Los Angeles | Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Some of the changes Steven Spielberg made to E.T. in 2002 made most fans feel that the film was an alien imposter. Now, just in time for its 30th anniversary release, the director plans on reversing his prior CGI alterations.
When the film celebrates its birthday with an original re-release on Blu-ray in October; the altered scenes will be included under a ‘deleted scenes’ feature.
It might be a smart move for the 65-year-old, whose adjustments were deemed unpopular. Some of the changes included a scene where Elliott (Henry Thomas) and his friends ride into the air on their bikes: the policemen on the ground originally had guns, which were swapped for walkie-talkies. He also altered the script, such as when Elliott’s mother says he looks like a ‘terrorist’ in his Halloween costume. Because of 9/11, Spielberg decided that ‘hippie’ would be more politically correct.
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.”