Bye Bye Walkie-Talkies

A childhood favorite is finally coming to Blu-ray. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is getting a digital makeover for its 30th anniversary. The remastered version of the 1982 cut will feature everything we love about the original. And you know what that means, no more walkie-talkies!

Steven Spielberg

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.

Photo credit: WENN

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