To mark the film’s 40th anniversary in 2018, fans will be able to relive the enchantment of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial exclusively in IMAX. A one-week IMAX re-release of the restored picture will begin on August 12th. IMAX has released a new teaser for the upcoming cinematic re-release of the famous 1980s film, which contains music by John Williams, who won an Oscar for his work on the picture. For example, Henry Thomas as Elliot (Henry Thomas) lays out Reeses Pieces for E.T. to follow him in this clip. E.T.’s discovery by Elliot’s brothers, Halloween, and the classic “E.T. phone home” phrase are seen in the trailer’s second half.
Elliot is shown riding a bicycle in the night sky with the silhouette of E.T. against the moon as the trailer ends. Amblin Entertainment, the production business founded by Spielberg, still uses the iconic scene of the film as its logo. Re-releases of E.T. the Extraterrestrial and Jaws will be accompanied by IMAX’s re-releases of both films this summer. Jaws, as opposed to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, will be released on September 2 in RealD 3D allowing spectators to relive the original experience. When E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was first released in 1982, it was met with universal praise and went on to become a cultural touchstone.
Best sound, best visual effects, best sound effects editing, and best original score were all given to the film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Once E.T. was eclipsed by Jurassic Park in 1993, it remained the highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing even Star Wars, for more than a decade. The first theatrical re-release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial began in 1983, followed by one in 2002 to mark the film’s twentieth anniversary. Some of the alterations made to the picture for its release in 2002, such as the use of computer-generated imagery to enhance the character of E.T. and the substitution of walkie-talkies for firearms by federal officials, sparked criticism.
As seen by the new teaser, the new digital remaster will most likely come from the 1982 release that was so beloved by moviegoers back then. E.T. still connects with viewers 40 years after the movie was released. The much-loved classic will now be made available in IMAX to a whole new audience. On August 12, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will be released in IMAX cinemas exclusively.