One of the most memorable movies as a child for me was E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial. Recently when I watched it again, listening to the line “E.T. phone home” brought back memories of me sitting there with my siblings while the VHS played that remarkable line. In this day and age, everyone has cell phones and social media, but back then, phoning home really meant something. But some new technology is a welcome addition to this movie. Instead of the old VHS and small TV of the ’90s, the stunning 4K quality brings the movie to life. Previously you could only see the high quality definition in theaters. Now, the movie is available with great detail for everyone to enjoy with the new 4K Ultra HD + Blu Ray 35th Anniversary version of E.T.
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 35th Anniversary 4K Ultra HD + Blu Ray Review
Most adults know the story of E.T. getting stranded on Earth and trying to make his way back home, but for a new generation of children, this story is completely new. Watching the 35th anniversary version almost makes the story new for you as you can re-live story of Elliot and E.T’s friendship through the look of wonder in your children’s eyes. Seeing your children’s excitement during the movie brings back memories of you as a child imagining that your life could be as exciting as Elliot’s, with a special friend that only you can have show up in your backyard.
The most impressive part of the movie to me was the stunning picture quality. Each scene was far more captivating in high definition. As a child, I didn’t see the movie in movie theaters. I only saw it on a VHS on a small TV. But now, as an adult, the story that I already knew so well seemed refreshed and revitalized as I watched it at home. When E.T. and Elliot rode the bike across the backdrop of the moon, it appeared larger than life on my big screen TV. I can only imagine how cool it looked to my children.
One of the best parts of buying the movie is having access to over three hours of bonus features.In The E.T. Journals, you can watch behind the scenes footage of the day-to-day experience of making the movie shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Toll. I enjoyed Steven Spielberg & E.T., which is an interview with Steven Spielberg as he talks about his experience on set and his thoughts on the movie.
Other bonus features include The Music of E.T.: A Discussion with John Williams (interviews showing the relationship between John Williams and Steven Spielberg), Designs, Photographs, and Marketing of E.T, Marketing E.T. A Look Back (production photographs and designs), The E.T. Reunion, The 20th Anniversary Premiere (behind the scenes of the premiere), Theatrical Trailer, and Deleted Scenes. My children enjoyed watching the deleted scenes with me because we could watch footage that was shot and never included in the movie. Getting an insider’s look at how the movie was created made owning the movie well worth it.