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Steven Spielberg regrets digital changes to “E.T.,” plans to release original versions of that film and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Steven Spielberg regrets digital changes to “E.T.,” plans to release original versions of that film and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (photo)

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Though it never reached the level of say, his pal George Lucas adding an extremely tasteful “NOOOOOOOO!” to “Return of the Jedi,” Steven Spielberg is no stranger to digitally altering his earlier films after the fact. But comments from the director indicate that two of his most beloved movies, “E.T” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” could make their way to Blu-ray in their original, unedited versions.

Slashfilm picked up on the news via a set of Spielberg quotes from AllThingsFangirl, given after a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” from a brand spanking new digital print. In speaking about digital alterations, Spielberg referenced changes made to “E.T,” including swapping out guns in several scenes for walkie-talkies, and claimed that he “lived to regret it.” The director further explained, “I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T.”

In addition to announcing that the new Blu-ray edition of “E.T.” would be from the original 1982 version of the film, Spielberg also spoke out another of his most beloved films, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” While he didn’t come right out and say that they were eschewing digitally altered versions of the first “Indiana Jones” flick, he did claim, “We haven’t removed anything, we haven’t added CGI, there’s no digital enhancements! It’s purely the movie some of you may remember from 1981.”

Are you relieved to have the original versions of “E.T.” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” released on Blu-ray? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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