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

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.

Close Encounters
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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.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Movie
  • 135 minutes