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Close Encounters of the Third Kind [DVD Boxset] [2-Disc Collector's Edition]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical Release: November 16, 1977 The film was shot in India, Alabama, and Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is number 64 on the American Film Institute's list of Americas 100 Greatest Movies. The small, lithe aliens were played by young girls who Steven Spielberg believed were more graceful than boys. A close encounter of the first kind is when a UFO is sighted. Close encounters of the second kind involve the discovery of physical evidence, and close encounters of the third kind are contact with extraterrestrials. Although actor Richard Dreyfuss won the Oscar for Best Actor that year, he got it for THE GOODBYE GIRL, not for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. The laserdisc features interviews with Spielberg, composer John Williams, and special effects man Douglas Trumbull, as well as previously edited material. In 1980, Steven Spielberg issued a reedited version of the film entitled THE SPECIAL EDITION. He shortened some scenes and added a sequence at the end showing the interior of the mother ship. Estimated budget: $20 million. When CLOSE ENCOUNTERS was released in 1977, it quickly became Columbia Pictures' most profitable film, eventually taking in $166 million at the domestic box office and $338 million worldwide. Because Spielberg really wanted the story to surprise spectators, he kept a closed set during production and requested that the actors stay mum about the film's content. One working title of the film was WATCH THE SKIES.

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

    • Rating - For some intense sci-fi action, mild language and thematic elements
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 12649

  • 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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