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Whether you’re drawn to his quest to make you cower in fear, rejoice in triumph, weep with loss, or even secretly enjoy his questionable brushes with sentimentality, there’s no denying Steven Spielberg understands the language of film probably more acutely than any other director, living or dead. A legend in his own lifetime, with his name often reeled off in all-time-great lists alongside the likes of Hitchcock, Kubrick, Ford and Lean, he has single-handedly altered our collective cultural perception of sharks, dinosaurs, aliens and World War II. Indeed, it’s already impossible to imagine an extra-terrestrial visitation or the contours of a T-Rex without instantly referencing this auteur’s extraordinary filmed output. Here in part one of a two-part piece, I’ve picked out the first three of six perennial favorites on 4K UHD Blu-ray from the Arizona-hailing genius that no discerning collector should be without…...
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Spielberg has to be one of my favorite directors of all time but I actually have not even seen Schindler's List yet but I hope to rectify that soon after I get the 4K disc.

List of Spielberg movie I own / formats I have purchased on:
ET The Extra Terrestrial - 4K Blu-ray, DVD
Jaws - 4K Blu-ray, DVD
Jurassic Park Trilogy - 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, Laser Disc
Indiana Jones Quadrilogy - Blu-ray, DVD
Saving Private Ryan - 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD
War Of The Worlds - 4K Blu-ray
Dual - DVD
Minority Report - DVD
AI Artificial Intelligence - DVD
The Post - 4K Blu-ray
Back To The Future Trilogy - Blu-ray, DVD, Laser Disc
Poltergeist - Blu-ray, DVD
 

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Spielberg has to be one of my favorite directors of all time but I actually have not even seen Schindler's List yet but I hope to rectify that soon after I get the 4K disc.

List of Spielberg movie I own / formats I have purchased on:
ET The Extra Terrestrial - 4K Blu-ray, DVD
Jaws - 4K Blu-ray, DVD
Jurassic Park Trilogy - 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, Laser Disc
Indiana Jones Quadrilogy - Blu-ray, DVD
Saving Private Ryan - 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD
War Of The Worlds - 4K Blu-ray
Dual - DVD
Minority Report - DVD
AI Artificial Intelligence - DVD
The Post - 4K Blu-ray
Back To The Future Trilogy - Blu-ray, DVD, Laser Disc
Poltergeist - Blu-ray, DVD
it’s spelled Duel;)

Also Poltergeist and the Back To The Future films are not Spielberg directed films as he was only the producer/exec/or writer on them.
 

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You are correct it is Duel and I only included Poltergeist because he was involved as the writer but I guess I should have included that in my post. ;)

And as far as Back To The Future goes I am so used to seeing Spielberg's name on it that I honestly forgot that it was Robert Zemeckis that directed BTTF.
 

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It's a shame that Universal still has not released the Jurassic Park films separately on 4K/UHD discs. I got tired of waiting and purchased the first film in 4K/HDR via iTunes streaming service.
 

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It's a shame that Universal still has not released the Jurassic Park films separately on 4K/UHD discs. I got tired of waiting and purchased the first film in 4K/HDR via iTunes streaming service.
Totally agree, Scott. I bought JP1 from Italy and that's the slipcover pictured above. Slightly annoying that JP1 is slung in with the rest of them when it's in a class of its own.
 

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Overrated. His movies make tons of money but quantity needn’t be confused with quality.
You obviously haven't seen Jaws for years and I'll wager that you don't have children. I saw the 4K version last week with my 10 year old son - we're watching most of Speilberg's films together because they play particularly well with children. Jaws still holds up extremely well. Not just the suspense scenes, but also the quieter, family scenes. Classic Spielberg. My son and I particularly liked the scene where Chief Brody comes home exhausted and depressed, and says to his little son: "Give us a kiss!". The son says "Why?" and Chief Brody says: "Because I need one!". After that, I ask my son every night, when putting him to bed: "Give us a kiss!" and my son says "Why?", while smiling.

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You obviously haven't seen Jaws for years and I'll wager that you don't have children. I saw the 4K version last week with my 10 year old son - we're watching most of Speilberg's films together because they play particularly well with children. Jaws still holds up extremely well. Not just the suspense scenes, but also the quieter, family scenes. Classic Spielberg. My son and I particularly liked the scene where Chief Brody comes home exhausted and depressed, and says to his little son: "Give us a kiss!". The son says "Why?" and Chief Brody says: "Because I need one!". After that, I ask my son every night, when putting him to bed: "Give us a kiss!" and my son says "Why?", while smiling.

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The last time I looked Spielberg didn’t write the screenplay for Jaws.
Look Jaws is a great movie which revolutionized the film industry for better or worse. However I feel for the worse. Tons of money were dumped into future summer trash hoping to replicate the $$ made by Jaws As a summer blockbuster.
Jaws is his best work For sure. And let’s give a lot of the credit to John Williams too
 

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Overrated. His movies make tons of money but quantity needn’t be confused with quality.
To each his own. I find Altman's films wildly hit and miss, not a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson, and Terence Malick and Antonioni put me right to sleep,
 

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The last time I looked Spielberg didn’t write the screenplay for Jaws.
Look Jaws is a great movie which revolutionized the film industry for better or worse. However I feel for the worse. Tons of money were dumped into future summer trash hoping to replicate the $$ made by Jaws As a summer blockbuster.
Jaws gets blamed for that but there were movies that came out prior to it (like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno) that were already setting up the 'blockbuster' template. If Jaws had never existed, some other movie would have been a big hit (Star Wars, Superman, etc.) and done the same thing. The studios were, as always, happy to make as much money as possible and by the insanely greed driven 1980's, Hollywood would have been fueled by exactly the same kind of focus on summer movies with or without Jaws.
 

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The last time I looked Spielberg didn’t write the screenplay for Jaws.
Actually, he did work on the Jaws screenplay (uncredited, along with a couple of other writers, including Howard Sackler), and a decent amount of his original work survived the rewrite-process into the finished film.

Overrated. His movies make tons of money but quantity needn’t be confused with quality.
 
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