Close Encounters Of The Third Kind is the sci-fi masterpiece that took the act of abandoning your family and turned it into a fun adventure for the whole family … who you hopefully didn’t abandon. Apparently, Spielberg wasn’t happy with the version that was first released, claiming it was “pushed” into theaters by the studio, who were “facing bankruptcy.” After the movie became a hit, Spielberg got permission to re-cut a “special edition” of Close Encounters … with one big string attached.
In exchange for ponying up the dough for the new version, the studio demanded that Spielberg include scenes showing the inside of the spaceship at the very end. Up to that point, all the audience got to see was a glowing light, alien silhouettes, and some arena rock dry ice wafting toward the mothership.
The studio’s only caveat to funding a special edition was that Spielberg crap all over that ambiguous ending, which is like adding a scene to the end of Blade Runner wherein someone spills iced tea on Harrison Ford and causes him to short circuit. For some reason, Spielberg went along with it.