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Steven Spielberg hands the guns back to E.T. for blu ray release

06.01.2012

Well, it looks like E.T. is getting his guns back! The upcoming blu ray release of the Spielberg classic is going back to its roots with the original scenes of government agents with guns instead of walkie-talkies.

A decade ago, E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL was re-released in theaters, much to the delight of fans everywhere, but with one, teensy-tiny little change. For some reason, the government agents were no longer outfitted with rifles, but with walkie-talkies. It didn't exactly change anything major, but it shined the spotlight on the ugly trend of "digitally manipulating" old films for either monetary or, in this case, parents groups.

George Lucas alienated an entire fanbase because of it and it was the only time Spielberg had done anything like it (although you could argue against that for his CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND re-issues), which apparently he regretted after the fact:

"For myself, I tried [changing a film] once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction] to E.T., and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and change some things]…it was OK for a while, but I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T."

Although it wasn't a "game-changing" issue, I'm happy to see Spielberg set shit right. There's just no reason for the change and I think that's the biggest issue. Parent's don't like government agents with guns? Tough shit! They have guns, deal with it. They don't even pop off a shot, for crying out loud. It's as asinine as adding a dance number in RETURN OF THE JEDI...oh, yeah.

E.T.: THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL comes out guns blazing on blu ray this Fall.

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Extra Tidbit: I seem to remember something about Drew Barrymore having an influence over Spielberg's decision, as she's been on an anti-gun crusade for years (which is why the "Angels" never used guns in the Charlie's Angels films). Anyone else recall this?
Source: Vulture

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3:35AM on 06/02/2012
Good for Spielberg, not that guns were ever integral to ET. It's not like Michael Mann digitally removed the guns from Heat... actually I would watch that for the sheer weirdness. Maybe give Robert DeNiro a flying BMX to escape on too.
Good for Spielberg, not that guns were ever integral to ET. It's not like Michael Mann digitally removed the guns from Heat... actually I would watch that for the sheer weirdness. Maybe give Robert DeNiro a flying BMX to escape on too.
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7:35PM on 06/01/2012
This was a rather dumb change and a bit of overkill in my opinion. Glad to see Spielberg restoring his original vision.
This was a rather dumb change and a bit of overkill in my opinion. Glad to see Spielberg restoring his original vision.
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5:53PM on 06/01/2012

trauma

I watched this age 3 in 1981 - To this day it is the scariest thing I have ever seen
I watched this age 3 in 1981 - To this day it is the scariest thing I have ever seen
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5:18PM on 06/01/2012
Awesome, now Lucas the Hutt needs to go back and let Han shoot Greedo down in cold blood like the good lord intended.
Awesome, now Lucas the Hutt needs to go back and let Han shoot Greedo down in cold blood like the good lord intended.
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4:58PM on 06/01/2012
As a kid, I don't think I even noticed the guns. Anyway, some kid is hauling off a creepy alien animal that could maul him. Why not carry a gun?
As a kid, I don't think I even noticed the guns. Anyway, some kid is hauling off a creepy alien animal that could maul him. Why not carry a gun?
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4:48PM on 06/01/2012

YAY

I speak as a parent when I say fuck Parent Groups.
I speak as a parent when I say fuck Parent Groups.
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4:13PM on 06/01/2012
I went to ET so many times when it opened in my local theatre that the staff eventually start letting me in free
I went to ET so many times when it opened in my local theatre that the staff eventually start letting me in free
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4:12PM on 06/01/2012
Wouldn't matter to me either way in this case. BUT they need to not do that to films....I think I'm the only person on earth who hated this film when I was a kid...
Wouldn't matter to me either way in this case. BUT they need to not do that to films....I think I'm the only person on earth who hated this film when I was a kid...
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4:27PM on 06/01/2012
I know 3 people who have always hated this movie as well.
I know 3 people who have always hated this movie as well.
10:56PM on 06/01/2012
Haha, I don't really know many people that hated it, but I know a few people that ET creeped the living shit outta them, never really got that.
Haha, I don't really know many people that hated it, but I know a few people that ET creeped the living shit outta them, never really got that.
4:11PM on 06/01/2012
Kudos to the ET with a gun picture. I see a trailer mashup coming...
Kudos to the ET with a gun picture. I see a trailer mashup coming...
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4:10PM on 06/01/2012
While it's awesome that Spielberg actually is in tune with fans and reality as a whole that he can admit he made an error, it's a shame Lucas dug himself in way too deep a hole that he'll come to terms what he's done to the original trilogy....
While it's awesome that Spielberg actually is in tune with fans and reality as a whole that he can admit he made an error, it's a shame Lucas dug himself in way too deep a hole that he'll come to terms what he's done to the original trilogy....
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3:58PM on 06/01/2012

Guns = Good

3rd pic: ET should be equipped with a Carnifex, not a measly Predator.
3rd pic: ET should be equipped with a Carnifex, not a measly Predator.
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3:53PM on 06/01/2012
LOL! The pictures in this article were fantastic!
LOL! The pictures in this article were fantastic!
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3:00PM on 06/01/2012
I'm just glad that no one followed Lucas' and Speilberg's leads when they did these things and alter a bunch of classic movies. Someone could have really f'd up some of their movies.

And I'm not ashamed to admit that ET makes me cry like a 6 year old girl with a scraped knee from beginning to end.
I'm just glad that no one followed Lucas' and Speilberg's leads when they did these things and alter a bunch of classic movies. Someone could have really f'd up some of their movies.

And I'm not ashamed to admit that ET makes me cry like a 6 year old girl with a scraped knee from beginning to end.
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