"Close encounter of the first kind:
Sighting of a UFO,
Close encounter of the second kind:
Close encounter of the third kind:
One night, family father Roy Neary witnesses, together with a few other people the appearance of seemingly exterrestrial space ships. His life is completely turned upside down by that, since his thoughts only pivot on a hill-like shape from then on. Soon, he also realizes that he is not the only one with this fate and thus, he starts searching for the origin of the shape and the unknown flying objects. As the UN starts finding out about this, it searches for answers, as well, though...
Steven Spielberg's science-fiction-debut titled "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" is a film that, to this day, makes for a pretty unique movie in this genre. Be it because of the fantastic, lovingly-made special-effects, that never lost any bit of their fascination, the wonderful music of Spielberg's regular composer John Williams, the greatly played characters or the neutral story itself. Back then, there was the image of the enemy from space burnt into the people's heads, mostly of course due to the big science-fiction-horror-wave of the 50s and 60s with flicks like "The Thing" or "War of the Worlds", both concerning the expectations for any science-fiction-film to come and the real world. Movies with a sort of more positive feedback from the broad expanse of space, such as "The Day the Earth Stood Still", were rather rare.
Thus it came, that the film was loved by both audiences and critics in 1977. It grossed more than 100 Million Dollars and claimed numerous prizes, most notably an oscar for best camera and a special-oscar for best sound-editing. It was also taken into the "National Film Registry".
So Spielberg was happy with the theatrical version thus far, but some things couldn't be achieved like he intentionally wanted, due to issues with both deadlines and costs. When the film finally showed to be a bombshell (and saved the production company "Columbia TriStar" from a financial hardship), Spielberg was offered the director's chair for a sequel, three years later. He denied, though, for him, the story ended with the final shot of his film. Effectively as a compromise, he agreed to make a new version of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", the Special Edition, as which the film was to be re-released in theaters. He was provided with a new budget for this version, with which he shot two new, big scenes - on the one hand the scene of the discovery of the ship in the Gobi desert, and on the other hand scenes of the spaceship-interio in the finale. Additionally, there were other, reshot scenes implemented, which were probably simply dropped for the theatrical version. In the same way, there were many scenes from the theatrical version removed, to tighten the pacing.
The scene in the ship's interior was the one Spielberg thought was the most neccessary, because he wanted to give audiences really something new, which made them go into theaters again out of curiousisty. Afterwards, critics, and Spielberg himself, were rather discontent with this version, and thought the ship's interior should be kept a secret. This is why he created a final version for the video-release in 1998, the Director's Cut. There, he removed the extended finale again, but put back some of the removed scene from the theatrical version. Effect-improvements or even George Lucas-style integrated effects are luckily left out of both alternative versions.
Spielberg said, that the Director's Cut now really was the final version of his film and that there won't be another.
The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray a.o. as the Ultimate Edition with all the three versions on occasion of the 30th anniversary, with which this report was made, too.
Here, the Theatrical Version (DVD/PG) has been compared to the Special Edition (DVD/PG), both contained in the 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition:
14:07-14:33 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
14:07-16:38 (Timecode Special Edition)
The introduction of the Nearys is different in the two versions, resp. it was extended in the Special Edition.
The Special Edition fades to a panorama-view at night of the city. A conversation between Roy and Brad in front of a railway model takes place now:
Brad: "Dad, do my problems for me."
Roy: "I don't have to do your problems for you. You do your problems for you. That's why I graduated, so I don't have to do problems."
Brad: "I don't understand these fractions."
Roy: "All right. What's one-third of 60?"
*Brad looks a little baffledly*
Brad: "That's a fraction, I don't understand them."
Roy: "All right, look." *he puts a wagon onto the rail* "Let's say, that this boxcar is 60 feet long. Okay?"
Roy: "And one-third is across this switch here." *He puts the wagon onto the rail* "All right? Okay?"
*Brad takes a look*
Roy: "And now another train is coming." *he has the train driving* "Now, how far you have to move this boxcar off the track so that the other train doesn't smash it? Quickly, Brad, there are thousands of lives at stake."
*Brad keeps looking*
Roy: "Brad, any answer."
*Brad laughs, the driving traing crashes into the other train*
Ronnie gets out of the chair with a newspaper in the hand:
Ronnie: "Honey.. Remember last weekend, you promised everybody a movie this weekend." *Roy does not react* "Honey?"
Brad: "And you also promised Goofy Golf!"
Roy: "Oh, yeah.."
*Ronnie goes to the table in the back and discovers the clay-figures that ly on it*
Ronnie: "Roy, what is all this stuff on my table? I thought I told you this was for my stuff this table! I mean, you can have that table. I don't want this stuff on my breakfast table. This can cause tetanus!" *she takes a closer look at it* "What is this?!"
Roy: "Hey, you know what's playing in town? Pinocchio! The kids have never seen Pinocchio! You guys have never seen Pinocchio! You'll love it."
Ronnie: "I don't believe this!" *she carries the clay figures from table to table*
Brad: "Who wants to go see some dumb cartoon rated G for kids?"
Roy: "..how old are you?
Roy: "You wanne be 9?"
Roy: "Then you're gonna see Pinocchio tomorrow night."
Ronnie: "Roy, that is a wonderful way to win over your children."
Roy: "I'm not serious.. I'm just saying that I grew up with Pinocchio! And if kids are still kids, they're gonna eat it up!"
*Ronnie sits down again and does not look very excitedly*
Roy: "Okay. Okay, i'm wrong. I'm Wrong Roy, all right?"
*Son Toby keeps pointlessly hammering a handrail with a puppet*
Roy: "Toby! You are close to death! Come out here!"
*He comes to Roy, Ronnie looks worriedly*
Roy: "Okay, now, I'm gonna give you your choice. I'm not gonna be biased in any way - tomorrow night you can either play Goofy Golf, which means a lot of waiting and shoving and pushing, and probably getting a zero, or you can see Pinocchio which is a lot of furry animals and magic and you'll have a wonderful time. Okay? Now let's vote."
Toby and Brad: "Golf!"
Special Edition: 2:38 min.
In the Theatrical Version, the scene starts with the fade to a toy-clown that plays music. It is standing on the table next to the railway model.
A train drives around but is stopped by an opened lift bridge. Roy looks a bit annoyedly.
Theatrical Version: 0:26 min.
From the next shot of Ronnie in the chair on, both versions run in sync again.
15:42-17:12 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
17:46 (Timecode Special Edition)
The Special Edition doesn't show Roy arriving at work before.
Red lights are blinking and we see Roy walking through the power plant. He comes to a room with many other technicians:
Technician 1: "Coxfold. Crystal Lake is dark."
Technician 3: "I understand the system's failing. What do you want me to do about it?"
Technician 2: "Let it all fail. Let it all fail, we'll pick up the pieces later after all it's fallen."
Technician 3: "Let's do things my way, alright? I got reports of vandalism on the line. I got eight 90-megawatt lines down all over."
Technician 1: "Crystal Lake is dark. ..Tolono is completely gone."
Technician 2: "It doesn't matter. It's down. It's down!"
Technician 2 looks disappointedly, technician 1 goes back in the room to Roy and some others at that:
Technician 2: "What's the normal tension for that area?"
Roy: "If there's no wind.. Normal tension for the sag is 15.000 pounds per wire. I was a journeyman in that are a few years back."
*Technician 3 joins*
Technician 3: "Good, an expert. ..How would you like the job?"
Technician 2: "You're kidding! Where's the seniority?"
Roy: "..Well, it's not up to me, where's the supervisor?"
Technician 3: "Supervisor's stuck in an elevator trying to run the show from one of the [unintelligible] trouble phones. But I'm in charge here right now, you're going to Crystal Lake."
Roy: "I am."
Technician 3: "I can't help it, everybody's everywhere. Now if you have any questions to ask, get on the horn to me, direct"
Technician 1: "We got a fresh impedance coming up. It's not an overload, it's a drain. Lines M-Mary-10 through M-Mary-15. Municipal Lighting is asking to be cut free."
Technician 3: "..Neary, you know where that is? Alright, you grab a splicing tool and a high-wire act. And Neary, don't get creative out there, just productive. Remember, he's counting on you, and I'm depending on you."
*Roy leaves, technician 3 looks to technician 1*
Technician 3: "You tell Municipal Lighting we're going to candle power in 10 minutes!"
Theatrical Version: 1:30 min.
22:29-22:35 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
23:03-23:09 (Timecode Special Edition)
There is an alternative scene as Roy follows the big space ship. Since the Special Edition starts later afterwards, though, there is no runtime difference.
In the Special Edition, Roy's car is driving across the street from a distance, while the space ship's giant shadow flys over him visibly.
Special Edition: 0:06 min.
The Theatrical Version misses this, but the scene in which Roy drives through the tunnel starts earlier.
Theatrical Version: 0:06 min.
24:33 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
25:08-25:10 (Timecode Special Edition)
The Special Edition has a short, new scene of the ships flying over the street implemented.
The orange ship glows and looks at the Burger King/McDonald's-sign.
Special Edition: 0:02 min.
24:39-24:44 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
25:16 (Timecode Special Edition)
Shortly after, though, the Special Edition misses a scene of an observer saying something.
Observer: "They can fly rings around the moon. But we're years ahead of them on the highway."
Theatrical Version: 0:05 min.
29:45 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
30:17-32:33 (Timecode Special Edition)
After Roy's and Ronnie's kiss, the Special Edition shows one of the new big scenes from the Special Edition.
Some mongols are travelling through the sands of the Gobi desert with their camels as they seem to discover something. One of them happily lifts his weapon in the air.
At that, two UN-vehicles and helicopters are coming over the hills, passing the mongols. They are all pointing in one direction all the time.
Finally, the camera pans from a helicopter high above down and gives sight to a giant ship with the name "Cotopaxi" on the side, lying in the middle of the sand.
Mr. Laughlin and another UN-man are walking towards the ship:
Laughlin: "I don't believe it. I don't believe it." *he continues walking* "I don't believe it."
UN-man: "It's the Cotopaxi!"
Laughlin: "Why is it here?"
UN-man: "Beats the shit out of me!"
Another longshot of the ship with the camels and the UN next to it.
Special Edition: 2:16 min.
33:14-33:57 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
35:54 (Timecode Special Edition)
The Special Edition misses the end of the scene after the quitting, and ends with the first shot of the children at the door.
In the Theatrical Version, Ronnie talks longer to Roy:
*Brad and Toby are standing at the door and listen*
Ronnie: "I mean I don't understand this, Roy. ..Roy."
*Roy lays down on the bed*
Ronnie: "What is happening here? We were up all night."
*Roy notices a pillow that lies there like the shape; music starts*
Ronnie: "I'm not getting a job, you know. I'm not getting a job. Forget it."
*Roy keeps looking at the pillow, the music is getting more and more intense, he reaches for the pillow*
Roy: "That's not right."
Theatrical Version: 0:43 min.
33:57 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
35:54 (Timecode Special Edition)
Afterwards, the second expected arrival was removed from the Special Edition and delayed to later. The Special Edition continues with India right away.
41:24 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
39:29-39:38 (Timecode Special Edition)
The conference was a little extended here in the Special Edition.
We see the attendants getting up after the demonstration.
Lacombe is obviously happy.
Special Edition: 0:09 min.
41:24 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
39:38 (Timecode Special Edition)
The scene of the second arrival, which was removed earlier, is shown now, after the conference.
50:49-54:29 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
52:54 (Timecode Special Edition)
After Billy's abduction, the complete press conference with the initial arrival of Jillian is missing in the Special Edition.
There is a big press furore in the US Air Force's lobby. We see a woman sitting at the reception.
Jillian arrives and tries to make way through the reporters; Roy and Ronnie are already there:
Roy: "Jillian! Jillian!"
Reporter 1: "May we have a statement, please? The report you gave to the police was quite spectacular! We need it for the 6:00 news."
*Jillian looks to Roy*
Jillian: "They got him."
*she moves on, the reporters follow her*
Reporterin: "Is it true you're leaving the state to look for your son?"
[wild talking of all the reporters]
Jillian: "HIS name is Barry!"
*cut to Roy, who looks at her worriedly, cut to Ronnie; then again cut to Jillian*
[still talking of the reporters]
Reporter 2: "Are you involved in any kind of parapsychologies?"
Reporter 3: "Turn around, please! Turn around!"
Reporter 2: "You gave the police a report. Would you mind repeating it for the television?"
Receptionist: "Folks, you can go in now! Room 3655."
Cut to the room of the press conference; Major Benchley is on screen:
Benchley: "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a flying saucer."
*he holds up a picture that seems to show a UFO, the attendants are starting to talk wildly, one of them says "That's the one I saw!"*
Benchley: "It's made of pewter, made in Japan, and thrown across the lawn by one of my children."
Benchley: "I just wanted to point that out to get sure we're not all "polished brass" about these things. And also to make a point that last year Americans shot more than seven billion photographs at a record of §6.6 billion for film equipment and processing. Now with all those shutters clicking, where is the indisputable photographic evidence?"
*Roy wants to say something, but is interrupted*
Reporter: "Major Benchley.. I've been in the news business for a long time, and our cameras have never been able to take a picture of a plane crash as it actually happened or an automobil accident and get it on the 6:00 news."
Roy: "That's right! That's right.."
*the attendants are starting to discuss again, some agree*
The man next to Major Benchley starts moving his head towards the microphone:
Man: "Now there are all kinds of ideas that would be fun to believe in. Mental telepathy, time travel, immortality, even Santa Claus. *Shot of Roy* Now I know it's not fun to go home and say, "Guess what happened today. I was in the shopping centre, and there was this tremendiously bright light, and I rushed outside, and it was an aeroplane."
Roy: "Excuse me, Sir. I didn't want to see this."
Man: "I sure wish I had. You know, for 15 years I've been looking for this damn silly lights in the night sky. I've never found any. I'd like to, because I believe in life elsewhere."
Attendant: "Why don't you guys just admit that the Air Force is conducting secret tests in the Foothills area?"
Man: "It would be easy to say 'yes' to that - but I'm not going to mislead you, this is not the case. To tell you the truth, I don't know what you saw."
Roy: "You can't fool us by agreeing with us." *the attendants start laughing* "No, no, no, no, come on, come on."
The observer from last night, who made the remark and now also sits at the table, starts talking:
Observer: "I saw Bigfoot once." *the reporters point the cameras at him, he gets up* "1951. Back in Sequoia National Park. Had a foot on her, 37 inches. Heel to toe."
*he pushes two ashtrays on the table to show the length; attending children are amazed*
Observer: "Made a sound I would not want to hear twice in my life."
*camera shows Roy and Ronnie, he holds his hand before his face; the attendants are starting to talk wildly; observer sits down again, a little proud and smirking; shot of Roy*
Attendant 2: "I believe I've encountered that gentleman myself."
Attendant 3: "I was sitting on the porch one year, seeing through the screen. I seen this big white dot in the sky. Then it turned to red, blue, and green."
*cut to the newspaper in front of Roy; he starts drawing the shape; the attendants continue talking*
Man: "UFOs do not represent a direct physical threat to our national security. We do not support them, and we encourage you not to."
*Roy draws so hard the pencil breaks*
Theatrical Version: 3:40 min.
56:54-57:31 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
55:20 (Timecode Special Edition)
The beginning of the dinner with the potato mash was removed from the Theatrical Version.
Ronnie, Toby and Brad are sitting at the table, Sylvia is standing next to them. Ronnie gives out potato mash from the bowl:
Toby: "I'm gonna hit you across the street, tomorrow night!"
*Toby and Brad talk promiscuously*
Ronnie: "Ride your bike.."
*they keep talking loudly*
Toby: "You are not!"
*Roy steps into the room*
Ronnie: "Boys. ..Toby. Did you finish your science project?"
*suddenly silence as they notice Roy; he sits down; Toby holds a napkin in front of his mouth*
Sylvia: "I don't want any potatoes." *Ronnie puts potato mash on her dish*
Ronnie: "Yeah, just a little bit.. that's good."
Theatrical Version: 0:37 min.
The two versions run in sync again as Ronnie gives the keys to Toby.
1:01:11 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
58:59-1:01:37 (Timecode Special Edition)
Another big scene in the Special Edition.
Ronnie wakes up and hears the shower is on. She knocks at the door:
Ronnie: "Roy? ..Roy? Open the door, please. Please. Roy." *she tries to open the door by force* "Roy! Open this door! ..Open this door!"
*she goes to the dresser and looks for something, Sylvia steps out of her room, Ronnie finds a pair of scissors and breaks the door open with it; Roy is sitting in the bathtub with the shower on*
Roy: "I don't think I know what's happening to me." *he moans*
Ronnie: "Look, Roy. What it is, is family therapy. I mean, we all go. We all talk. No one is singled out. Maybe it's not your fault anyway!"
*Roy looks at his wristwatch*
Roy: "Oh, it's waterproof, it still works!"
Ronnie: "ROY! Promise me you will go! Please!"
Brad steps into the bathroom and starts continuously beating the door against the wall:
Brad: "You crybaby, you crybaby, you crybaby, you crybaby!.."
Ronnie: "Get out of here! Get out!"
Brad: "..you crybaby, you crybaby, you crybaby!.."
Roy: "Come on, you guys. Come on."
Brad: "..you crybaby, you crybaby, you crybaby, you crybaby!" *he runs away*
*Sylvia holds her ears*
Sylvia: "BE QUIEEET!"
Ronnie: "Stop it!"
Ronnie and Roy leave the bathroom:
Ronnie: "I don't understand it!"
Brad: "You crybaby!"
Roy: "Neither do I."
*Ronnie points at Brad*
Ronnie: "Get out! Go to your room, and close the door." *both children run away*
Roy: "Ronnie? ..Ronnie?"
Roy: "I'm really scared. I want you to help me."
Ronnie: "All this bullshit! It's turning this house upside down!"
Roy: "Ronnie, just.."
Ronnie: "I just hate you! That's why!"
Roy: "Ronnie, Ronnie. Ronnie."
*he holds both her arms and tries to pull her to himself*
Roy: "Ronnie, just - hold it. Just put your arms around me. It'll really help me! It'll really help me."
Ronnie: "Listen, listen, listen! Don't you see what's happening? None of our friends call us anymore! You're out of work! You don't care! You're wrecking us, you're ruining us!"
Roy: "Ronnie, just hold on..!"
Ronnie: "No! ..No!"
Roy: "Hold on!"
*she runs into the bathroom and bangs the door behind her; Roy goes to the door*
Roy: "Ronnie? ..Ronnie? Ronnie. Come on."
Finally, we see Brad closing the door with tears in his eyes. Toby freaks out in the background.
Special Edition: 2:38 min.
1:03:20-1:06:53 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
1:03:46 (Timecode Special Edition)
Now, the Special Edition misses the entire scene of Roy going crazy, after he destroyed his clay shape.
Ronnie, Brad and Toby are lying in the room and sleep. They wake up as Ronny starts ripping out plants outside in front of the window:
Ronnie: "Roy? I'm sorry about last night. ..Roy! Roy? Roy, what are you doing? ..Jesus."
*she gets up and runs out of the room; Cut to the next room; Ronnie comes running to Sheryl, who is standing at the window; Roy is frantically ripping out more plants*
Ronnie: "Roy! Roy!" *she knocks at the window* "The plants are fine there! ..Roy, can you hear me?!"
*Roy continues walking outside, Ronnie follows him on the inside to the other window*
Ronnie: " Wait! ..Wait, what are you doing?!"
Roy: "You're gonna love it, Ronnie!"
Ronnie: "What do you mean?!"
Roy: "You'll really love this!"
Ronnie: "Roy, wha-what are you doing?"
*Roy moves on, Ronnie runs to the next window; she looks outside*
Ronnie: "Oh.. OH ROY!"
*a plant with root and soil crashes through the window, Ronnie dodges*
Ronnie: "My god!"
Cut outside, Roy is standing in front of the window and shovels soil from a pushcar into the house.
Brad and Toby are standing next to him:
Roy: "Come on, men!"
Toby: "Dad, after this, can we throw dirt in MY window?"
Ronnie: "Stop it. ..Stop. Stop it."
Roy: "Ronnie - if I don't do this, that's when I'm gonna need a doctor." *he throws a brick through the window and runs away*
Cut to a window of the next house, which opens. Mrs. Harris, who is blow-drying her hair, takes a look outisde. Roy then runs to a pile of bricks, Ronnie, Brad and Toby are going after him:
Ronnie: "..you doing. What are you doing?"
Roy: "I got it! ..I, I figured it out, that's all! Will you just listen?"
Roy: "Ronnie, look: you ever look at something when it's crazy, and then you look at it in another way and it's not crazy at all?"
Ronnie: "No, I haven't, no!"
Roy: "Come on, Ronnie! Just listen!"
Ronnie: "I don't know what you're doing."
Roy: "If you just close your eyes.. Close your eyes and hold your breath, everything will be real pretty."
*he picked some bricks from the pile and goes away with those; Toby also picks up one*
Ronnie: "Roy? You're scaring us now!"
Roy: "Don't be scared! Just don't be scared, I feel really good! Everything's gonna be alright! I haven't felt this good in years!"
*He is back at the window and throws the bricks inside; Ronnie, Brad and Toby have walked after him*
Roy: "Everythings gonna be okay. I feel it."
*quick cut to the sink, where the bricks land*
Roy: "Now what else? What else?"
*he looks around; Toby throws his brick through the window as well*
Toby: "Like this, like this?"
Cut to blow-drying Mrs. Harris again, then shortly to Roy, and then to an approaching and stopping garbage truck.
A garbage man gets off and wants to take the garbage can, Roy takes it away from him, though, and empties it. At that, he goes away with the can; Cut to Ronnie, who is warily looking into the sky.
Roy pushes the garbage can through the window. He then looks around again and seems to discover something.
Roy: "Chicken wire."
He goes to the neighbor's garden's geese-compound, and starts to rip out and roll in the fence. Cut to Mrs Harris' room, going to the other window and looking to Roy:
Mrs. Harris: "Whatever you're doing, it's against the law!"
*Brad and Ronnie with Sylvia in her arms are coming*
Ronnie: "He's putting it back, Mrs. Harris!"
*Roy sprints towards Mrs. Harris with the fence in his hand*
Roy: "I'll pay you for this!"
*she suddenly blow-dries threateningly in his direction*
Mrs. Harris: "Take it. Take it."
Roy: "I'm perfectly fine."
*he goes away again; Ronnie tries to stop Toby from carring the fence*
Ronnie: "Let go of this fence right now. You come with me. Do you want me to hit you? You let go of that fence!"
*Roy wirft die Drähte weg und geht auf die noch stehenden hinzu
Roy throws away the wire and goes to the ones that are still standing*
Ronnie: "Toby! Listen to me. Listen to me. ..Right now, we're going."
Ronnie: "Let go off the fence! Come on."
*two children come running and are watching; Roy continues ripping fences out of the ground;
Shot of Brad; Roy runs away with the wire, the geese follow him; Ronnie tries to chase them back*
Ronnie: "Stay! Stay."
*interior-view of the Neary's house; more plants are flying in through the window.*
Theatrical Version: 3:33 min.
The versions are in sync again as Ronnie leaves the house with the children.
1:07:51-1:08:44 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
1:04:45 (Timecode Special Edition)
Afterwards, end of the scene of Ronnie having driven away with the children is missing.
Roy shakes off his hands, gets up and steps back to the house. The people continue watching him; he looks to a neighbor:
He continues going to the window, throws in a plant, and looks to Mrs. Harris. She tries to chase together the geese, the two children are standing at the side and look at him. Finally, Roy climbs into the window, we can hear something crash shortly after. He then takes a quick look outside, gets in the ladder, changes clothes, and bangs the window shut.
Theatrical Version: 0:53 min.
1:09:42-1:09:49 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
1:05:43 (Timecode Special Edition)
The Theatrical Version shows another shot of Roy's view outside, this is missing in the Special Edition.
Some children play baseball, a house in the background. Afterwards, Roy from outside looking through the window again.
Theatrical Version: 0:07 min.
1:13:35-1:13:41 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
1:09:30-1:10:42 (Timecode Special Edition)
There are two alternative scenes here again, the vendor at the station is shown differently and a little longer.
In the Theatrical Version, the vendor is standing in front of a pick-up with a dog on it, a bird's cage in his hand.
Vendor: "..and you'll be real disappointed and sorry if you don't have one of these an early-warning systems, such as a bird, a gas mask.. Why, even my dog has a gas mask. And any of you folks are worth more than a dog."
Special Edition: 0:12 min.
In the Theatrical Version, the vendor only says shortly something about the gas.
Another, sideways view of the vendor, more people are standing around him and look at him.
Vendor: "Alright folks, I don't want to alarm you, but this genuine nerve gas is odourless and colourless."
Theatrical Version: 0:06 min.
The two versions run in sync again as Roy gets out.
1:13:51-1:15:09 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
1:09:52 (Timecode Special Edition)
The Special Edition misses the scene in which Roy talks to a border official.
Three men are riding over a wooden way. At that Roy, passing the vendor through the crowd:
Vendor: "So now I'm gonna tell you, these canary birds are guaranteed to fall off of their perch one hour before the gas does anything to you."
Roy moves on, more people in the background, UN-troops, a herd of sheep and horses. He bypasses a barrier and stands still. A radio can be heard:
Radio voice: "..last names beginning with the letter "K" to the letter "P" as in "Peter". All aboard please."
A border official goes to Roy.
Border official: "You got next-of-kin in the red zone, buddy?"
Roy: "Ehe, my sister!"
Border official: "What's her name?"
Roy: "..well, that's okay, she's probably out of there by now already." *he wants to go but the border official stops him*
Border official: "We got everybody out of here before noon yesterday. You tell me her name and I'll tell where she's relocated."
Roy: "That's okay, I can find her myself."
Border official: "Oh man, there's more than 20 evacuation stations across the state. What's your name?" *he laughs*
*two more border officials have joined in by now*
Border official: "Smith. ..we got orders to shoot anybody looting around here - Smith?"
Roy: "You don't think I am..." *he laughs*
Border official: "Pass it on, heh?"
*Roy goes away, the border officials are looking at him*
People are running past Roy's car; Roy approaches it with two gas masks and a bird cage in his hand. Suddenly you can hear someone shout in the frantic noise:
He looks in the direction, quickly opens the car door and throws the stuff inside.
He looks up shortly.
Theatrical Version: 1:18 min.
The two versions run in sync again as Roy goes up the path.
1:27:33-1:27:44 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
1:22:16 (Timecode Special Edition)
The Special Edition misses a short scene of Roy, Jillian and another ally first freeing themselves out of the helicopter.
A man with gas mask and protective suit walks around the helicopter and closes the doors. Suddenly Roy pushes Andy out and follows. He pushes another gas-man away and takes Jillian's hand. The other passangers also try to free themselves but are being forced back by the gas-men.
Theatrical Version: 0:11 min.
The sequence is the same again as all three walk through the tons.
2:03:37 (Timecode Theatrical Version)
1:58:09-2:00:56 (Timecode Special Edition)
After Roy steps on the entering-plate, the Special Edition now shows the big scene in the space ship's interior.
Roy walks through the space ship. He looks around happily. He steps a round room with lights that point upwards.At that, the ceiling comes loose and lifts, which makes way for the space ship's upper places. Some sort of orange honeycomb starts closing with hatches on the sides. Just before it is shut, some ships are flying inside, just like the little red straggler-light.
Roy watches gleefully. A big wall is shown, with dozens of square windows at which are many little, dark creatures standing and appear to be watching.
Finally, a rain of bright, colorful lights comes shooting out of the honeycomb at the ceiling.
Special Edition: 2:47 min.
The Theatrical Version continues with the shot of Lacombe, Laughlin and co.
The music differs after the ship has disappeared.
There is a more upbeat music in the Special Edition played, the Theatrical Version on the other hand features a darker, more serious music.