The classic Spielberg movie about an alien that just wants to phone home celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), was nominated for nine academy awards and was the number one film in the country for sixteen weeks – to name only a couple of its extraordinary accomplishments.
To celebrate, TCM and Fathom Events are bringing the film back for a special screening at theaters across the country. On October 3, 2012, over 560 theaters will be screening E.T. With a matinee at 2 pm and an evening screening at 7 pm (local time), this is a one-day only special event.
The screening includes the digitally re-mastered feature in state-of-the-art digital projection, as well as a new introduction by TCM’s own Ben Mankiewicz. Audiences will get a new look into the making of the film, plus a special interview with Drew Barrymore, about the movie that launched her Hollywood career 30 years ago.
This event continues the ongoing celebration of Universal Studios’ 100th Anniversary. E.T. will also be released for the first time on Blu-ray on October 9th. This following the recent re-release of another Universal/Spielberg classic, Jaws , which we covered in the News here recently: it screened at the Cinemark Fall Classic Film Series at the end of August.
Universal is covering more than its Spielberg classics, however. Planned for a November 6th release is a 25-film box set of new Blu-ray editions of some of the studios’ other classics. Of course, you’ll still get other Spielberg efforts (they’re unavoidable) like Jurassic Park (1993), but also Dracula (1931), Spartacus (1960) and Field of Dreams (1989).
If you’re a fan of the studio’s horror history (or you’re looking for your Halloween fix), you’re apt to be disappointed in the collection’s lack of classic B movie-Horror: the stuff that Universal Studios built its foundation on. However, some interesting extra features in the set, including a doc on founder Carl Laemmle, and a set of vintage cartoons including “Wax Works” (1934) and “Spooks” (1930), both of which spoof the classic Universal monsters, might make the purchase worth your while.