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When E.T. the Extra-terrestrial first was released in theaters, I was a young girl, not too much older than my own daughter. I remember how much I loved the movie and how I used to re-enact scenes or pretend I was Gertie, and how magical the movie was to me.
This past week, my four-year-old daughter watched it for the first time and was smitten with it. She loved when Gertie dressed E.T. up as a girl, and thought it was so cute when he hid in the closet with all the stuffed toys – some of my favorite parts as a child, too! She thought it was so cool that E.T. made Elliot’s bike fly, and was sad when he was quarantined and couldn’t understand why anyone would want to do anything mean to him.
Synopsis:: When an imaginative boy meets a lost alien, it is the beginning of one of cinema’s most endearing friendships, as Elliot (Henry Thomas) helps the marvelous creature he calls E.T. find his way back home before government agents can capture him.
There are hours of bonus features on both the DVD and Blu-Ray including:
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
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
What are your favorite memories of seeing E.T. the Extra-terrestrial for the first time?
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