Close Encounters of the Third Kind [WS] [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1977]

Steven Spielberg's first film to feature aliens, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo; while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a fine disc, but avid fans of the film will probably want to check out the two-disc set that comes loaded with extras.
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Special Features

  • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
  • Widescreen presentation
  • Audio: English 5.1 (DTS and Dolby Digital), English 2-Channel (Dolby Surround), French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai
  • Animated menus
  • Remastered in high definition
  • Scene selection
  • Closed Captioned

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

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72 Reviews
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