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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    83
    from 3 reviewers
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    1977
    138 min
    PG
    True 4K
    HDR10

    Director: Steven Spielberg

    Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

    Plot: Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

    Disc Release Date: 19 September 2017

    • Video
      82
    • Audio
      78
    • Extra
      78
    • Movie
      85

    all scores

    avforums review by Simon Crust
    • Video
      90
    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind was shot using Panavision Panaflex cameras on 35mm film (with the effects shot on 65mm film) and in preparation for this release the original camera negative was scanned...

    • Audio
      80
    • The English DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround track seems to be the same as the 2007 Blu-ray release and Close Encounters is the first Sony Ultra HD Blu-ray release not to include a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. We must...

    • Extra
      80
    • The Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Close Encounters includes three discs, the first is the Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with all three cuts of the film, the second is a Blu-ray disc with all three cuts of the film...

    • Movie
      90
    • If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon... then play the five tones.Close Encounters of the Third Kind needs no introduction. Steven Spielberg, in only his third feature film, showed a...

    • Total
      90
    • It’s difficult to believe that it’s been forty years since Close Encounters of the Third Kind first hit the cinemas and twenty since Steven Spielberg tweaked the cut for the second time with the Collector's...

    Blu-ray.com review by Martin Liebman
    • Video
      90
    • Sony's UHD release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind brings home audiences closer than ever to the movie. The film -- all three cuts thereof (Theatrical, Special, Director's) -- receive the 2160p/HDR...

    • Audio
      80
    • With its UHD release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Sony has missed an opportunity to expand the soundtrack to Dolby Atmos or DTS:X; the film is teeming with moments that would certainly benefit...

    • Extra
      100
    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind's UHD release contains two new extras on Blu-ray disc in addition to all of the legacy supplements and one carryover extra on the UHD disc. Also included on the UHD disc...

    • Movie
      100
    • Sony has released Director Steven Spielberg's classic alien arrival masterpiece 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' to the UHD format. The film features a gorgeous new 4K/HDR-enhanced video presentation,...

    • Total
      90
    • Close Encounters of the Third Kind is an undeniable classic and, even with some stiff competition, the finest alien encounter film ever made. Sony has largely done right by Steven Spielberg's 1977 masterpiece....

    High-Def Digest review by M. Enois Duarte
    • Video
      80
    • Ten years since the last home video invasion, producers of the sci-fi epic return to Devils Tower to celebrate the groundbreaking classic's 40th Anniversary with a new full restoration of the original...

    • Audio
      80
    • To celebrate forty years of close encounters, Sony has opted to make contact with the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack enjoyed on the previous Blu-ray release but dropped the Dolby TrueHD version. With that...

    • Extra
      60
    • Making of Documentary (SD, 102 min): A thorough and exhaustive documentary the covers pretty much every aspect of the production imaginable, made from cast & crew interviews, still photos and BTS footage.Steven...

    • Movie
      90
    • The year 1977 marked a turning point for science fiction in US cinema. Although the genre had long been dominated by C-grade schlock, the arrival of two blockbuster films changed all that -- George Lucas'...

    • Total
      90
    • Close Encounters is still so etched in the popular consciousness that it's hard to believe that it's been [forty] years since it first hit theaters. Although the film has been released in a myriad of different...