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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Blu-ray Combo Pack Review

Title: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition (Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

On October 9th, revisit the magic of one of Steven Spielberg’s most beloved family classics, E.T., on Bluray/DVD Combo Pack with Digital Copy and UltraViolet. Even if you already own this film on DVD, I highly recommend purchasing it again to see the amazing quality of the digitally remastered version.

E.T. was a very special film to me as a child; I still have my very well-loved VHS and a plastic E.T. doll with movable arms and legs. I never upgraded my copy of E.T. with the first DVD release, so the last time I watched E.T. was when VHS tapes were still the most popular method for watching movies. Part of me is wondering why I waited so long to watch E.T. again since it was a childhood favorite, but another part is elated to have been able to see it for the first time in well over a decade through the eyes of an adult. And guess what? It is every bit as wonderful as I remembered it to be. If you are the emotional type, make sure you have a fistful of Kleenex at your side during the dramatic, adventurous conclusion.

Elliott’s (Henry Thomas) friends and family do not believe him when he tells them that there is something hiding in their backyard shed. Determined to prove that he is right and they are wrong, Elliott waits outside all night long, and finally makes a wondrous discovery, a creature from another planet whom he calls E.T.

Elliott’s older brother, Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and younger sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore) help Elliott make E.T. feel like a member of their family, taking him into their home and hiding his presence from their mother, Mary (Dee Wallace). Elliott and his siblings are not the only ones who are aware of E.T.’s presence on their planet, however. In order to help E.T. get in contact with his own kind, they will have to stand up to the grown-ups that may not have E.T.’s best interests in mind.

Though it had been years since I had last seen E.T., everything about the film and its characters started to come back to me. E.T. is the reason why I always asked my parents for Reese’s Pieces when I was a kid!

Now as an adult, I am better able to recognize the individuals who contributed to making this movie so iconic. I love the musical score (written by John Williams) and the director (Steven Spielberg), so it’s no wonder that 20-something years since I had seen E.T. for the first time I had unknowingly (and now of course, knowingly) kept up with their film projects.

If you loved this movie as a child, you will definitely want to own E.T. on Bluray/DVD. I loved getting to share this special movie with my daughter, and I am now having a great time watching all of the special features to learn even more about one of my favorite movies of all time.

Bonus Features:

The E.T. Journals This bonus feature gives viewers an inside look at the day to day happenings on the set of E.T. Watching this will make you feel as if you were on the set of E.T.!

Steven Spielberg & E.T This feature is an interview with Steven Spielberg where he talks about his experience working on the film, how he came up with the story, and what it was like working with children. Viewers will definitely see how passionate and in love he is with this film.

Deleted Scenes See two scenes that were removed from the final version of the film.

A Look Back Steven Spielberg and other cast members involved with E.T. are interviewed about the film.

The E.T. Reunion The cast and crew are brought together to talk about their feelings about the film then and now.

The Evolution and Creation of E.T. This feature discusses how E.T. evolved from just an idea to what we see in the final version.

The Music of E.T. This feature looks at the relationship between Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams.

The 20th Anniversary Premiere A look at the live performance at Shrine Auditorium where John Williams plays the score of E.T.

*I received a product for review purposes. I was not financially compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.*

Jennifer

Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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