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Close Encounters of the Third Kind [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray] [1977]

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  • Release Date: 09/19/2017
  • Rating: PG
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    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (468 out of 495)

    Synopsis


    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Steven Spielberg followed Jaws (1975), his first major box-office success, with this epic science fiction adventure about a disparate group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) is an electrical lineman who, while sent out on emergency repairs, witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Neary's wife and children are at first skeptical, then concerned, and eventually fearful, as Roy refuses to accept a "logical" explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his job, his home, and his family to pursue the "truth" about UFOs. Neary's obsession eventually puts him in contact with others who've had close encounters with alien spacecraft, including Jillian (Melinda Dillon), a single mother whose son disappeared during her UFO experience, and Claude Lacombe (celebrated French filmmaker François Truffaut), a French researcher who believes that we can use a musical language to communicate with alien visitors. Lacombe's theory is put to the test when a band of government researchers and underground UFO enthusiasts (including Neary) join for an exchange with alien visitors near Devil's Tower, Wyoming. In 1980, a "Special Edition" was released. While its primary selling point was the addition of scenes inside the alien spaceship, Spielberg claimed that he also cleaned up some choppy editing in the second act. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Richard Dreyfuss
      Richard Dreyfuss - Roy Neary
    • Teri Garr
      Teri Garr - Ronnie Neary
    • Melinda Dillon
      Melinda Dillon - Jillian Guiler
    • Cary Guffey
      Cary Guffey - Barry Guiler
    • Bob Balaban
      Bob Balaban - David Laughlin



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 495 reviews

    95%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      But the film grain...

      Posted
      Woofcub
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      This is one of my favorite films of all time. I have the Anniversary edition on BluRay, it has all three films as does this 4K version. The 4K version has a slight edge over the BluRay version because of the color saturation, but that’s as far as the advantage goes. The film is fantastic but there are scenes that the focus isn’t great and the aspect ratio really gives the edges of the movie a weird curved effect that was probably due to the lens on the camera. The 4K version seems to make this a little overstated since we are getting more resolution to see it with. The reason I am only giving the 4K version a slight edge over BluRay is because the film grain is so much a part of the look of this movie that the enhanced resolution doesn’t do that much to improve picture quality. I will admit the HDR offered on the 4K version is what makes this movie as good as it’s ever going to get. As of writing this review I’ve had the disc for about three weeks and had attempted to get the digital copies of the film since day one. I had put in the code like I have done on all my films and I was pleased to see the three versions of the film would be downloaded, but when I finished the process it only gave me the Director’s Cut of the film. I checked to see if there was a menu when you open the film to pick which movie to watch but that isn’t the case. The Movies Anywhere and VUDU sites showed all three versions of the film and they only gave me access to one. I have put in a ticket to see if I can get this resolved but so far it’s been escalated twice by VUDU, but no correction yet. So, if you have the BluRay version of the film that had been remastered and offers all three versions of the film, I don’t recommend spending the money on this 4K BluRay. However, if you don’t already have it, the HDR give a definite edge and is worth the slightly higher cost to get 4K version if you are deciding between 4K or BluRay.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Close Encounters with Blu-Ray

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      reconredneck
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      Absolutely a mesmerizing SciFi Masterpiece from Stephen Spielberg. Blu-Ray only enhances the sheer beauty of the Dykstra special effects, making it look better than the original screening with clarity and deep rich colors that have been absent in past releases. I do not consider it reference, because of the high speed film used in the making, which at times gives a grainy appearance, but this was by design. The Audio gives the best of both HD worlds with the inclusion of DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks & Dolby TrueHD tracks included. The sound quality is excellent, just turn up the volume, when Dreyfuss first encounters the alien spacecrafts and watch your Subwoofer take a walk on the wild side.. The sound quality is reference here and you will hear and feel it, from your HD system. The Extra's are so abundant I will not even begin to describe whats included, just be prepared for hours of behind the scenes documentaries and easter egg goodies. Close Encounters is a very intriguing Scifi piece that asks the question, " Are We Really Alone?" Highly Recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Doesn’t look 4K

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      WMcK
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      Perhaps there’s only so much they can do with older movies, but I was really disappointed in how this movie looked in 4K. The dark tones looked speckled, and the lighter tones, while looking better than the darks, were still not very crisp. Perhaps in the future they will issue a remastered version. Until then, save your money. As for the movie itself, it’s been a while since I’ve seen it, and it doesn’t hold up very well, The special effects aren’t great, and there are several instances that don’t ring true or question that are left unanswered. Why would the space ship follow the roadway in the scene where people were waiting for them to come. Why were they waiting at that spot? How could the two main characters so easily penetrate the government security? If the people who were taken in the 1940s were just returning, why was the child returned in such a short amount of time? And how could Richard Dreyfus’ character so easily make the decision to leave on the space ship and leave his wife and three kids behind without any apparent thoughts about them?

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Spielberg's best

      Posted
      ThaMessiah333

      Spielberg has the biggest name one the industry. He's made many great classic films and he's turned quite a few bad scripts into pretty good and visually stunninning flicks. If there were a top 5 for Spielberg's flicks then Close Encounters of the Third time is definitely among that list. Its one of the best science fiction movies I've seen. Minus the fiction. This movie proves aliens are real. Ok not really but come on now this movie is presented with so much realism that its the perfect sci-fi. Has one of the most memorable performances by Richard Dreyfuss. I know that this edition has been available a couple years now but I originally bought the DVD release. Recently buying the bluray release, must have been the greatest upgrade I've done to my collection. The picture quality has never been better, its like practicaly watching a new print of the film. The sound im either Dolby True HD or the DTS master HD is superb. This is a real and amazing bluray buy. Don't waste your time and get this

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Absolutely wonderful...

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      SSSS
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      Acting. Imagine that...acting. Dreyfuss and Garr and the rest of the cast do an excellent job of just that - Acting. It's the storyline, not the special ("special"?) effects along with fine acting that drive this film over four decades later. This film is from a time when movies were in theaters for MONTHS at a time and with good reason. The reason is that a movie was a moment in time, not a blip on your phone or tablet. It was to be watched and shared with family and friends. And yes, strangers. Theater goers. Enjoy this slice of the past with those that share that past as well as those that want to. And the picture and sound of this 4K version? Great!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      This Means Something!

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      Hurley
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      Steven Spielburg's 1977 classic has finally been upgraded to 4K and that couldn't be better. We can finally see mashed potatoes, sunburnt Richard Dreyfuss and not see the Aliens in full glorious UHD 4K. This Steelbook however leaves a lot to be desired. The cover art looks great, but the back is simply a zoom of the front image and the interior art is simply grey. It feels bit rushed and wish that it could've been given some more details. That being said, if you're a Steelbook fanatic this is definitely worth picking up. If you're just looking for an Encounter of the Third Kind on 4K, you could probably stick with the standard 4K release or the box set.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of Spielberg's best

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      KenK
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      Close encounters...what else can you say. Certainly one of Spielberg's best movies, hard to believe it's 37yrs. old. Except for the older model cars and the older TV sets it hardly seems dated. I saw this in the theater when it first came out, and from the first "encounter" when the lights behind Richard Dreyfuss' utility truck began to rise I was hooked. No creepy bug eyed monsters, no nefarious alien plots to take over the world. Just awe and wonder and the feeling of what if...The BluRay version captures it all with the theatrical and Director's cut versions to boot. If you have the DVD think about replacing it, if not go for the BluRay and show it to your kids and grandkids, if they haven't experienced it yet it will blow their minds.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Overhyped

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      qualuku
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      I forgot how awful this movie was, till I watched this blueRay. The disc itself is a wonderful remastering, considering the film source.......HOWEVER.....this typical Speilberg manipulation is pathetic. When we watch people bug eyed and wonderstruck, we're supposed to react with awe and emotion...NOT !!!! Two hours of stupid effects and gimmicks .....then low and behold.......a bunch of pure and innocent looking gumby dolls !! No matter that they've been abducting people for the last 60 years !! They can play notes on an organ, so everything evens out ! What a crock of emotional, manipulative, garbage.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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