The audio is equally impressive, with a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack that makes the most of John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score. In a way, the music is the dominant element, effectively conveying so much of the story’s emotional impact. It was important for the score to be featured as prominently as it is. Effects are well placed in the surrounds, never overwhelming what is, all things considered, a relatively simple audio presentation. All channels spring to life at appropriate times, especially early on when E.T.’s spaceship rockets away with impressive directionality and rumbling LFE activity. Dialogue is crystal clear at all times. It’s hard to imagine a 30-year-old movie sounding better than this.
In the special feature department, there are a couple of new pieces. “Steven Spielberg & E.T.” is a recently taped interview with the director that runs about 12 minutes. Spielberg mostly covers topics that have been discussed in previous featurettes and interviews, but it’s still nice to have. Much more exciting for fans of the film is “The E.T. Journals,” a two-part featurette that totals 54 minutes. This is similar to the new two-part piece included on the recent Indiana Jones Blu-ray set in that it is entirely vintage, on-the-set footage. It really offers an interesting glimpse into Spielberg’s process as a director. A bunch of pieces are ported over from the 2002 DVD, including more than two hours of featurettes. A standard DVD and codes for digital and UltraViolet copies are included.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial may be the most perfect movie Steven Spielberg has ever made. Though that particular designation could be debated until the cows come home, it would be hard to argue that Spielberg was not working at the very top of his game with this timeless classic.