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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition

Ultimate Edition
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 127 (Jan 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon & Francois Truffaut

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include a three-part The Making Of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (39 minutes, 48 minutes, and 15 minutes); the original theatrical trailer; the Special Edition trailer; an interview with Steven Spielberg: 30 Years Of Close Encounters (21 minutes); a vintage 1977 promotional featurette Watch The Skies (six minutes); and the 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition Trailer. Also, on Disc One of the Blu-ray Disc is View From Above, which provides in-movie pop-up graphics that point out differences in the Special Edition and Director

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 21268
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

For some intense Sci-Fi action, mild language and thematic elements
(Retail Price): $39.95
(DVD Type): Three-Disc Set: DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 135/132/137
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1977
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/13/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Steven Spielberg
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Winner of Academy Awards

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.34:1 DVD exhibits a sharp image, with colors that look less dated than the previously released DVD. Black levels are deep and solid, and shadow delineation is nicely rendered. Fleshtones look natural, although there are still times when they can look somewhat reddish. Shimmering and compression artifacts can be noticed on occasion, but they are not overly distracting. The picture looks quite dimensional, and the edge enhancement that was noticeable in the previous release has been completely removed. (Danny Richelieu)

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