Written by: Hal Barwood, Jerry Belson, John Hill, Matthew Robbins & Steven Spielberg
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, FranÃ§ois Truffaut, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban
Released by: Columbia/Tristar
My Advice: Rent it. Wait for a better version and buy it.
Roy Neary (Dreyfuss) is pretty much an average guy. He works for the power company. He’s got a wife (Garr) and three kids (Shawn Bishop, Adrienne Campbell, Toby Dreyfuss). Everything seems to be fairly normal…until one night while out on the job he meets up with a UFO and has…a close encounter with it. He’s not the only one. Jillian (Dillon) has a young son (Cary Guffey) who seems to be having an ongoing close encounter of his own–and mom doesn’t like it one bit. Add to all of this the fact that Claude Lacombe (Truffaut) is running around finding long lost planes in one desert and a ship in another…yup, something weird is going on–and it’s all coming to a head.
This is the single-disc version from Columbia/Tri-Star, and as a result the features are nil. You get Spielberg‘s blessed 137-minute version of the film, and that’s about it. If you’re the type who doesn’t care for a great deal of features, then this will be right up your alley. However, anyone else should try and track down a now-out-of-print two-disc edition–good luck.