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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S
MOST BELOVED FILMS, BRING HOME STEVEN SPIELBERG’S TIMELESS CLASSIC WITH OVER 45 MINUTES
OF BRAND-NEW BONUS FEATURES
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
40TH ANNIVERSARY
OWN IT ON 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™, AND DIGITAL OCTOBER 18th, 2022
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
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Universal City, California, August 23, 2022 – Journey back to the magic and adventure of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, the beloved masterpiece from Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg, with this all-new release celebrating the 40th anniversary of the film, available to own on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM, and Digital October 18th, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. There has never been a better time to relive this cinematic classic and four-time Academy Award® winner including Best Music by legendary composer John Williams. The anniversary release showcases over 45 minutes of all-new bonus features including a retrospective of the film and its lasting legacy and a featurette with Steven Spielberg reflecting on his career and the making of E.T. 40 years later. This release also includes all the original bonus features including deleted scenes, cast and filmmaker reunion, a discussion with John Williams about the iconic music from the film, and more. This E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL release is the definitive way to experience the heartwarming movie that is sure to thrill viewers of all ages again with its timeless message of trust, courage, and the overwhelming power of friendship.

Captivating audiences of all ages, this timeless story follows the unforgettable journey of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy he befriends. Join Elliot (Henry Thomas), Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and Michael (Robert MacNaughton) as they come together to help E.T. find his way back home, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is "one of the great American films" (Leonard Maltin) that forever belongs in the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere.

Three premium limited editions will be available at select retailers for a limited time only:
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERESTRIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET(4K UHD + Blu-ray™ + Digital): Includes movie, collectible tin tote, thermos, booklet and certificate of authenticity (Amazon Exclusive)
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERESTRIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION (4K UHD + Blu-ray™ + Digital): Includes movie and collectible BendyFigs figurine (Walmart.com Exclusive)
  • E.T. THE EXTRA-TERESTRIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK (4K UHD + Blu-ray™ + Digital): Includes three newly designed steelbooks (Target Exclusive)
  • For more information on these exclusives, please visit the individual retailer’s stores and websites.

BONUS FEATURES on 4K UHD and BLU-RAYTM for your collection:
  • 40 YEARS OF E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL - An all-new retrospective of the film and its lasting legacy.
  • TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL: AN EVENING WITH STEVEN SPIELBERG - The acclaimed director reflects on his career and the making of E.T. 40 years later.
  • THE E.T. JOURNALS- Retrace the day-to-day experience of creating E.T. from never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage shot by Academy Award®-winning cinematographer John Toll.
  • DELETED SCENES
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG & E.T. - Watch an interview with Steven Spielberg, as he reflects back on the film and discusses his experience working with the actors, as well as his overall and current perspective on E.T.
  • A LOOK BACK - A special insider’s look into the making of E.T. featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, the cast, and others intimately involved with the film.
  • THE EVOLUTION AND CREATION OF E.T.
  • THE E.T. REUNION - The cast and filmmaker reunite to discuss their thoughts on the impact of the film.
  • THE MUSIC OF E.T.: A DISCUSSION WITH JOHN WILLIAMS - Interviews and footage focused on the long-standing relationship between John Williams and Steven Spielberg.
  • THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY PREMIERE - Composer John Williams played the score of E.T.live at the Shrine Auditorium for the re-release premiere of E.T. This featurette gives us a behind the scenes look at this presentation.
  • DESIGNS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND MARKETING
    • E.T. Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux
    • E.T. Designs by Carlo Rambaldi
    • Spaceship Designs by Ralph Mcquarrie
    • Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux
    • Production Photographs
    • Marketing E.T.
  • THEATRICAL TRAILER
  • SPECIAL OLYMPICS TV SPOT
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Cast: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, Robert McNaughton, Peter Coyote
Composer: John Williams
Edited By: Carol Littleton
Production Designer: James D. Bissell
Director of Photography: Allen Daviau
Executive Produced By: Amanda Lewis, Samantha Vincent
Produced By: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Written By: Melissa Mathison
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

TECHNICAL INFORMATION BLU-RAY™:

Street Date: October 18th, 2022
Selection Number: 1000819017 (US) / 1000819019 (CDN)
Layers: BD 50
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 1.85:1
Rating: PG for language and mild thematic elements
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian, French European and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (DTS Digital Surround 2.0, DTS:X for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French European (DTS Digital Surround 5.1 for Feature), Latin American Spanish (DTS Digital Surround 5.1 for Feature)
Run Time: 01:54:27

TECHNICAL INFORMATION 4K UHD:
Street Date: October 18th, 2022
Selection Number: 1000819016 (US) / 1000819018 (CDN)
Layers: BD 100
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9 1.85:1
Rating: PG for language and mild thematic elements
Languages/Subtitles: English, French Canadian, French European and Latin American Spanish
Sound: English (DTS Digital Surround 2.0, DTS:X for Feature and Dolby Digital 2.0 for Bonus Content), French European (DTS Digital Surround 5.1 for Feature), Latin American Spanish (DTS Digital Surround 5.1 for Feature)
Run Time: 01:54:27

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Yawn. I thought Spielberg would have requested a full scene-by-scene 4k restoration and brand new Dolby Atmos track or something along those lines to get it ready for a limited theatrical run. I'll just stick with my current 4k Blu-ray.
 

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Some corrections to the top press release per Universal:

The release had a couple of typos. One was under the E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 40TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION STEELBOOK bullet. Our initial announcement said Target has 3 newly designed steelbooks. This isn’t accurate, Target only has one new steelbook designed.

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and brand new Dolby Atmos track or something along those lines
DTS:X is "along those lines". That is the top of the line premium surround encode for DTS, and is their equivalent to Dolby's Atmos. Spielberg was a co-founder of the DTS audio system/company during production of the original Jurassic Park, so many of the films in his orbit come with DTS:X rather than Dolby's Atmos (I think the new Jurassic World disc also includes DTS:X).

Atmos is not the only premium audio format on the market.
 

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The only new features seem to be "40 Years of E.T." and the TCM retrospective with Spielberg. I'm sure those will be good. But everything else listed is already on the original Blu-ray release from a decade ago. That edition was just labelled "Anniversary Edition" without a number, so the big change here is that Universal is willing to admit how old the film is. :laugh:

I'd love to know how long those are and will be keeping a close eye on reviews for this edition. Hopefully Universal sends a copy out to one of HTF's fine reviewers before it comes out. That would help me decide whether a double dip is worthwhile.
 
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DTS:X is "along those lines". That is the top of the line premium surround encode for DTS, and is their equivalent to Dolby's Atmos. Spielberg was a co-founder of the DTS audio system/company during production of the original Jurassic Park, so many of the films in his orbit come with DTS:X rather than Dolby's Atmos (I think the new Jurassic World disc also includes DTS:X).

Atmos is not the only premium audio format on the market.

I imagine it'll be the same DTS:X track that was on the initial UHD, though it's interesting that it will apparently now be included on the standard Blu, too.

I'm just glad they're keeping the DTS 2.0 rendering of the original stereo on there, as well. The DTS:X track (and 7.1 on the initial Blu-ray) retained some of the revisions that were done for the 2002 "Special Edition" which I find annoying. :)
 

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I wanted to bump this thread to mention E.T. The Ultimate Visual History. It came out back in August but was running about $60 then, so I waited to see if the price would come down.

Amazon is currently selling it for $34.49 with an additional 15% off coupon to click on the product page, which brings the price down to $29.32+tax. So I jumped on it. It is written by Caseen Gaines, who also wrote the book We Don't Need Roads about the making of Back to the Future. The E.T. book is absolutely huge and gorgeous. I just got it, but even from a glance it is very apparent that there is a lot of really cool stuff in here. If you can, fans will definitely want to check this out.

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I wanted to bump this thread to mention E.T. The Ultimate Visual History. It came out back in August but was running about $60 then, so I waited to see if the price would come down.

Amazon is currently selling it for $34.49 with an additional 15% off coupon to click on the product page, which brings the price down to $29.32+tax. So I jumped on it. It is written by Caseen Gaines, who also wrote the book We Don't Need Roads about the making of Back to the Future. The E.T. book is absolutely huge and gorgeous. I just got it, but even from a glance it is very apparent that there is a lot of really cool stuff in here. If you can, fans will definitely want to check this out.

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Thanks for the heads up Jake. Just ordered it. :)
 

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