Universal Announces STEVEN SPIELBERG DIRECTOR’S COLLECTION Blu-ray; Will Include DUEL, THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS, and More

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Even though I don’t love every single one of his movies, Steven Spielberg will always be one of my favorite directors.  He was one of the key figures in making me a die-hard movie fan.  His worldwide influence is undeniable, he shaped Hollywood in the modern era, and he’s been going strong for decades (there are going to be so many Jaws retrospective pieces next year for the film’s 40th anniversary).  This fall, Universal will release a new 8-film Blu-ray collection of his work.  The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection will include digitally remastered versions of Duel and The Sugarland Express (both their first time on Blu-ray, and the first-ever widescreen presentation for Duel in the U.S. and Canada) as well as the Blu-ray debuts for 1941 (theatrical and extended versions) and Always.  The set also includes Jaws, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Hit the jump for a list of special features.  Click here to pre-order.  The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th.

steven-spielberg-directors-collection-blu-ray-box-cover-artHere’s the list of special features via Amazon:

Duel (1971)

A traveling salesman (Dennis Weaver) is terrorized by an unseen trucker on a remote desert highway.

    • A Conversation with Director Steven Spielberg
    • Steven Spielberg and the Small Screen
    • Richard Matheson: The Writing of Duel
    • Photograph and Poster Gallery
    • Trailer
    • Cast and Filmmakers
    • Production Notes

The Sugarland Express (1974)

A mother (Goldie Hawn) desperately attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and kidnapping their son.

    • Theatrical Trailer

Jaws (1975)

When a seaside community is under attack by a great white shark, the chief of police (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a quest to destroy the beast.

  • Spotlight on Location: The Making of Jaws

1941- Theatrical & Extended Version (1979)

Pandemonium erupts in Los Angeles after the WWII attack on Pearl Harbor in this wartime spoof starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

      • The Making of 1941
      • Deleted Scenes
      • Production Photographs
      • 1941 Comic Relief
      • The Marketing of 1941
      • The Reviews
      • Production Notes
      • Cast and Filmmakers
      • Theatrical Trailer

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

A lost alien from space befriends a 10-year-old boy (Henry Thomas) who helps him find a way home.

      • Deleted Scenes
      • Steven Spielberg & E.T.
      • A Look Back
      • The E.T. Reunion

Always (1989)

After sacrificing himself to save a friend (John Goodman), a daredevil firefighting pilot (Richard Dreyfuss) returns to earth to help his surviving girlfriend (Holly Hunter) move on with the help of an angel (Audrey Hepburn).

    • Production Notes
    • Cast and Filmmakers
    • Theatrical Trailer

Jurassic Park (1993)

Journey to an amazing theme park on a remote island where dinosaurs once again roam the earth and five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Sir Richard Attenborough.

    • The Making of Jurassic Park
    • Early Pre-Production Meetings
    • Location Scouting
    • Phil Tippett Animatics: Raptors in the Kitchen
    • Storyboards
    • Foley Artist
    • Production Archives: Photographs, Design Sketches and Conceptual Painting
    • Theatrical Trailers Including Jurassic Park III
    • Dinsoaur Encyclopedia
    • Production Notes
    • Cast and Filmmakers
    • DVD-ROM Features Including Live Web Events

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Four years since the disaster at Jurassic Park, two groups are in a race against time that will determine the fate of the remote island’s prehistoric inhabitants. Starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, and Vince Vaughn.

  • The Making of The Lost World
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Illustrations and Conceptual Drawings
  • Storyboards
  • Models
  • The World of Jurassic Park
  • The Magic of ILM
  • Theatrical Trailers Including Jurassic Park III
  • Dinosaur Encyclopedia
  • Production Notes
  • Production Photographs
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Posters and Toys
  • DVD-ROM Features Including Live Web Events
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