Every time I see a piece of news about late summer and fall Blu-ray releases a little part of my wallet weeps. It is going to be a costly few months and shit like this only reinforces that opinion. A couple of really cool nuggets have come in for the E.T. and JAWS releases. First up, and coming soon, is JAWS.
UNIVERSAL has released a new trailer for the release which gives you a rundown of all the features of the new disc (things like 6x resolution upgrade, the new 7.1. audio mix, new documentary about the film, and so on).
Here is a full list of features:
All-new The Shark is Still Working: The Impact & Legacy of Jaws feature-length documentary
Two-hour The Making of Jaws documentary
– Jaws: The Restoration
– From the Set
Jaws Archives that features “storyboards, production photos, and marketing materials, as well as a special segment on the Jaws phenomenon”
Original theatrical trailer
One thing that just needs to be said about this release and the E.T. release, hell… even the JURASSIC PARK trilogy release, is that Spielberg really needs to start doing some commentaries. I am not sure why he has such reluctance to that idea. He has told long stories about the chance to learn from those he idolized and how he could listen to them for hours, you would think that would lend itself to the free-forum he would have on commentaries to provide that type of experience to those that hold his film in such high regard. Anyway, enough jibber-jabber, back on track.
Next up is a cool breakdown of the special features that are going to be available on the E.T. Blu-ray, along with some packaging that instantly brought me back to seeing this film for the first time. Fuck, I hope this actually exists. Look at this…
I refuse to believe that is real until I see something more formal than a yYoutube video or it magically appears on my doorstop (looking at you Universal). Hey, a kid can dream right?
Here’s the full list of special features on the E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Blu-ray:
The E.T. Journals: In this all-new bonus feature, retrace the day-to-day experience of creating E.T from never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage shot by Academy Award®-winning cinematographer John Toll. This piece will give viewers a unique feeling of being on the set and living the excitement of what it was like to make E.T.
Steven Spielberg & E.T.: Watch an all-new interview with Steven Spielberg, as he reflects back on the film and discusses his experience working with the actors, as well as his overall and current perspective on E.T.
· Deleted Scenes: Two scenes from 2002 version of the film.
· A Look Back: A special insider’s look into the making of E.T. featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, the cast, and others intimately involved with the film.
· The E.T. Reunion: The cast and filmmaker reunite to discuss their thoughts on the impact of the film.
· The Evolution and Creation of E.T.: From idea to screenplay, through casting and making the film.
· The Music of E.T.: A Discussion with John Williams: Interviews and footage focused on the long-standing relationship between John Williams and Steven Spielberg.
· The 20th Anniversary Premiere: Composer John Williams played the score of E.T. live at the Shrine Auditorium for the re-release premiere of E.T. This featurette gives us a behind the scenes look at this presentation.
· Original Theatrical Trailer
· Special Olympics TV spot
· Designs, Photographs and Marketing
E.T. Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux
E.T. Designs by Carlo Rambaldi
Spaceship Designs by Ralph McQuarrie
Designs by Production Illustrator Ed Verreaux
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