With all the hubbub of the pending re-release of Steven Spielberg's E.T., and the controversy surrounding some of the changes that he is said to be making, I thought I would revisit this film. I purchased the beautiful box set some time ago and never got around to watching it until this weekend. In addition to the film there are also a number of behind the scenes pieces and a CD of John Williams' soundtrack. This is one of the cleanest LD transfers I have ever seen. Being in the CAV format likely contributes to this, the downside that it is spread over five sides and requires a couple of disc exchanges. Colors are nicely saturated. Contrast is good, with impressively deep black levels. Detail is quite sharp. There was little edge enhancement to my eyes, certainly nothing that distracted me. Audio is Dolby Surround and is very good (although my personal favorite DS soundtrack is still from the THX Star Wars releases). Nice, full, and rich with good dynamics (although certainly not as low as many modern or digital tracks) with surprisingly good rear channel detail. For those who have laser, do not yet have this set, and who are interested in having what might be the last representation of the original work you might want to track it down. You won't be disappointed. FYI, equipment includes a Pioneer CLD-99 laser disc player via Tributaries S-Video direct to a Toshiba 50HX70 RPTV (calibrated grayscale, picture levels adjusted to Video Essentials laser disc). ------------------ --Jay "No one can hear when you're screaming in digital." My Home Theatre Pictures... "You're no messiah. You're, you're a movie of the week. You're a ... t-shirt, at best."