CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF
THE THIRD KIND - TWO-DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Terri Garr
Columbia/Tristar Home Video
Original Year of Release:
Colour, Closed-captioned, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, Dolby, Production notes, Theatrical trailer(s), Feature Length `Making-of` Documentary, 1977 Featurette
"Watching the Skies," 11 Deleted Scenes, Widescreen anamorphic format, Number of discs: 2
Quick - how many versions of this movie are there? First, there's the
original 1977 version, then the so-called
Special Edition and now there's this one. (There's also a version
edited for TV showings that features all existing footage.) This "Collector's
Edition" features footage from both versions, but is ultimately closer
to the original movie because it leaves out all superfluous footage of
the interior of the UFO inserted at the end of the Special Edition. But
since this disc contains all the footage used (and some never used) you
can make up your own mind as to which version is the best.
The second disc contains a "making of" documentary that is
almost as long as the movie itself. Some people have complained about
the lack of a director's commentary, but really folks! This documentary
tells you more than you probably ever wanted to know about this seminal
movie . . .
WORTH IT? Yes.
RECOMMENDATION: Buy it!