Steven Spielberg’s epic 1982 film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, had its 30 birthday this year. To celebrate, Universal Studios Home Entertainment is bringing the film to Blu-ray for the first time ever. The set will hit homes on October 9, but until then, Universal has been kind enough to bring us a couple of clips from E.T.’s most poignant moments to share with avid fans.

The first clip follows one of Gertie and Elliot’s earlier moments with the alien dubbed E.T. The epic “phone home” line is uttered and we get to see how E.T. gets his ideas from an unlikely source: a comic strip.

The second clip comes much later and features a tearful scene between Drew Barrymore’s Gertie and E.T. that the young actress capably pulls off. I think this goes a little without saying, but if you haven’t seen the movie, you probably want to avoid this one. Otherwise you’ll end up as woeful as my sister, who inadvertently learned the ending to The Great Gatsby during an episode of Pan Am.



The upcoming E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition set won’t be your average Blu-ray release. The flick will feature a brand new interview with Steven Spielberg, as well as a featurette called “E.T. Journals” which will include some never-before-seen footage from the set. You can check out the full list, below.

E.T. Blu-ray Special Features
  • The E.T. Journals:
  • Steven Spielberg & E.T. interview
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Look Back: .
  • The E.T. Reunion
  • The Evolution and Creation of E.T.
  • The Music of E.T.: A Discussion with John Williams
  • The 20th Anniversary Premiere
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Special Olympics TV spot
  • Designs, Photographs and Marketing
    E.T. Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux
    E.T. Designs by Carlo Rambaldi
    Spaceship Designs by Ralph McQuarrie
    Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux
    Production Photographs
    Marketing E.T.

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