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Full Anniversary Edition Combo Pack Details!! The E.T. Blu-ray Finally Gets A Release Date!!

The Kidd here...

We heard awhile back that E.T. would finally be getting the Blu-ray treatment this year, and you can mark down October 9 on your calendar for when you can expect to add it to your shelves. 

Today Universal announced that the film will be celebrating its 30th year anniversary with a trip to the hi-def format for the first time, complete with digitally remastered picture and 7.1 surround sound. Plus, this is the 1982 theatrical cut of the film, not the revised version without guns that Spielberg gave us for the film's 20th anniversary re-release back in 2002. A brand-new Steven Spielberg interview will also be included on the disc as well as THE E.T. JOURNALS, which features never-before-seen footage from the set of the film during production. 

You get a few things that came with the last 2-disc DVD set, such as the live performance of John Williams conducting an orchestra at the 2002 premiere and "The Evolution and Creation of E.T." and "The Music of E.T." featurettes. 

But it's the format upgrade you're really buying here - which looks to be going for about 24 bucks right now on the Amazon pre-sale. I know I'll be snagging my copy with the quickness, because how can you not have E.T. as a part of your home collection?

This is everything you're getting for your money (besides the film on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet):

  • 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
  • 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 thedevices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.

  • Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
  • Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
  • Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
  • Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
  • Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
  • BD-LIVE™:  Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more!



·      Steven Spielberg & E.T.

·      Deleted Scenes

·      A Look Back

·      The E.T. Reunion

-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • July 26, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST


    by Steve Evans

  • July 26, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I remember seeing this in the theater and not liking it very much.

    by Snookeroo

    But with all the raves, I saw it again to give it a second shot. It was just as bad the second time.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Blu Ray - Phone to my home!

    by geeko2000

  • July 26, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by Mennen

  • ;)

  • July 26, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    If this came out last fall I would have bought it immediately

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But man, just too many must have blu rays between now and the end of the year. Between Jaws, Universal Monsters, Indiana Jones, Johnny Guitar, The Game, just too many other movies I like more than this one.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    E.T. 2: Home phones back

    by wcolbert

    And damn is the armada pissed about the way the government treated E.T. Kiss your ass goodbye, Earthlings!

  • July 26, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Very underrated movie historically

    by Rupee88

    I remember how huge this movie was at the time. It is something like #4 all time domestic box office after adjusting for inflation. It wasn't quite as big as Star Wars but in the same class.

  • I wish. If they got rid of that, I could actually call it Indiana Jones. Actually no, they'd have to get rid of everything Shia.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    See, now, I wish they included both versions.

    by lochkray

    BOTH versions, people. Just like I would like Lucas to include all four versions of the original trilogy. And Ridley Scott to let us see all 12 versions of Blade Runner - Oh, wait. We got that one. There's NOTHING wrong with tinkering. But at the cost of Blu Rays, please package everything together. The original version will always be my fav for ET, but you can have a different cut.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    It was nothing like that, penis-breath!

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    I'm getting this, even though I own the 3-disc DVD set with both cuts.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Agree lochkray but at least

    by Samuel Fulmer

    the 2002 special edition of ET is available anamorphic with a master from this century on the dvd format...the same can't be said for the original version of the Star Wars trilogy.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Very underrated movie historically?

    by Chairman_Kaga

    By whom? The adulation heaped on this film is nearly mind boggling.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Not including this in a gift set with Mac and Me

    by Samuel Fulmer

    seems like a missed opportunity.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Why is Harry's Dark Knight Rises review disabled?

    by IAmLegolas

    and when is he going to address some of the great points people posted, challenging his review? Isn't this a movie discussion site?

  • July 26, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Hey guys, I'm back from the banhammer. Had to change my name though.

    by kindofabigdeal

    Lets see how long I can go before yet another banishment. PS....Fudgepack Friday is frowned upon by all who hold the hammer.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Anybody listen to Movie Geeks United podcast?

    by Samuel Fulmer

    They did a Dark Knight Rises show this past weekend, and Harry's review was eviserated.

  • It was probably shut down because people were threatening him and his wife. Call it a joke all you want, but I wouldn't make light of it either given how crazy TBers tend to be.

  • ... because nobody wants to go to the theatre to see an "as new" condition print of a movie. They are all waiting for the prints to age, become "imperfect" [sic] then get smeared down into SD resolution for that "truly cinematic" experience... Um... I think I see a flaw in your thinking.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    That was funny when the boy said his brother had pennis breath

    by ajit maholtra

    That means that he had so many lullas in his mouth that his breath started to smell like one.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by professor murder

    Because Harry himself, is disabled.

  • July 26, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    was i the only that found E.T incredibly creepy as a child?

    by Seth Brundle

    Motherfucker looks like the stuff of nightmares If i was in Elliot position and found it in the backyard at night i would hit it with a rock till it moved no more

  • July 26, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST

    One of the few movies...

    by dvdhound

    ...that gets me every time... in the same damned parts. That score, that moment of goodbye. TEARS PEOPLE! I will always be thankful to Spielberg for giving me that.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    No guns...but what about the CGI enhanced E.T.?

    by DrSherlockHouse

    Is he just de-removing the guns...or also the cig enhanced E.T.?

  • On that note, seems like the latest on RT is like 67 out of last 70 reviews are fresh. If Nolan IS a hack, I wish we had more of them. As for "E.T." I have all the versions I need. Don't need to keep adding movies I already own. "Jaws" is the exception.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    While I prefef the origima

    by Cervantes

  • And waiting for this Blu-Ray so that I can believe again. Word.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Saw it the day it was released...

    by harrys_site_sucks

    ... and vowed to NEVER watch it ever again. Still sticking to those guns.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Thank you Steven Spielberg!

    by Gorgomel

    I cant wait for this release!

  • July 26, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by Ronald Raygun

    I totally agree. I definitely buy new movies on blu, but older ones is only occasional. Heck, I even like a little grain on my transfers. And I have yet to buy a black and white movie on blu-ray. Probably never will.

  • Ignorance is bliss. Your loss asshole.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Saw this at a drive in when it was released

    by lowpassat

    I was 7 and it scared the living shit out of me. An alien peeking around the corner, and the grey/white half dead ET To this day I will not watch it.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by ajit maholtra

    Or do you mean, Still sticking to those walkie talkies? Heheheheheheheheheheheheheheheh.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Where's the 90-minute documentary from the laserdisc?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That thing was PHENOMENAL.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    I'm probably in the minority here

    by seasider

    but I was hoping he'd include the 2002 version at least as an extra feature. I mean I get that Spielberg regrets doing the 2002 incarnation but lets not pretend the movie never happened. There were a few things I liked about the 2002 version but it will never replace the 1982 original.

  • July 26, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Awesome release!

    by Proman1984

    Great film!

  • July 26, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    Clarification: 2002 Re-Cut is gone

    by Monty Cristo

    This is the 1982 cut. I ran down the differences over here:

  • July 26, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    without a doubt this is the movie that made my childhood

    by bigpale

    My son is 5 years old, but I'm patiently waiting for him to turn 8. Then he'll be ready for E.T.

  • it sure pissed me off.

  • July 26, 2012, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    The version of the movie is the 1982 cut (shotguns, practical ET, no CG fuckery), with the couple of 2002 Deleted Scenes constituting the only remnants of the CG-do-over version.

  • July 26, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    BTW, this is my favourite movie of all time. I love it.

    by ChickenStu

  • July 26, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    The TDKR review is not disabled, there's some sort of issue with the Talkbacks not appearing on it after they post. You can post one, and it'll show up like it should, but then if you refresh the page, POOF, nothing. Harry is furious about it and our tech team is trying to figure out what's wrong with it.

  • July 26, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Laserdisc extras??

    by Greg Lewis

    Where are the deleted scenes and the terrific doc from the LD box set? Harrison Ford as Elliot's principal?

  • July 26, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Montycristo, why doesn't Harry simply start a new talkback?

    by notcher

    I think that would work.

  • Once the public has seen it, it's too late - it's public domain - it belongs to the masses - what is the point of going back and digitially taking things out? Let the film stand for what it was when it was originally released. It's really not that difficult a concept. That said, I am glad Spielberg understood that well enough to put the guns back in. Kids aren't dumb, they know the world is a violent place and they know that guns can be used for good and for bad purposes. Taking the guns out isn't going to change the fact that the kids have already seen a million cartoons and movies with guns IN them and know exactly what it's all about. By the time I was 5 I'd seen The Terminator, for crying out loud.

  • Once the public has seen it, it's too late - it's public domain - it belongs to the masses - what is the point of going back and digitially taking things out? Let the film stand for what it was when it was originally released. It's really not that difficult a concept. That said, I am glad Spielberg understood that well enough to put the guns back in. Kids aren't dumb, they know the world is a violent place and they know that guns can be used for good and for bad purposes. Taking the guns out isn't going to change the fact that the kids have already seen a million cartoons and movies with guns IN them and know exactly what it's all about. By the time I was 5 I'd seen The Terminator, for crying out loud.

  • July 26, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    wtf double post...bah

    by wcolbert

  • July 26, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    FreeBeer... older movie were in "hi def"...

    by ufoclub1977

    The resolution of 35mm film was alway a visual equivalent to current high def standards or even better. Hi-Def is simply the evolution applied to regular tv/video technology to approach the resolution that films have always had in the theater. In terms of resolution, with matting to fit 16:9, the blu-ray of ET will potentially have less detail then a pristine 35mm print of it.

  • July 26, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    movies.... movies not movie

    by ufoclub1977

  • July 26, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    greg7797 wait..what?

    by wcolbert

    Harrison Ford was in E.T? Wtf? o.O

  • July 26, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Harrison Ford scene

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    There's a GREAT deleted scene on the E.T. laserdisc where Elliot gets sent to the principal following the "frog liberation" scene, the the principal in played by Harrison Ford, albiet without seeing his face (his voice is a dead giveaway, though). Elliot's chair starts levitating towards the ceiling when E.T. tries to lift some raw materials for his communicator device up the stairs at Elliot's house, but the principal's back is turned, so he doesn't witness this. A very funny scene. There's also an alternate ending on the laserdisc. A shame none of this has ever been released on DVD or now Blu. That's why I'm glad I still have a working LD player.

  • July 26, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    re: Laserdisc extras (greg7797)

    by Monty Cristo

    Who knows. 35th Anniversary reissue?

  • July 26, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I second 'Past Nastification's' query

    by Kamaji

    I saw that recently, and it's one of the best making-of's I've seen. Spielberg really talks passionately about making the film, as well as it shows deleted scenes like Elliot meeting with the Principal, and drawing on the walls.

  • July 26, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST

    What about he very rare teaser trailer? Its impossible to find anywhere

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    The original teaser shown in theaters the summer before release? It shows "from the director of..." clips showing raiders, close encounters and jaws then the ET ship landing (not used in the movie but used in the original trailer) and has a very odd metallic, stylized logo that reads "ET in his adventure on Earth" (the films original title). This trailer has not seen the light if day since the since it was in theaters. Along with the Goonies teaser, it is one I've never seen online or on any DVD special features. Looks like it not be here either. WHITE WHALE! I have the 35MM print but that does me no good to watch it!

  • July 26, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Harrison Ford ...hah...I hope that's online somewhere at least

    by wcolbert

    I can't believe that movie was made before I was born (albeit only by a year)...more so I still think it's so weird that the little girl was Drew Barrymore. Am I the only one who thinks the movie would have been interesting in a different way if the kid who played Short Round and Data played Elliot? He was such a likeable kid in those days (which is why Spielberg used him more than once). I wonder why he never continued doing films - he practically looks the same even all these years later -just a grown up version of shortround.

  • July 26, 2012, 5:57 p.m. CST

    The film works on two levels

    by Chief Joseph

    It works on the kid level, obviously. Watch it as an adult and you'll see it differently. Everything the government/scientists did was the right thing to do. They weren't really bad guys.

  • To say it "stands the test of time" is an understatement. As a kid I was blown away by the emotion, as an adult I'm blown away by the filmmaking.

  • July 26, 2012, 6:11 p.m. CST

    The writing is on the wall

    by Robbiemc9

    I remember reading the picture book for this and there were pictures of scenes in the movie from the class room where the gammy kid starts scribbling on the walls everywhere. Does anyone remember this? Has it ever been revealed since as a deleted scene? It looked like he was scribbling the schematics for the device to phone home. I waited 4hrs in line as an 8 year old to see this. Didn't get it even as an 8 year. Wwwaaaayyy to schmultzy for me. I loved Gremlins, Goonies, Jaws, all the original Star Wars, Indiana, Poltergeist etc but this one just sucked. I remember coming out thinking the bit where he died was the best bit. I even asked my mum if the movie was nearly over and she got angry at me in front of everyone for breaking a tender moment. Anyhoo the Harrison Ford scene is on one of the DVD's either as part of the movie or as an extra feature.

  • July 26, 2012, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Speaking of ET - remember the ride at Universal?

    by Lando Griffin

    Last month I went to Universal Hollywood for the first time in 15 years. I had heard ET was replaced with the Mummy ride (Fraser version) a few years back. Didn't put much thought into how much I would miss the ET ride until actually going on that 30 seconds of shit which was the Mummy. I know the ET ride wasn't a thrill ride but as far as rides at Universal go I think it was a staple. They seem to refresh rides every 10 years or so anyways so maybe they can do an updated ET with better technology sometime down the road.

  • July 26, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Good for Spielberg

    by Bass Ackwards

    At least has the awareness to realize that the reissue was a mistake and is dropping it. Unlike Lucas who went the other way and dug his heels in the dirt, insisting that in time people will come around to it...

  • July 26, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    For the collectors out there...

    by Lawrence

    Not sure if this was mentioned already but Amazon will be selling an exclusive version featuring ET's spaceship that lights up with music: Here's a video of the spaceship in action:

  • July 26, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST


    by lochkray

    Universal has a habit of getting rid of some of their best rides: Kongfrontation, Back to the Future, ET, Jaws - to replace them with more current movies. I understand their reasoning for doing this, but I just can't imagine Disney ditching the Haunted Mansion or Its A Small World to do something more trendy. In fact, with Disney Studios, I think they should get away from trying to stay fresh altogether, and just make a park focused on classic movies and shows - they're already half-way there with Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and Twilight Zone. May as well dig into the vaults and make their movie studios a reflection of the American Film Institute ideals rather than do what Universal does - Ditch great rides to stay current.

  • July 26, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Thank goodness I held onto my LD box set.

    by justmyluck

    If only for the *original* 1982 isolated score on the analog tracks.

  • Then they can bury all the unsold copies in the desert and build a parking lot over it like the original cartridges.

  • July 26, 2012, 7:52 p.m. CST

    But, I do have E.T. as part of my home collection.

    by bat725

    On DVD, with both versions of the film and most of the above mentioned extras. Don't get me wrong, I've been buying blu-rays only for the past few years now, but upgrading movies I already own? Money doesn't grow on trees, people.

  • July 26, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST

    The 2002 cut of the movie should be included.

    by Yelsaeb

    It's a part of the movie's history, whether we like it or not. The completionist in me is dissapointed.

  • July 26, 2012, 8:34 p.m. CST

    This is cool and great and all becuse I love me some E.T.

    by Kyle

    But this Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Download shit needs to STOP. I just want the Blu-Ray...if you own a Blu-Ray player what the hell would you need a DVD for? In cause my Blu-Ray player stops working, I guess I can just pop the DVD in...on no wait, IT'S NOT WORKING...Or maybe since I own a Blu-Ray player i'll consider going out and buying a DVD player because I want to be retro. Maybe i'll get a VHS player too and a Beta while i'm at it.

  • July 26, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    wcolbert, re: Short Round

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Ke Huy Quan (aka Jonathan Key Quan) is now a Hollywood fight choreographer, He worked on all three X-Men movies.

  • That obvious lost punchline has bugged me for years.

  • July 26, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Adults in E.T.

    by slone13

    Aside from Dee Wallace, you don't see any adults faces in the movie until E.T. dies. Not the teacher's, not the bus driver's, not the agents' in the woods, not the agent's in the van outside Elliot's house... A tremendous amount of the shots in the filmare from E.T. and Elliot's height/point of view. The adults have no place in the movie. We are seeing the world from the perspective of a child. It is not until E.T. dies that the doctor's remove their masks and we are suddenly thrust into a world filled with adults. It's all done very subtly, and as much a result of the eye of Director of Photography Allen Daviau as it was Spielberg.

  • July 26, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    John Williams is on 30 r

    by Dr.007

  • July 26, 2012, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Rock tonight

    by Dr.007

    As in right now

  • July 26, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST

    slone13, um...yeah

    by Talkbacker with no name

    We have seen the film.

  • July 26, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Guns Back In

    by Jeff

    Thank you, thank you, Spielberg, for doing this! Enough with the dickless Lucas-ing of films. I've had it with directors changing what millions of people originally watched due to their twitchy, self-important trigger fingers. I applaud Spielberg for putting the guns back in. This means I'll likely buy the Blu-ray.

  • July 26, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    talkbacker with no name

    by Professor Falcon

    I've seen E.T. probably 6 or 7 times in my life (though probably not in the last 10 years.) I never once noticed the lack of adult faces. I guess you're better than me?

  • And he has now buried it forever in that landfill with all the E.T. Atari games. That takes fuckin' BALLS! ya gotta give it up to The Beard for that shit!

  • July 26, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen this since '82. Does it hold up?

    by Dennis_Moore

  • July 26, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Originally released to VHS in 1988

    by Fixxxer

    ...and I remember having a Beta copy years before that, not to mention a ton of other movies that weren't commercially available. I'll have to ask the old man when I see him tomorrow how/where he obtained all of those. (I suspect a shady employee at a local video store may be involved.)

  • July 26, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST

    RE: Lando Griffin

    by Fixxxer

    The E.T. ride is still alive and well at Universal Orlando. It was one of the highlights of the trip for me; it was designed by a bunch of ex-pat Disney Imagineers, and it captures that immersive feeling that Haunted Mansion and POTC have. Great stuff. The Orlando park also has a far superior (and almost completely different) version of the Mummy ride.

  • July 27, 2012, 2:45 a.m. CST

    I am internationally famous as far as ET is concerned!

    by BiggusDickus

    For I was the only ten year old in 1982 who hated it... Having recently watched it again with my own kids, I still think it's a pile of saccharine-coated bollocks.

  • July 27, 2012, 4:42 a.m. CST

    DIGITAL & Ultra!?!?!

    by DrFever

    I hope this sets a new standard, ultra sucks

  • I have a tried to post there three times this week. and all my posts have fail to show up. when I come to the thread they are gone. The dark knight rises is visually outstanding but the story is all over the place and jarring.

  • July 27, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST

    @ cysticrambosis

    by mrbong

    i am down with you, from the other side. i am sticking with DVD for the time being as i have no desire and no finance to entirely upgrade my collection yet again. sell DVD to DVD owners and BR to BR owners, end of. it's not like they sold "VHS and Laserdisc" combo packs back in the day.

  • July 27, 2012, 7:01 a.m. CST

    professor falcon, not better

    by Talkbacker with no name

    just more observant? I mean, obviously I didn't notice it when I saw it on release when I was 10.

  • July 27, 2012, 7:04 a.m. CST

    biggusdickus, is that true?

    by Talkbacker with no name

    man, if the star wars figures and the bmx scenes didn't grab you at that age, what kind of kid were you in the 80's!?

  • July 27, 2012, 7:05 a.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    We know, and our tech team is on it. It's a code corruption issue they're trying to figure out.

  • July 27, 2012, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    All of Universal's Blu-rays include iTunes Digital Copy plus Ultraviolet, unlike WB and Sony. Universal be praised!

  • July 27, 2012, 7:14 a.m. CST

    re: "I was the only ten year old in 1982 who hated it..."

    by buggerbugger

    On an Amblin-related note, I'm the only person who's always hated 'The Goonies'.

  • Spielberg admited the same thing in regards to the Close Encounters special edition too.

  • July 27, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    man you people will bitch about anything

    by ByTor

    So what if the pack includes multiple formats? Use the one you want and ignore the rest. Jesus fucking Christ on a pogo stick, of all the things to bitch about. This way the luddites who haven't gone Blu yet can still get the film, and when they finally DO go blu, they don't have to repurchase. Also, those who say they won't buy old movies on Blu...your lack of brainpower disturbs me. Metropolis looks stunning on Blu. So does Casablanca. You're missing out, but you're too ignorant to realize it.

  • Movies from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, even the 70s, look great on Blu Ray. Now, a lot of the movies from the 80's don't look all that hot. And probably never did. I don't know if it has something to do with the filmstock (very grainy) used at the time, or if it is due to all the optical shots that made movies look soft. I'm talking about movies like Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Escape from New York, Beverly Hills Cop, The Goonies, etc.

  • That'll get the pot stirred!

  • July 27, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Will buy it as normal digital copy comes with it.

    by Gabba-UK

    To be honest would've got the blu only copy if Ultraviolet was the only digital version. Who ever thought UV was a good idea should be put to death. Seriously. Waste of DNA.

  • July 27, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Spielberg's Blunder!

    by Darkness

    When the great bearded one unleashed his Lucas-style version of "E.T" in 2002 it automatically went tits-up. E.T and Elliot's shenanigans in the water was enough for me to tolerate. We were in a post 9/11 world and old steve-o got itchy feet about the appropriation of guns being featured in his most "Personal movie". Like Lucas before you, you decided to try and dabble in the new GGI enhancement craze that made a complete ass of the original "Star Wars Trilogy". I'm glad you came to your senses and revert back to the original. These films, along with "Star Wars" in their original state became part of the filmmaking tapestry and show the evolution in feature-film making. It's called "Sense Memory", and is ingrained in every childs memory/experience of their cinema experience. Not only are you rubbing your noses in it, but you are losing our dignity as a filmmaker. I can forgive you for a lot of things steve,(Yes especially your involvment in the "Transformers" debacle), but sabotaging your personal masterpiece is beyond forgiving. But, at this juncture, and now you have seen the error of your ways - i will greet this blu ray with open arms. Plus, like a soppy git i am: that closing scene when E.T embraces Elliot - along with John's score - kills me all the time.

  • July 27, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Well, I am under-fokking-whelmed.

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I never liked E.T. and it never touched me. Call me a troll but that's the way it is.

  • July 27, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    @ fixxxer & Lando Griffin

    by Aaron

    Universal Orlando is on its way to suckage. JAWS is gone, King Kong is gone, BTTF was replaced by THE SIMPSONS (which is pretty good), The Home Video Adventure is waaaay gone. It'll only be a matter of time before ET and T2:3D get it.

  • July 27, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Thankfully Islands of Adventure is going strong.

    by Aaron

  • July 27, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by Monty Cristo

    No way to be sure same bug won't crop up. Kill the bugs first so we don't have to keep starting and stopping involuntarily.

  • July 27, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Some damn dumb fuckers in here....

    by Dan

    NO old films on Blu? Way to go, how's that working for ya... keep the VHS at the ready or at least until it breaks... Geez and the people that dislike this film are NOT to be trusted in any way.... psychos- every last one of them.....

  • Still love to beat that dead old horse that is now a pile of dust... get the fuck over it.

  • That bit where Elliott's on the bed and Keys comes in to talk to him is fucking electrifying. When he says that he's been waiting for something like this since he was ten years old, and tells Elliott that he's glad E.T met him first... Just fucking WOW. Keys is largely a mysterious character, but in those moments we learn quite a lot about him. If you notice, whilst the camera is on him, Elliott is reflected on Keys' protective visor. Thus, juxtaposing the image of the boy with this man. One gets the feeling that maybe Keys was a lot like Elliott when he was a boy, and that Ellliott is going to grow up to be like this Keys character. And if you think about it, they aren't that much different anyway. Both of them don't want E.T to die, Keys doesn't interfere with the communicator E.T built and allows it to carry on working - and he doesn't attempt to stop E.T leaving at the end. He just stands and watches as the goodbyes are exchanged. It's interesting, he's constantly set up as a bad guy in the first act - but when we finally meet him he's perhaps the most compassionate, caring and sensitive character in the movie. Very interesting stuff.

  • July 27, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Saw the original cut on TV recently

    by Adz

    Have to say it was strange going back to the limited movement of puppet they had in the 80s but better than some of the Special Edition scenes where his neck stretches out impossibly long - reminded me too much of Jar Jar.

  • July 27, 2012, 11:36 p.m. CST

    I feel sorry for the people that don't understand ET

    by one9deuce

    Because if it works for you, it REALLY works. The finale is so overwhelming. The sadness of ET leaving mixed with the huge amount of joy that these kids were able to get ET back to his people/home.

  • July 28, 2012, 4:09 a.m. CST


    by Darth Scourge

    Should have included both the original AND the 2002 edition for the completists. Apart from replacing the guns with walkie-talkies, I actually don't mind the 2002 version. Anyway... hopefully the excised footage with Ford as the school principal will be included in the deleted scenes section.

  • July 28, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Re: zodlovesmaude

    by Jeff

    You wrote "[The] Star Wars Special Editions didn't ruin anything, morons..." Um, no, actually. What you wrote is categorically wrong. Whereas Spielberg realized that tweaking his classic movie was a bad idea because it misrepresented the original film for millions of people, Lucas dug his heels in and still misrepresents the original films. He doesn't even offer an option to buy the original films, nicely remastered, on Blu-ray. Lucas loses. Spielberg wins.

  • July 28, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by Dan

    Yes the Beard does win and you all continue to lose bitching about Lucas constantly looking like the fools he pegged you people need to stop getting on bandwagons and think for yourself. I have the originals, found a kooky little bit torrent site that solved my problem, looks good. And if you think the SE ruined SW in such a fundamental way, that is simply not true. Aside from the Greedo change, what's the problem...? Ten minutes at hte most total between ALL three films do not a problem make... That is the worst kind over-reacting horse squeeze ever cooked up. If you honestly believe that- that is sad and you are doing yourself an enormous disservice.

  • You are damaged, soulless, retarded, all of the above? It's not impressive to admit that, kind of scary actually. At the least it shows lack of taste, the worst it shows lack of sympathy with possibly Sociopath tendencies. This flick works for everyone who has ever had/found a stray pet. I've found a dog and two cats in the last 6 years and this film reverberates that whole experience...the getting to know them phase, finding out their personalities, discovering them trashing your place while your at work/school, outsiders coming in to possibly claim them...the whole damn thing, but the death part thank God... such a damn fine flick... Perfect flick... The Beard's last masterpiece (so far)