E.T.: Still a tearjerker after 30 years

Go retro this Halloween season and show your kids what made you want to phone home with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, new out on Blu-ray on Oct. 9.


If you can make it through E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial without shedding a tear, you’re tougher than most. We found upon viewing after 30 years that this lovable story about the boy who needs a friend but finds an alien instead still tugs on the heartstrings.

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Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic film has been digitally remastered and is available for the first time on Blu-ray. The behind-the-scenes documentary The E.T. Journals shows fans how the filmmakers brought this lovable alien to life.

But that’s just half the fun. Watching the movie with the kids, you’ll go back in time to an alien encounter that doesn’t mean the end of the world.

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The sweet tale shows life from Elliot’s point of view as he develops a psychic relationship with the alien. He gets drunk, he frees the science frogs and he learns about the solar system. You’ll also get to see Drew Barrymore in one of her first feature film performances. Barrymore and Spielberg were reportedly so close on set, the famous director mentored her for years to come.

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Spielberg himself has long said that E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is one of his favorite films. He reportedly had an imaginary alien friend during the time in his life when his own parents divorced. This story of a little boy’s alien friend became very personal to Spielberg.

At the time of the film’s initial release, it was number one at the box office for six weeks in a row and eventually grossed more than $792 million in returns. That’s a lot of tears!

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