Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Blu-ray Essentials Edition)

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Studio Sony
SKU 219950945
UPC 043396374003
UPC 14 00043396374003
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 11/25/2012
Rating Rating
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
Carl Weathers - Star
Richard Dreyfuss - Star
François Truffaut - Star
Bob Balaban - Star
Warren Kemmerling - Star
Teri Garr - Star
Melinda Dillon - Star
Roberts Blossom - Star
Pat McNamara - Star
Lance Henriksen - Star
Cary Guffey - Star
Joe Alves - Production Designer
Steven Spielberg - Screenwriter
John Williams - Composer
Douglas Trumbull - Special Effects
Roy Arbogast - Special Effects
Vilmos Zsigmond - Director of Photography
Michael Kahn - Editor
Julia Phillips - Producer
Michael Phillips - Producer
Steven Spielberg - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1977
UPC 00043396374003
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 404 minutes
Color Color
Name Vilmos Zsigmond
Award Category Best Cinematography
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1977
Award Giver Academy Awards
Dolby Digital (5.1), Widescreen, English
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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