Steve Spielberg's sci-fi film turns 40 this year

By Oliver Gettell
July 25, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT

Forty years after Close Encounters of the Third Kind first descended out of the sky, Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed sci-fi film is returning to theaters, and EW has an exclusive look at a new trailer for the re-release.

Taking cues from the movie’s title, the two-and-a-half minute video demonstrates the three types of UFO close encounters: The first kind involves a sighting, as when electrical worker Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) and single mother Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon) witness a startling flyover.

The second kind is denoted by physical evidence, such as the facial burn Roy receives from a flying saucer’s bright lights. Needless to say, the third kind of close encounter — direct contact with extraterrestrials — has even greater consequences.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind will be back in domestic theaters for a one-week run beginning Sept. 1, presented in a 4K restoration of Spielberg’s director’s cut. The film will also screen in the Venezia Classici section of this year’s Venice International Film Festival.

Watch the new trailer above.

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