Close Encounters of the Third Kind Returning to Theaters
It's the 40th anniversary of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which means we're all getting very, very old. Rather than dwelling on that, lets' celebrate the news that the sci-fi classic is returning to theaters on September 1. If you missed it the first time around, you are in for a treat.
Strictly speaking, it's not exactly the original experience; this is a 4K remaster. However, there have been so many technological advancements in audio, video, and the very theaters themselves - I first saw Close Encounters at a drive-through theater, and those are extinct. Any opportunity to see any iteration of this masterpiece on the big screen should be seized.
Close Encounters is, in my humble opinion, one of Steven Spielberg's best films, and it is undisputably one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. It features powerful performances by Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr and French filmmaker Francois Truffaut. Watch the trailer below, and get ready to watch Roy play with his food all over again!
Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who along with several other stunned bystanders experience a close encounter of the first kind – witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, much to the dismay of his wife and family. Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have close encounters of the second kind – discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in unusual places. Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote area where he and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind – contact.