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Learn more about Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Blu-ray Essentials Edition):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 219950945
UPC: 043396374003
UPC 14: 00043396374003
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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 Dolby Digital (5.1), Widescreen, English

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/25/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 404 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1977
Video UPC UPC: 00043396374003
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Carl Weathers
Video Cast Info Richard Dreyfuss
Video Cast Info François Truffaut
Video Cast Info Bob Balaban
Video Cast Info Warren Kemmerling
Video Cast Info Teri Garr
Video Cast Info Melinda Dillon
Video Cast Info Roberts Blossom
Video Cast Info Pat McNamara
Video Cast Info Lance Henriksen
Video Cast Info Cary Guffey
Video Cast Info Joe Alves - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Steven Spielberg - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info John Williams - Composer
Video Cast Info Douglas Trumbull - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Roy Arbogast - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Vilmos Zsigmond - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Michael Kahn - Editor
Video Cast Info Julia Phillips - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Phillips - Producer
Video Cast Info Steven Spielberg - Director
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.

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

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