The Special Edition of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND -- Belair, Hampton Mall, Laurel Cinema, Loehmann's Plaza, Marlow, New Carrollton, Riverdale Plaza, Roth's Seven Locks, Springfield Cinema, Tenley Circle, 301 Drive-In and Village Mall.

The ads put it this way: "Filmgoers will be able to share the ultimate experience of being inside ".

"The Special Edition of Close Encounters of the Third Kind," opening this Friday at several area theaters, is Steven Spielberg's revised version of his extraordinary 1977 science-fiction fantasy. A suspenseful account of events leading to the first official rendezvous between human beings and humanoid extraterrestrials, "Close Encounters" was noteable for a finale of dazzling pictorial beauty and transporting sentimental appeal.

According to advance reports, Spielberg cut a few scenes dealing with the domestic troubles of the protagonist, a Muncie, Indiana, power company employee protrayed by Richard Dreyfuss, and added an extended sequence in which he follows Dreyfuss into the aliens' majestic mothership before takoff. Hence the ads.

The movie stars Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Francois Truffaut, Bob Balaban and four-year-old Cary Guffey. Speilberg directed from his own screenplay.The original special effects were engineered and supervised by Douglas Trumbull. The alternately tense and celestial score was composed by John Williams.