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USA science fiction 1977 color 135 min.
Director: Steven Spielberg
CAV: $124.95 - available
3 discs, catalog # CC1241L

CLV: $59.95 - available
2 discs, catalog # CC1242L

Long before E.T. and Indiana Jones, before Steven Spielberg became the modern Walt Disney, a brand name and market force, Spielberg was just the world's favorite auteur. Close Encounters is the last, the most important, and the most personal film of that first career. He reassembled his masterpiece several ways, as Orson Welles once did, and for the Criterion disc he made it possible for us to see two different versions in one edition, a laser first!

"The Criterion version has been transfered beautifully, uses the widescreen and has improved the audio." Bob Stephens, San Francisco Examiner

Steven Spielberg's 1977 science fiction blockbuster introduced friendly aliens, rather than hostile bug-eyed beasties, making this 1977 release an overwhelming visual and emotional experience. Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr star, and Francois Truffaut steps in front of the camera. Criterion presents the film in an exclusive widescreen transfer.

Criterion's CAV special edition offers:

  • All footage from both the 1977 and 1980 releases; program your player to watch the version you prefer
  • Video interviews with director Steven Spielberg, special effects whiz Douglas Trumbull, and Oscar-winning composer John Williams
  • Over 1,000 production photos, sketches, and storyboard panels
  • Complete text of several deleted scenes

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