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ET or Not ET - that is the question. . . .

 
Old 05-11-04, 10:25 PM
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ET or Not ET - that is the question. . . .

So the local [NAME DELETED FOR SECURITY PURPOSES] had a handful of the non-special edition of ET for 20 bucks, and the boxed set for 50. I was on the verge of buying one, when common sense got the better of me.

What the hell was I thinking - do I *REALLY* need ET?

So I walked out, but I'm still having second thoughts. I thought I'd bounce it off you guys.

Pros for buying:
* Rounds out my Early Steven Collection. I really liked him back in the 70's and 80's - you know, back when he had Balls and a Vision to put to film.

* Out of print = BIG MONEY, should I decide to sell it someday.

* It *IS* a classic, and I might like it better watching it with adult eyes.

Cons for buying:
* I havent seen it in 20 years now. Now being a youth raised on Steven's more action orientated flicks - Raiders, Jaws and whatnot - I seem to recall not being all that thrilled by it. It's an OK film - or at least was- but it didn't do anything for me.

So, am I just flushing 20 bucks down the toilet? Should I snap up ALL the copies for the future? Am I nuts for dwelling on this long after I've left the store and wasting even MORE time talking about it with you guys?

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Two Words.

Get. It.
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I thought about it too and then I realized, "Hey! This is just friggin' ET! Not the end of the world."

I'm in no rush to pick it up.
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I don't have it either...yet. I don't think this title has a chance of being re-released. I will buy a copy of it sometime in the next couple of months...I can still find it plenty of places. I say buy it...
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I hadn't seen it in about 15 years, bought it used for 10 bucks. No regrets. Good movie, not Jaws, but still good.
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Definitely, get it.
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As it happens, I just watched this again last weekend.

I can't imagine NOT having it in my collection.
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I just picked up a new copy of the ultimate gift set for $24.99 from Spin City, a mall DVD/CD store. They had no idea what they had on their hands. Assuming that's a chain, check them out if there is one near you. Hell of a deal. The UPC scanned at $24.99 so it's in their computer at that price.
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if you want dts on the 1982 version, do not buy the gift set.
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Originally posted by Rypro 525
if you want dts on the 1982 version, do not buy the gift set.
and for a 1982 film the 5.1 soundmix (which was stemed for the 70mm 6-track stereo surround) it is very impressive - the ending with John Williams score emulating from all the speakers is magnificent and breathtaking.
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I think Universal will swap discs and replace the 1982 version from the gift set with the one with DTS.

I am not sure tho.
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Dude, E.T. is so good. One of Spielberg's best, no doubt. Plus, I'm willing to bet most of us here grew up watching this movie (and loving it), yet it's one of those films that didn't suck when you watched it again as an adult.

I may pickup the regular 2-disc, even though I already have the giftset (for the DTS).
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Originally posted by JoeyOhhhh
I think Universal will swap discs and replace the 1982 version from the gift set with the one with DTS.
Anyone have the info on this? [Or at least the link to the thread this was discussed? I'd try searching for "ET", but it's only two letters. I'd try searching for "DVD", but that's only three letters. I'd try searching for "Universal ****-ups", but I don't have all week to read the threads...]
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I may pickup the regular 2-disc, even though I already have the giftset (for the DTS).
this was probably the only disc where I bought both the standard and the Giftset for the DTS.
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Originally posted by Rogue588
Anyone have the info on this? [Or at least the link to the thread this was discussed? I'd try searching for "ET", but it's only two letters. I'd try searching for "DVD", but that's only three letters. I'd try searching for "Universal ****-ups", but I don't have all week to read the threads...]
Searching "E.T." is your friend

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...highlight=e.t.
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Ah ha!

Many thanks
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Get it - ET is the best movie ever and my alltime favorite. YOMV
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Originally posted by Psychlowne
I may pickup the regular 2-disc, even though I already have the giftset (for the DTS).
DTS aside, what's the diff between the two. I imagine that the gift set's 3rd disc is just loaded with supplmental stuff. How much of it is on the 2 disc-er set?
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ET is a movie that is worthy of a purchase.
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Another vote for "YES!"

And can I just say how surprised and relieved I am that everyone has been pretty much saying the same thing? It seems like everytime there's a "Worst Movie Ever" thread, or "Spielberg Appreciation" thread, everyone comes out of seclusion to proclaim E.T. the biggest steaming pile of all time.

I was beginning to think I was trapped in some bizarro alternate universe. Thankfully, I'm back home now. Truly one of the greatest movie experiences of all time.
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You're asking us about your purchasing decisions?

I think you should send me all of your DVDs. I'll distribute them to the poor for you. Then you can watch broadcast TV unemcumbered by these trifling consumer items and not have to spend so much time agonizing about whether you're going to purchase one of them or not.

Free your mind, my friend. Free. Your. MIND.
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I think Universal will swap discs and replace the 1982 version from the gift set with the one with DTS.
Their content is different, though. There's a doc on disc two of the three disc which isn't on anything else.

Also, just to clarify, the two disc is definitely DTS? 'Cause I've seen it said that the specs were wrong on both (I don't have the two-disc to check). The site I saw which said the specs were wrong also said that Universal would trade them in, but they said it was only for the cases where the gift set accidentally came with the wrong Disc Two.

I imagine that the gift set's 3rd disc is just loaded with supplmental stuff. How much of it is on the 2 disc-er set?
The three disc has a fifty minute doc which was edited down to about twenty for the two-disc version, plus an extra doc [I want to say this one was done on-set at the time] on the second disc in place of that twenty minute edit, plus a discussion with John Williams about the making of the score, and there's another doc about, I think, creating the look of the character. Both versions have a "reunion" doc. The three-disc also comes with a bonus disc with the soundtrack, a book on the making of the film (my favorite part), and a film cell.
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