Steven Spielberg releases original E.T.
In a new DVD release of E.T. Steven Spielberg has reverted unpopular alterations he made for the 20th anniversary edition in 2002.
He is everyone's favourite alien, but Steven Spielberg didn't seem completely happy with his original cut of the film E.T. Using CGI technology, the director made significant changes to the movie for the 20th anniversary release in 2002.
One of the main alterations was the scene where Elliott and his friends take off into the air on bikes. The policemen on the ground originally had guns but Spielberg changed them to walkie-talkies. Another change was to the script, where Elliott's mother says he looks like a 'terrorist' in his Halloween costume. Post 9/11, Spielberg decided to change it to 'hippie'.
The changes were generally unpopular and people accused the director of trying to sanitise his movie.
Now, for the film's 30th anniversary, these changes will be reverted. Due to be released on Blu-ray in October, the version will still feature the altered moments under 'deleted scenes' in the DVD extras.
Spielberg spoke of the film's changes last year: "There's going to be no more digital enhancements or digital additions to anything based on any film I direct ... When people ask me which E.T. they should look at, I always tell them to look at the original 1982 E.T."
The director followed a trend for movies created pre-CGI to be tinkered with. George Lucas also famously made around 100 changes to his Star Wars series. The director corrected errors, changed the way light sabres looked and added sections of dialogue.