ET - The Extra-Terrestrial details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Robert MacNaugton, Robert MacNaughton, Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore|
|Genres:||Children, Family, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Collections:||100 Eighties Greats, 100 must-see movies, All-time Greats, American Film Institute's top 100, Feel Good Films, Must See Movies, Top Must See Movies|
ET - The Extra-Terrestrial
|Run time:||1 hour 55 minutes|
|Rental release:||Currently unavailable|
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A true classic..By a customer from Kent , 08 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Doesn't matter how many times I watch this film or how old I get it still makes me laugh & cry :)
A must for the kids & us grown up kids!
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An Enduring Classic that Changed an IndustryBy Zydor (268 reviews) from Headley Down , 06 Nov 2013This is the film that ignited SciFi for all age groups - and not just Geeks. It changed an Industry, made Steven Spielberg a household name, and inspired both Children and (secretly) Adults as well. Not much more need be said about a SciFi Classic that changed Hollywood. Go on ...... regress a little and have a peek (again), you know you want to rofl :)
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Still retains the magicBy IJB (5 reviews) , 04 Jul 2013The movie still retains its magic more than thirty years on. This is largely because i) unusually, they shot it chronologically, so when Elliot is meeting ET for the first time, the actor is really meeting him for the first time, and when he says goodbye, he's really saying goodbye. ii) the use of a physical ET gave the actors something real to play off. It's not likely that a movie like this could, or would, be made today. The acting is also wonderful, particularly Thomas and Barrymore. It also invites nostalgia for BMXs, long hair and Star Wars figures for those of a certain generation.
Typical SpielbergianaBy aliceboy (17 reviews) from Durham , 23 May 2013I haven't watched E. T. since it came out, as is typical of me with Spielberg's films. For me, his movies are a bit like a soppy greeting card: you view it once, get the expected emotional reaction, then put it aside somewhere to be forgotten. Now that I'm a dad, it seemed like a good time to revisit this 'classic.' As it turned out, my 6-year-old didn't make it past the half-hour mark; the movie was 'too boring' for her. I kind of have to agree. The wife and I finished it on our own, and by the time it was over, I was ready to leave the room (especially after that overlong 'goodbye' scene!). E. T. is practically slopping over with the sort of sepia-tone sentimentality that has made Spielberg the household name he is. I was impressed by the puppetry present in the eponymous alien, though it was always clear he was not a living thing. The (human) performances were adequate, though a bit too one-dimensional to cause me to relate to any of the characters. John Williams dished up his usual bombast for the soundtrack, which often seemed to be going about its business independent of the action onscreen. We checked this out on BD, and it looked quite nice, and the sound was crystalline. The extras looked plentiful, though the only one we ended up watching was the cast reunion (where Henry Thomas was oddly silent, Robert McNaughton seemed to be upsetting the we-still-have-careers crowd and the puppet didn't turn up). If you liked this movie as a kid, more than likely it'll dredge up the same mushy-sweet feelings it gave you back then. I was never a big fan, so it's hardly surprising an adult re-view didn't do much for me. I can't even imagine watching this for the first time as an adult; if you're in that crowd, I'd say just skip it.
B.T. Home Phone...By a customer , 15 Feb 2013I was 7 years old when I first saw this film. 30 years on, I watched the BluRay version with my two kids. Better than I remember. Made us laugh, cry etc. A timeless classic. Brilliant. My little one keeps quoting 'B. T. Home Phone' which makes us laugh.
He Is Afraid... He Is Alone... He Is Three Million Light Years From Home.By a customer , 12 Oct 2012I remember watching 'ET - The Extra-Terrestrial ' on the Pictures way back in 1982 and seeing Adults all around me with their Children, not knowing if they should smile, or cry.....
This film still has the same effect on whoever watches it today.
A fantastic film, that has never dated.....
'ET - The Extra-Terrestrial' will probably be one of those films that will go on forever.....
Just like 'The Wizard Of Oz' !!!