Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Watched first hundred minutes 20110102 (Netflix, Instant)
Watched last thirty minutes 20110108 (Blu-ray) English subtitles.
Watched 20140606 (Netflix, Instant) 137 min
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) Steven Spielberg.

Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss)

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Barry Guiler (Cary Guffey)

The Blu-ray has three versions of the film: Original, Special, and Director's Cut. I'm pretty sure the one I started on Netflix was the original version.

Claude Lacombe (Fran├žois Truffaut)

The movie starts slowly and builds up some mystery. Eventually the mystery is resolved, but the plot continues. By the end of the movie, I felt unsatisfied. Perhaps the movie made me expect that something exciting would happen. Instead, the ending is drawn out and slow. On the plus side, the movie is visually pleasing.

I will try watching this movie again some time.

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[20110108][20130310 Edited]

There are three official versions of the film: Theatrical (135 min, 1977), Special Edition (132 min, 1980), and Director's Cut (137 min, 1999). Of the three, today I definitely saw the Director's Cut Version.

Roy Neary and Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon)

In contrast with my previous viewing, I enjoyed most of the movie this time around, with the exception of the ending.*

*20190926: Today I noticed that I left this sentence unfinished: "with only the final t." I decided to guess what I meant to say.

[20140606][20190926 Edit]

Instant Comments:
2: It sang to him. (I probably didn't notice this the first time I watched)

David Laughlin (Bob Balaban)

2: Haha. The conversation between Roy and Brad is hilarious. [Apparently this scene is indicative of the fact that this version is the Director's Cut.]
Brad: "Dad, do my problems for me."
Roy: "I don't have to do your problems for you. You do your problems for you. That's why I graduated, so I don't have to do problems."
Brad: "I don't understand these fractions."
Roy: "All right. What's one-third of 60?"
Brad: "That's a fraction, I don't understand them."

Roy Neary and his son Brad

2: Ha. He waves the UFO to pass him.
2: The people chant the tones. (Again, I had no reason to know that these tones were relevant)
2: Ha. A $2500 globe.

Roy Neary and Ronnie Neary (Teri Garr)

2: "You're crazy, you're not even dressed."
2: Ha! The exact thing they devised to keep the masses away becomes the media exposure necessary to attract a select few.
2: Hahaha. "Look, I guarantee you, this whole thing is a put on." They proceed to put on their gas masks.

2: "Have you recently had a close encounter?" 1 hour 28 min
2: "They belong here more than we."
2: Ha! The Jaws (1975) theme plays near the end of the communication!

2: Why did some people get picked up and others get invited to come to this location?
2: "Goodbye."
2: I'm curious as to whether the other red-suited people got to walk aboard the ship, or if only Roy was allowed.

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