I must say that everytime I see the trailer for the 20th anniversary edition, I find myself grinning from ear to ear just watching the clips from the film...and remembering. Remembering that it was 20 years ago that my father took me to my first theatrical film, it was 'E.T. The Extra Terrestrial', I had just turned 9 years old. In order for you to see and understand my newfound excitment, I must express what this film means to me, it means EVERYTHING to me! If their is one film that is part of who I am at almost molecular level, it's this one. I had the pleasure of seeing it three times during it's initial run, and the experience of that film make up some of my most cherished memories, it's part of me. It made me smile, laugh, and yes, cry(boy did I cry!). I had the toys, the soundtrack album, the t-shirts, the posters you name it! However, sadly in the folly of my youth, I either lost or broken much of what I had and they're long gone now, what a fool I was, but I was too young to see the long term value of those things. Right now, I have only one small E.T. figure left, and the soundtrack on cd. Now, latly i've been seeing ads for the new version alot in magazines, posters, and of course trailers and t.v. spots, and I find myself growing ever more excited about experiencing 'E.T.' once again! Yes, after 20 years, the most beloved alien being in film history has once again found his way into my mind and heart, and it is quite exhilerating I must say! And when the dvd hits a few months from now, it will be royalty amongst my collection. I feel like i'm nine years old again and it's great! E.T. himself has always been absolutly real for me, even now as an adult, knowing what I now know about animitronics and creature effects, I still can't think of E.T. in that manner. He defies all movie rules and his presence in the film, and his behaviour crosses that boundry of just being a creature created in some effects lab, and becomes something totally unique, real. To think of him as a puppet or an animitronic creation is really sad to me and it sorta cheapens his memory. I don't see, or think of him in such an earthly bound, and final way. Now listen, this thread is intended to give an opprotunity for you to express your love for this wonderful film, I would appreciate it if discussions of the pro's and con's of the added or deleted material in the '20TH' edition, be discussed elsewhere, I have my own opinions about it, and i'm sure that you have yours but, that's not what this thread is intended for. Lets just reflect on the film itself and the great memories it has given us, thanks.