I asked my husband if he could write a little about his love of the movie E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. This is among his top three favorite movies of all time, so he is definitely the one to be posting here. Enjoy.
There’s one thing I remember clearly about the summer of 1982 – seeing E.T. My parents took me and my sister to the Garrick Theatre in Winnipeg to see what was the blockbuster movie of the year. I was hooked.
That summer my parents bought me an E.T. t-shirt. That Christmas I received E.T. stickers. I remember a friend of mine had the E.T. game for Atari.
Fast forward 30 years and E.T. is making it’s Blu-Ray debut. It’s hard to believe it’s been three decades since the world was introduced to Steven Spielberg’s alien being, but the movie does stand the test of time.
The copy we viewed included Blu-Ray and DVD, plus digital and ultraviolet copies. We watched the Blu-Ray only, so I can’t comment on the other editions.
We had spent a few days talking up the movie to our four-year-old daughter, so needless to say, she was very excited about watching the movie when the BIG night finally came. Our other daughter, who is 17 months old, also watched with us. We made a movie night out of it, popping a bunch of popcorn before popping in the Blu-Ray.
If you’re not familiar with the plot of E.T., it’s about an alien – or extra-terrestrial – who gets stuck on Earth. He befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott, his sister Gertie (played by Drew Barrymore) and older brother Michael. E.T. starts to get sick and the authorities hone in as the kids try to figure out a way to get E.T. back home.
The movie itself is a classic. My four year old loved it, and has asked to watch it again. The high-definition picture and surround sound mix is excellent. We watched the movie on a 46-inch screen with 5.1 sound and it was great.
Some of the special effects definitely do look dated – in particular, the scenes where the kids are flying through the air on the bikes. But this is part of the charm of watching a movie of this vintage. You have to remember, this was state-of-the-art in 1982.
I had not seen this movie in 30 years. This was a great trip down memory lane. For my four-year-old, though, E.T. was an entirely new movie. She had no idea it was 30 years old, all she knew is that she was going to see a movie about a space alien. And she loved it.
This movie is a classic.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial special 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack was released on October 9, 2012 and it includes the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Ultraviolet (for US residents). Right now, it is available on Amazon.ca for $21.99, or on Amazon.com for $19.99.
Disclosure: I received the anniversary edition of E.T. for free to complete my review. The opinions expressed in this post are mine only and are in no way influenced by any outside factors.