E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: First Look

Our review copy of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: Special Edition turned up in the post this morning. I've taken a very quick look at the main feature for this first look at the disc. We'll be running a full in-depth review of the film and disc soon, but here are my initial impressions...

Picturewise, we have a great transfer. Anamorphic and in the correct aspect ratio, the recent restoration work means the print used is in great shape. Colours are rich with impressively high levels of detail. Blacks are strong and the colour range really gives the film some depth. There are a few minor fleks on the print and a little grain, but no more than any modern film, and the transfer to DVD hasn't introduced any artefacts.

The special edition includes both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS soundtracks. Both are excellent with superb separation and very detailed sound. Dialog is firmly locked to the centre channel with both soundtracks and there's plenty of life spread amongst all speakers and the sub. The DTS soundtrack edges it with a little more definition and sharpness giving the sound a richer feel. Either way a BIG thumbs up.

I had a very quick flick through the extras, there seems to be quite a lot to offer including a promising selection of production sketches. I'll leave whoever is going to review the disc to go into depth on the whole lot.

To round off, I've grabbed some menu shots which are shown below. Enjoy.

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