CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Celebrates 40th Anniversary With New Poster And Trailer
“This means something. This is important.” Prior to the 4th of July holiday, this mysterious video was released sparking a wildfire of internet buzz over the below teaser. Was it a clever way to announce a remake or sequel? Either way it was pretty awesome.
Now we know.
A 40th Anniversary trailer and poster have landed for Sony Pictures CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. The film will be re-released in cinemas September 1, 2017.
As a highlight of the celebration, the film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen in the United States and Canada. The Director’s Cut will receive an exclusive 1 week engagement in theaters across the country starting September 1, as well as a World Premiere in the Venezia Classici section of the Venice International Film Festival.
In their original review from 1977, The Hollywood Reporter wrote:
“To get to the bottom line with minimum delay, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a terrific movie, with every possibility of equaling the box-office popularity of Star Wars. The comparison is inevitable, but it certainly isn’t odious. Once again, in this Julia and Michael Phillips production, the accent falls on the special effects, and they are nothing short of spectacular, climaxed by a monster UFO that literally fills the screen — and the stereo speakers. It’s like an awesome light show that stuns the senses.”
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is presented with an all-new 4K restoration. The film was fully restored from the 35mm original camera negative, thereby utilizing in 4K the full resolution, detail and color depth inherent in the film.
After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.
Written and directed by Steven Spielberg, the epic science fiction adventure was produced by Julia Phillips and Michael Phillips. The score was composed by John Williams.
Juila Phillips, the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Picture (THE STING), wrote an in-depth autobiography titled You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again. In it, Phillips detailed a behind the scenes look at the making of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. The book was reissued in 2002 after the author’s death.
Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, with Francois Truffaut as Lacombe, the film was nominated for eight Oscars at the 50th Academy Awards, including Best Director, Supporting Actress (Melinda Dillon), Visual Effects, Art Direction (Joe Alves, Daniel A. Lomino, Phil Abramson), Original Music Score, Film Editing, and Sound (Robert Knudson, Robert Glass, Don MacDougall and Gene Cantamessa). The film’s only win was for Vilmos Zsigmond’s cinematography, although the Academy honored the film’s sound effects editing with a Special Achievement Award (Frank Warner).