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Re-encountering Close Encounters [Jan. 17th, 2006|02:12 pm]
Tony Grist
I remember Close Encounters as being huge. Seeing it on DVD it turns out to be a surprisingly intimate film about the break-up of a marriage.

There are three early Spielberg films that come straight from the heart.
Close Encounters, E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Since then he's seemed unsure of himself.

Close Encounters is a New Age movie. It thinks that humanity is on the brink of transformation. I guess the New Age is over now. E.T. has given way to the invading Martians of War of the Worlds.

By the way, I don't want to see War of the Worlds. I don't want to watch Spielberg pissing on his younger self. Also it's got Tom Cruise in it.

Close Encounters can be read as a religious allegory. It's about a man who sacrifices everything for the Kingdom of Heaven.

So what happens next? Does Richard Dreyfuss learn the wisdom of the ages, or does he get the anal probe?
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2006-01-17 02:03 pm (UTC)
I just wish I could get the original copy of the film, NOT the director's cut. I liked Dreyfuss disappearing up the ramp and I didn't really need to have all those shots of inside, I didn't want to know. I have my own ideas, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-01-18 01:01 am (UTC)
Guess what, the version I bought the day before yesterday IS the original version. I was waiting for all the gaudy stuff at the end and instead Dreyfuss just sailed off into the wild blue yonder without any fuss.

It came packaged as The Collector's Edition. And it was selling at a knock-down price- £6.99
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2006-01-18 02:25 am (UTC)
Wow, where did you buy that, on line?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-01-18 03:24 am (UTC)
No, it was on sale at our local supermarket.

Nowhere on the box does it explain that it's the original version.
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