We’ve known for a while that Spielberg’s masterpiece E.T. would be arriving on Blu-Ray sometime this year for its 30th Anniversary. We’ve also known, thanks to the Spielberg Q&A at last year’s screening of Raiders, that the Blu-Ray would only contain the original 1982 version of the movie and not the 2002 Special Edition. All of that is now confirmed as Universal has set an October 9th release date for the disc.
The disc will be packed full of special features, but don’t let the “deleted scenes” deceive you. The famous Harrison Ford cameo and alternate ending are not included on this release. Two delete scenes are included, but they’re just the additions to the 2002 Special Edition.
There will also be a deluxe version of the release exclusive to Amazon that includes the Blu-Ray in a replica of E.T.’s ship that plays the John Williams’ theme when you open it to get the disc: