Steven Spielberg‘s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is coming out on Blu-ray soon, and when it arrives I recommend that everyone watch it with an eye for the incredible brass balls it took for Spielberg to shoot the title alien like he would a human actor.

The reason he was able to do that is due in great part to the work of Italian effects maestro Carlo Rambaldi, who died today at the age of 86. Rambaldi’s days as a working cinematic craftsman were behind him, and he passes leaving behind a great body of work that contains effects for early giallo films like A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin, Deep Red, and Twitch of the Death Nerve; the wacky Warhol/Morrissey takes on Frankenstein and Dracula; and Alien, Dune, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E.T. Read More »