The 1982 film “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial“ will officially celebrate its 40th Anniversary on 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc with a re-release on October 18th via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, starred Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, and C. Thomas Howell.
Tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray include a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and DTS:X immersive sound. The tech specs for the new Blu-ray include a 1080p HD video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio and DTS:X sound. Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting its Blu-ray counterpart, the Blu-ray getting its DVD counterpart, and each including a digital code (copy) of the film.
UPDATE: You can now find the 40th Anniversary Edition standard 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon.
It’s most certainly worth noting that there will be three retailer exclusives on 4K UHD Blu-ray for the 40th Anniversary, which you can find listed in this news story (and pictured below).
The bonus materials, including an all-new retrospective and a newTCM Festival interview with Spielberg, set to be included on this new 40th Anniversary Edition 4K UHD Blu-ray are first detailed and then listed below.
“The anniversary release showcases over 45 minutes of all-new bonus features including a retrospective of the film and its lasting legacy and a featurette with Steven Spielberg reflecting on his career and the making of E.T. 40 years later. “
NEW 40 YEARS OF E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL – An all-new retrospective of the film and its lasting legacy.
NEW TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL: AN EVENING WITH STEVEN SPIELBERG – The acclaimed director reflects on his career and the making of E.T. 40 years later.
THE E.T. JOURNALS- 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.
STEVEN SPIELBERG & E.T. – Watch an interview with Steven Spielberg, as 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 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 EVOLUTION AND CREATION OF E.T.
THE E.T. REUNION – The cast and filmmaker reunite to discuss their thoughts on the impact 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.
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
SPECIAL OLYMPICS TV SPOT
Further below, after the break, you can find the full official announcement about the upcoming 40th-anniversary releases of this film.
There will be some retailer-exclusive releases of the 1982 film “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” to celebrate the 40th Anniversary on 4K UHD Blu-ray later this year. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, starred Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, and C. Thomas Howell. It’s most certainly worth noting that this film is currently back in select theaters to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
No word on if this release will feature anything new in terms of a video transfer or different audio mix but it is likely just a re-release of the original 2017 4K UHD Blu-ray. That featured a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of high dynamic range and DTS:X immersive sound on a BD-66 disc. These releases are going to be coming in the form of a “combo pack” with the Blu-ray counterpart included as well as a digital code (copy) of the film with each.
So, the 4K UHD Blu-ray retailer exclusives for this release range in release date and I’ll note that for each. First off, you have an Amazon-exclusive 4K UHD Blu-ray 40th Anniversary Edition Gift Set (pictured above and below). That includes a collectible tin tote (lunchbox), thermos, booklet & certificate of authenticity. This is going to be released on November 1st and you can now find that 4K Gift Set available for preorder now over at Amazon.
Finally, you will get a 4K UHD Blu-ray 40th Anniversary Limited Edition release with a BendyFig figurine over at retailer Walmart (pictured much further above and below). This release is said to be coming on October 18th and is now available for preorder over at Walmart.
The 1981 horror film “The Howling“ is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on February 15th, 2022 via Scream Factory (Shout! Factory) in a “Collector’s Edition” form. The film, directed by Joe Dante, starred Dee Wallace, Dennis Dugan, Patrick Macnee, Christopher Stone, Belinda Balaski, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, and Slim Pickens.
The tech specs have not yet been fully detailed but you can expect a 2160p video presentation in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 (and possibly Dolby Vision) form(s) of high dynamic range from a 2021 4K restoration by StudioCanal — approved by director Joe Dante. The bonus materials for the release are listed below.
DISC ONE (4K UHD)
NEW 2021 4K Restoration By StudioCanal, Approved By Director Joe Dante
Audio Commentary With Director Joe Dante And Actors Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone, And Robert Picardo
Audio Commentary By Author Gary Bradner
DISC TWO (BLU-RAY)
NEW 2021 4K Restoration By StudioCanal, Approved By Director Joe Dante
Audio Commentary With Joe Dante, Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone And Robert Picardo
Audio Commentary By Gary Bradner
“Fun. Fur. Film.” – An Interview With Dee Wallace
“Howling’s Eternal” – An Interview With Executive Producer Steven A. Lane
“Cut To Shreds” – An Interview With Editor Mark Goldblatt
Interview With Co-Writer Terence H. Winkless
Interview With Stop Motion Animator David Allen
“Unleashing The Beast: The Making Of The Howling” – Vintage Featurette
“Making A Monster Movie: Inside The Howling” – Vintage Featurette
Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – A Look At The Film’s Original Locations
Trailers From Hell – Writer Josh Olson On The Howling
As you can tell, the release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with the 4K getting its Blu-ray Disc counterpart. You can now find the 4K UHD Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon. You also can preorder the 4K UHD Blu-ray directly via ShoutFactory.com where you’ll receive a poster (while supplies last). Stay tuned for any further updates on the release later on.
The 2019 Rob Zombie film “3 From Hell” is officially coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on October 15th (just in time for Halloween) via Lionsgate. The film is a sequel to Zombie’s films “House of 1000 Corpses” (2003) and “The Devil’s Rejects” (2005). The cast includes Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Emilio Rivera, Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Richard Brake, Daniel Roebuck, and Dee Wallace. Tech specs for the 4K release include 2160p video in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with HDR10 form of High Dynamic Range and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 sound. The tech specs for the Blu-ray releases include 1080p HD in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio with the same Dolby TrueHD 7.1 sound mix. The releases will both come in the form of “combo pack” with the 4K getting the Blu-ray counterpart included, the Blu-ray getting a DVD, and a digital code (copy) of the film included with each. The 4K UHD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray are both available for preorder now over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the releases are listed below.
Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Rob Zombie
“To Hell and Back: The Making of 3 From Hell” Featurette (4-Part Documentary Available on 4K and Blu-ray Only; Part 1 Available on DVD)
Further below, after the break, you can find the full announcement regarding the upcoming releases of this film.
The 2019 TV movie sequel “Critters Attack!“ is coming to Blu-ray Disc on July 23rd via Warner – ahead of it’s October TV debut on the SYFY channel. The movie was directed by Bobby Miller and it features a cast of Dee Wallace, Tashiana Washington, Jaeden Noel, Jack Fulton, and Ava Preston. Tech specs for the Blu-ray have not fully been detailed but you can very certainly expect 1080p video and a 5.1 lossless sound mix. Stay tuned for an updated on the tech specs. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” with both a DVD and a digital copy of the film included. The Blu-ray is now available for pre-order over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
Entineering Gore; Designing Critters
Critters: An Out-of-this-World Experience
The Critter Ball
Scene Specific Commentary with Director Bobby Miller and a Critter
Below, after the break, you can find the official trailer for the film.
The upcoming release of “The Critters Collection“ coming to Blu-ray Disc in a box set on November 27th via Scream Factory has officially been detailed. The release will contain the four films “Critters” (1986), “Critters 2: The Main Course” (1988), “Critters 3” (1991), and “Critters 4” (1992), spanning across a 4-disc set. Tech specs for the release have not been fully detailed, but we do know that the first two films have received new 2K scans from the original film elements. Stay tuned for further info regarding the tech specs for the films. The set is available for PRE-ORDER now over at Amazon. The bonus materials set to be included on the releases can be a tad bit lengthy, so I’ll just let you view the full announcement for the release below, after the break.
The 2018 Fulvio Sestito directed film “Beyond the Sky“ starring Ryan Carnes and Jordan Hinson is coming to Blu-ray Disc on November 6th via RLJ Entertainment, according to an early alert to retailers. Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed, but stay tuned for any updates. The film co-stars Peter Stormare, Dee Wallace, Claude Duhamel, Martin Sensmeier, and Don Stark. The title on Blu-ray is now available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon.