If this Hollywood Reporter article is to be believed, any of us purists who desire the original theatrical cut of E.T. on dvd will pay a premium for it. Here's the relevent info from the article: "E.T. Limited Collector's Edition DVD," priced at $22.95, is designed for the masses. A full-frame VHS version of "E.T." is expected to retail for about $15. Both the limited collector's edition DVD and the VHS will carry Spielberg's remade version of the 1982 theatrical release of "E.T.," replacing government guns with walky-talkies and changing the description of a trick-or-treater as a "terrorist" to a "hippie," among other more aesthetic changes. To get the original "E.T." on DVD, consumers will have to pay as much as nearly $70 for the "E.T. Ultimate Collector's Gift Set," which includes the original and the 2002 theatrical version of "E.T.," a CD soundtrack, a script and a collectible senitype film frame clip. __________________________________________________ _______________________________________________ While I'm thrilled Spielberg decided to release the original cut to dvd, I'm dismayed that Universal will apparently punish anyone who wants it with a higher price tag than the altered, anniversary edition. Hopefully, when actual release details are announced, Universal will have re-thought this decision and reveal the original cut will be available for the same price as the new cut, sans the CD, script, and film clip, which IMHO, are questionable gimmicks used to justify the high price, when all most people want is just the movie and whatever extra features they can fit on a disc or two. Actually, on second thought, I wouldn't mind the soundtrack CD, provided Universal could make the package price point about the same as for their "Almost Famous" bootleg cut, which featured two DVD's and a CD for under $30. $70, however, is steep.