E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is coming to Blu-ray at last. Spielberg’s masterpiece of alien magic is getting the full high-def treatment as part of Universal Studios’ 100th anniversary celebration and it looks good. Really good.
Here’s the E.T. on Blu-ray trailer. I’ll see you afterward with more details…
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E.T. on Blu-ray arrives in stores October of this year. They haven’t picked a day yet, we’ll let you know when they do. But we do know it’ll be loaded with extra features and most importantly, in higher quality than you’ve ever seen E.T. before. The Blu-ray’s resolution will be six times greater than that of the old E.T. DVD you may currently have sitting on your shelves. Better still as the Blu-ray trailer illustrated… the digital monkeyshines which turned guns into radios have been removed. This should be the E.T. the movie was meant to be.
Here’s a look at the cover art…
And here’s a breakdown of just some of the bonus features included…
BONUS FEATURES ON THE 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.
UltraViolet™: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and instantly stream and download to computers, tablets and smartphones. Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. Currently available in the United States only.
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 the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.
Still not convinced? Check out these beautiful, high-res still photos…
In an era where we only make movies about aliens out to kill us, more than ever E.T. is a must own. They don’t make them like this anymore, if indeed they ever did.