The E.T. Reunion

E.T.: The Green Planet

Universal is also partnering with leading independent games publisher Chillingo to publish E.T.: The Green Planet for the iTunes App Store. Inspired by a novel based on a story by Steven Spielberg, players travel with E.T. to his home planet, explore and build extraordinary intergalactic botanical gardens, and share their experiences with friends.

Technical Information

Blu-ray™ Edition

Running Time: 114:27

Layers: Dual

Aspect Ratio: 1:85

Rating: PG

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 7.1 and 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

DVD Edition

Running Time: 114:27

Rating: PG

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 7.1 and 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

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