“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” on Blu-ray and DVD

By Shannon Gosney
In Blu-ray Review
October 25, 2012

I remember watching E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition when I was a little girl.  I remember the foggy backyard, E.T. in the closet, Drew Barrymore and her Reese’s Pieces, and the little boy with E.T. in the basket of his bike – racing to get him to his ship so that E.T. can be with his family.   Once again, families can own one of the most beloved films of all time on Blu-ray for the first time ever – and it’s just in time for the celebration of Universal Studios 100th Anniversary!

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Academy Award-winning director Steve Spielberg’s magical adventure, celebrates its 30th Anniversary with its first-ever release on Blu-ray on October 9, 2012.  Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered picture that delivers six times the resolution of DVD, as well as all-new 7.1 surround sound, the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the 1982 theatrical movie, an all-new interview with director Steven Spielberg, and “The E.T. Journals” featuring never-before-seen footage from the set of the film.  The Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes UltraViolet, a DVD and a Digital Copy of the film, offering fans a chance to relive the mystery, laughter and wonder of the iconic movie anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.

In 1982, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial  became the biggest blockbuster of the year, ranking #1 over 16 different weekends.  Even today, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial remains the fourth most successful movie of all-time in the United States.  Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Screenplay, the film took home four statuettes for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound and Best Music for John Williams (Jaws) memorable score.  The unforgettable cast includes the adorable Drew Barrymore (He’s Just Not That Into You, Charlie’s Angels), Henry Thomas (Dear John, Legends of the Fall), Dee Wallace (10, “Sons and Daughters”) and Peter Coyote (“Law & Order: LA,” Jagged Edge).

“When E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial premiered in 1982, it captured the imagination of people young, old and everyone in between in a way that was unparalleled in modern movie history,” said Craig Korblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  “A global cultural phenomenon – and the biggest box-office blockbuster of its day – E.T. brought out the child in all of us.  We are thrilled audiences will now be able to experience the film in the astounding quality of Blu-ray.”


–       The E.T. Journals:  In this all-new bonus feature, 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.  This piece will give viewers a unique feeling of being on the set and living the excitement of what it was like to make E.T.

–       Steven Spielberg & E.T.Watch an all-new interview with Steven Spielberg, as he reflects back on the film and discusses his experiences working with the actors, as well as his overall and current perspective on E.T.

–       Deleted Scenes:  Two scenes from 2002 version of the film.

–       A Look Back:  A special insider’s look into the making of E.T. featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, the cast, and others intimately involved with the film.

–       The E.T. Reunion:  The cast and filmmakers reunite to discuss their thoughts on the impact of the film.

–       The Evolution and Creation of E.T.From idea to screenplay, through casting and making of the film.

–       The Music of E.T.: A Discussion with John Williams:  Interviews and footage focused on the long-standing relationship between John Williams and Steven Spielberg.

–       The 20th Anniversary Premiere:  Composer John Williams played the score of E.T. live at the Shrine Auditorium for the re-release premiere of E.T.  This featurette gives us a behind the scenes look at this presentation.

–       Original Theatrical Trailer

–       Special Olympics TV spot

–       Designs, Photographs and Marketing

  • E.T. Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux
  • E.T. Designs by Carlo Rambaldi
  • Spaceship Designs by Ralph McQuarrie
  • Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux
  • Production Photographs
  • Marketing E.T.

–       UltraViolet:  The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and instantly stream and download to computers, tablets and smartphones.  Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice.  Currently available in the United States only.

–       Digital Copy:  The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a digital copy of the film compatible with iTunes, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod touch, Android or online retail partners.

–       Pocket BLU App:  The popular free pocket BLU app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad, Android tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.

  • Advanced Remote Control:  A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player.  Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
  • Video Timeline:  Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
  • Mobile-To-Go:  Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
  • Browse Titles:  Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray.  They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
  • Keyboard:  Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
    • Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.


–       Steven Spielberg & E.T.

–       Deleted Scenes

–       A Look Back

–       The E.T. Reunion


Universal is also partnering with leading independent games publisher Chillingo to publish E.T.: The Green Planet for the iTunes App Store. Inspired by a novel based on a story by Steven Spielberg, players travel with E.T. to his home planet, explore and build extraordinary intergalactic botanical gardens, and share their experiences with friends.


When an imaginative boy meets a lost alien, it is the beginning of one of cinema’s most endearing friendships, as Elliot (Henry Thomas) helps the marvelous creature he calls E.T. find his way back home before government agents can capture him.


Cast: Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas

Directed By: Steven Spielberg

Written By:  Melissa Mathison

Produced By:  Steven Spielberg & Kathleen Kennedy

Edited By: Carol Littleton   

Director of Photography: Allen Daviau

Production Designer: James D. Bissell

Music By: John Williams


Street Date: October 9, 2012

Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 61123439

Running Time: 114:27

Layers: Dual

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1

Rating: PG

Technical Info: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Spanish/French DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish


Street Date: October 9, 2012

Copyright: 2012 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Selection Numbers: 61119825

Running Time: 114:27

Rating: PG

Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0, Spanish and French Dolby 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish 

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About Universal Studios Home Entertainment

In honor of its Centennial anniversary, Universal Pictures proudly salutes 100 years of unforgettable films that have entertained audiences and touched the hearts of millions around the globe. In celebration of our first 100 years, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is proud to present a selection of our many beloved movies as part of an extensive year-long program that underscores the studio’s rich cinematic history and indelible cultural impact.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.


I really enjoyed watching E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial when I was growing up, and now I can share this movie experience with my boys!  The Blu-ray combo pack had so many great Bonus Features and it really gave me a deeper look into the understanding of the history and making of the movie.  I really liked “A Look Back” and “The E.T. Reunion” the best of the special features.  In “A Look Back,” you get to take a closer look at how E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was made and in “The E.T. Reunion,” you get to hear from the cast and the filmmakers of the movie and how they think it had an impact on society.  Watching E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in the Blu-ray Combo Pack is definitely the way to do it!  A big thanks to Universal Studios Home Entertainment for this movie review opportunity on The Mommy-Files.

I received a copy of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in the Blu-ray Combo Pack from Universal Studios Home Entertainment to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

3 Responses to ““E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” on Blu-ray and DVD”

  1. Christian Alejandro N. says:

    Okay, this one I will definitely buy. I remember watching this until the VHS broke. I like that they had a reunion. Good special feature.

  2. Jennifer Young says:

    I loved ET. I haven’t seen it in forever though! My mother in law always tell the story that when she was watching ET in theaters, she went into labor with my husband, lol. I’d really love to have my daughters see this, I think they’d like it!

  3. Austin Baroudi says:

    This is such a classic movie! I love ET!

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