UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Studios
Hollywood will celebrate the 20th anniversary of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,"
with a month-long "Salute to Special Olympics" tribute beginning March 1.
The Salute program invites all Special Olympic athletes, coaches and staff
to enjoy a full day of behind-the-scenes motion picture and television magic,
and the chance to soar into the stars with the world's most beloved extra
terrestrial in the "E.T. Adventure."
Special Olympic staff members will be required to present a business card
and driver's license at the Universal Studios Hollywood ticket booth and
turnstile for theme park admission. Coaches will be required to present a
Special Olympics badge, or coaches' card, official certificate and a driver's
license. All Special Olympic athletes will simply be required to wear their
Special Olympic t-shirts. Family and friends can also receive $10 off the
price of regular admission (up to six people) when accompanied by a Special
The "Salute to Special Olympics" will also be celebrated on Universal
CityWalk with a special "Kids Eat Free" program." The offer is valid for
children under the age of 11 and after 6:00pm at participating CityWalk
restaurants, with the purchase of a full price adult meal and the presentation
of the guests' theme park ticket stub, through March 31.
Universal Studios' "E.T. Adventure" ride attraction, enhanced to coincide
with the 20th anniversary of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," includes all-new
footage of the making of the classic film, featuring insight from Director
Steven Spielberg on how he brought his vision to life and interviews with cast
members Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas and Dee Wallace Stone. Guests will also
be treated to a unique video presentation by Search for Extra Terrestrial
Intelligence (SETI) scientist Frank Drake who'll offer commentary on the film
from a scientific perspective, and demonstrate a sampling of radio frequencies
picked up by radio telescopes searching for extra terrestrial life.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's timeless and
beloved classic, Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment will, re-release
"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" on March 22 in a new version, which includes
never-before-seen footage, state-of-the-art computer-generated visual
enhancements and a digitally-remixed soundtrack.
With the power of a fable and the soul of a fairy tale, E.T. is the
thrilling and deeply moving story of the special friendship that develops
between a lonely young boy and a wise, benevolent visitor from another planet
who becomes lost on Earth. As the boy attempts to help his extra-terrestrial
companion contact his home planet so that he might be rescued, they must elude
scientists and government agents determined to apprehend the alien for their
own purposes...which results in an adventure greater than anything either of
them could have imagined.
From its wordless, poetic and suspenseful introductory sequence to an
exhilarating, poignant finale, E.T. has become an indelible part of American
film history. Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison and
produced by Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, E.T. co-stars Dee Wallace Stone,
Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas and Robert MacNaughton.
Featuring such unique and ground-breaking attractions as "Terminator 2:
3D," "Jurassic Park-The Ride," "The Nickelodeon Blast Zone," the world-
renowned behind-the-scenes Studio Tour and opening this spring, the new
"Special Effects Stages," Universal Studios Hollywood is the world's largest
movie studio and theme park.
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