After a long and exhaustive restoration effort, a new 4K version of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi epic Close Encounters of the Third Kind is heading back to theaters Friday, just in time to mark the classic's 40th anniversary.
The movie — which stars Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and François Truffaut — was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including for best director for Spielberg and best supporting actress for Dillon. Legendary director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond won an Oscar for the film's cinematography, and Frank E. Warner took home a special achievement award for sound effects editing.
Following a one-week theatrical run, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the new restoration on a three-disc 4K Ultra HD and a limited-edition three-disc 4K Ultra HD “Light and Sound” gift set, and in HD on a two-disc remastered Blu-ray. Both the Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD releases include three restored versions of the film, including the original 1977 theatrical version, the 1980 special edition and the 1997 director’s cut.