The lovable alien is now available on Blu-ray Disc in several 30th Anniversary packages: A two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo, a Best Buy Exclusive Limited Collector's Edition (adds a souvenir book that includes photos, illustrations, and commentary about the making of the film), an Amazon.com Limited Edition (comes packaged with a spaceship model), and Walmart is offering a Blu-ray gift set (includes an E.T plush toy).
The film is presented in its original theatrical version (not the 2002 "politically correct" altered version), featuring a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and newly mastered English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 channel soundtrack, along with an English DTS 2.0 and French and Spanish DTS 5.1 channel soundtracks. Access to an Ultraviolet Digital Copy is also provided.
There are a host of special features included, with many carried over from previous DVD releases, and as such most are presented in standard definition. These features include:
- Deleted Scenes
- A Look Back
- The Evolution and Creation of E.T
- The E.T. Reunion
- The Music of E.T
- The 20th Anniversary Premiere
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Special Olympics TV spot
- Designs, Photographs and Marketing:
-- E.T. and Production Designs by Illustrator Ed Verreaux
-- E.T. Designs by Carlo Rambaldi
-- Spaceship Designs by Ralph McQuarrie
-- Production Photographs
-- Marketing E.T.
New features presented in High Definition include:
- Steven Spielberg & E.T
- The E.T. Journals
The Blu-ray disc also includes access to advanced control functions and internet streaming features for compatible network-connected Blu-ray Disc players. In addition, the Blu-ray disc is D-Box encoded, which provides a "motion enhanced" viewing experience for those that have this type of system installed.
No matter which Blu-ray edition you opt for, you are in for a treat as E.T. hasn't looked this good since its original theatrical presentation, and the newly remastered soundtrack definitely provides an immersive listening experience, without being overbearing, and that great John Williams score, who could ask for more? This disc definitely deserves a place in your collection, even if you own all of the previous DVD editions. Anyone out there own a Laserdisc or VHS copy?
If you are planning to purchase a Blu-ray Disc player as a gift this holiday season, E.T. would make a great Blu-ray movie to include with it. Image Top Right © Universal Home Entertainment, Left Side Best Buy Exclusive Limited Collector's Edition © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com.