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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Henry Thomas , Drew Barrymore , Steven Spielberg    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)

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Steven Spielberg's 1982 hit about a stranded alien and his loving relationship with a fatherless boy (Henry Thomas) struck a chord with audiences everywhere, and it furthered Spielberg's reputation as a director of equally strong commercial sensibilities and classical leanings. Henry Thomas gives a strong, emotional performance as E.T.'s young friend, Robert MacNaughton and Drew Barrymore make a solid impression as his siblings, and Dee Wallace is lively as the kids' mother. The special effects almost look a bit quaint now with all the computer advancements that have occurred since, but they also have more heart behind them than a lot of what we see today. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

Universal pulled a fast one when they placed both the 1982 and 2002 versions of E.T. on this standard DVD release. The result is an excellent two-disc set that contains nearly all of the material on the higher-priced ultimate edition (minus the handsome packaging). On the disc one bonus menu, you must play through the two-minute introduction to see a short on the 2002 premiere of the film that was accompanied by John Williams conducting a live orchestra. There is an option to see the film with this unique soundtrack. The second disc contains a solid documentary on the making of the film and the reissue with plenty of interviews and cool tidbits. A slide show offers dozens of photographs and sketches, albeit with little descriptive text. Surprisingly, there are no original trailers. Since the movie was painstakingly restored and updated, the sound and picture quality are excellent. Now if we could just get Spielberg to do a commentary track. --Doug Thomas

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Jan. 26 2011
By Stevo
All I've been wanting for years was a version of E.T. that was on DVD and was not the modified one with all the crap CGI, and this is it. Sure it comes with both versions, but I prefer the untampered one. Also, E.T. is an amazing movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most loveable alien ever! Aug. 6 2011
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
I had been searching for a long time for this movie to show to my 6 year old grandson, and was excited to find it on Amazon.ca. And it didn't disappoint - my grandson laughed through most of the DVD and wants to watch it again. It is a nice change to find a wholesome movie that a child can watch and which can be equally enjoyed by adults. When my children were young they loved this film, and it hasn't lost it's magic over the years!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent original and special edition movies Dec 14 2010
These movies are excellent to watch in both the original and special edition re-release versions. I love them so much because it is worth getting them even on blu-ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a high quality blast from the past! Jan. 29 2010
My children, 7 and 5, enjoyed the film very much. They have watched it a few times since!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Bob
this movie has always been my favorite. I started watching this movie as a young kid. I now own the DVD and watch it non-stop. I am amazed by the special effects and how it was directed. I am a big fan of Steven Spielberg and I must say this is one of his best movies ever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I saw this movie in my school gymnasium when it was first released. All my teachers in the school knew that E.T. would be an especially good film that the entire school should watch. So everyone from Junior kindergarden to grade 8 was piled in to see this magical film. At the time i was in J.K. All i can remember from that day was crying uncontrollably. I knew i missed a lot of the film due to my frequent running to the bathroom for more kleenexes. Well, i just bought the collector series DVD recently thinking now i can finally watch the entire movie. Did you know i still ran frequently to the bathroom for more kleenexes?

This movie is a masterpiece. It tugs at your heartstrings and makes you examine your feelings on a visceral level. For me, E.T. was my first experience with the prospect of dying. Because he was so kind and lovable to see him lying in a ravine near death was hard to watch. I think this is a great first movie for kids to be introduced to difficult topics like death and rebirth. Even as an adult it made me examine my relationships and how i relate to the people in my life. It's a movie about self discovery and acceptance of things that may not be in your realm of understanding but deserve the same amount of compassion as anyone else.

E.T. is a wonderful alien that shows human children the meaning of love and acceptance despite outward appearances. That is a lesson worth remembering for young and old alike.

I would shout out to the mountains, down to the valleys, and into outerspace if i could. But please take a look at this movie once and you'll love it forever. A definite keeper and its not dated in the 1980s. You can watch this movie and feel as if it was just recently released. The digital remastering is superb and the acting is tremendously good. Watch it you won't regret it! A definite add on to your movie library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven Spieldberg's Masterpiece May 3 2004
E.T. is one of the greatest films of all time. It takes you by surprise. You feel everything E.T. is feeling. After the movie, it shocks you that you found heart and compassion from something that looks like a mud sculpture. E.T. also has some of the greatest performances from child actors than in any other movie. In this film, we see little Drew Barrymore making a stellar breakout performance as the little sister of Elliot in the film. The new 20th Anniversary of E.T. special edition definately is better than the original cut. The effects sparkle like never before. The DVD is a wonderful thing to add to anyone's DVD collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie April 30 2004
By Rebecca
I'm so glad this movie is fimally on DVD. I loved it when I first saw it as a child. I hadn't seen it in several years and loved watching it again when I bought the DVD. I'm glad I now have a copy to share with my children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
Kids loved this movie. Was so great to be able to get a hold of this classic is such amazing condition!
Published 7 days ago by Danielle Lepine
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't stand up
I have purchased many of the movies I liked as a child and I must admit that I was disappointed upon re-watching ET. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Phone home
I have watched this movie many, many times and I still end up crying through it as it is so amazing and special.
Published 2 months ago by cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it amazing!
Love this movie, so magical and the story is brilliant! makes me feel a kid again! a must own for any movie lover
Published 4 months ago by Ryan John Picton
5.0 out of 5 stars Ex-temporal
Always boasted about never seeing this film, great price and Drew Barrymore finally drew(!) me in... Just when I thought I was out! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mitchell Fournier
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
It is exactly as advertised. It the movie from the 80's. I don't know what else to tell you it's ET I bought it it came to my house
Published 5 months ago by Brent Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids loved it
It was as good as I remembered it.
My kids loved it to.
It is truly a classic to own.
Published 5 months ago by Melonie
5.0 out of 5 stars i have no idea what to expect.
i am 28 years old and i've never watched E.T in my life , i was too caught up in playing video games so i dont know what to expect of this one.
Published 5 months ago by Gary Jolly
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST version.
This edition of E.T. is absolutely the best one I've seen.

They have just cleaned it up for Blu Ray from the original version it seems. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tigeroovy
5.0 out of 5 stars Well received Christmas Gifts
I bought two of these, for my grown up sons for Christmas.
As children they loved this movie, so an anniversary edition just was a great fit.
Published 6 months ago by Summerhill
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