In the night skies near his Muncie Indiana home power repairman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) experiences something out of this world. His close encounter sets into action an amazing chain of events that leads to contact with benevolent aliens and their Mothership. Spectacular special effects John Williams' outstanding score and winning performances from Dreyfuss Teri Garr Melinda Dillon and legendary director Francois Truffaut in the role of Lacombe make CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND movie magic of the best kind.Bonus Features: Animated Menus Production Notes Making-Of Documentary 1977 Featurette "Watching The Skies" 11 Deleted Scenes Filmographies Theatrical TrailersSystem Requirements:Starring: Richard Dreyfuss Cary Guffey Shawn Bishop Adrienne Campbell Justin Dreyfuss Lance Henriksen Merrill Connally Francois Truffaut Teri Garr Melinda Dillon Bob Balaban J. Patrick McNamara Warren J. Kemmerling Roberts Blossom and Philip Dodds. Directed By: Steven Spielberg. Running Time: 137 Min. Color. This film is presented in "Widescreen" format. Copyright 2000 Columbia TriStar Home Video.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: SCI-FI/FANTASY Rating: PG UPC: 043396126497 Manufacturer No: 12649
Anybody who has written him off because of his string of stinkers--or anybody who's too young to remember The Goodbye Girl
--may be shocked at the accomplishment and nuance of Richard Dreyfuss's performance in Close Encounters of the Third Kind
. Here, he plays a man possessed; contacted by aliens, he (along with other members of the "chosen") is drawn toward the site of the incipient landing: Devil's Tower, in rural Wyoming. As in many Spielberg films, there are no personalized enemies; the struggle is between those who have been called and a scientific establishment that seeks to protect them by keeping them away from the arriving spacecraft. The ship, and the special effects in general, are every bit as jaw-dropping on the small screen as they were in the theater (well, almost). Released in 1977 as a cerebral alternative to the swashbuckling science fiction epics then in vogue, Close Encounters
now seems almost wholesome in its representation of alien contact and interested less in philosophizing about extraterrestrials than it is in examining the nature of the inner "call." Ultimately a motion picture about the obsession of the driven artist or determined visionary, Close Encounters
comes complete with the stock Spielberg wives and girlfriends who seek to tether the dreamy, possessed protagonists to the more mundane concerns of the everyday. So a spectacular, seminal motion picture indeed, but one with gender politics that are all too terrestrial. --Miles Bethany
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.