movie warmed the hearts of millions, its stars (apart from
Drew Barrymore and ET who later worked for BT for a while)
slipped into obscurity. The world went alien crazy. In the
UK it was almost impossible to buy any cereal that didn't
have glow-in-the-dark transfers inside them. Now the movie
is back, the stars have come together to help re-launch it
and Spielberg obviously still wounded by the dire A.I. believes
he can win back self-respect by reminding us all that he did
once release a two letter movie that wasn't a pile of crap.
a 30-something I was a prepubescent at the time of E.T.'s
release. I saw it three times. I
bought the sticker album, the cereals - in fact everything
that was E.T. related. I had so many books and collector's
edition magazines that I didn't know what to do with them
all. I thought I'd seen just about every publicity image available,
but I was very wrong.
Book's ET: From Concept to Classic is one of the freshest
illustrated movie tie-in books I have seen for any movie,
let alone a retrospective piece. At almost 200 pages of glossy,
picture heavy coverage of the E.T. phenomena, this
has to be about as comprehensive as it can get.
book starts with a retrospective introduction by Steven Spielberg
then goes on to look at how the movie came to be (looking
at script writing, casting and creating a believable creature).
The middle section of the book has the full script from the
movie but it is not simply a dull reproduction of the actors
lines. Instead it is beautifully illustrated with behind the
scenes shots and information (did you know that Harrison Ford
played the part of Elliot's teacher?).
final section of the book dips into the merchandise available
20 years ago as well as offering an overview of the release
of the 20th Anniversary print of the movie.
who is an ET enthusiast should buy this. Hell, for £16
everyone should buy this. Pocket Books has produced one of
the best illustrated behind the scenes movie books I have
ever seen. Out of this World.
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