Rent Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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2h 11min
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Synopsis:
When Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses the arrival of alien ships from a distant world, an incredible series of events begins- planes which disappeared during the Second World War are found intact in Mexico, long lost ships mysteriously re-appear in the middle of the desert and people from all around the world, including Neary are convinced that someone is trying to communicate with them. Nearys search to find an answer leads him to take part in the ultimate encounter with the extra-Terrestrials and to board the vast, beautiful Mothership.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , Shawn Bishop, Adrienne Campbell, Justin Dreyfuss, , , , , , , Mary Gafrey
Directors:
Producers:
Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
Writers:
Steven Spielberg, Hal Barwood, Jerry Belson, John Hill, Matthew Robbins
Others:
Vilmos Zsigmond, Joe Alves, Douglas Trumbull, David Horton, Michael Kahn, Matthew Yuricich, Roy Arbogast, Robert Knudson, Buzz Knudson, Robert Glass, Gene Cantamessa, Richard Yuricich, Vilmos Zgismond, Don MacDougall, Steve Katz, Frank Warner, Richard Oswald, Sam Gemette, Gary S Gerlich, Chet Slomka
Studio:
Columbia Tristar
Genres:
Children & Family, Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
Awards:

1979 BAFTA Best Production Design

1978 Oscar Best Cinematography

BBFC:
Release Date:
01/10/2000
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 1977 "Watch the skies" featurette
  • Making of documentary
  • 14 deleted scenes
  • Filmographies
  • Original theatrical preview trailer
  • Special edition trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/12/2007
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovenian, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Steven Spielberg: 30 Years of Close Encounters
  • Storyboard to Scene Comparisons
  • Extensive Photo Gallery
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind Making of Documentary
  • 1977 Featurette "Watch the Skies"
  • Deleted Scenes
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/10/2017
Run Time:
137 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Simplified Mandarin, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Three Kinds of Close Encounters Featurette
  • Steven's Home Videos and Outtakes
  • 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Making-of Documentary
  • Steven Spielberg: 30 Years of Close Encounters
  • 1977 Featurette: "Watch the Skies"
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extensive Photo Gallery
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Theatrical Trailers

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Reviews (2) of Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Keep the memory - don't go back! - Close Encounters of the Third Kind review by AR

Spoiler Alert
07/12/2015

Is it me getting older, or has this film that had us on the edge of our seats in the '70s begun to be dated? Or does it rely too heavily on special effects that we now see through? Characters are looking a little threadbare now, and the scene changes take us away from the human interest. Still a great film, but maybe I would have been better off just bathing in the memory...

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Probably the worst film I have ever seen! - Close Encounters of the Third Kind review by EW

Spoiler Alert
13/10/2020

The acting is appalling and the characters' behaviours are cringingly outdated (as you might expect) but also irritatingly implausible with long scenes of people just gazing vacantly into space with their mouths open. If you make it to the very end of the film the special effects are admittedly quite good, but I suspect Spielberg blew the entire budget on these, as the rest is like watching paint dry! The ending itself left me cold, thinking "keh...is that it?!!" I couldn't remember if I had seen it before, now I know why...there wasn't actually anything much worth remembering!

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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