Movie Review: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison and stars Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaughton and C. Thomas Howell with Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote. The score is by John Williams.

In 1982, acclaimed director Steven Spielberg created iconic movie magic with his classic film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the unforgettable and emotional adventure of an adorable alien lost on Earth and the lonely boy who befriends him. 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 home.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial follows this gentle alien that gets left behind and ends up hiding in suburbia where he meets and befriends young Elliott. The two quickly hit it off and end up forming this unique bond that syncs them together. Whatever one feels it affects the other one. E.T. meets the rest of the family and they have a little top secret fun for a while as the little alien comes up with a plan to phone home. While all of this is going on, there’s a sinister threat that’s been tracking down the little alien and they end up finding him. The fun turns into a deadly situation for Elliott and his new friend (who is just full of surprises) but they eventually escape this dire situation and it allows E.T. to ultimately reunite with his family.

Okay, there’s really nothing to dislike about this wonderful sci-fi classic. The story is interesting and these characters are all fun to follow. It’s all about this family and there’s a little alien thrown in that adds something really special to the mix. In my opinion, this is one of Steven Spielberg’s very best movies to date and the legendary director has cranked out a lot of movies over the years. He’s able to capture so much about this movie because it has a lot of humor but it’ll also punch you right in the gut and make those tears flow when things get real. It’s one heck of an emotional rollercoaster ride and the viewer is the one who gets rewarded in the end. I also wanted to point out that there’s some beautiful cinematography in this movie. To compliment all of this impressive work are the amazing old school special effects and they look amazing in high-definition. We’re talking practical effects and puppetry that truly stands the test of time.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the all-new artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc also features the all-new artwork and the Blu-ray disc features some classic artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this entire franchise like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, it had been such a long time since I’d watched E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and this is a movie that’s like a fine wine, it just gets better as it ages, plus it’s a movie that the entire family can sit down and watch together. E.T. is the perfect movie for a number of reasons. First of all, the story is all about this family that’s going through a tough time and when this little alien enters their lives it changes everything for the better. Secondly, look at the amazing talent attached to this amazing sci-fi classic – director, cast, composer, etc. Last but not least, there’s some amazing special effects and it all really stands the test of time. E.T. is a special kind of movie that every generation will find something to love about it. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience, but this is also for the high-def loyalists because there’s a Blu-ray disc included for them as well. There’s also a digital copy that you can add to your Vudu library or whatever digital platform you use. This beloved 1982 sci-fi classic is celebrating its 35th anniversary and will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on September 12th and is definitely worth checking out. This is a must have!

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 115 Minutes

Rated: PG

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English DTS:X Immursive Audio / DTS Headphone X 2.0 / DVS Dolby Digital 2.0 / French, Spanish and Japanese DTS Digital Surround 5.1 / Japanese DTS Digital Surround 2.0

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / French and Spanish DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Japanese

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s over three hours of extras that include interviews, two deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, image galleries, theatrical trailer, TV spot and a digital copy of the movie.

  • 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. (12:31)
  • 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. (10:04)
  • The E.T. Journals – A two-part documentary for the movie (53:38)
  • A Look Back (37:43)
  • The Evolution and Creation of E.T. (50:16)
  • Designs, Photographs and Marketing of E.T – Six Featurettes Below
  1. E.T. Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux (07:00)
  2. E.T. Designs by Carlo Rambaldi (01:40)
  3. Spaceship Designs by Ralph McQuarrie (01:20)
  4. Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux (01:30)
  5. Production Photographs (23:11)
  6. Marketing 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. (10:20)
  • The E.T. Reunion – The cast and filmmaker reunite to discuss their thoughts on the impact of the film. (17:56)
  • 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. (17:49)
  • Deleted Scenes (03:40)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:57)
  • Special Olympics TV Spot (01:02)
  • Digital HD Copy


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