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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
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Oct 9, 2012 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Steven Spielberg

Actors:
Henry Thomas
Dee Wallace
Drew Barrymore
Robert MacNaughton
Peter Coyote

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An extra-terrestrial is accidently left on Earth. Alone and frightened, heís discovered by a lonely boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas) who, along with his older brother (Robert MacNaughton) and young sister (Drew Barrymore) take him in and protect him.

IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is one of those touchstone movies for anyone who grew up in the eighties. I was born a year before it came out, but as the film was periodically re-released throughout the decade (it took six whole years for it to hit video)- I can vividly remember E.T being the first film I ever saw in theaters. According to my mom and dad, E.T himself (or itself) scared the heck out of me for the first few minutes, but once he started getting sick towards the end I was bawling my eyes out.

I probably watched it like a hundred times on video, but before other than once during the 20th anniversary theatrical re-release ten years ago, I hadnít seen the movie in ages. I was eager to revisit it on Blu-ray, especially as itís the original, theatrical version of the film- with the í02 ďwalkie-talkieĒ version seemingly having been consigned to the Ambliní vaults (good riddance).

How does the film hold up? Quite beautifully actually. While some of the FX may be a little dated, E.Tís less about the eye-candy, and more about the bond between Elliot and E.T. While a total innocent, E.Tís appearance frightens adults, but kids (and dogs)- in their innocence, can see the goodness within this benevolent creature. Their story is beautiful, and if you donít find yourself getting misty-eyed during E.Tís ďdeathĒ- you might be made of stone (even Law and Moreno got chocked up during their recent podcast commentary).

The kid actors are ridiculously good, with Barrymoreís cuteness, MacNaughtonís protectiveness, and Thomasí compassion winning the day. Dee Wallace is also quite good as their loving, in fragile mother, while Peter Coyote puts a compassionate face of the forces hunting E.T. As for the alien himself, E.Tís design is superb- with him being cute enough that we all had E.T dolls as kids, but not cutesy in a cookie-cutter way. And of course, the other star of the film is John Williamsí soaring score- with the last twenty minutes of the film (contrasting the near total-lack of music in the first half) being like a mini-symphony, and perhaps his finest work- although who can say?

THE EXTRAS
E.T's long-awaited high-def debut comes with a flurry of extras features. Firstly, the video transfer is perfect- with the film probably looking better than it did in 1982. Certainly one of Universal's crown jewels, the film has been lovingly restored. The bonus features are plentiful. They're led off with The E.T Journals which is an hour's worth of on-the-set footage, similar to the new doc on RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK that came out on the Indy set a few weeks ago. There's also a new interview with Spielberg, who reflects on the film. Everything else is ported over from the 20th anniversary DVD, although- unlike that collection, this only contains the theatrical release, which is a big plus as far as I'm concerned. There are deleted scenes , a twentieth reunion featurette (check out MacNaughton's dreadlocks), an hour-long retrospective feature , the trailers , a special olympics TV spot featuring E.T , production photos , and a bonus DVD and Digital copy .

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Whether youíve seen E.T. once or one-hundred times, this Blu-ray is one of the seasonís must buys, and if I ever have kids- you can bet Iíll be showing them E.T. Itís truly a modern classic, and one that will no doubt be passed down generation to generation.
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