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Contact [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Jodie Foster , Matthew McConaughey , Robert Zemeckis    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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The opening and closing moments of Robert (Forrest Gump) Zemeckis's Contact astonish viewers with the sort of breathtaking conceptual imagery one hardly ever sees in movies these day--each is an expression of the heroine's lifelong quest (both spiritual and scientific) to explore the meaning of human existence through contact with extraterrestrial life. The movie begins by soaring far out into space, then returns dizzyingly to earth until all the stars in the heavens condense into the sparkle in one little girl's eye. It ends with that same girl as an adult (Jodie Foster)--her search having taken her to places beyond her imagination--turning her gaze inward and seeing the universe in a handful of sand. Contact traces the journey between those two visual epiphanies. Based on Carl Sagan's novel, Contact is exceptionally thoughtful and provocative for a big-budget Hollywood science fiction picture, with elements that recall everything from 2001 to The Right Stuff. Foster's solid performance (and some really incredible alien hardware) keep viewers interested, even when the story skips and meanders, or when the halo around the golden locks of rising-star-of-a-different-kind Matthew McConaughey (as the pure-Hollywood-hokum love interest) reaches Milky Way-level wattage. Ambitious, ambiguous, pretentious, unpredictable--Contact is all of these things and more. Much of it remains open to speculation and interpretation, but whatever conclusions one eventually draws, Contact deserves recognition as a rare piece of big-budget studio filmmaking on a personal scale. --Jim Emerson


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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies July 12 2004
Format:DVD
One of my favorite subjects as I was growing up and into my early 20s, was backyard skywatching and astronomy. I believe this movie accurately portrays the emotional aspects of science in general and astronomy in particular: the sense of awe and beauty when confronted with infinity, and the sense of lonliness felt by everyone with an idealistic passion.
If you have ever read Carl Sagan's books, you'll see that this movie touches upon the usual staples of a Carl Sagan read: the foundation of religion vs. the foundation of science, the mutual misunderstanding and struggle between those governed by curious optimism versus those governed by primal fear, and a demonstration of the dangers of a world that depends on science which is filled with so many people who do not understand it.
Some have argued that they find Contact to be "preachy." I don't really see much of a foundation in that assessment of the movie. Just like in real life, the ultimate philosophical answers are left wide open at the end of this movie, leaving it open to many different interpretations. And I think it's refreshing to see a movie that doesn't follow the contemporary pattern of avoiding any serious discussion about morality and philosophy. These are some of the conversations the human race will be forced to have with itself if we want to survive the coming centuries. Recent events since this movie was released and Carl Sagan's death only accentuate the importance of facing this fact.
I love this movie. From the beautiful computer-generated opening sequence, through the middle sequences detailing the main character's relentless and passionate quest for scientific knowledge and exploration, to the adventurous surreal climax, I felt that I had a personal connection with almost every aspect of this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT MOVIE MADE BY ROBERT ZEMECKIS. Feb. 10 2004
Format:DVD
When you see a film made by Robert Zemeckis, you can be sure that you are going to find three things in such movie:
1).- THE MOVIE HAS OUSTANDING TECHNICAL LEVEL: "Contact" has excellent visual effects, the worm holes seem very realistic, when Jodie Foster travels to another "planet", the scene looks spectacular. The photography in "Contact" is very detailed. The shots that show the outer space and the natural beauties surrounding the research centers are proof of the high technical level of the team behind "Contact". The use of footage of popular characters (like Bill Clinton) look as real or even more real that the scenes in "Forrest Gump" (same technical team behind "Contact", but with more experience and more technology than where they did "Forrest Gump" in 1994). By the way, the music is also perfect for this film, the composer was Alan Silvestri.
2).- THE MOVIE HAS AN INTERESTING CAST: in "Contact", we can find popular actors like Jodie Foster, James Woods, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Rob Lowe and Matthew McConaughey.
3).- THE MOVIE WILL BE INTERESTING, PERHAPS WILL BE FASCINATING: and "Contact" isn't the exception to this rule. The human beings are always interested in the study of other planets and solar systems, and we are always wandering if there is life in other place besides the Earth.
Robert Zemeckis is a director capable of tell a story in his movies, he has a lot of tricks and resources, he is very creative and he is always surrounded by the right people in every movie that he makes. Another interesting movies filmed by Robert Zemeckis are: "Forrest Gump", "Back To The Future", "Cast Away" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rather Good, Especially the First Half Feb. 2 2004
By snalen
Format:DVD
I was in no hurry to see this film and didn't for ages. For one thing the really fun alien movies are those where they are evil and want to eat us. As any real sci-fi fan will tell you, nice, friendly aliens are for sissies. For another it's by Robert Zemeckis whose other films tend not to rock my world. And for another again I thought it would be a bit like "Close Encounters" which I hated. Why did I hate "Encounters"? Well, mainly because I thought it was dumb: it's the key film in the rather troubling mainly American cultural trend of treating the possibility of alien contact as a kind of ersatz religion. And it's a pretty silly ersatz religion. It ended, you remember with a great crowd of people (a crowd clearly intended to included us the audience) gazing upwards in an attitude of dumb, sub-religious awe. And with nothing to merit it except a vision of gleaming metal and astronomical power. Which is one of the stupider reasons around for any kind of awe. For some reason I expected this to be a bit similar but it's really a lot more interesting and, for the most part steers appealingly clear of the dumb sub-religious awe route.
The first - and better - half is a nice attempt to work through imaginatively what would actually happen if the people who sit around listening for alien signals from outer space were really to come across something unambiguously so sourced and seriously interesting. And we can readily enough appreciate how the military establishment might muscle in, how assorted fringe - and perhaps some not so fringe - religious groups would get badly carried away in diverse directions, how the bigshot scientist who had dismissed all such research as nonsense and vetoed the funding is suddenly right on board and claiming half the credit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a must to see
Published 15 days ago by Tesla Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars We have contact
This is both a thoughtful and evocative movie that postulates what would happen if aliens try to contact us. How would we respond? Read more
Published 4 months ago by M Sockel
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice emotional sci-fi movie...
When it was released waaay back in 1997, the movie may have been a sleeper hit, but it seems to have resonated with its audiences ever since. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Simon Bergeron
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
any interest in radio astronomy? This movie is for you.. a lot of great background at the VLA .
The story gets a little metaphysical whacko at the end but otherwise pretty... Read more
Published 9 months ago by trekkerkev
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, Good Quallity
A definite must for any space/ sci-fi fans out there. Always a fun thing to think about - contact with extra terrestrials. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kevin Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars trying to answer thr ageold question
Here we try to answer the age-old question: are there civilisations on other planets? This one tries to tell us that there is but how to reach them still is left unanswered. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Clarence Huibers
5.0 out of 5 stars "Cult film for me"
I have seen the movie may times and love it very much.

Presently, I am "stocking up" for my retirement (in about 1 1/2 years from now). Read more
Published on July 19 2012 by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST!
Simply one of the best movies in my collection. An all-star cast anchor this layered story about contact with aliens, science, friendship, love and most of all faith. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2011 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the buy!
They did an amazing job bringing this to Blur ray! Worth adding to your BR collection! My only nit pick about BR releases is lack of added content, like deleted scenes and the... Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2010 by Michael Matischuk
4.0 out of 5 stars So if it is just us, seems like an awful waste of space
Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), appropriate last name, is a scientist seeking the fringes of space to find if we are alone. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2010 by bernie
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