Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Special Edition

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The years since 1977 have shrunk Star Wars, but Close Encounters looks more classic than ever, an insane burst of cinematic optimism which somehow combines Disney and '50s SF and the imagery of junk food into the most persuasive (if arrested) version of the American dream yet accomplished. Now Spielberg has added some new special effects, but more importantly, he has cut and altered the central section concerning Dreyfuss' obsession with the image of Devil's Tower, Wyoming. These scenes, formerly hysterical and unconvincing, are now more potent, leaving Truffaut's slightly mannered performance as one of the film's few awkward areas. It is now also easier, following Spielberg's 1941, to see why Close Encounters works so well: the child's bedroom scene where all the toys come alive has more adrenalin in it than a dozen demolitions.

Release details

Duration: 132 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss
François Truffaut
Teri Garr
Melinda Dillon
Bob Balaban
Warren Kemmerling

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Having recently seen this film , I could not help but wonder , the aliens offer back many of the persons they had taken, some of them the American pilots who disapeared in the Bermuda traiangle, some time around 1945/6/7 . Now , they had these pilots since then , but never asked the pilots to do some talking , instead of shatering all that glass with that disturbing noise. these pilots had been with them for around 30 years.