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1982 film E.T. gets 40th Anniversary 4K and Blu-ray

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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 new TCM 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.
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  • 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
    • Production Photographs
    • Marketing E.T.
  • THEATRICAL TRAILER
  • 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.

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E.T. getting 40th Anniversary exclusive 4K releases

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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.

Next, you have a 4K UHD Blu-ray 40th Anniversary Limited Edition SteelBook release which seems to be exclusive to retailer Target, said to be coming October 18th (pictured further above and below).  That SteelBook is now available for preorder, again, over at Target.

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.

Ken Burns Benjamin Franklin Documentary on Blu-ray

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The 2022 documentary Benjamin Franklin: A Film by Ken Burns is officially coming to Blu-ray on April 5th via PBS direct.  The documentary features a voice cast that includes the likes of Peter Coyote, Paul Giamatti, Josh Lucas, Carolyn McCormick, Liam Neeson, and Mandy Patinkin (as Franklin).  Below you can find a brief synopsis for the documentary [via PBS].

“Benjamin Franklin explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th century’s most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States. Franklin’s 84 years (1706-1790) spanned an epoch of momentous change in science, technology, literature, politics, and government—fields he himself advanced through lifelong commitments to societal and self-improvement.

But Franklin’s life was full of contradictions, and his success as a writer, printer, scientist, and statesman came at a cost to the people closest to him. His influence was unmatched in his time, and his impact remains with us today. “If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten,” he said in Poor Richard’s Almanack, “either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” Benjamin Franklin did both.”

The tech specs for the release include a 1080p HD video presentation it seems in the 1.78:1 (widescreen) aspect ratio and 5.1 surround sound — not yet specified if it will be presented in lossy (Dolby Digital) or in a lossless form (PCM, Dolby TrueHD, or DTS-HD Master Audio).  Stay tuned for a possible update on that.  It is known the release will span across a 2-disc set.  You can now find the Blu-ray available for preorder over at Amazon as well as directly from Shop PBS.

Further below, after the break, you can find all the info known about the release via PBS’ store (mentioned above).

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