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Spielberg Learns from His Mistakes, Vows to Release Unaltered “Raiders” and “E.T.” Blu-rays

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See, George Lucas? It’s okay to admit when you’re wrong.

Steven Spielberg revealed at a recent digital screening in Los Angeles for Raiders of the Lost Ark that not only both Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. will be making it to Blu-ray, but the will also appear in their original forms (read: no digitally added walkie talkies in E.T.).

But what about those subtle changes he made to Raiders of the Lost Ark, like the removal of the reflection from the glass that separated Harrison Ford from the very real danger of the cobra? Well, the following quote from Spielberg makes it seem like the gaffs will still be present on Blu-ray:

This is the best I think it’s ever looked, because in preparation for the eventual release on blu-ray we had to correct the print again and get the original negative out of the salt mines, and then we had to do the separations, and basically the files, which are just amazing, with all the technology of today, without changing any of the movie materially, we haven’t removed anything, we haven’t added CGI, there’s no digital enhancements! It’s purely the movie you some of you may remember from 1981.

Spielberg then revealed that, he too, was ashamed at the travesty that was the “Special Edition” of E.T.:

For myself, I tried [changing a film] once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction] to E.T., and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and change some things]…it was OK for a while, but I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T. […] If I put just one cut of E.T. on Blu-ray and it was the 1982, would anyone object to that? [The crowd yells “NO!” in unison.] OK, so be it.

Way to listen to the fans, Spielberg. If he does, in fact, stick to his word, he should expect some massive cashflow from very happy geeks.

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