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Steven Spielberg Regrets Pointlessly Changing ‘E.T.’

Steven Spielberg Regrets Pointlessly Changing ‘E.T.’ We’ve never made a full-length feature film, but we’re pretty sure it’s a hard thing to do. Making a movie perfect is nearly impossible, so when someone does it you imagine they treat it like a priceless vase on a wobbly pedestal - slowly backing away and never letting your kids play catch around it. That's why it baffles us when filmmakers decide to return to their best works years later and make pointless changes. For the 2002 re-release of E.T., Steven Spielberg digitally replaced all the FBI agents’ guns with walkie-talkies. He never really explained why, but many assumed he was bowing to political correctness and concerned parents’ groups. Fortunately, as Yahoo! reports, he announced he will reverse the change for the upcoming Blu-Ray release of E.T..
0digg You could argue that E.T. is the story of how youthful innocence will always trump grown-up aggression and cynicism, and the FBI agents carried the guns to exemplify this point. You could also argue that the FBI agents carried guns because that is what FBI agents do in real life.

Either way, the change drew attention to a small part of E.T. that no one ever paid any mind to before. Spielberg finally came around and acknowledged this a couple days ago at the screening of a new print of Raiders of the Lost Ark:

“For myself, I tried [changing a film] once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction] to E.T., and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and 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. [...] If I put just one cut of E.T. on Blu-ray and it was the 1982, would anyone object to that? [The crowd yells “NO!” in unison.] OK, so be it.”

Rest assured, you will now be able to show your children the same version of E.T. that you saw, guns and all. If they develop homicidal tendencies and start stockpiling assault rifles after watching the Blu-Ray, please don’t tell Steven Spielberg. He might change it back.



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