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Added by aaronreynolds
Cover by thepenguin

Added on: 09/10/2002
Latest update: 27/07/2023
User updates processed: 10

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Collector's Edition (1980) [12646]

Country  USA  
Released  14/07/1998
Publisher  Columbia Tri-Star Video
Price  79.95 USD

UPC  043396126466UPC=043396126466ISBN=0767801296
I-S-B-N  0767801296
Category  Sci-Fi
Rating  PG

Color  Color
Length  137 min.
Sides  6
Chapters  85
Size  12"
Picture  Letterboxed
Ratio  2.35:1
Plastic  Transparent
Cover  Box Set
Rot status  None reported
Manufactured by  Pioneer USA



Intro Egypt - Dolby Digital Intro THX Cimarron 
 Sound Encoding  Digital Tracks  Analog Left  Analog Right 
 Spoken Language  Subtitles  CC 
(in picture)

 Mint Marks sample 
59-279A1-004   MADE IN USA   265B0486
59-279B1-002   MADE IN USA   225B2085
59-279C1-004   MADE IN USA   285B2376
59-279D1-007   MADE IN USA   225B0724
59-279E1-004   MADE IN USA   265B0922
59-279F1-002   MADE IN USA   195B0509

 Additional Information by gardener_50    18/03/2005 

This Box Set contains:

  • New Definitve Directors Cut
  • Hi-definition transfer
  • Digitally remastered from the original film elements
  • A new 140 minute documentary "The Making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind" Internet Movie Database LaserDisc Database
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • The 1977 featurette "Watch The Skies"
  • Deleted scenes
  • Production Archives

Only the feature has Dolby Digital AC-3 soundtrack (sides 1-3).

Contents copyrights are 1977 and 1988 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.

 Additional Information by disclord    12/12/2012 

This AC-3 LD is the only version of the film on home video to retain the mono surround track of the original 70mm 6-Track Magnetic Dolby Stereo prints. All later home releases have 'fake' stereo surrounds to give the film a more 'modern sounding' soundtrack. The decision to keep the surrounds mono as in the original theatrical showings was made by Chace Audio who did the transfer from the magnetic masters to digital. The later addition of stereo surrounds was done by Columbia Pictures/Sony as Spielberg doesn't have as much control of "Close Encounters..." as he does his other films; perhaps because he doesn't care for the film much anymore.

 Additional Information by kiltymchaggis (21)   13/03/2015 

Even though Side 6 is listed as CLV on the back of the box and the disc itself, it is, in fact, encoded in CAV.

 Additional Information by betamaxdude    17/05/2023 

This is the only Columbia/Tri Star LaserDisc to have the THX Cimarron intro.