Can you believe E.T. (The Extra Terrestrial) made its way to the theaters over thirty years ago? I feel so old! E.T. was one of my favorite childhood movies and I still watch it…..with my kids, of course! So in honor of E.T.’s 30th anniversary and its release on Blu-ray for the first time ever, Madame Tussauds immortalized E.T. just a couple of days ago at several attractions around the world, including London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Sydney and Hollywood. Tokyo will also add E.T. to its collection in March, 2013.
All six E.T. figures were worked on simultaneously by a huge creative team at Merlin Studios in West London, using photographs and footage from the film as reference. Guests will also be able to take Elliott’s place in the scene that showed E.T. and Elliott soaring through the air on a BMX with the moon as a back drop, which was voted by fans as Universal Pictures’ most memorable movie moment. Other scenes will be available as well.
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.
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.
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!
BONUS FEATURES ON THE DVD:
· Steven Spielberg & E.T.
· Deleted Scenes
· A Look Back
· The E.T. Reunion
If you loved E.T. as a kid or even love the movie now, you need to purchase the anniversary edition which includes a Blu-ray disc, DVD and a digital copy for your smartphone, tablet and/or iPad. The best part about the anniversary edition are the deleted scenes, the cast interviews from “A Look Back” and the reunion. Now that we own the Blu-ray Combo Pack, there is no other way to view E.T. on the big screen. It’s also a great Halloween movie for the whole family! Remember what E.T. dressed as?
Disclosure: Thanks to Universal Studios Home Entertainment for sending me a review copy of E.T. No compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.