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

Jodie Foster , Matthew McConaughey , Robert Zemeckis    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars We have contact April 7 2014
By M Sockel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
This is both a thoughtful and evocative movie that postulates what would happen if aliens try to contact us. How would we respond?

There are some action pieces, but on the whole this is a reflective film. If I am honest Jodie Foster plays Jodie Foster and Matthew Mcconaughey phones it in... but that does not detract from a tale of cosmological proportions.

If I am honest, I am slightly disappointed that this does not go as far as Carl Sagan's excellent book, but it is interesting to see how the legacy of both echoes down today, particularly in the heavily "Contact" influenced The Call of The Black River (The Spirals of Danu), which is just superb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice emotional sci-fi movie... Jan. 30 2014
By Simon Bergeron TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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. The many religious implications, emotional choices and everything in-between all forge an A to B plot, not as challenging as one may think but still a honest to goodness great effort in filmmaking. A few scenes truly stand out from the movie, all showing amazing cinematography and editing. Alan Silvestri's music is sweet, engaging and helps put you in the mood for Jodie Foster's character and her whole epic inside journey, which is only magnified by the events she is forced to go through... the ensemble cast is just top notch. From Matthew MacConnaghey to James Woods, everyone does a fine job if caricatured at times, for some parts are quite one-dimensional. Nevertheless, director Robert Zemeckis was at the height of his career, strong from his Forrest Gump success, he could do anything and anyone would have provided... and this picture shows it. "Contact" may not be the "be all end all" of sci-fi/religion movies, but it sure is a competent effort.

Special features are just the same as your old DVD, so if you're looking for a reason to trade format, your best bet is to consider the audio and picture elements, which are far superior in every way to their DVD counterpart.

Thanks for reading, by the way :) and should you be so inclined to bet Contact on blu-ray, I trust you'll enjoy it time and time again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie Nov. 5 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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 entertaining. blue ray looks great.
recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, Good Quallity Sept. 19 2013
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A definite must for any space/ sci-fi fans out there. Always a fun thing to think about - contact with extra terrestrials. This Carl Sagan story is beautifully adapted and jodie foster does a great job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars trying to answer thr ageold question Aug. 14 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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. We build what is purported to have been sent by this one but dis we get there
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Cult film for me" July 19 2012
By Jean
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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).
So for now, aside from unwrapping it and putting on the shelf, nothing.

Jean
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1.0 out of 5 stars Was this a movie or did they try to promote CNN? Oct. 18 2002
Format:DVD
When you want to create a world for a big budget science fiction movie, it has to litterally be it';s own world with little or no connection with the everyday world. Showing CNN news casters in this movie from start to finish was clearly a case of over-kill and took away from what the film was supposed to be, had George Lucas or Steven Spielberg made this movie, it would have been a lot more then what was delivered here, which was not much.
Carl Sagan's best known films and statements on Mankind's place in the universe was much better explored with the PBS series, COSMOS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the buy! Nov. 13 2010
Format:Blu-ray
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 little extra us movie nuts love! Gag reels and deleted scenes make for a complete disk! On and Inserts would be nice!
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