Now on Blu-ray from Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment along with amazing director Steven Spielberg comes the 1982 iconic and classic film — “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.”

Elliot (Henry Thomas), Michael (Robert MacNaughton) and Gertie (Drew Barrymore) are living with their mother Mary (Dee Wallace) in a family suburb. Hanging out with friends Greg (K.C. Martel), Steve (Sean Frye) and Tyler (C. Thomas Howell) there is a night of pizza and fun.

Elliot discovers something weird in their backyard and trying to get his brother’s help turns into nothing being found. The young boy isn’t about to give up and discovers a creature bringing him inside the house.

Faking illness and Mom going crazy getting everyone out of the house in the morning. Elliot spends time with the creature having no fear of his presence. Later in the day, he brings Michael and Gertie in on his secret and they are drawn to the creature as well. Elliot informs them both he is keeping E.T. and wants to help him reach out of his own kind.

What Elliot and the others don’t know is that a man with keys on his belt (Peter Coyote) is also looking for E.T. Using listening devices, a van roams the streets listening to see if anyone has had contact with the short, stubby creature.

As Elliot and E.T.’s connection grows stronger, he understands that E.T. must reach out to his people so they can come back for him. Elliot also becomes aware that his friend is becoming sick the longer he stays on Earth. All too quickly the alien seeking agency takes over Elliot’s house and now it seems both Elliot and E.T. need saving.

That’s what friends do for friends!

Thomas as Elliot is still the face of an innocent young boy who immediately engages with E.T. There isn’t any fear of being harmed but instead the love of a friendship that grows quickly. Thomas continues all these years later to be the face of a young man who believes and anyone who watches this performance will believe as well.

Barrymore as Gertie is spunky, doesn’t take any garbage from her brothers and has a motherly feel for E.T. She is hilarious and a sister who knows that her brother’s friend is someone very special. MacNaughton as Michael isn’t keen at first to Elliot keeping E.T. but begins to understand that he needs their protection, which includes his buddies.

Wallace as Mary is a woman still getting over a divorce and raising three kids. Unaware of who is living in her home; by the time she is aware all heck breaks loose. K.C. Martel, Sean Frye and C. Thomas Howell are funny as Michael’s friends but equally cool when they are called upon to help their new friend.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has just added an amazing film to their library and making it available for us all to experience and re-experience in our own home theatres. There are films of every genre available from scary to drama to family films. For more of what they have to offer please visit www.uphe.com.

The Blu-ray gift set features premium packaging with a re-mastered CD soundtrack from the original Grammy Award-winning album, as well as more than three hours of bonus features. There is a collector’s booklet with behind-the-scenes stories and rare images from archives. Also included is a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack along with the Blu-ray and Digital HD.

The 4K Ultra HD movie on disc one contains the 4X sharper picture than HD, HDR (High Dynamic Range) for brilliant brights and deepest darks, finally immersive audio for a multi-dimensional sound experience. The Blu-ray’s three hour bonus features include “Deleted Scenes,” “Steven Spielberg & E.T.,” “The E.T. Journal,” “A Look Back,” “The Evolution and Creation of E.T.,” “The E.T. Reunion,” “The Music of E.T.: A Discussion with John Williams,” “The 20th Anniversary Premier,” “Designs,” “Photographs and Marketing” and “Theatrical Trailer.”

“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” will always, and I mean always, be a classic family film. A film for all ages this is a story of an amazing friendship, the emotional struggles of a broken family and knowing that buddies don’t ask why when help is needed. Spielberg brought a film that embraces the frailties of human nature yet the strength to do what is right.

In 1982, when E.T. showed up in theaters, it was pure magic and seeing it on the big screen brought out deep emotions in us all. Now, with the ability to practically have a big screen in our homes, E.T. returns once again to remind us all how we felt then. I am amazed that it still brings out those feelings but that is what makes “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” iconic but most importantly — beloved.

The is a film for any one’s home entertainment library because it has no age requirement to enjoy a good story, humor, friendship, family, love and most of all a little alien who will forever be known as E.T.

In the end — this is a story that touched the world!

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Jeri Jacquin

Jeri Jacquin covers film, television, DVD/Bluray releases, celebrity interviews, festivals and all things entertainment.