Sept. 5, 2005, 3:37 a.m. CST
I envy you
Sept. 5, 2005, 4:55 a.m. CST
H, that's beautiful. Now what's round the other side of the tower? Where does the mothership land? Or was that movie trickery fucking with me..?
Sept. 5, 2005, 5:26 a.m. CST
...my browser automatically remembers them and inputs them for me...And I get laid on a regular basis.
Sept. 5, 2005, 6:57 a.m. CST
by Gungan Slayer
again, there he is having a hell of a time, and I'm just sitting here. Nice pics harry
Sept. 5, 2005, 7:38 a.m. CST
by Fat Beach Bum
The pictures are great. One day I hope I cam make the drive from FL, to Devil's Tower.
Sept. 5, 2005, 7:49 a.m. CST
by Banky the Hack
The only words I have...
Sept. 5, 2005, 7:58 a.m. CST
really fucking sad that a Grandfather and Uncle got hassled by the PIGS.
Sept. 5, 2005, 8:02 a.m. CST
Dude, you have knocked this entire series out of the park! I only wish I had the time and the money to do the entire journey. Sadly, I was moving from Los Angeles to Fort Worth at the time. Oh well. Keep it up and I can't wait to read the next part! Thank you for this!
Sept. 5, 2005, 8:41 a.m. CST
by Atomik Steve
I want some of the posters from this series really bad. I looked on the Alamo Drafthouse site, but didn't see any links to buy. Does anyone know?
Sept. 5, 2005, 8:46 a.m. CST
Oh man. I wish I was there. That shot of Devil's Tower as the film plays was beautiful. Awesome.
Sept. 5, 2005, 9:05 a.m. CST
I'm from Sydney Australia and I went there in 2002 to see Devil's Tower for myself. It was the highlight of the entire trip, and we saw 12 National Parks! I'm almost 34 and Close Encounters changed my life as a child. It is still a huge influence on me and always will be. Thanks for your great description - "a religious experience" is exactly what it was for me! -- On the same trip, we visited film locations used in "Back to the Future" (Doc Brown's house), the houses from "E.T." and "Poltergeist", and various National Parks used in films like "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (Arches) and "Butch Cassidy" (Zion)... Can't wait to do it again next year! *Sean.*
Sept. 5, 2005, 9:31 a.m. CST
by Samuel Steamer
I was in awe when I went there too but you cried? That's kind of odd. Oh well. Great write up.
Sept. 5, 2005, 9:37 a.m. CST
Is Devil's Tower as large as it seems. As large as it is in my dreams....uh. Nevermind.
Sept. 5, 2005, 9:40 a.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2005, 9:42 a.m. CST
when my wife and I went we got there at night and all we could see was the silouette of the tower so we pitched our tent facing the tower, made food and went to bed. when we woke up thee next day it was the colors that really took my breathe away. We were in a recessed spot of land and thier was a wall of red rock surrounding us. What a truly perfect day. We met Jack our tent neighbor and ate breakfest with him. He was traveling accross country with nothing but a tent and the clothes on his back to go see his son who was in jail for selling 990 hits of acid to an undercover. The guy litterally lived off mcdonalds dollar menu and the kindness of others. I smoked some kickass weed with him and we brought him to the tower with us. We didn't climb it but we had our fun on the rocks watching climbers fall. Harry you've just earned some extra cool points for choosing this as one of your stops. salute to you sir and hope you have a safe return
Sept. 5, 2005, 10:12 a.m. CST
I wish I could have been there.
Sept. 5, 2005, 10:34 a.m. CST
I love movies, and watching some of the movies i loved in my childhood make me smile, but i don't really get weepy. I'm not faulting him for it. He's a passionate guy. Though i would like to one day read "I saw Ernest Goes to Camp at Camp Heenawkeh, and when Ernest fell from the ladder... i wept"
Sept. 5, 2005, 10:56 a.m. CST
my eyes are getting teary just from reading this, and imagining what it must have been like. but i'm not jealous... i'm happy for everyone that was able to go. Things as cool as this are extremely rare.
Sept. 5, 2005, 11:12 a.m. CST
but it's actually "just deserts"... the confusion lies because in this sense the word "desert" is pronounced the same as "dessert", but "desert" with that pronounciation is a noun which means an action deserving punishment or reward. I guess saying "just deserves" avoids the confusion! ... English lesson over! :)
Sept. 5, 2005, 1:31 p.m. CST
of the movie and the landmark. Seeing CEOT3K just a few months after Star Wars was easily the greatest movie year of my life - I sat thru it twice the first time, and five times while on break from school. I've also been to Devil's Tower twice with my family, and it is no exaggeration to say that both experiences were "religious." I still remember standing on the spot where Dreyfuss and company first spotted the helicopters coming after them, and for some damn, silly reason it filled me with pride and awe. If I could have picked one place to enjoy your roadshow, this would have been it. As it is, I'll have to be satisfied with your tantalizing pictures and wonderful play-by-play. Thanks, Harry - I couldn't be there, but at least someone was there who really appreciated the moment.
Sept. 5, 2005, 1:40 p.m. CST
by Vim Fuego
but Close Encounters is possibly my favourite film of all time. I saw it for the time Lord knows how many years ago, but I was enthralled throughout. I remember wondering at the time if Devil's Tower actually existed or was it a set. I hope to see it one day.
Sept. 5, 2005, 2:39 p.m. CST
Where's your DVD roundup for this month??? That's my favorite feature on this site. How else would I know what obscure films to add to my Netflix queue? C'mon...we're depending on you!
Sept. 5, 2005, 2:56 p.m. CST
True CEOTTK is slow and to me boring, The special Edition is better but still too slow for me But I still love scenes from the movie, I love the car lights scene The Researchers finding stuff, The UFO chase and The final encounter But head and tails above that is the Devils Tower. I mean what could have caused such a freaky thing I thought it was a movie fake but to go there and watch CEOTTK pass through little Big Horn and meet other Geeks That would still bring me to Geek heaven.
Sept. 5, 2005, 4:01 p.m. CST
by Karl Hungus
The first big clue that it wasn't the 1977 theatrical version is the inclusion of the Gobi Desert sequence, which was shot specifically for the 1980 Special Edition. When I got home, I watched Spielberg's final "Collector's Edition" cut that was released on LD and DVD. That's the version we saw but I can't blame Harry for being confused. The print was scratchy as hell, as if dragged through Muncie gravel by Roy Neary's truck. But the sound was great, literally causing the earth beneath us to rumble. And yes, watching the film with the eerie praire sentinel of Devils Tower overlooking us was, well, surreal and total geek bliss. What a fantastic night!
Sept. 5, 2005, 4:14 p.m. CST
...is probably the coolest thing I've ever heard of. Naturally I have been completely unable to attend. Curse my heinous fate!
Sept. 5, 2005, 4:53 p.m. CST
I vaguely remember watching the original & Special Edition years ago, but only sat down recently & watched it properly, when it was on Channel 4 (I think) in the UK, which was the Collectors Edition & I got into it (got it?) a lot more & enjoyed it more than when I saw it when I was a wee lad. Coulda been the fact that as a kid I got fidgity with the pace & as an adult I can now follow it easier & appreciate it more, or mabye the Collectors edition is just better paced & holds your interest more? What do you think - which edition do you guys prefer?
Sept. 5, 2005, 5:21 p.m. CST
And stop posting on a talkback and putting your misplaced anger onto Harry. Yeah, go smell the fucking flowers, dude. Write a aong about it. Then bungi jump to your death. This is a MOVIE SITE, ASSHOLE.
Sept. 5, 2005, 5:23 p.m. CST
Sept. 5, 2005, 5:37 p.m. CST
I don't post to much anymore, but I have to reply to this cunt Spandex. Yes, I know he is a useless troll with no life looking to get a rise out of people. It makes me laugh when he tells Harry to get off his ass and see the world. Ummmmmm.....Isn't that exactly what he's doing? The roadtrip sounds awesome, wish I could be there. I drove cross country to my new home in Seattle and Devils Tower was by far the most impressive sight I saw on the trip, maybe even in my life. Good for you harry. As far as Spandex, your a useless little twit who slings insults knowing he will remain hidden due to the anonymous nature of the net. Do us all a favor: if you have nothing to add to the discussion, fuck off.
Sept. 5, 2005, 6:21 p.m. CST
by Karl Hungus
My favorite remains the original 1977 version but not just because it was merely the first, which is often the kneejerk reaction of a lot of so-called "purists." I actually think the latest "Collector's Edition" gets a lot of stuff right. But it also adds a lot of unneccessary filler (the Air Force press conference) at the expense of other character-building moments (the power station scene.) I sort of enjoy the "new" Gobi Desert scene even though it's a rehash of the opening Sonora sequence (and is also missing Lacombe's always-welcome presence). I also like the bit with Neary freaking out in the shower but, again, it's just one more way to show what we already know: Roy's losing his mind. On the whole, I ignore the 1980 Special Edition because of the big "inside" reveal at the end but it's not terrible. I think all three versions of CE3K are quite watchable. But the original cut remains my favorite.
Sept. 5, 2005, 6:37 p.m. CST
by Vim Fuego
Those 2 posts are just wrong diddly wrong.
Sept. 5, 2005, 7:53 p.m. CST
by Vim Fuego
Sorry. Couldn't resist it.
Sept. 5, 2005, 8:35 p.m. CST
by Vim Fuego
but isn't it past your bedtime? BTW where the feck is everyone else? They're not trying to download that fake Superman trailer are they?
Sept. 5, 2005, 8:52 p.m. CST
"I roll,You drive" strategy?.They should of had some fake dead livestock on the roadside and gas masks and mashed potato as freebies.They should apply this "drive here drive there watch the film" gimmick to Smokey the Bandit,The Hitcher and Duel.That might make you cry.Remember,you don't win a raffle if you don't buy a ticket.
Sept. 5, 2005, 9:21 p.m. CST
by Vim Fuego
BTW It's Shepherd not Shepard.
Sept. 6, 2005, 3:29 a.m. CST
has to be one of the best inventions in cinema.
Sept. 6, 2005, 7:02 a.m. CST
...and also wondering if that makes a whole lot of goddamn sense, too much sense, the kinda sense that wakes you at night and makes you scream.
Sept. 6, 2005, 8:33 a.m. CST
The movie is Cat Ballou, titled after the main character's name. I live in Colorado and was able to attend last night. Not many people showed up, so it was really an intimate setting. The Drafthouse people were having fun feeding doritos to a miniature donkey. I'm sure Harry will post about it soon.
Sept. 6, 2005, 9:13 a.m. CST
by Darth Busey
Suggestions for next year: "Godfather II" in Lake Tahoe, CA. "The Shawshank Redemption" in Mansfield, OH. "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", in Andalucia, Spain. "L.A. Confidential" at the Lovell Health House, Los Angeles, CA. And a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Star Wars" double-feature in Tunisia.
Sept. 6, 2005, 10:20 a.m. CST
then the tommies came (hanks and cruise) and spielberg lost it....
Sept. 6, 2005, 10:26 a.m. CST
what a great idea and great reports. Reading each one of them makes you feel like you are there. i personally would love to have seen the once upon a time in the west screening. This also seems to be a stand out.I travelled through 5 states of america last year in summer and had a fantastic time, but to see movies along with it would have been even better.
Sept. 6, 2005, 10:30 a.m. CST
i was talking to brian today and he said throw vim out of the band because he is too angry and too cross....classic stuff! did you know the dvd of all 39 eps of comic strip presents are now on dvd. i gotta get me some of that.
Sept. 6, 2005, 10:35 a.m. CST
I don't understand why. Weird.
Sept. 6, 2005, 11:25 a.m. CST
Like some people that were also there mentioned above, hearing the chirping of insects around us completely added to the mood. Yet my favorite moment in the whole event was this. Harry probably missed this too cause he was sitting so far off to the side, but I was almost front center. During the last scene at Devil's Tower, when more then 4 ships start to show up. There is a quick shot in the night sky where the space ships form the Little Dipper in the sky and then break apart. Right when that happened, I looked just barely above the screen, and there it was in the clear night sky looking back at us. Now that was mind blowing. My friend next to me also noticed this, truely a great geek moment.
Sept. 6, 2005, 11:32 a.m. CST
by Vim Fuego
I wondered if someone would recognise where my ID came from. I did know that the Comic Strip Boxset was out, yes. I want to buy it obviously, but it's a bit difficult to justify the purchase at the moment when you've got a 7 month pregnant wife. I will probably get it at Christmas. "Vim Feugo?!? What sort of name is that anyway!?!"
Sept. 6, 2005, 11:43 a.m. CST
This was great and all, but why does nobody mention Sammo Hung? What's all this about a new Gobi Desert scene and such; why isn't anybody talking about the part where Sammo is endowed with the power of the monkey king and flies around fighting the ring-swinging minion? Or when Sammo's arm is taken over by a voodoo doll and then he kicks everybody's ass in the restaurant. Really, let's get some proper discussion of the film going without all this bullshit about devils, towers and what have you. On that note, shouldn't this screening have been held in Hong Kong? WTF?
Sept. 6, 2005, 1:36 p.m. CST
there is something strangely insidious going on. it's quite prevalent for people to show a failure in the expression of feelings by associating them with pop culture. it's why kids these days laugh during The Exorcist. they are uncomfortable and can't quite express it. it's why chimpanzees sound like they are laughing when they are nervous. it's why people associate the themes to movies based on actual events to the actual events themselves. it's why everyone's an armchair historian (sure, YOU saw that it was a trap, Harry. I guess you're a better tactician than a general.) in any event, i can't wait for Harry to be attacked by a shark and instead of yell for help, he quietly goes down humming Stravinisky's Dance of the Adolescents.
Sept. 6, 2005, 1:46 p.m. CST
this one was relgious for a third grader obsessed with ufo's in 1977 in the lower middle class suburbs. where can i get a transfer of the 1977 print which lacks the shadow passing over the truck? (I don't like that addition that for some reason is left in all video versions)
Sept. 6, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST
Sept. 6, 2005, 3:23 p.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
It's been over a year for me, man. Come on out to DC with some of your kind bud and help a brother out. Weep not for CE3K, weep for the dead and the dying in New Orleans. Personally, I would have had a huge shit-eating grin, not some weepy fag-boy tears. Goosebumps, check! Tears...only for my New Orleans buddies. Who's got the herb (let's go raid Gilligan's stash!)
Sheesh.. I got geeked out just reading this.. glad you had fun Harry.
Sept. 6, 2005, 3:29 p.m. CST
by Ace Hunter
Please remember the "pre-millineum" films you used to make and find that magic again. From "Duel" to "Saving Private Ryan", there was a sense of true love of films. "Post-millineum" Speilberg has phoned it in with the Kubrick-wannabe "A.I." to the mediocre "War of the Worlds". Don't get me started with "The Terminal". The only hope for the Speilberg fan is Indy 4. Don't let me down, Steven. I got no spit.
Sept. 6, 2005, 4:13 p.m. CST
Love the movie and location -- jealous I wasn't there. Been there a few times, but would have loved to have seen the movie there, too. Love the poster and the write up, Harry, however I would fire your proofreader as the correct spelling for our first national monument is "Devils Tower" without the apostrophe. Didn't you read the plaque or the brochure when you were at the park? Didn't you check nps.gov for details? Damn you all for thinking you know your country...
Sept. 6, 2005, 5:06 p.m. CST
Needless to say, it was amazing. My ladyfriend and I dragged our asses all the way from New York for these two films and it was worth every penny and minute. Everything Harry has written has been spot on, too. I can't stress enough how awesome it was. Thank you, ROLLING ROADSHOW. And thank you, Harry, for letting me know about this in the first place. (Harry, I was gonna go up and say 'hi' to you when I saw you sitting in the stands at GOONIES and then again at Devils Tower but I figured you probably got enough of that...) Thanks again.
ARGH!!! And it's "Little Bighorn" NOT "Big Horn" you first time visitor! You'd think the sponsors from the "Al Eh Moe" Drafthouse would understand battlefields. (Still jealous of your roadtrip, of course!)
Sept. 6, 2005, 8:05 p.m. CST
by slappy jones
Sept. 7, 2005, 10:58 a.m. CST
by Karl Hungus
Great idea, Knobules. I'd go to PA for a DAWN OF THE DEAD Rolling Roadshow. Some other West Coast ideas: the Van Nuys dam for ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. Puente Hills Mall for BACK TO THE FUTURE. The Fox Plaza tower for DIE HARD. Chinatown, San Francisco for BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.
Sept. 7, 2005, 12:36 p.m. CST
What an odd thing to say! God help me if I cannot figure out why someone would cry over seeing something that was in a movie? Just because I don't turn into a blubbering idiot at the sight of something I saw in a movie I love doesn't make me some unfeeling monster or less of a geek, it just means I have a life outside of my passion for movies that actually causes me to feel emotions for real people and not characters or things I see on the big screen.
Sept. 8, 2005, 3:42 p.m. CST
Criterion Laserdisc released 2 versions of the 1977 release on laser in 1990. To answer to ufoclub1977....... a note sheet that was included with the laser box set reads the following.......This laserdisc presents the original edition of Close Encounters with one shot from the Special Edition that was included at Mr. Spielberg's request (Side 1 , chapter 8, frames 33962- 34118) This was the scene that you mentioned with the UFO shadow. The cut footage to include this shot was 3 - 5 seconds of Roy Neary driving his truck up an off ramp and entering a tunnel. As much as I can remember........To answer your question, Speilberg prefered this small alteration out of the entire 1977 release. Just be thankful that he is not as notorious as Lucas for changing things around. There were even small trims cut from the laserdisc release that are included at the end of each disc in the set. One that I remember is a brief scene of everyone having a scuffle trying to get off of the helicopter. Every other print just shows a long shot of the three running towards Devils Tower. Recommendation ,,,,get the Laserdisc, transfer to the PC and get a good program and edit your own version. I did it ages ago and made a complete version from all trims and Special Edition scenes. 1977 Version 135 minutes Special Edition 132 minutes Collectors Edition 137 minutes Complete Edit 145 minutes Unfortunately I edited this on Hi-8 and then transfered to VHS years ago. One day I will transfer the box set to DVD and re edit in my PC. If you happen to have a 2 DVD set of Close Encounters the higher quality deleted scenes were shown in the 77 print. The scenes containing specs and scratches were never in any version.
Sept. 8, 2005, 9:35 p.m. CST
See... I'm the type of person that, if that happened with the pigs, it would ruin my whole night. I'm sure at some point, I'd see the tower behind the screen and forget, but I'd definitely dwell... big dweller. I just hate that kind of thing, where anyone with any fucking sense can tell what's really going on, but they have to dicks just because that's what they are. It's just unnecessary harrassment... oh, and they've ALWAYS had some kind of call for the area you're in for the exact same thing they're accusing you of. Happened to my girlfriend and I once, but I had a card my tow truck driver uncle gave me that, for some unknown reason, got me out of a lot of shit that regular PBA cards didn't. It was some other association, the president of which was a CIA agent. No idea where he got it... one time, the officer even asked me if I was undercover law enforcement. Anyway... I'm from NJ, where the police are the absolute fucking worse... so it's all necessary. Glad you had a good time at The Tower... love the photos.
Sept. 10, 2005, 8:59 p.m. CST
Tool! Hypocrite! What could you have done with the time and energy you spent typing that post! Did you give blood? Did you write a poem? Did you spay a cat? No, TOOL, you didn't. But you know what? That's okay. (When you do what you love, it MATTERS.) Furthermore it's more than ok for Harry to follow his bliss on up to Devil's Tower. Some perspective: Harry has a job, and a giant website, and a book and a name and a rep and fans and friends and probably more pussy than anybody knows. Fer the luvva- he has his hands on John Carter of Mars! (the story, not the guy...to my knowledge.) That was a dream of mine from way back, and now he's doing it! His dad seems to have the resources and the desire and the good sense to go on an awesome trip with his son and grandson; a trip of which I am quite covetous. What IF every minute of every day of Harry's life IS film related? How does that make every minute of every day of his life meaningless? It totally matters. It's all worthwhile and you are in no position to judge. Okay, I feel better now. I am sorry I yelled.