Thirty years ago on June 11, 1982, audiences were first introduced to “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” in all of its non-CGI, 2-D glory. And when the flick returned to theaters in 2002, viewers who were hoping to relive their childhoods had their memories tarnished when the FBI guys chasing Elliott and co. were seen with walkie-talkie instead of guns.
But thankfully in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary, Steven Spielberg realized his mistake and the guns of your youth are back in place for the Blu-ray release scheduled for October, reports Vulture.
“For myself, I tried [changing a film] once and lived to regret it,” Spielberg tells an audience at a “Raiders of the Lost Ark” screening last fall. “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.'”
Check out a preview with the edited footage below (the walkie-talkies are at about the 1:13 mark) and then the Blu-ray release trailer below that with the guns rightfully restored at around the 25-second mark.