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Close Encounters of the Third Kind [Blu-ray]

  • PG
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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 Franois 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.

    Academy Awards Best Sound Effects Editing 1977
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1977 Vilmos Zsigmond Hungarian Director of Photography

  • Credits
    Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Franois Truffaut, Francois Truffaut, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, Pat McNamara, Warren Kemmerling, Roberts Blossom, Lance Henriksen, Lance Hendrickson, Lance Henricksen, Carl Weathers
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's[-style] science fiction movie ever made..."
    New York Times

    Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1977"
    New York Times

    "...The only feature to date for which Spielberg has taken sole writing credit, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS is one of his most personal works....The story's primal appeal endures..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...An undisputed classic....It's Richard Dreyfuss's finest hour..."
    Total Film

    "Where the film scores is in its portrayal of an ordinary man, whose brush with the unknown changes his life..."

    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."

    "Steven Spielberg's shining, glowing masterpiece will never wear out its welcome."
    Wall Street Journal

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