'E.T.' Change: Spielberg Restored Guns Into Movie For Blu-Ray Release
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Even legendary directors make mistakes, and Steven Spielberg is no
exception. In an upcoming Blu-ray release of "E.T.," it appears the
DreamWorks maestro has made good on a promise to undo one of his more
Spielberg digitally edited rifles out of the hands of policemen chasing
down Elliot and E.T. and replaced them with walkie talkies. Fans
revolted, and Spielberg himself eventually admitted he regretted the
"I was disappointed in myself," Spielberg said in September 2011. "I was
overly sensitive to some of the criticism E.T. got from parent groups
when it was first released in '82 having to do with Eliott saying 'penis
breath' or the guns, and I thought [if I 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.'" (The previous quote, from a
discussion after a 2011 screening of "Raiders of the Last Ark," was
pieced together from coverage on the event from AV Club and Slashfilm.)
At the time, Spielberg asked the crowd if they would mind if he released
the original 1982 film in its entirety on Blu-ray. The crowd said it
would not mind, and it appears as though Spielberg has done just that.
The Blu-ray will be released in October for the film's 30th anniversary.
The guns are visible in the trailer (link below), at the 25-second mark.