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Close Encounters of the Third Kind 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition (Blu-ray)

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Collector's Edition is visionary director Steven Spielberg's definitive director's cut of his exhilarating film. This new edition of his masterpiece is digitally remastered from newly-restored film elements and includes a "making of" featurette, complete with new behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with stars and crew. In the night skies near his Muncie, Indiana home, power repairman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) experiences something out of this world. His close encounter sets into action an amazing chain of events that leads to contact with the benevolent aliens and their Mothership. Spectacular special effects, John Williams' outstanding score and winning performances from Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and legendary director Francois Truffaut in the role of Lacombe makes Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Collector's Edition movie magic of the best kind.


Studio Sony
SKU 205562726
UPC 043396228597
UPC 14 00043396228597
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/23/2010
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Dreyfuss,Richard
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Cast & Crew
Bob Balaban - Actor
Carl Weathers - Actor
Daniel A. Lomino - Art Director
Francois Truffaut - Actor
J. Patrick McNamara - Actor
Joe Alves - Production Designer
John Williams - Original Music By
Lance Henriksen - Actor
Melinda Dillon - Actor
Michael Kahn - Editor
Michael Phillips, et. al. - Producer
Richard Dreyfuss - Actor
Steven Spielberg - Director
Steven Spielberg, et. al. - Writer
Teri Garr - Actor
Vilmos Zsigmond - Cinematographer
Winner (1979) British Academy Awards, Joe Alves, Best Production Design/Art Direction
Winner (1978) Oscar, Vilmos Zsigmond, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Frank E. Warner, Special Achievement Award
Nominee (1978) Oscar, Melinda Dillon, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Joe Alves, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Roy Arbogast, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects,Oscar, Michael Kahn, Best Film Editing,Oscar, Steven Spielberg, Best Director,Oscar, Robert Knudson, et. al., Best Sound,Oscar, John Williams, Best Music, Original Score
Review With Close Encounters, Spielberg became one of the first filmmakers to buck the still-popular "evil aliens attack Earth" formula. His otherworldly beings want only to investigate and communicate -- they're more or less benign explorers who are as excited to meet us as we are to meet them. But this novel concept -- which Spielberg went on to explore further in E.T. -- doesn't detract from the suspense of the aliens' arrival. The movie's momentum is relentless, piquing the audience's interest from the moment the UFOs play havoc with Indiana's power supply (the original rolling blackout?) all the way to the moving mountaintop climax...The cast is uniformly excellent; they seem to know they're making an important movie and push themselves accordingly. In addition to Dreyfuss, who plays Roy's frantic obsessiveness to the hilt, and the always-superb Truffaut, Teri Garr is a standout as Roy's wife Ronnie, pushed over the edge and beyond by her husband's single-minded quest to understand what's going on. And as Barry, the child who just wants to play with the pretty lights in the sky, Cary Guffey is almost eerily self-contained.
Reviewer Betsy Bozdech
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie, but it also benefited from peerless timing. Released on the heels of Star Wars, it was able to absorb the pro-Science Fiction atmosphere that had arisen as a result of George Lucas' unexpected blockbuster. Suddenly, everyone was into stories about space and aliens. And, while Close Encounters is a much different film than Star Wars, it played to the same audience...Its universal appeal gave movie-goers something to be excited about during the winter of 1977-78 as the first in a wave of post-Star Wars science fiction films broke (although, of course, Close Encounters went into production long before Star Wars reached screens). Today, the movie stands up remarkably well. The story is fresh and compelling, the special effects are as remarkable as anything that CGI can do, and the music represents some of John Williams' best work. Close Encounters is the complete package, and it shines as brightly in its sixth re-editing as it did in its first.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Actor Dreyfuss,Richard
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Gene Shalit, NBC-TV One of the most spectacular movies ever made.
Jack Kroll, NewsWeek Spectacular! Brilliant! Close Encounters deserves an historic place in movie entertainment.
James Rocchi, NetFlix ...Spielberg's masterpiece isn't just great science fiction: It's great art.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Superb, intelligent sci-fi...Dreyfuss is perfect Everyman...Powerhouse special effects throughout, plus John Williams' evocative score...
The Motion Picture Guide Of all the UFO films ever made this is the most edifying...a feast for the eyes! The appeal of this film was enormous and still is.

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