4K Restoration Of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS Hits Theaters This Fall For 40th Anniversary (VIDEO)

They’re heeeeere. Oh, wait, wrong Spielberg joint.

In 1977, the big sci-fi phenomenon was Star Wars, but where George Lucas went mythic his best friend Steven Spielberg went existential. Now for its 40th Anniversary, Columbia Pictures is re-releasing Close Encounters of the Third Kind back into theaters for a one-week run, digitally remastered in a 4K restoration.

Made for $20 million (a huge budget at the time, nearly twice that of Star Wars), Close Encounters earned $303 million worldwide and was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, winning Oscars for best cinematography and a special achievement in sound effects editing.

Last year in my Spielberg Retrospective, I ranked Close Encounters of the Third Kind in the Spielberg Canon as his second best movie ever, behind only Schindler’s List.

The short nationwide run will begin on September 1, 2017, followed by its premiere on blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on September 19.

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