Once again, E.T. will phone home in honor of the 30th anniversary of the film's release. The heartwarming drama debuted in theaters June 11, 1982 and introduced us to a pigtailed Drew Barrymore and Reese's Pieces.
The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and became a huge part of pop culture. There are so many notable moments that viewers love to watch again and again.
And now, they'll be able to reminisce in glorious high-definition. Because E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is heading to Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray release will fix something that's irritated fans for years -- those walkie-talkies. In 2002, E.T. returned to theaters for a limited engagement in celebration of its 20th anniversary. And Spielberg used it as an opportunity to make a few tweaks.
In one of the film's most memorable scenes, Elliott, E.T. and the gang ride past a group of officers holding rifles. But in the revised version, Spielberg switched the guns out with walkie-talkies. It's a decision he lived to regret and eventually corrected.
Last fall, the director spoke at the 30th anniversary screening of another one of his films -- Raiders of the Lost Ark. There, in front of a packed house, he admitted his E.T. wrongdoing.
"For myself, I tried [changing a film] once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction] to E.T., and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and change some things]…it was OK for a while, but I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T. [...] If I put just one cut of E.T. on Blu-ray and it was the 1982, would anyone object to that?" The crowd yells "NO!" in unison. "OK, so be it."
The original 1982 cut of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial hits Blu-ray in October. The specific date is TBD.
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