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Format: DVD
Sku: 205562729
UPC: 043396212688
UPC 14: 00043396212688
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We Are Not Alone.
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.

"One of the most spectacular movies ever made.  Gene Shalit, NBC-TV
"Spectacular! Brilliant! Close Encounters deserves an historic place in movie entertainment.  Jack Kroll, NewsWeek
"...Spielberg's masterpiece isn't just great science fiction: It's great art.  James Rocchi, NetFlix
"Superb, intelligent sci-fi...Dreyfuss is perfect Everyman...Powerhouse special effects throughout, plus John Williams' evocative score...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video 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.  The Motion Picture Guide

Editor's Note
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is Steven Spielberg's extraordinary film about a man named Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) who becomes obsessed with meeting extraterrestrials after encountering a UFO on an abandoned road one night. Against the wishes of his wife (Teri Garr) and children, Neary, along with another witness to the sighting (Melinda Dillon), travels to a mysterious mountain where the government has built a landing strip hoping to attract the aliens. Director François Truffaut costars as Claude Lacombe, one of the organizers of the project. Spielberg hoped to follow up the huge success of JAWS with a low-budget film that would be an easy shoot, but, thanks in part to the complicated special effects, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS quickly snowballed into being an expensive endeavor but a commercial and artistic success. No one who has seen the film has ever looked at a plate of mashed potatotes the same way again.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Spanish

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/22/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 404 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1977
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 21268
Video UPC UPC: 00043396212688
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 3

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bob Balaban
Video Cast Info Carl Weathers
Video Cast Info Francois Truffaut
Video Cast Info J. Patrick McNamara
Video Cast Info Lance Henriksen
Video Cast Info Melinda Dillon
Video Cast Info Richard Dreyfuss
Video Cast Info Teri Garr
Video Cast Info Daniel A. Lomino - Art Director
Video Cast Info Joe Alves - Production Designer
Video Cast Info John Williams - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Michael Kahn - Editor
Video Cast Info Michael Phillips, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Steven Spielberg - Director
Video Cast Info Steven Spielberg, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Vilmos Zsigmond - Cinematographer
Plot Summary
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is director Steven Spielberg's mesmerizing movie about earth's encounter with spaceships and alien beings as experienced by one ordinary man. Richard Dreyfuss is Roy Neary, a man who, after encountering an unexplainable phenomenon one night, becomes obsessed with discovering more, to the dismay of his wife and family. Legendary French filmmaker François Truffaut plays the head of a government agency hoping to attract the aliens to an isolated mountaintop in this unforgettable sci-fi thriller.


Winner (1979)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Joe Alves, Best Production Design/Art Direction

Winner (1978)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Vilmos Zsigmond, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Oscar, Frank E. Warner, Special Achievement Award

Nominee (1978)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Melinda Dillon, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Joe Alves, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Oscar, Roy Arbogast, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Oscar, Michael Kahn, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Steven Spielberg, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Robert Knudson, et. al., Best Sound
   Video Award Name Oscar, John Williams, Best Music, Original Score

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's[-style] science fiction movie ever made..." 11/17/1977 p.C19

New York Times
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1977" 12/25/1977 p.II:1

Entertainment Weekly
"...The only feature to date for which Spielberg has taken sole writing credit, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS is one of his most personal works....The story's primal appeal endures..." 06/08/2001 p.53

Total Film
"...An undisputed classic....It's Richard Dreyfuss's finest hour..." 08/01/2000 p.102

"Where the film scores is in its portrayal of an ordinary man, whose brush with the unknown changes his life..." 07/01/2001 p.140

5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t remains awe-inspiring stuff that has held up better than the other big science-fiction film of 1977." 01/01/2008 p.201

Wall Street Journal
"Steven Spielberg's shining, glowing masterpiece will never wear out its welcome." 11/06/2009 10 of 10
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. - Betsy Bozdech

ReelViews 10 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Dreyfuss,Richard
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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