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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
« on: August 24, 2012, 10:09:35 pm »
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Collector's Edition





Original Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxp32VHaYdE

30th Anniversary Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDSFfphswpY


This is it. This is the Granddaddy of all 'Aliens coming to Earth' movies. There may be a ton of movies that have vastly "superior" FX than Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but none can touch the emotional connection I have with this amazing film. There isn't another film that I have seen more than this one and I still have the same feeling whether it's the 100th time, or the 1000th time as I did the first time I saw this in the theater. This movie, even though I was still in elementary school had such a huge and profound effect on me. There were two roads I could have taken before I saw this: A) Believer or B) Non-believer. I became a believer of extraterrestrial life beyond our universe because of CEOTTK.

How much does this movie effect me now? I get nothing but sheer joy, happiness, wonderment from watching this from start to finish. But it's the last 30 minutes were I still have an out-of-body-experience watching Roy (Richard Dreyfuss) and the rest making contract. It's that scene where the 'Little Green Men' single him out of the line, take hold of his hand and walk him to the Mothership that still to this day, dating all the way back to when I was just a little kid, that I've hoped to have the same experience in my lifetime.

This movie also set me on a course of conspiracy theories and Government cover-ups regarding UFO's and the mysterious Area 51. I've never been so profoundly effected by a movie (other than Star Wars, Duh) as I have been with CEOTTK. If Steven Spielberg had quit being a Film Maker after this, he would still be the King in my book. Just a brillaint piece of film making all around, from the story, the direction, the editing and of course the amazing music given to us by John Williams. Everyone in the cast was perfect, from Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Terri Garr, Bob Balaban, FranÁois Truffaut and Cary Guffey. Hell, even Lance Herinksen was awesome in his blink-and-you'll-miss-part.

Although this set has the Original cut of the movie, I actually prefer the longer, extended cut. I just like the extended scenes as well as when Roy goes into the Mothership. I've heard that Spielberg regretted filming and adding that to the movie. But personally, I absolutely love it. I highly recommend this as a Buy. I had intended to pick up the 30th Anniversary Edition. But I heard horror stories about how the DVD presentation was less than spectacular that the movie itself was cropped. So, I've stayed with my current DVD.

I can talk about this movie forever.....and I probably will, even if no one else comes into this thread.
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Re: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012, 10:10:13 pm »
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Re: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2012, 10:22:32 pm »
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind



I had this Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Poster (along with the Original Star Wars Poster) hanging on my bedroom wall from 1977 and onward...for years. They are both etched in my brain for life.
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Re: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2012, 07:18:00 am »
Making-Of Documentary (1997)



A fantastic look back at the movie in this Documentary that was put together for the DVD Collector's Edition. Everything you've wanted to know about the in's and outs of Close Encounters can be found here. Everything from the story to casting to Production and Post-Production is dissected. Some fascinating stories from Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Terri Garr, Bob Balaban and Cary Guffey as they reminisce about what it was like working on the film. This isn't some lame 10 minute featurette that most DVD's like to throw on as an "extra". This doc is 1 hour and 40 minutes and worth a look. I very rarely watch extras anymore, but I always watch this after every viewing of the film.
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Re: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2012, 07:28:12 am »
I can't give Close Encounter's full praise. There are elements that still get under my skin to bring this down a notch. The two stand out sub-text is Roy's insane drive to get at what has been bothering him. His destroying the house with the make shift mountain, was just odd, putting it lightly. But more important, his abandoning his family just rubbed me the wrong way. So with that is has some dark corners.

For the most part I really like the film. The meeting of the ships at Devils Tower was cool and whole host of little scenes throughout were just iconic and unforgettable.
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Re: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2012, 07:33:01 am »
Your view on that is spot-on and one that Spielberg has gone on record as saying that had he made the film today, he would never have the father leaving his family. Even though this scene was something that I picked up early on as a kid as being wrong, it still doesn't lessen the movie for me. I think because I was a kid that I didn't really have to lock in on that part of the film because I myself was wanting to discover beyond this world and I could relate to his obsession somewhat.
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