I distinctly remember running out to Best Buy the day this rather slick 2-disc Special Edition of Close Encounters of the Third Kind hit the shelves. I also remember thinking it was a rather stocked DVD set -- but really all I cared about was getting a pretty widescreen version of the (very excellent) flick in digitally-alluring sound. I watched everything the DVD had to offer in two nights -- and it's been sitting on my self ever since! (And I've only seen CE3K about six times!)

Well now here's an excuse to devote a few more nights of my life to Steven Spielberg's third feature film: According to DVDActive.com, a three-disc 30th Anniversary of this wonderfully cool sci-fi movie is scheduled to hit stores on November 13. Wondering if it's worth the upgrade from the Special Edition you already own? Well so am I. Let's take a look at the specs:

For the first time ever, all three versions of CE3K will be available in one set. You'll get the original 1977 theatrical cut, the 1980 "special edition" (eh), and the 1998 Director's Cut, which is probably sitting on a shelf in your house right now. Supplement-wise, here's what you'll get: an all-new interview with writer/director Steven Spielberg (nope, still no commentary track from the master), a retrospective documentary called (cleverly enough) The Making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, some new storyboard comparisons, the original 1977 piece "Watch the Skies," and the film's theatrical trailer -- although those last three goodies will be available only on the Blu-Ray release. And that's a trend I'm really starting to get sick of.

Come to think of it, I may just stick with my current DVD. The movie rocks, the transfer is solid, and the extras are fine. Much as I love this film, I'm getting a little tired of the "HD-only" bait & switch that's becoming an annoying new trend in the DVD marketplace.
categories Features, Cinematical