Steven Spielberg's classic film is back now on this never-before-released Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Disc which includes all three versions of the sci-fi blockbuster. Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who along with several other stunned bystanders experience a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, much to the dismay of his wife and family. Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have close encounters of the second kind - discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in unusual places. Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote area where he and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind - contact.
The first Steven Spielberg film to arrive on a high definition format, there√ïs something fittingly comprehensive about the Blu-ray release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind that befits such a strong, high-profile disc.
The reason for that is that three different cuts of Close Encounters are presented in this terrific set; there√ïs the original cinematic version that debuted in 1977, the different cut that surfaced in the 80s, and Spielberg√ïs final take on the film from the late 90s.
It√ïs arguable that each of the three has its highs and lows, and there√ïs something fascinating about comparing the trio too.