Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Blu-ray Disc - 2017 | 4K Ultra HD., 40th anniversary edition.
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When power repairman Roy Neary witnesses the arrival of flying saucers near his Indiana home, a chain of events is set into action that leads to contact with the benevolent aliens and their Mothership.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
Edition: 4K Ultra HD., 40th anniversary edition.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray 4K FIC Close
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 135 min.) : sound, colour ; 12 cm
digital,optical,surround,5.1 DTS-HD Master audio,4 K Ultra HD
video file,4 K Ultra HD,region 1
Language Note: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese language tracks with English, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish subtitles.

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richmole
Nov 26, 2019

A golden oldie, but it's aged extremely well--even most of the special effects, and especially those air-borne craft that keep zinging along. Spielberg's secret? Fly 'em at night, not during the day, so the lights suggest more than they reveal. Very clever.

It really is Steven's movie, too, because he wrote the script as well as directed the action. (He doesn't always, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan were written by others.)

How good is this, more than 30 years later?

Just Excellent.

If I created a list of my top 10 sci-fi movies--it'd be right up there, even after all this time. Here's one of Steven Spielberg's secrets: it's not so much about the aliens (or, "monsters") instead, it's about HUMAN BEINGS and the effect the visitation has on us, as individuals. Thus, incredibly poignant--even moreso than when Spielberg later used the same approach in his remake of War of the Worlds (little 10 year old Dakota Fanning steals every scene she's in.)

Who can forget obsessed Roy Neary, staring at his mashed potatoes murmuring, "This is important..."? HIs wife, Ronnie who, in desperation, packs up the kids and splits? It's not the aliens she's terrified of--it's her husband!

Moreover, it's not an us-against-them creature feature. It's a mystery story. The first 20 minutes is about as good as it gets in movie mysteries. Spielberg just sucks us in.

Loved it then. Love it now.
(and this is the package to get--2 discs, director's cut and lots of 'how" and "why" features included.)

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ManMachine
Apr 26, 2019

Yep. This very pretty, often spectacular, display of bright, colored lights was almost completely ruined by the Roy Neary character and his anal obsession with building a sculpture of the Devil's Tower in his living room.

Another thing that lost this film some major points was its blatant (and very unwelcome) "in-your-face" advertisement plugs for such big-name companies as - MacDonalds, Shell, Coca-Cola, Piggly Wiggly, and Budweiser Beer.

Even though the aliens (whose dreadfully cheap appearance made Gumby look awesome by comparison) were presented as being a peaceful, friendly bunch, I thought that the "mother-ship" which they arrived in looked very treacherous and threatening, just like a warship.

But, with that all said - I really thought that the Devil's Tower in Wyoming was a wonderful location and rendezvous point for the humans to meet up with the aliens, though - Don't you?

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jmreid1220
Apr 12, 2019

Ah, memories. I saw this on a family outing to a drive-in theater in the mid 70's.

The theater was fairly close to a small airport, which made for some interesting moments.

A few years ago, we finally visited Devil's Tower in Wyoming. I did hum the theme song a few times, of course.

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OurKnightsTale
Nov 16, 2018

Great classic!

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akirakato
Jan 23, 2018

Written and directed by Steven Spielberg in 1977, this American SF drama tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object.
The visual effects appear fascinating with the otherworldly aliens.
Although the film seems slow-paced at first, the climax looks great and dreamlike.

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sandra80
Oct 31, 2017

One of my all time favorites!

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Gwen904
Oct 31, 2017

Okay, this movie was… pretty stupid. Like, the main character keeps seeing this weird mountain in every mound of whatever? Seriously? I would not watch this film again, nor would I recommend it to anyone.

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pca73macdonald
Feb 18, 2017

Very Scary!

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DerekStl
Sep 24, 2016

The Mother of all space movies if you let me tell it. This movie set the standard for alien coming to earth movies. Great on so many levels. A must see!!

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SpaceAngel
May 19, 2015

Here are three good reasons why I only gave this old-school, Sci-Fi picture 2 stars -

(1) The scene with Roy and the mashed potatoes (and him desperately looking around at his family at the dinner table and saying, while pointing to the mound of potatoes - "This means something.") was particularly idiotic, to say the least.

(2) It made absolutely no sense to me why these aliens would be so braindead as to actually go ahead and dump a full-sized ocean-liner into the middle of the Gobi Desert. Is that stupid, or what!? (Hello!? Now, how the heck were the humans supposed to haul a gigantic sucker like that over to the nearest ocean?)

(3) It really killed me that before the team of volunteers went so bravely ahead, parading themselves on over to the aliens' ship, that a Catholic priest was suddenly present on hand in order to give them all "god's" blessing and a bon voyage, to boot. Ha! That was a total howl, and a half!

Like, didn't director Steven Spielberg even have enough common sense to realize the sheer stupidity of including such a ridiculous "religious" scene as the likes of that into a film about aliens landing on Earth? Talk about a pack of totally clueless and misdirected nonsense to the 10th power!

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