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E.T. The Extra Terrestrial 30th Anniversary Edition

For many my age, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was the first movie seen in theatres. I really have no idea if I seen it on the big screen, but I recall watching it A LOT when I was growing up.

I loved the story of friendship and helping those you care about, even with great risk. It sparked talks with friends about what you’d do if you saw an alien. Most of all, for me, this film started my admiration for Drew Barrymore and Steven Spielberg.

This past summer, it came back to theatres for one day, and I jumped at the chance to take the kids. Ahhh, memories of the 80’s!

Well, the adventure is back, this time coming to your home! E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial debuts in a digitaly remastered 30th Anniversary Edition. It will be available on blu-ray combo pack, DVD, Digital copy & UltraViolet on October 9th. Bonus features on this special edition include interviews with the cast and makers, behind the scenes footage, deleted scenes and more!

Interesting facts about the film:

  • Other than Wallace, no adult faces are seen in “E.T.” until well past the film’s halfway mark.
  • “E.T.” became the highest-grossing movie of all time, topping even “Star Wars.” The record would stand until Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” (1993). Including re-releases, “E.T.” has grossed $793 million worldwide.
  • Elliott (Henry Thomas) used Reese’s Pieces to lure the outer-space creature to his home — sales went stratsopheric. The filmmakers had planned to use M&M’s, but the candy’s maker refused the product placement offer.
  •  Sound effects specialist John Roesch said he used a wet T-shirt stuffed with Jell-O to simulate the noise of E.T.’s walk.
  • The doctors and nurses who work on E.T. and Elliott near the movie’s end were actual emergency room technicians.
  • The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture, and won four, for effects and John Williams’ score.

Here’s some other fun activities and recipes to enjoy:

What are your memories of E.T.


Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.



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  1. Love…love…love…E.T. I’m trying to decide if I can show it to my 4 year old yet. I think it might freak him out still. I remember seeing it in the theatre, and being frightened of the part at the beginning where ‘someone’ is running and being chased – before we knew it was E.T. Such a lovely movie.

    1. Ya, I was a little worried about my 4 years olds too. They did cover their faces during that scene, but they loved the movie overall. No nightmares and if you ask them if its scary, they say no. I guess its a moment of ‘ahhh’, but easily forgotten after the story plays out.

  2. My son’s watched it and Mica turned to me and said, “Mom is he real?” I couldn’t believe he’d even think E.T. is real being in 1st grade. 😉 I could see that coming from my 4 year old, not the 7 year old.

    1. Wow, but they do want to believe so much that I think that overshadows the thought that it can’t be. My daughter is the same with the Disney Princesses, I think she knows at the meet and greets that they aren’t actually them, but in the same sense she’ll talk like they 100% are. Such open minds!

  3. Ok don’t laugh, I wanted this movie for my humhum 50ish birthday wich was Saturday but it didn’t go on sale til Tuesday so I told my sister to wait because it’s what I wanted, I think it’s the cutest movie ever and at that time was the only one of it’s kind. Although I wasn’t that young when it came out it brings back a lot of good memories from when I was a happy, healthy young girl and Drew is so cute too, who can forget her first role and ET was so cute and funny!

    1. Awe – this made me smile, Doris!! And, I always love reading your comments, I thank you so much for visiting this space of mine!!

  4. I remember watching this from the back of my parents station wagon at the drive-in theater. I cried so hard when E.T. died!

  5. It was my first movie in theatres, so of course I’m getting it. Such memories!

  6. I was 20 when ET came out in theaters I loved it and when I children were born I had bought the VHS and made sure that they watched it also. they also loved it. they still do to this day and when it is on tv we all watch it together

    1. That is so nice, Nora!
      I *think* we have it on VHS, or did. It’s so nice to have it in this edition though, the bonus features really are great. Years ago I never watched them, yet now it’s one of the first areas of a disc I check out. Love learning more about my fave films!

  7. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Is One Of My Favorite Movies.
    It’s Great To See It Being Released On Blu-ray For Another Generation
    Of Children To Enjoy.
    I First Watched This In The 80’s.I Still Have My VHS Tape Of This Movie.

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