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E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: Collector's Edition [2002] (2 discs)
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Director:Steven Spielberg
Writer:Melissa Mathison
Composer:John Williams
Length:236 minutes
(3 hours 56 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:SciFi
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Synopsis: This is a two disc set with both cuts of the movie presented here.

Reaction: This release is good and it's nice to see a side-by-side comparison of the two versions of the movie. The director's cut adds some nice but unnecessary touches to a great movie.

Personal Rating: 9/10

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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial19821159PG7.898

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • At the auditions, Henry Thomas thought about the day his dog died to express sadness. Director Steven Spielberg cried, and hired him on the spot.
  • ET's communicator actually worked, and was constructed by [?] Henry Feinberg, an expert in science and technology interpretation for the public.
  • Steven Spielberg shot most of the film from the eye-level of a child to further connect with Elliot and E.T.
  • Steven Spielberg shot the film in chronological order to invoke a real response from the actors (mainly the children) when E.T. departed at the end. All emotional responses from that last scene are real.
  • One of the movie clips E.T. watches on TV is from This Island Earth.
  • With the exception of Elliot's mom, no adults' faces are shown until the last half of the film.
  • Steven Spielberg's original concept was for a much darker movie in which a family was terrorized in their house by aliens. When Spielberg decided to go with a more benevolent alien, the family-in-jeopardy concept was recycled as Poltergeist.