E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas

Universal Studios Home Video | March 11, 2008 | DVD

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is rated 1 out of 5 by 1.
Steven Spielberg struck a chord with audiences of all ages with his 1982 smash-hit, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, a triumphant film that blurred the lines between what is real and what is possible. In the memorable opening sequence, a troop of squat, wrinkly alien botanists arrives on Earth to gather specimens. A group of intruding humans frightens the visitors away, but one poor little guy gets left behind. Elliot (Henry Thomas), an intelligent, imaginative and somewhat lonely 10-year-old, discovers the straggler in his garden shed and one of cinema's most engaging and unlikely friendships begins. The necessity of hiding E.T. from threatening grownups makes for many wonderful comic moments -- witness the ear-splitting scream when Elliot's little sister, Gertie (a cherubic Drew Barrymore), discovers the blue-eyed alien, and the Halloween scene, in which a white sheet is all the disguise E.T. needs to avoid adult notice ... as long as he stays away from flashbulbs! As the kids bond with E.T. and try to figure out to how their friend can "phone home," the shadowy adult enemies begin closing in. The emotional force of this film is astonishing: scenes in which E.T. is captured and subjected to scientific tests that threaten his life are heart-rending and the triumphant shot of the flying bicycles silhouetted against the full moon is so powerful, it has become an icon of moviemaking. The 2002 re-release of the film restored some delightful deleted scenes and made some dubious CGI tweaks to certain scenes -- like transforming the guns in the hands of the government agents to walkie-talkies -- but the essence of the film remains the same: hopeful, touching and absolutely magical.

Video Release: March 11, 2008

Theatrical Release: 1982

Runtime: 117

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192225628

Found in: Action / Adventure, Action / Adventure, Classics, Classics, Classics, General, General, General, General

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Profound Boredom 2 words: profound boredom. I paid good money to watch, for several hours, an alien that seems to know only 2 phrases: "ET GO HOME!!!" and "OUCH!". ET moves at a speed ten times slower than a snail, taking his time to stretch his words and actions to make you so aware of his existence, and as a result, waiting on the edge of your toes for him to finish that phrase!!! Perhaps this movie is something meant to raise the self-esteem of sloths- to tell them that they are not the slowest and most boring creatures on the planet. Maybe it is some sort of form of artistic expression that helps us feel the pain of victims who are forced to encounter motion-challenged people. Either way, this movie is only meant for those with obscenely large attention spans.
Date published: 2007-04-15

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas

Video Release: March 11, 2008

Theatrical Release: 1982

Runtime: 117

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192225628


Edition Description
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Digitally Re-Mastered
  • Runtime: 117 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Released in Spanish

Editorial Notes

DVD features include:

Disc One:
• Feature film -- 2002 version
• Isolated John Williams live music score
• Steven Spielberg: A Look Back & Space Exploration

Disc Two:
• The evolution and creation of E.T.
• John Williams conducts the orchestra
• The reunion
• E.T. archives and trailer
• DVD-ROM features with Total Axess includes behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, etc.

Synopsis

One of the most popular movies of all time, Steven Spielberg’s E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL tells the touching and often comical story of an alien creature, E.T., who is accidentally left behind on Earth. Elliott (Henry Thomas), a young boy from a single-parent home, befriends E.T. and tries to protect him from the adult world of NASA scientists who want to "examine" the alien. With the help of his younger sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and his older brother, Michael (Robert McNaugton), Elliott helps E.T. try to get back to his home.

Description

IN THEATRES: MARCH 22, 2002 The 2002 rerelease of E.T., which marks 20 years since the film's 1982 debut, includes never before seen footage, enhanced visual effects, and a new remastered soundtrack. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is Steven Spielberg's warmhearted classic delight for both children and adults. It tells the story of an alien creature, E.T., mistakenly left behind on Earth. When a young boy, Elliott (Henry Thomas), finds E.T. and hides him in his home, both their worlds are changed forever. E.T. teaches Elliott and his two siblings (Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton), whose parents have recently separated, about caring and love while the children protect E.T. from the malevolent world of grown-ups. Elliott and E.T. become so close that they share emotions; as E.T. becomes ill, so does Elliott. The children end up going on a fabulous adventure trying to help E.T. find a way back to his home planet. The movie was originally going to be based on a story idea by director John Sayles, but after he removed himself from the project, screenwriter Melissa Mathison (Harrison Ford’s wife) took over the script and made it her own. John Williams’s beautiful soundtrack became forever linked to E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL.

Notes

Theatrical release: June 11, 1982. The film was shot north of Los Angeles in Northridge, California. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL was selected to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is number 25 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. Actress Debra Winger contributed to the voice of E.T. E.T. love for Reese's Pieces was a huge boost to the new product. The film is one of the top moneymakers of all time, taking in nearly $400 million at the domestic box office and more than $700 million worldwide.
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