Posted Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM PDT by Tom Landy
One of the most beloved films of all-time is coming to Blu-ray in early October, plus the ultimate fan will find an exclusive limited edition with a spaceship collectible only at Amazon!
As previously reported, Universal Studios says 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' will have a Blu-ray release this fall, and now the date has been set for October 9.
Pre-orders have also landed for an Amazon exclusive Blu-ray with a spaceship collectible available on the same date.
'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,' Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg’s magical adventure, celebrates its 30th Anniversary with its first-ever release on Blu-ray this October. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered picture that delivers six times the resolution of DVD, as well as all-new 7.1 surround sound, the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes the 1982 theatrical movie, an all-new interview with director Steven Spielberg, and “The E.T. Journals” featuring never-before-seen footage from the set of the film.
In 1982, 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' became the biggest blockbuster of the year, ranking #1 over 16 different weekends. Even today, 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' remains the fourth most successful movie of all-time in the United States. Nominated for nine Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Screenplay, the film took home four statuettes for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound and Best Music for John Williams’ ('Jaws') memorable score. The unforgettable cast includes the adorable Drew Barrymore ('He’s Just Not That Into You,' 'Charlie’s Angels'), Henry Thomas ('Dear John,' 'Legends of the Fall'), Dee Wallace ('10,' “Sons and Daughters”) and Peter Coyote (“Law & Order: LA,” 'Jagged Edge').
“When 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' premiered in 1982, it captured the imaginations of people young, old and everyone in between in a way that was unparalleled in modernmovie history,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “A global cultural phenomenon—and the biggest box-office blockbuster of its day—E.T. brought out the child in all of us. We are thrilled audiences will now be able to experience the film in the astounding quality of Blu-ray.”
Universal is also partnering with leading independent games publisher Chillingo to publish E.T.: The Green Planet for the iTunes App Store. Inspired by a novel based on a story by Steven Spielberg, players travel with E.T. to his home planet, explore and build extraordinary intergalactic botanical gardens, and share their experiences with friends.
The Blu-ray/DVD/UV Digital Copy combo pack will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1soundtrack, and supplements will include: All-new Steven Spielberg & E.T. Interview; The E.T. Journals, shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Toll (Braveheart); A Look Back; The E.T. Reunion; The Evolution and Creation of E.T.; The Music of E.T.: A Discussion with John Williams; The 20th Anniversary Premiere; Two Deleted Scenes (from the 2002 version); Designs, Photographs, and Marketing Elements; and Original Theatrical Trailer & Special Olympics TV Spot, pocketBlu, and BD-Live.
Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $34.98 and the Amazon exclusive is $139.98.
You can find the latest specs for 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's now indexed under October 9.
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