Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

DVD - 2002
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Roy Neary witnesses the arrival of flying saucer from an alien world. Thus begins an incredible series of events, culminating in the ultimate encounter with other-worlders as Neary is led aboard the awesome Mothership.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2002
Edition: Collector's ed
ISBN: 9780767898799
0767898796
Branch Call Number: DVD CLO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 137 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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ManMachine
Apr 26, 2019

Yep. This very pretty, often spectacular, display of bright, colored lights was almost completely ruined by the Roy Neary character and his anal obsession with building a sculpture of the Devil's Tower in his living room.

Another thing that lost this film some major points was its blatant (and very unwelcome) "in-your-face" advertisement plugs for such big-name companies as - MacDonalds, Shell, Coca-Cola, Piggly Wiggly, and Budweiser Beer.

Even though the aliens (whose dreadfully cheap appearance made Gumby look awesome by comparison) were presented as being a peaceful, friendly bunch, I thought that the "mother-ship" which they arrived in looked very treacherous and threatening, just like a warship.

But, with that all said - I really thought that the Devil's Tower in Wyoming was a wonderful location and rendezvous point for the humans to meet up with the aliens, though - Don't you?

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jmreid1220
Apr 12, 2019

Ah, memories. I saw this on a family outing to a drive-in theater in the mid 70's.

The theater was fairly close to a small airport, which made for some interesting moments.

A few years ago, we finally visited Devil's Tower in Wyoming. I did hum the theme song a few times, of course.

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OurKnightsTale
Nov 16, 2018

Great classic!

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akirakato
Jan 23, 2018

Written and directed by Steven Spielberg in 1977, this American SF drama tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object.
The visual effects appear fascinating with the otherworldly aliens.
Although the film seems slow-paced at first, the climax looks great and dreamlike.

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sandra80
Oct 31, 2017

One of my all time favorites!

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Gwen904
Oct 31, 2017

Okay, this movie was… pretty stupid. Like, the main character keeps seeing this weird mountain in every mound of whatever? Seriously? I would not watch this film again, nor would I recommend it to anyone.

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pca73macdonald
Feb 18, 2017

Very Scary!

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DerekStl
Sep 24, 2016

The Mother of all space movies if you let me tell it. This movie set the standard for alien coming to earth movies. Great on so many levels. A must see!!

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SpaceAngel
May 19, 2015

Here are three good reasons why I only gave this old-school, Sci-Fi picture 2 stars -

(1) The scene with Roy and the mashed potatoes (and him desperately looking around at his family at the dinner table and saying, while pointing to the mound of potatoes - "This means something.") was particularly idiotic, to say the least.

(2) It made absolutely no sense to me why these aliens would be so braindead as to actually go ahead and dump a full-sized ocean-liner into the middle of the Gobi Desert. Is that stupid, or what!? (Hello!? Now, how the heck were the humans supposed to haul a gigantic sucker like that over to the nearest ocean?)

(3) It really killed me that before the team of volunteers went so bravely ahead, parading themselves on over to the aliens' ship, that a Catholic priest was suddenly present on hand in order to give them all "god's" blessing and a bon voyage, to boot. Ha! That was a total howl, and a half!

Like, didn't director Steven Spielberg even have enough common sense to realize the sheer stupidity of including such a ridiculous "religious" scene as the likes of that into a film about aliens landing on Earth? Talk about a pack of totally clueless and misdirected nonsense to the 10th power!

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Libraryman1_0
May 16, 2014

I echo what Overcooked cookies said! A visually amazing movie that isnt JUST special effects, but also a great story added makes this movie a masterful work of cinema by Director Stephen Spielberg. A grand sense of awe and wonder prevails throughout the progression of this movie, and you get a sense of the situation the central character, played by Richard Dreyfuss finds himself a part of. One of the very best science fiction films out there today, and while it is no STAR WARS in it's own indominable way, it magically enwraps you, and enchants!

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