E.T. Question

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  1. John Gido

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    I realize that the 2 disc Limited Collectors Edition of 20th E.T has been OOP for about a year. However, I was able to obtain an older copy of the DVD via Ebay (although it was misrepresented [​IMG] , what a suprise). I cannot find any info on the disc that I received and was hoping that someone here might be able to identify what I have received.

    The front cover has the words "Extraordinary! -A O Scott, NY TIMES 2002" across the top. Above the line "A Steven Spielberg Film" are some Japanese characters and "L'Extraterrestre" is written below the words "The Extra-Terrestrial". Also the DTS logo is prominent on the front cover.

    On the back cover, the plot summery is written twice, once in English & once in Japanese. Also, the special features are written twice in 2 separate boxes, the left one in English and the right one, I believe, in French.

    The disc itself has E.T. written in English, but everything else is written in Japanese. It is a Region 1 disc and when played, the menu says 20th Anniversary Edition [​IMG] . The UPC code is 0 25389 12576 2 and does not show up in DVD Profiler.

    What the hell do I have?
     
  2. greg_t

    greg_t Screenwriter

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    Sounds like a bootleg to me.
     
  3. John Gido

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    The label on the DVD looks legit and it doesn't look like any burned copy that I have ever seen. Also, if the outside label contained in the case is a boot, it's one of the best I've ever seen. I'll try and put up some scans later.
     
  4. Damin J Toell

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    It came from eBay; it has English, Japanese and French writing on the case; and it's Region 1?

    I think you can figure that one out all by yourself.

    DJ
     
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    John,
    it unfortunately sounds like you have either a bootleg, or you ended up with some sort of mismatched legit disc that's in the wrong case. I can't imagine a case like the one your describing actually being the real thing, though.

    I would contact ebay and explain what happened, contacting the seller probably wouldn't do any good because i'm betting that you wouldn't get a reply.

    I'm curious, though, I still see E.T. for sale all over in my area, not the gift set but the 2 disc version, is it not available in stores any longer where you live?
     
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    It sounds like one those Hong Kong "import" dvds that are all over Ebay. They can look pretty close to legit R1 editions.
     
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    Beware of Ebay. If you can't find an authentic copy in a store near you, look for reputable dealers selling merchandise on e.g. Amazon.com. I recently acquired a sealed copy of the E.T. gift set (with a hardcover book and soundtrack CD) for less than $35 + shipping.

    (There is no DTS on the theatrical cut in the gift set, though, so if that's important to you, then look for the two-disc version.)
     
  8. John Gido

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    I have been looking for the 2 Disc Collectors 20th Anniversary Edition and there are none to be found in my area. I would gladly pay for a legitimate copy. Also, all of the major on-line suppliers (Amazon, BB, CC, Deep Discount, DVD Planet, Buy.com, etc) ALL list it as OOP.

    If anyone can still obtain this disc in a local B&M shop and would be willing to pick one up, I would gladly cover the cost (within reason), S&H, and maybe a little "for your trouble" expense.
     
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    I think universal is re-releasing E.T. later this month or next month. its the single disc version I think.

    JACOB
     
  10. Steve Tannehill

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    Universal is re-releasing a single-disc version next week, in fact. I do not know if it is the "anniversary" version of the movie, or the original version.

    - Steve
     
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    It's the inferior 2002 Anniversary cut.
     
  12. John Gido

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    Again, if anyone can still obtain the 2-Disc Collectors Edition in a local B&M shop and would be willing to pick one up, I would gladly cover the cost (within reason), S&H, and maybe a little "for your trouble" expense.
     
  13. Robert Harris

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    I'm afraid that I don't see the problem here, beyond returning the questionable copy to its eBay seller.

    As of this moment, there are 31 copies available on Amazon.

    RAH
     
  14. John Gido

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    Robert,

    Thanks for the Amazon info. Normally, I don't think to go to them for DVD purchases. I just ordered one of the "new" copies from them.

    Also, I don't think it is worth the trouble of trying to deal with the bogus copy from Ebay as the seller is no longer a "registered" user. Guess I'll just chalk it up as a $12.00 lesson in life. [​IMG]
     

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