Sony Teases ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Re-Release

Sony released a brand new teaser for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” over the long, 4th of July weekend, prompting reboot and re-release speculation. A new website referencing the 1977 original has also popped up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the science fiction film.

A video entitled “This Means Something” was uploaded to the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube page on Monday, which just so happened to be World UFO Day. The video features an air traffic control radar animation locating an unidentified flying object targeting one of its planes.


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While many fans expected the clip to be an unofficial announcement of a “Close Encounters” reboot or sequel, the studio actually intends to re-release the film theatrically for a week this September, Variety can confirm.

A website — — gives believers the opportunity to sign up for “updates on UFO sightings.” In actuality, it serves as a source for scifi fans to connect with the campaign.

Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” starred Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, and Cary Guffey. It was originally distributed by Columbia Pictures and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning best cinematography and best sound effects editing through special achievement.

The 4oth anniversary of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” is officially on Nov. 16, but the re-release will hit select theaters for one week on Sept. 1.

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  1. Bill B. says:

    My favorite Spielberg film of the 70’s, even though he has problems with it, and maybe of all time though I also love Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Sugarland Express. I admire the perfection of projects like Schindler’s List and Lincoln, but I never want to see them again, though Day-Lewis is something to behold as Lincoln.

  2. Mike Ringley says:

    when is roy coming home?

  3. Timely Comment says:

    Gotta see it just for the final 30mins or so when the John Williams music dictated the visuals instead of Spielberg lathering him over the special effects…

    Wondering though will the 40th anniversary re-release be the original, initial version of the film— or will it be the LATER, ship-in-the-desert, Roy Neary-gets-on-the-spaceship, extra-COLUMBIA money version that was on the dvd Box Set?

    If so, can’t wait for that climaxing ‘space bukake’ scene where a joyful Neary gets alien whiteness squirted at him, scored to the ecstatic strains of “When You Wish Upon A Star”!

    (Yeah. Okay, as a kid I got how the ‘Mothership’ CAN be looked at as an upside-down, singular breast… but intervening decades growing up changed how I saw this ‘Special Addition’ that Spielberg had added to his film. REALLY??)

  4. jedi77 says:

    Gonna see it when I can!

  5. wyup says:

    it’s a fantastic movie for a remaster in digital. Stupendous cinematography with a pastel color pallette and great audio. To be enjoyed on the big screen.

  6. paully says:

    Will it be the “Extended Cut” from the 1980 rerelease??

    • Ken says:

      Hope it’s the director’s cut, containing the original material plus new material from 1980 (minus Dreyfuss needlessly entering the interior of the mother ship at the end). My fave Spielberg flick…worth seeing on the big screen! It’s awesome!

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