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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally
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.
Published on Jan. 26 2011 by Stevo
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where is the REAL "E.T.", as seen in 1982??
Why on earth is the ORIGINAL version of thi film not on this DVD? I was greatly dismayed by the absurd changes made to this brilliant and unforgettable film for its recent theatrical reissue--I would have hoped that all the negative audience response would have at least ensured a first-class release of the original theatrical cut on this new DVD...WRONG! Bad choice by...
Published on July 19 2002 by Robert J. Ramos
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a priviledge.....,
This review is from: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Boxed Set, 3 Discs)" (DVD)The 2002 version of "ET" was an unfortunate mistake. Political correctness ran amok, and Mr. Spielberg became a prisoner of some misguided bleeding-hearts.
On the other hand....
But please, take some time to listen to the string of miracles that John Williams assembled for it's magnificent, Academy Award winning score.
In 1982, interest in symphonic music was slowly pulling out of what seemed then an irrevocable downward spiral. The score for "Star Wars" had sparked a revival of interest in orchestral performance that later on allowed ensembles like the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and L'Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal to capitalize on the "rediscovery" of virtuoso playing in the works of Mahler, R. Strauss, Shostakovich and others.
Audiences became acquainted with the un-familiar through the familiar. WHAT A TRIUMPH for good music!
This is clearly a credit to Mr. William's unerring melodic gift and his demanding but also extraordinary handling of orchestral color and resources.
The glories of the score for "ET" only confirmed the strength of what the Maestro had achieved for classical music. Audiences, and young people in particular, were listening again. I ought to know. I was one of them.
Better yet: WATCH AND LISTEN!You will not be disappointed. Open your heart a little bit, and Maestro Williams and Mr. Spielberg will take care of the rest.
What a priviledge it has been to be alive to listen to this music and to watch this movie, when they were still new.
We all, sorry enough, missed the premieres of Beethoven's 9th, Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Wagner's "Ring". How will audiences feel about this music/film 100 years in to the future?
Will they be sorry too, to have missed its premiere performance? I wonder...
Thank you Maestro Williams. Thank you Mr. Spielberg.
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories,
By A CustomerThis is one of those movies that is timeless. I remember watching it when I was a child over and over again and loving it each and everytime. When the the twenty year anniversery edition came to theaters, I was there opening weekend with my sister. I was so excited to see what new sceens were added and to see it on the "Big" screen. I laughed, cried and was on the edge of my seat, just as if I was a little kid again. E.T. is a great family movie that encourages us to remember that everything is living and that just because something or someone is different from you, you need to treat it with the same respect and dignity that you want to be treated with. E.T. allows your imaginiation to run wild with the possiblity that there may be other life forms somewhere out there.
4.0 out of 5 stars Correction,
By A CustomerThis correction was probably posted by somebody else already, I just wanted to let people know about it.
The 2-disc does come with the original and the special edition.
You don't need to get the Ultimate Gift Set to watch the original film.
Here's the quote from Spielberg himself:
4.0 out of 5 stars Steven Spielberg and the E.T. DVDs,
A newspaper article in today's (10/16/02) CNN states that Steven Spielberg has arranged for BOTH DVD releases of E.T. to contain both movies. Mr. Speilberg is quoted as saying "My intention was never to replace the original film. When people buy 'E.T.' I want them to know they have the original movie, not just for collectors and aficionados, but for everyone who remembers it and wants to continue remembering it just that way."
While I understand other's opinion that the changes made for 2002 were extreme and detracted from the film itself, I have to respect the director's desire to revisit one of his works and use modern technology to bring it closer to his original vision.
And as a parent who has to teach a young child that strangers should be avoided - unless that stranger happens to be a police officer, firefighter or EMT, I can appreciate wanting to make the police seem a little less intimidating to kids. I wouldn't have made the same choice, but again I have to respect the director's choices.
Whatever version I prefer, or my child ultimately prefers, both will be available regardless of the DVD I choose to purchase. I am glad the Mr. Spielberg brought Universal around to his thinking on this matter. As to the additional material available on the 'Ultimate' set - I think I'll wait until the release details are finalized before I dismiss it as being solely profit minded.
5.0 out of 5 stars Et phone home,
4.0 out of 5 stars E.T.P. (T.P.-too many tears, had to wipe eyes 200X),
Anyway, back to 'T'. He has inspired me so. During the lowest times in my life when I about hit rock bottom, T lifted me up.
T overcame his struggles as a young street tough from the projects. He used to sell lemonade by the spoonful to the chimney sweepers. If that is not enough to inspire you, there must be something wrong. Buy ET.
5.0 out of 5 stars From start to Finish,
This review is from: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Limited Collector's Edition) (DVD)Well i must say that Steven and everyone who worked on this master of a picture were all kids in there past with great dreams after going to bed.
From the start of this family entertainment you are reaching out for the snacks, and falling off the chair while the eyes are glued to the TV.
I first seen the movie like most in a cinema, and i must be honest to say at the time it was not my choice.
How wrong i was to think that this movie was not full of the usual violance and sex that i would not enjoy on my search for an adult film.
This movie brings the kid in all of us out with a wonderful story that we can all relate to in our childhood through dreams.
I am now going to purchase the DVD for my six year old, and also my Son who is one years old.
I really hope they keep on asking there Dad to play this non stop.
I am a big guy, but i want the return of ET to be made as soon as Steven decides it is time for him to come home to the cinema for all future big kids like me.
A lot more of this story can be told, and i will dream this with my kids tonight.
3.0 out of 5 stars ... 5 for the film,
I can not see myself paying more for two versions of this movie, when the only one I care to see is the original 1982 release. The only appeal of the Anniversary Edition was seeing the film on a theater screen again. As soon as the title came on screen I was transported to 1982 in all of my 5 senses (or 1985 for the re-release). I will not repeat all of the dissatisfactions with the changes that have already been stated. Why not just package this like "Legend" with it's international and American releases on two discs and charge regular price?
I always find criticism of the STAR WARS references throughout the movie (as well as in Spielberg-produced "Poltergeist"). They are not there out of envy of George Lucas' success or as a compliment to Lucas or any of those reasons. Anyone who grew up during that time knows that all kids had some amount of STAR WARS toys or paraphenalia (before it became memorabilia) because STAR WARS was a part of contemporary pop culture and not reviled as it is now. In showing a perfect dead-on example of early 80s childhood suburban life (minus the alien encounter), "E.T." has become more nostalgic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful,
5.0 out of 5 stars They Don't Make Them Like This Anymore,
By A Customer
This review is from: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Boxed Set, 3 Discs)" (DVD)Remember back in the early 80's, when movies actually contained a great deal of heart and emotion to captivate their audiences? This time period was probably the golden age for movies, combining good visual effects with effective storytelling, unlike today's cardboard, computerized theatrical wasteland. Coming right in the middle of the classic Star Wars trilogy, this movie actually rivaled it in terms of magic and heart. I can't remember how I felt the first time I saw it, it was so long ago, but I'm sure the scenes of E.T. dying had to have everyone in the movie theater bawling, as well as the final scenes where he is about to leave and Elliot gives him a hug. The musical score is excellent, just as good as Star Wars. For some reason, even John Williams can't compose music like this anymore,(just check out the new Star Wars movies), maybe the movies themselves actually have to be magical for him to compose a magical soundtrack. This has to be both the saddest and, at the same time, most uplifting movie ever made, and unlike movies like Titanic, the emotions actually stay with you after repeated viewings. I haven't seen the "updated" version, and I don't plan to because I absolutely hated the Star Wars Special Editions, and I'm afraid this movie may be ruined as well. It shows the current state of moviemaking that they keep having to re-release movies from this "golden age" because they just can't recapture the magic of these films today, which would be fine with me if they would just leave the films as they are. At least we can watch the original versions on VHS, and we had better enjoy them because, from the looks of things, they will never make another classic movie again, especially as far as sci-fi is concerned. Do you really think kids watching these new Star Wars films will feel the same way about them when they are adults as we do about the originals? Not likely.
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