E.T. is a film that was massively influential in its time. In the early 80’s this film transcended genres to become one of the most beloved movie experiences of a generation. It still resonates today as an important coming of age tale for all ages.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the original release of this classic tale, and Universal decided now would be the perfect time to finally bring one of Spielberg’s most beloved masterpieces to the world of High Definition.
The anniversary edition is centered around the original theatrical version of the movie, which means those menacing guns will be intact. It is good to see Spielberg reconsider some of his Lucas-esque mistakes during the 20th anniversary window. That said, because leaving anything out on a Blu-Ray seems rather silly, you can still see the added scenes from 2002 in deleted scene format.
The Blu-Ray will be hitting store shelves on October 9th, and will include the Blu-Ray disc, a DVD and an ultra-violet digital copy. You can check out the full list of features for the upcoming Blu-Ray release after the jump.
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, throughcasting 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
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Digital Copy: The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a digital copy of the film compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™, iPod™ touch, Android or online retail partners.
pocket BLU™ App: The popular free pocket BLU™ app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android™ tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of thedevices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.