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Comments about the soundtrack for E.T. (John Williams)

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Original "Goodbye" Cue?
• Posted by: Sean William Menzies   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, June 29, 2007, at 5:24 p.m.
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No one else seems to have commented, either here or on Amazon or anywhere else, that a few bars of the score during the "Goodbye" exchange between Elliot and E.T. are different from what's actually in the film and on the original 40 min soundtrack release. The music changes, actually less sentimental, and I think it's the first scoring of that scene. It apparently wasn't working for Williams, so Spielberg went back into the cutting rooms and edited the scene a bit to give his composer more room to do what he felt would work best. This must be the music from the first scoring and unfortunately isn't as emotionally powerful as the full sweep of the strings from what ended up in the film. Nice that they preserved it, but would really like it to reflect the film as it stands.

The same was done for the CD release of the remastered, complete CE3K, the Special Edition music ends the disc, which contains the longer reference to "When You Wish Upon a Star."

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