Revisiting E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Although all the films that I have watched as part of my ‘celebration’ of the 100th anniversary of Universal Studios, this one really has particular is one that registers quite emotionally for me. Yes yes yes, I, like most sentient beings, cried my eyes out when I first saw E.T.

Unfortunately I did not have the pleasure of seeing it in the theater. For whatever reason (maybe due to my age) my dad took one of my brothers. So for the next few years, my only connection to the movie was in my father recalling how he was moved by the impact the film had on my brother. Of course, I would never fully appreciate just what that experience was until my dad brought home the “special edition” VHS tape years later.

As for the film itself, it always amazes me that such a wonderful fairytale comes from the grown-up mind of Steven Spielberg. Or maybe it shouldn’t surprise me – this is after all a man who created CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, another family favorite, and is obviously, a wonderful companion piece to E.T – the adult who is convinced that there is something out there and decides to explore (CLOSE ENCOUNTERS) and the child who stumbles upon an alien creature through happenstance and is forever transformed by the experience (E.T.).

In the case of E.T., the story of love, loss and everlasting connection is timeless and one that spans the generations.


As part of the 100th anniversary, E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is being released on a remastered BLU-RAY video disk (October 9th) and, in cooperation with Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events, there will be a one night only viewing of the film in cinemas nationwide (Wednesday October 3rd).


  1. Love this movie and it is one of the few movies which manages to make me shed a few tears. It did when I was a kid and did so again when I saw it a few years ago.
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  2. This is actually gonna be shown at TCFF (the local film fest in my city). It’s been a while since I saw it so it’ll be cool to see it again on the big screen.
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  3. Ms. “Cinema,” is it just me or does the film not hold up the way it did during our innocent youth? Maybe it’s the special effects-in that, I am spoiled by all of the advances that we see in films today. Ironically enough, I was recently watching Alien, Aliens and the Matrix (which have been on “circulation” on cable lately), and they still held up pretty well, effects-wise. All that being said, the simple intimacy and innoncence of the film still holds up, and NO ONE can top John Williams scores for sure. 🙂 Thanks for helping me reminisce.
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  4. Hi, iluv and company:

    Having grown up in the ‘Red Scare Sci~Fi’ era of films, I’ve never been a fan of ‘ET’ and its too cute alien. If it’s from outer space or some distant, deserted island. Its Prime Directive is to kick in the back sides of the Marines or Army while laying waste to Tokyo or some other major city!

    Securing my Soap Box.
    Awaiting flaming.
    Carry on.

  5. This one never fails to make me cry. The music. The kids. It’s all very perfect.
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  6. This is a film that has grown on me – surprisingly. It was never a favorite of mine as a kid but I think the beauty of it lies in its appeal to adults looking back on their childhood. For me, that’s what Spielberg captures so successfully – and beautifully. Undoubtedly it is now one of my all time faves.
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