‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ Returns to Theaters October 3rd!

Fans will get to enjoy Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic on the big screen before the Blu-ray debuts October 9.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial returns to theaters for one night only October 3
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial returns to theaters for one night only October 3
This fall, movie theater audiences nationwide will "phone home" once again as Steven Spielberg's beloved film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial returns to the big screen in honor of its 30th Anniversary. "TCM Presents E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 30th Anniversary Event" will take place Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. local time, with special matinee screenings in select theaters at 2:00 p.m. local time. Presented by NCM Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Pictures as part of the studio's 100th Anniversary celebration, the event features the all-new, digitally remastered feature film, as well as a special taped introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, who will take audiences through the making of this modern classic. Fans will discover how Spielberg came up with the idea for E.T. and learn what working on the film was like for the film's three young stars. As an added treat, Drew Barrymore, who plays Gertie in the film and who currently co-hosts TCM's The Essentials showcase, shares what the film means to her 30 years later.

Tickets for "TCM Presents E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 30th Anniversary Event" are available now at participating theater box offices and online at FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented using new digital cinema projection systems in more than 560 select movie theaters around the country. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stars Henry Thomas as Elliott, an imaginative boy who meets a lost alien and forges of one of cinema's most endearing friendships. With help from his older brother, Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and little sister, Gertie (Barrymore), Elliott sets out to help the visitor find his way back home before government agents can capture him. Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote co-star.

Released in 1982, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial became the biggest blockbuster of the year, ranking No. 1 over 16 different weekends. Today, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial remains the fourth most successful movie of all time in the domestic box office (adjusted for ticket inflation). Nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Screenplay, the film took home four Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound and Best Music for John Williams' now-iconic score.

"Thirty years ago, Steven Spielberg introduced the world to E.T. - the alien who stole our hearts with a timeless and endearing story about friendship and courage," said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. "Together with TCM and Universal Pictures, Fathom Events invites audiences - young and old - to experience the magic of 'E.T.' once again in movie theaters."

Universal Studios Home Entertainment will celebrate the 30th anniversary of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with the film's Blu-ray release on Tuesday, October 9. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered picture, as well as all-new 7.1 surround sound, the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the 1982 theatrical movie, an all-new interview with Spielberg, and "The E.T. Journals," featuring never-before-seen footage from the set of the film.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released June 11th, 1982 and stars Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, K.C. Martel, Sean Frye, C. Thomas Howell. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg.

Sources: Fathom Events, Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx@kguy He does that... ;)

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  2. Diaigma

    @mcleve02 - Sure do :P

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  3. Nicholaus XX

    @kguy -- You ruined my plan. Lol.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. Nicholaus XX

    @kguy -- Can you take that slap back? Seeing as though I think "Avatar" is actually alright.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag


    @kguy haha it has arrived!!! ;)

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  6. K.Guy

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx *slap* ^^

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    @kguy -- "Avatar" sucks.

    @mcleve02 -- ;).

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- Nah, don't worry about it. I haven't seen the original, either. I've got some catching up to do.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag


    @dan1 haha yeah true... unlike Keev... @kguy That little bastard always virtually slaps the sh*t out of me for hating on his Avatar! haha

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  10. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Okay, sorry for misunderstanding; I thought you weren't agreeing with what I said about Dredd being better than the original 95' movie, Judge Dredd which has a 15% RT score. To me, it looks like a good action flick. I'll probably see it over the weekend.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  11. Dan

    @mcleve02 Yelling? No. Simply shaking my head at your disturbing lack of faith.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman --

    You: Question is: Will it a be a box office hit?
    Me: Eh, I don't know.

    Again, you assume. No, I'm not upset; I'm baffled. There's a hole in their percentage, and I'll find it once I watch the movie.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag


    @ghostman Yeah he did... been yelling at my ass since I first started hating on it! haha

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  14. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I don't what? Dredd is getting good reviews and that upsets you? Didn't @dan1 once say that Dredd will be "this year's sleeper hit"?

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  15. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- It's alright, in my book.

    @ghostman -- Eh, I don't know.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag


    @ghostman Yeah... I don't really know what it is... just everything... I prefer here! Or other top secret areas!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  17. Ghostman

    @mcleve02 Only problem I have with RT is that they sometimes categorize a review wrong. Their was a "fresh" review from a critic who gave the film a B-, RT put it in the "Rotten" category.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ghostman We'll know on the week it performs

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag


    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I will say that I hate Rotten Tomatoes overall...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  20. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx For once, a remake is better than the original
    Judge Dredd-1995 (15%) http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/judge_dredd/

    I'm excited and can't wait to see Dredd; based off the trailers and the high amounts of positive reviews, this looks like a great action movie! Question is: Will it a be a box office hit?

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  21. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- They were alright, I guess. I just think Rotten Tomatoes either overrates, or underrates, most of the time. They're kind of inconsistent with their own ratings, too.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  22. Nicholaus XX

    @dan1 -- Yeah, I really liked "Prometheus" shortly after seeing it. But, over time, the love wears off. As far as summer blockbusters go, it's a really good movie. But, it's nothing more than that. I still gave it a 7/10, if that says anything.

    Yeah, especially seeing how they reacted to the end of "The Grey". Besides the script(dialogue, plot line, and characters included), I didn't have an issue with "Prometheus". The special effects were fantastic, and two of the actors gave great performances(I'm sure you know who I'm talking about). The entertainment value was there, but the pacing got a little uneven towards the end. And then you have the little bits of blood/gore(?). Need I say more?

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag


    @ejk1@dan1@diaigma I don't know guys, do you think were cool! ;)

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  24. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    When it comes to TDKR, I agree to disagree

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  25. Dan

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Agreed.

    Also- I liked Prometheus. I think people will forgive it more if part 2 actually feeds them more answers. I personally like ambiguity, but I know how crazy that drives some people.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mcleve02 Yup. They would bury you in a barrage of comments if you cross them unwisely

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. Nicholaus XX

    @dan1 -- Oh, don't get me wrong, "The Hunger Games" and "The Dark Knight Rises" were alright, but that kind of percentage is an overstatement - especially for "The Dark Knight Rises"; it was plot hole galore. For every plot hole in "Prometheus", "The Dark Knight Rises" had two, and that's saying A LOT.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag


    @dan1 Well said sir!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

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