Wow, it’s hard to believe it was thirty-five years ago when I and the rest of the world experienced Steven Spielberg’s classic, E.T. in theaters. Granted I was only a little kid at the time, but I’ll never forget the joy and sadness that came with this film, and I’m glad to say it still has the feels all these years later in the E.T.: 35th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray. Featuring HDR and some all-new special features, this is the definitive edition of the classic that old and new fans will want to break out some Reese’s Pieces for.
The plot follows the life of a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas) who is an average kid in a town just going about doing average things. That all changes when an alien is left behind not far from town, and ends up hiding in his backyard. After luring it out with some Reese’s Pieces candy, he finally gets to meet E.T., or the Extraterrestrial face-to-face. Without giving anything away, it’s one adventure after another as Elliott along with his brother, sister, and a few friends do their best to get E.T. back to his homeworld while also keeping him hidden from some scary scientists that want to dissect and study him. It might not sound like much because of the details I’m leaving out, but trust me when I tell you it’s one of the best, emotional films you’ll see.
For those wondering if this version is the classic 1982 one or the unwanted 2002 special edition that edited out some guns featured in the film and replaced them with walkie-talkies, you’ll be happy to know it’s the original, tried-and-true ‘82 classic version. I’m happy to say the movie still gave me the feels as it did back when I was a kid, and it’s good to know people still love it as much as I do (you can tell Netflix’s Stranger Things was highly influenced by this movie). Watching it in 4K UHD with HDR was especially nice, as it makes the film look as though it wasn’t made that long ago. The colors and details pop off the screen, with things such as Elliott’s classic red hoodie and the Reese’s Pieces looking more colorful than ever. The audio side of things is just as epic, with John Williams’ legendary score roaring through perfectly with the often funny and touching dialogue.
There’s also a ton of special features to go through once the adventure ends, with most of them coming from previous releases of the film on DVD that go behind the scenes of the making of the film, it’s epic music, and following some of the day-to-day activities of the cast and crew while filming. Some of the new extras include “Designs, Photographs and Marketing” that gives viewers a nice look at some big collections of production stills and marketing images from the movie, and “Steven Spielberg & E.T.” is a short but new interview with the famous filmmaker that goes into how the film came to be, the themes he wanted it to convey, and more. For those who wanted to see the deleted scenes that were added/re-edited into the 2002 version, those are included here as well.
E.T.: 35th Anniversary Edition is a must-have for anyone’s 4K Blu-ray collection, as it still proves it’s one of the greatest movies ever after all these years. It’s never looked better or sounded more epic than it does now, and it comes with a nice amount of special features at that. So hop aboard the mothership with some Reese’s Pieces and get ready for your heart and finger to glow with the feels from this masterpiece.