Visimag home page
About Us
Cult Times
Film Review
Movie Idols
TV Zone
Ultimate DVD
Shopping Info
Exclusive features
VI jobs - The UK's Biggest Video Store

for your own topics
Go to USA site Readers in USA click here

Go to UK/World siteElsewhere click here

Image copyright: see contents page of each issue. All other material © Visual Imagination Ltd 1998 - 2002
Welcome to
Ultimate DVD Back to ultimatedvd MainPage Contents Buy this issue from UK/World site Buy this issue from USA $ site
Contents Buy this issue from UK/World site Buy this issue from USA $ site

Feature: E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial

E.T. Comes Home…

Elliot, Gertie and Michael – Dee Wallace Stone`s cinematic offspring – in awe of the alien visitor

Ultimate DVD phones the home of E.T. DVD producer Laurent Bouzereau…

Laurent Bouzereau has always been a film enthusiast: as a child in the ‘70s, before VHS became commercially widespread, he would collect Super-8 film of his favourite movies, like Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. These days he’s rather closer to Hollywood, and one of the most respected producers of DVD supplementary materials. He’s worked with Spielberg on A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Jurassic Park and the forthcoming Minority Report, and this month sees the release of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, for which Bouzereau has compiled some unique extras.

The documentaries on the DVD are superb, particularly 'A Look Back', with its wealth of film from the set.

The funny thing with E.T. is that when they made the movie Steven must have thought that one day he would need material for a DVD because he had a documentary crew on the set. John Toll filmed all that: he has won an Oscar for cinema-tography on Legends of the Fall and Braveheart. It was the first time I had documentary footage by an Academy Award winner.

DVD documentaries are often ruined by a ‘soundbite’ presentation, but you appear to take a more in-depth approach.

I don’t come from a school that is marketing oriented, so I see myself as a film buff rather than a person with gimmicky ideas. I’m in no way looking down on people who do marketing, but I feel that it’s important when you are sitting across from Steven Spielberg and he’s giving you all those stories, you almost need no visual coverage because he so enthusiastic. He’s always very specific, he does not want it to be flashy or cut like a TV commercial – he wants it to be deep and definitive.

None of your discs with Spielberg feature Audio Commentary: why is that?

I don’t want to speak for Steven, but to be honest I am partly responsible. I do not encourage film-makers I work with to do one for one very special reason – they give me such access to them for Documentaries that I think an Audio Commentary is redundant. It’s not like Steven says to me, ‘You have 10 minutes to ask me questions’. I have carte blanche to ask what I need to ask, and I think the idea is for the viewer to watch the supplemental material and then to go back to watching the movie the way it was intended to be watched: images, sound effects, music and dialogue and no additional track. In the case of John Milius when I did Conan, he said, ‘Let’s do an Audio Commentary with Arnold’, but frankly if you listen to the Commentary it’s pretty much what’s in the Documentary.

by David Richardson

Find out more about the DVD, Dee Wallace Stone looks back, and we the cast and crew today in:
Ultimate DVD #35

© Universal & Amblin
Feature © Visual Imagination 2002. Not for reproduction

Taken from
Ultimate DVD #35, see below for ordering options
Ultimate DVD #35
November (Star Wars) 2002
ships from Oct 9 2002
News-stand Price

UK £3.99 / US $7.99

VI Direct Click on one of the choices below to buy
Buy it now!

Stores Info

You can order any of
our magazines via this
secure service.
To buy this issue:

Jump to UK £ entry for this issue
UK/World order
Jump to US $ entry for this issue
USA $ order

ULTIMATE DVD, use these
links to our stores:

Jump to UK £ entry for this issue
UK/World subs
Jump to US $ entry for this issue
USA $ subs logo