Steven Spielberg’s classic E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial arrives on Blu-ray for the very first time on October 9, 2012 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, just in time for the film’s 30th anniversary. In addition to the high definition transfer, the Blu-ray will feature a new 7.1 lossless surround sound mix. 
Good news for purists, the original 1982 theatrical version is what you’ll find on this Blu-ray Combo Pack, which will also include a standard DVD, UltraViolet, and Digital Copy. 
 
More good news – there will be all-new special features, including “The E.T. Journals”, which (according to the press release), will “retrace the day-to-day experience of creating E.T from never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage shot by Academy Award®-winning cinematographer John Toll.”
Also brand new is “Steven Spielberg & E.T.”, a new interview with director Spielberg in which “he reflects back on the film and discusses his experience working with the actors, as well as his overall and current perspective on E.T.”
A bunch of features from the previous DVD edition of the film will also be ported over to the Blu-ray, including “A Look Back,” “The E.T. Reunion,” “The Evolution and Creation of E.T.”, “The Music of E.T.,” and “The 20th Anniversary Premiere” featurettes. A photo and marketing materials still gallery will be included as well.
 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is currently available for pre-order through online retailers, including Amazon.
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Chaz Lipp

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