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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition (2 Discs) (Blu-ray)

Released on 23 January 2012

Featuring: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr & Cary Guffey

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: PG

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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 (Teri Garr) 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.

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 Average rating (26 reviews)

 WOW!!!!

| | See all rancid's reviews (2)

where do i begin when describing how great this blu-ray version of the movie is?!!! how about the fact that in the original version..when it originally was released i could not even read license plates yet in this version i can do just that AND read the name tags on the miltary personnel! this was and still is one of the best blu-ray titles i own...i would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

 5 Stars

| | See all Angaldus's reviews (1)

I have bought the Region 1 version as it comes with a poster and tells you what as been edited on the 3 versions of the film.

The Region 1 version is a bit more money but worth every penny and its confirmed as Region free.

If you have a great surround then check out the scene where Roy Neary first encounters a UFO in his pick-up truck it delivers some of the most intense low bass I've ever heard on a home theater mix.

 Near Perfection!

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This movie confirmed what we had already learnt from "Duel", "Jaws" and "Sugarland Express", that Steven Spielberg was going to be one of the most significant directors to come from tinseltown. Yes he can't hit gold everytime but he certainly did with this one.

As per usual the casting in Spielberg movies is generally spot on as it is here and the script is assured and well executed.

I won't hinder too much on the movie as most of you will know it well enough anyway, safe to say this is a true classic.

You're more interested in the Blu-ray transfer quality side of things aren't you.................................................................

Sony Pictures have come up trumps yet again and are fast establishing themselves as the best at HD transfers especially when visiting the archives of classic cinema.

This movie comes with a MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p 2.35:1 framed transfer of the highest quality. Speilberg himself approved the final transfer on all 3 versions included on this release. Now you must appreciate that Spielberg is a true lover of the art of cinema and in particular film itself, so we do have an abundance of film grain but it is purely filmic and remember it's supposed to look like that, this movie is very much of it's time.

The detail is stunning and I was astounded by the detail haboured within the blacks and shadows, I can't detect any crushing or artifacting either. This movie looks incredible I have never seen HD Video look as much like actual film as this release.

It would of been a travesty if this title would have been butchered or compromised by digital enhancing and DNR techniques, the grain structure shows that Sony were not willing to compromise detail in any way and it looks spectacular.

Skin tones are natuaral and warm with fine foreground detail. This looks as near to source material as you could get and trounces the DVD release currently on offer.

THIS DISC IS REFERENCE QUALITY - Highly recommended.

 Near Perfection!

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This movie confirmed what we had already learnt from "Duel", "Jaws" and "Sugarland Express", that Steven Spielberg was going to be one of the most significant directors to come from tinseltown. Yes he can't hit gold everytime but he certainly did with this one.

As per usual the casting in Spielberg movies is generally spot on as it is here and the script is assured and well executed.

I won't hinder too much on the movie as most of you will know it well enough anyway, safe to say this is a true classic.

You're more interested in the Blu-ray transfer quality side of things aren't you.................................................................

Sony Pictures have come up trumps yet again and are fast establishing themselves as the best at HD transfers especially when visiting the archives of classic cinema.

This movie comes with a MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p 2.35:1 framed transfer of the highest quality. Speilberg himself approved the final transfer on all 3 versions included on this release. Now you must appreciate that Spielberg is a true lover of the art of cinema and in particular film itself, so we do have an abundance of film grain but it is purely filmic and remember it's supposed to look like that, this movie is very much of it's time.

The detail is stunning and I was astounded by the detail haboured within the blacks and shadows, I can't detect any crushing or artifacting either. This movie looks incredible I have never seen HD Video look as much like actual film as this release.

It would of been a travesty if this title would have been butchered or compromised by digital enhancing and DNR techniques, the grain structure shows that Sony were not willing to compromise detail in any way and it looks spectacular.

Skin tones are natuaral and warm with fine foreground detail. This looks as near to source material as you could get and trounces the DVD release currently on offer.

THIS DISC IS REFERENCE QUALITY - Highly recommended.

 Great film! blu ray not the best!

| | See all Serenity1's reviews (3)

Before i start, i love this film and i know how old it is but there is some awesome scenes in this blu ray that look amazing! and then there is some that just look plain bad!
I understand its harder to perfect older films but i also own blade runner which just looks great in blu ray and has no faults in my humble opinion. So why such big differences, who knows?
The sound is amazing, its as though the aliens are landing in your home lol!
Its worth a buy but be aware the picture quality is grainy is some parts and amazing in others!
Movie 10/10
blu ray 7/10

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ActorsRichard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Cary Guffey, Shawn Bishop, Adrienne Campbell, Justin Dreyfuss, Lance Henriksen, Merrill Connally, Francois Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, J. Patrick McNamara, Warren J. Kemmerling & Carl Weathers
DirectorSteven Spielberg
CertificatePG
Year1977
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio
SubtitlesArabic ; Bulgarian ; Croatian ; Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English ; Finnish ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Hindi ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Romanian ; Slovene ; Swedish ; Turkish
Duration6 Hours and 44 Minutes (approx)