Universal Announces E.T. Blu-ray Release

Universal Studios has issued a formal press release for its forthcoming release of Steven Spielberg’s celebrated classic, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. The film will make its long-awaited arrival to the Blu-ray format this October 2012 (official date of release is still pending).

The film, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, coincides with the studio’s 100th anniversary campaign. As such, the film has been given an all-new, digitally remastered 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that delivers six times the resolution of DVD along with 7.1 surround sound. And as the trailer points out, the police roadblock has cops armed with guns instead of walkie-talkies.

BONUS FEATURES ON THE

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLU-RAY:

  • The E.T. Journals:  In this all-new bonus feature, 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.   This piece will give viewers a unique feeling of being on the set and living the excitement of what it was like to make E.T.

  • Steven Spielberg & E.T.:  Watch an all-new 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.

·      Deleted Scenes: Two scenes from 2002 version of the film.

·      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 E.T. Reunion:  The cast and filmmaker reunite to discuss their thoughts on the impact of the film.

·      The Evolution and Creation of E.T.From idea to screenplay, through casting and making 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.

·      Original Theatrical Trailer

·      Special Olympics TV spot

·     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.

BONUS FEATURES ON THE DVD:

·      Steven Spielberg & E.T.

·      Deleted Scenes

·      A Look Back

·      The E.T. Reunion


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