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.