Chris Hicks: ‘E.T.,’ ‘Blade Runner’ earn 4K Ultra HD video upgrades this week

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Drew Barrymore and the title character of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), which is on 4K Ultra HD for the first time this week.

Just as Blu-ray was an upgrade from DVD, so is 4K Ultra HD the next level up from Blu-ray, offering even sharper imagery and sound for an immersive home-theater experience.

But, as you might suspect, 4K discs also require a 4K player and are best viewed on a 4K screen. So, yes, if you go down that road, it’s an investment.

This week, two classic 1982 sci-fi adventures have received 4K upgrades, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Blade Runner.”

“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: 35th Anniversary Limited Edition” (Universal, 1982, PG, deleted scenes, featurettes, trailer; booklet, CD). Steven Spielberg’s most personal film — about a little space creature that is “adopted” by a young boy (Henry Thomas) and his younger sister (Drew Barrymore) as they try to help him “phone home” — is still a great family adventure. There are no new bonus features on the new Blu-ray, digital and DVD formats, but the gift set includes a remastered soundtrack CD and a new booklet with behind-the-scenes stories and photos. And the main selling point is the 4K disc that’s also included.

“Blade Runner: The Final Cut: 35th Anniversary” (Warner, 1982; R for violence, language, nudity; deleted/alternate scenes, introduction, audio commentaries, featurettes, trailers/TV spots, poster gallery). Ridley Scott’s visually stunning futuristic film noir starring Harrison Ford gets a sequel on Oct. 6. Hence, this new re-release of Scott’s sanctioned version of his oft-edited and reissued sci-fi thriller. This marks the film’s 4K debut but also includes Blu-ray and digital versions, with all the attendant bonus features.

“My Blue Heaven” (Warner Archive, 1990, PG-13, trailer).

“The Man With Two Brains” (Warner Archive, 1983; R for sex, nudity, language; trailer). These two Steve Martin comedies are funny farces, the first a gangland spoof with Martin as a mobster and Rick Moranis as the FBI agent monitoring his witness protection, and…

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