E.T., the Extra-terrestrial

E.T., the Extra-terrestrial

DVD - 2012
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A story of an alien stranded on Earth and his relationship with a young boy.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2012
Edition: 30th Anniversary ed. widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 inc
Branch Call Number: jDVD Etth

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UncommonDissent
Aug 03, 2017

A classic from a master director.

SaraLovesBooks May 31, 2017

I recently re-watched this film after having not seen it since I was a child. I truly disliked it. The special effects were impressive, but like so many films of the 1980's, the main character ruined it for me. Why were so many of the children of 1980's films such royal brats? I don't find it precocious; I find it annoying. I did like the oldest brother, and found him and his story far more interesting than his younger brother. I sympathized with the mom as well. I found E.T. the character as both creepy and annoying. There were touching moments within this film, but overall, I don't understand why this film is considered a classic. I wasn't particularly enamored of it when I was a kid, and as an adult, I find it practically unwatchable.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 02, 2017

This film is a family classic and notable for its blending of the science fiction genre and the family film genre. Usually, the two are incompatible, but Spielberg created a marvelous alien, especially one for the times, that seemed alive, functional, one with a heart and soul and feelings, and that was important. The alien bonds with a little boy named Elliott and everyone else comes along for the ride as they try to get him back to his home planet, but there's the ominous inclusion of adult elements that no kid should have to deal with, like government interference and xenobiological research, complete with security measures around their home and armed guards ready to shoot. Most people love this film because they grew up with it, so for those who don't understand its appeal, that's probably why, but everyone loves the car-and-bike chase that gave Amblin studios its logo. It warms the heart and heightens the spirit, and, now as an adult, I pour tears at the end, something I don't remember doing as a child. The emotional connection must grow stronger with nostalgia. Ultimately, I would recommend the restored Blu-Ray of E.T. because it reclaimed the beauty of the original, including the scene where the guns were replaced with walkie-talkies to kowtow to oddball sensibilities without noting that this change alters the emotional reaction needed for the narrative to make sense. The Blu-Ray also makes it even better to see just how fantastic this film really is on a visual level, before the heavily used CGI era was ushered in. I would definitely recommend E.T. to absolutely everyone.

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 20, 2017

Didn't believe corny first contact film as a kid when it came out.
Why people want to watch rose tinted film back then?
Even I knew on European explorers, adventurers & settlers changed pre-industrial societies extrapolated into nothing good.
Easily understood US government's reaction to E.T given they did to many cultures.

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CallMe_AKA
Jan 19, 2017

Now nearly 40 years old - E.T. barely deserves a 2-star rating.

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Dolphin_0
Dec 11, 2016

I love this movie. One of the best movies i've ever seen.

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garycornell
Jun 27, 2014

One of the top films ever made and certainly one of the best family movies ever made. "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" is such a cute young alien. He captures the hearts of everyone in the movie. Kids will love to hear E.T. communicate in his alien language. Steven Spielberg directed a masterpiece that children and adults will be watching for generations to come!

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Libraryman1_0
May 02, 2014

Spielberg's masterpiece, a wonderous story of a boy Eliott, and his friendship with the title alien mixes the awe of science fiction and special effects with a poignant storytelling. There are many moments I could go into about this film that would be considered memorable, but my favorite of note, is the scene when the boys bicycling are suddenly lifted into the air and flying over the city. Pure magic that the movies provide. Second favorite, is Elliot and E.T's flight across the moon.

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texasbooks
Dec 30, 2013

this was a great movie and I enjoyed it very much. I have watched it on the theatre and on tv. Makes you think of life outside our own little world?! Could it be possible?

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britprincess1
Jul 03, 2013

This film is a family classic and notable for its blending of the science fiction genre and the family film genre. Usually, the two are incompatible, but Spielberg created a marvelous alien, especially one for the times, that seemed alive, functional, one with a heart and soul and feelings, and that was important. The alien bonds with a little boy named Elliott and everyone else comes along for the ride as they try to get him back to his home planet, but there's the ominous inclusion of adult elements that no kid should have to deal with, like government interference and xenobiological research, complete with security measures around their home and armed guards ready to shoot. Most people love this film because they grew up with it, so for those who don't understand its appeal, that's probably why, but everyone loves the car-and-bike chase that gave Amblin studios its logo. It warms the heart and heightens the spirit, and, now as an adult, I pour tears at the end, something I don't remember doing as a child. The emotional connection must grow stronger with nostalgia. Ultimately, I would recommend the restored Blu-Ray of E.T. because it restored it back to the original, including the scene where the guns were replaced with walkie-talkies to kowtow to oddball sensibilities without noting that this change alters the emotional reaction needed for the narrative to make sense. The Blu-Ray also makes it even better to see just how fantastic this film really is on a visual level, before the heavily used CGI era was ushered in. I would definitely recommend E.T. to absolutely everyone.

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Bronco92
Apr 13, 2017

"E.T. phone home."

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Monolith
Jun 17, 2012

Michael: "Maybe it was an iguana." Elliot: "It was NO iguana." Michael: "Maybe, um - you know how they say there are alligators in the sewers?" Gertie: "Alligators in the sewers." Mary: "All we're trying to say is, maybe you just probably imagined it. It happened..." Elliot: "I couldn't have imagined it!" Michael: "Maybe it was a pervert or a deformed kid or something." Gertie: "A deformed kid." Michael: (mockingly) "Maybe an elf or a leprechaun." Elliot: "It was nothing like that, penis-breath!" Mary: (laughs in shock) "ELLIOT! Sit down."

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EowynThandawen
Feb 13, 2012

Ouch!
Micheal; No. No, it's a fake knife!

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lol
Feb 13, 2010

tis is da most gayest movie i've ever seen!!! obviously!

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ladyhawk
Mar 31, 2008

"E.T. phone home"

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Feb 11, 2015

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Jul 03, 2013

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