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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Poster

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On the VHS version when E.T. is watching the Tom and Jerry cartoon, he gasps and starts yelling. The original version and 20th anniversary have him scream like he's scared after the gasp.
The 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray edition restores the footage with guns.
A special 20th Anniversary edition (with a digitally remixed soundtrack, additional footage and computer-generated enhancements to existingscenes) was released in March 2002. It included the following include the following changes:
  • a new, CGI-enhanced scene showing E.T. and Elliot taking a bath together. The scene was originally scrapped because Spielberg thought the animatronic effects weren't up to par;
  • for the "E.T. phone home" dialogue scenes, CGI has been used to make E.T.'s lips movement match the words more closely;
  • a longer version of the Halloween sequence;
  • in the original release, the government agents pursuing E.T. and Elliot had weapons in their hands; the new edition digitally replaces them with walkie-talkies/
  • changes in dialogue: Elliot's mother's prohibition to go trick-or-treating dressed as "a terrorist" has been changed to "a hippie"
Both versions will be included on the Special Edition DVD that will follow the theatrical re-release.
In the original theatrical release of this film, in the scene where E.T. is drinking and getting Elliot drunk, Elliot used chalk and began drawing on thin air. This scene was later cut from video and subsequent theatrical releases, but is pictured in The E.T. Storybook.
In the original cut, Elliot and his mom go to the principal after the frog incident. The principal was played by Harrison Ford, the screenwriter's husband. Allegedly the scene was cut because too much attention was brought to Ford, and not to the scene. The scene is not restored in the 2002 edition.
In the original VHS copy of the movie (the classic black and green plastic) the now infamous terrorist line was simply supplanted with "You can't get dressed up like THAT" and not the terrorist line OR the hippie line of the 20th anniversary edition.
The 20th anniversary DVD version features a computer enhanced ET running through the forest escaping government agents at the start of the film. The enhanced version gives a clear view of ET standing on top of a hill watching his ship soar into the sky

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