Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours, 17 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Originally Released: 1977
- Label: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Note: Blu-ray exclusive: in-movie a view from above (editor's fact track)
- Director's Cut
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - Arabic, English, French, Korean, Spanish, Thai
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon & François Truffaut|
|Performer:||Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, Pat McNamara, Warren J. Kemmerling, Roberts Blossom, Josef Sommer, George DiCenzo & Lance Henriksen|
|Directed by||Steven Spielberg|
|Edited by||Michael Kahn|
|Screenwriting by||Steven Spielberg|
|Composition by||John Williams|
|Produced by||Michael Phillips & Julia Phillips|
|Director of Photography:||Vilmos Zsigmond|
Academy Awards 1977 - Best Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Academy Awards 1977 - Best Sound Effects Editing
What the film is 'about', in a way, is its own illusionism, the process by which it creates a world we are invited to share. Full Review
Monthly Film Bulletin
[Spielberg's] new movie is richer and more ambitious than Jaws, and it reaches the viewer at a far more profound level than Star Wars. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- Spielberg's greatest work. Full Review
...The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's[-style] science fiction movie ever made...
New York Times
Rating: A -- I think what really struck me this time around was its commentary on media and communication. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- It's a big ol' mess of a movie, but an extremely lovable one. Full Review
Little White Lies
5 stars out of 5 -- [I]t remains awe-inspiring stuff that has held up better than the other big science-fiction film of 1977.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is Steven Spielberg's extraordinary film about a man named Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) who becomes obsessed with meeting extraterrestrials after encountering a UFO on an abandoned road one night. Against the wishes of his wife (Teri Garr) and children, Neary, along with another witness to the sighting (Melinda Dillon), travels to a mysterious mountain where the government has built a landing strip hoping to attract the aliens. Director François Truffaut costars as Claude Lacombe, one of the organizers of the project. Spielberg hoped to follow up the huge success of JAWS with a low-budget film that would be an easy shoot, but, thanks in part to the complicated special effects, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS quickly snowballed into being an expensive endeavor but a commercial and artistic success. No one who has seen the film has ever looked at a plate of mashed potatotes the same way again.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is director Steven Spielberg's mesmerizing movie about earth's encounter with spaceships and alien beings as experienced by one ordinary man. Richard Dreyfuss is Roy Neary, a man who, after encountering an unexplainable phenomenon one night, becomes obsessed with discovering more, to the dismay of his wife and family. Legendary French filmmaker François Truffaut plays the head of a government agency hoping to attract the aliens to an isolated mountaintop in this unforgettable sci-fi thriller.
- Theatrical Release: November 16, 1977
- The film was shot in India, Alabama, and Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming.
- CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is number 64 on the American Film Institute's list of Americas 100 Greatest Movies.
- The small, lithe aliens were played by young girls who Steven Spielberg believed were more graceful than boys.
- A close encounter of the first kind is when a UFO is sighted. Close encounters of the second kind involve the discovery of physical evidence, and close encounters of the third kind are contact with extraterrestrials.
- Although actor Richard Dreyfuss won the Oscar for Best Actor that year, he got it for THE GOODBYE GIRL, not for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.
- The laserdisc features interviews with Spielberg, composer John Williams, and special effects man Douglas Trumbull, as well as previously edited material.
- In 1980, Steven Spielberg issued a reedited version of the film entitled THE SPECIAL EDITION. He shortened some scenes and added a sequence at the end showing the interior of the mother ship.
- Estimated budget: $20 million.
- When CLOSE ENCOUNTERS was released in 1977, it quickly became Columbia Pictures' most profitable film, eventually taking in $166 million at the domestic box office and $338 million worldwide.
- Because Spielberg really wanted the story to surprise spectators, he kept a closed set during production and requested that the actors stay mum about the film's content.
- One working title of the film was WATCH THE SKIES.
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