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

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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 205562729
UPC 043396212688
UPC 14 00043396212688
Format DVD
Release Date 9/22/2009
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
New York Times "...The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's[-style] science fiction movie ever made..." 11/17/1977 p.C19,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
Uncut "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
Empire 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
Steven Spielberg
Richard Dreyfuss
Teri Garr
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
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
Catalog ID 21268
UPC 00043396212688
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 404 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
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
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Dreyfuss,Richard
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format 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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