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5.0 out of 5 stars 2010: The Year We Make Contact [2009] [Blu-ray]
2010: The Year We Make Contact [2009] [Blu-ray] SPACE FICTION OF A SUPERIOR KIND!

A new time, a new odyssey, a new chance to confront enigmas arising from the daring Jupiter mission of 2001. Crew members aboard the Leonov will rendezvous with the still-orbiting Discovery. And their fate will rest on the silicon shoulders of the computer they reawaken HAL-9000...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not 2001, but interesting and enjoyable
This is not on the same level as 2001... but it is a good film for those who were mystified by 2001, since it answers some of the questions posed by the first film very nicely. Unfortunately, the silly cosmic greeting card from Europa at the end of the film is a major disappointment and the casting of an overly emotional Roy Scheider instead of William Sylvester (who...
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2010: The Year We Make Contact [2009] [Blu-ray], July 9 2014
2010: The Year We Make Contact [2009] [Blu-ray] SPACE FICTION OF A SUPERIOR KIND!

A new time, a new odyssey, a new chance to confront enigmas arising from the daring Jupiter mission of 2001. Crew members aboard the Leonov will rendezvous with the still-orbiting Discovery. And their fate will rest on the silicon shoulders of the computer they reawaken HAL-9000 [voice of Douglas Rain]. Based on the Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey sequel, director Peter Hyams spellbinder – nominated for 5 Academy Awards®** – stars Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Oscar winner*** Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban and Keir Dullea.

**1984: Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Costume Designs, Make Up, Sound and Visual Effects

***2006: Best Actress for The Queen

Cast: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain [voice of HAL-9000], Madolyn Smith, Saveliy Kramarov, Taliesin Jaffe, James McEachin, Mary Jo Deschanel, Elya Baskin, Dana Elcar, Oleg Rudnik, Natasha Shneider, Vladimir Skomarovsky, Victor Steinbach and Candice Bergen [voice of SAL-9000]

Director: Peter Hyams

Producer: Peter Hyams

Screenwriters: Peter Hyams and Sir Arthur C. Clarke

Composer: David Shire

Cinematography: Peter Hyams

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, English: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, German: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Italian: 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 2.0 Dolby Digital and Portuguese: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish

Running Time: 116 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of Discs: 1

Studio: Warner Home Video

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – Judged strictly on its own, as if it were an original production with no connection to '2001: A Space Odyssey', Peter Hyams' film version of '2010' is arguably one of the better sci-fi pictures to come out of the 1980s. Unfortunately, you really can't judge the movie on its own. Its existence is inextricably tied to Stanley Kubrick's legendary masterpiece. Any positive attributes '2010' may have are unavoidably overshadowed by comparison to its predecessor. There's just no two ways around it. As the direct sequel to one of the greatest motion pictures ever made, quite frankly, '2010' cannot in no way be compared to ‘2001’, it must stand on its own merit.

The fault for that lies mainly with author Sir Arthur C. Clarke. If a few of the sub-plots had been changed around a bit, the movie is a mostly faithful adaptation of Clarke's novel '2010: Odyssey Two' in all of its most important aspects. When Sir Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick collaborated back in 1968, the results were a fusion of each man's strengths as a storyteller: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's background in hard science fiction and his grounding in plausible scientific speculation, with Stanley Kubrick's visionary artistry and mind-bending flights of imagination. The sequels (the author penned four books in the series) are purely Sir Arthur C. Clarke's doing, and suffer from the lack of Stanley Kubrick's perspective.

That's not to say that Sir Arthur C. Clarke was an inferior storyteller to Stanley Kubrick. In his prolific career, he wrote several legitimate classics such as 'Childhood's End' and 'Rendezvous with Rama'. The two men simply approached the material from completely different angles. Their collaboration on '2001' produced something beautiful and transcendent. '2010', on the other hand, just isn't in the calibre.

At the end of '2001', the human race had encountered the single most important event in its history, and was quite possibly poised at the brink of an evolutionary jump forward. As '2010' picks up, we learn that basically nothing has happened in the following nine years. In fact, the mysterious monolith and the intelligence behind it don't seem to have much interest in Earth or humanity at all. The film opens with a stream of facts and data that recap the discovery of the monolith and the first mission to Jupiter. In this alternate timeline, the U.S.S.R. is still a major superpower, and the Cold War is still very much on. While their governments squabble over an escalating conflict in Central America, the American and Soviet scientific communities decide to launch a joint mission out to Jupiter. Their plan is to board the derelict spaceship Discovery and find out exactly what went wrong the last time. The Soviets can get there faster, but only the Americans can reactivate and repair HAL 9000, and so they need each other. Leading the expedition are Dr. Heywood Floyd [Roy Scheider taking over from William Sylvester] and the Russian captain Tanya Kirbuk [Helen Mirren].

While Stanley Kubrick embraced ambiguity, Sir Arthur C. Clarke was a strict literalist. The brilliance of '2001' lay in its open-ended nature, the fact that it opened the door for ideas that each audience member would have to interpret for him- or herself. '2010' sets about to systematically deconstruct all of the mysteries left unresolved at the end of the first story. It attempts to provide rational, understandable explanations to the images and plot developments that were intended to represent concepts beyond humanity's comprehension. Do you need to be told, in easily-digestible terms, exactly what the monolith and the Star Child were, where they came from, what they did, and how they worked? Well, here you go. Personally, I find it more interesting to ponder those things on my own, especially when the explanations that Sir Arthur C. Clarke comes up with are so simplistic and mundane.

If I haven't mentioned Peter Hyams much in all this time, well the director illustrates Clarke's story with workmanlike competence and efficiency. The film has strong performances from the cast and solid production values for an '80s sci-fi flick. The model and miniature effects are quite excellent and hold up very well. (However, optically they have dated really badly and some of the compositing work is downright terrible, especially using 4:3 video screens, where ‘2001’ video technology was so far advanced and still stands out today). Anyway Peter Hyams stages several moments of nail-biting suspense, including the aero braking sequence and a breathless spacewalk between the Russian craft Leonov and the Discovery. I have to admit disappointment that he falls back on that old crutch of using sound in the vacuum of outer space (which Kubrick went out of his way to avoid). Nevertheless, I think it's safe to say that '2010' is the best movie that Peter Hyams ever made, even if that's not much of a complement considering some of the dreck he's churned out in the years since.

For what it is, the film's script is intelligently written and has some thought-provoking ideas. The depiction of the future year of 2010 misses the mark in a few respects (like the Soviet Union still being around, or the preponderance of all those bulky CRT computer monitors), but is a fairly credible extension of the world created in Kubrick's film. Unfortunately, the movie lacks any real vision, which '2001' had in spades. On its own, '2010' is a decent enough sci-fi picture. But it's not a worthy follow-up to '2001'.

Blu-ray Video Quality – '2010' is not the revelation on Blu-ray that '2001: A Space Odyssey' was, but that has more to do with the nature of each film, than their respective high-definition transfers. Unlike its predecessor, the majority of '2010' wasn't shot on 65mm film, just regular 35mm. Furthermore, director Peter Hyams performs double-duty as cinematographer on all of his films. His preferred visual style is dark and grainy. He favours source lighting and high-speed film stocks. You'll find a consistently drab appearance among most of his other films ('Timecop', 'The Relic' and 'End of Days', et al.).

The 1080p transfer is at the mercy of its source material. Presented in its theatrical 2.40:1 aspect ratio, the image is flat and hazy. Colours appear accurate, but aren't particularly noteworthy. Contrast wavers; a lot of shots had their exposure pushed in the lab, elevating black levels and grain.

Accepting that, the Blu-ray is certainly a substantial improvement over the DVD edition released with a cruddy non-anamorphic letterbox transfer back in 2000. Although fairly soft due to the lighting and use of photographic filters, the picture has a decent amount of detail and exhibits no signs of Digital Noise Reduction or artificial sharpening. The special effects footage (which was shot on 65mm by an entirely different crew than the live action scenes) looks terrific. The model shots are as sharp, clear, and well-lit as you could hope. If anything, the contrast between the two types of scene is a little jarring, but that's just the way the film is. The 1080p encoding has a few minor issues. The grain isn't always well-compressed, and sometimes comes across noisy or blocky. I also noticed some colour banding on the flat surface of the monolith. Still, overall, this transfer is about as good as I'd ever expect '2010' to look in high definition.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – '2010' was nominated for a Best Sound Academy Award back in 1984. For its vintage, this is an interesting sound design, even if fidelity and aggressiveness aren't quite up to modern standards.

The Blu-ray offers the soundtrack in 5.1 Dolby TrueHD or Standard 5.1 Dolby Digital formats. Dialogue sounds a little flat, but the music (especially Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra) has nice body and depth. The movie features some very loud, shocking sound effects. The aero braking sequence is an auditory highlight with pretty intense bass action guaranteed to get your subwoofer rumbling. Even though the movie played in 70mm theatrical engagements with a 6-track audio mix, the 5.1 options on the Blu-ray are virtually devoid of surround activity. Whether that's inherent to the original sound design (it wouldn't surprise me) or an issue with the conversion to 5.1 configuration, I can't say.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

2010: The Odyssey Continues [Vintage Documentary] [9:00] Sir Arthur C. Clarke introduces the movie by the novel's title, '2010: Odyssey Two', and in the introduction to this vintage making-of promo. The short piece doesn't go into much depth, but does offer some quick interviews with visual futurist Syd Mead, production designers (who stress the importance of a utilitarian style in the sets), and SFX people. It's kind of amazing to see that Sir Arthur C. Clarke and director Peter Hyams were essentially communicating by E-mail (via a primitive "computer link-up") all the way back in 1984. Around that time, I thought I was on the cutting edge with my computer.

Theatrical Trailer [3:00] A 4:3 pan and scan trailer in pretty lousy condition and cannot understand why they could not do the same ration as the actual film, this is a very bad unprofessional attitude of Warner Home Video.

Finally, '2010: The Year We Make Contact ' is a film simultaneously underrated and not nearly as good as it should have been. If you can try to divorce your expectations from any comparison to '2001: A Space Odyssey', it's a solid '80s sci-fi adventure. Unfortunately, it is a sequel to '2001', and on that mark it sort of fails. Despite this, it is still a good companion Blu-ray to the previous awesome film, but what lets it down is the 4:3 video screens, at least with 2001, the technology was far advanced looking and is still today after 50 years and I think that aspect lets the film look slightly old fashioned. Despite this anomaly the Blu-ray looks and sounds about as good as the film can look or sound, and is still worth a recommendation, despite not coming anywhere near the very high standards of ‘2001’ which we were hoping to see when it was released in the cinema. Again, still despite this it is a worthy addition to ‘2001’ and very honoured to have it in my Blu-ray Collection.

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur C. Clarke Fans Rejoice...., May 1 2009
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What can I say? The book is always better than the movie. However, the movie does not have to be worse than the book. It can be different. This is the case with this movie. 2001 was a watershed in many ways in terms of science fiction both in book and film form. Either movie can stand on its own merits and terms. If you are a fan, watch both of them back to back. I don't know if anyone has the energy or desire to do it, but it would be fantastic if the rest of the books were turned into movies as well as the story does not end with 2010. Buy the books that continue the story to its conclusion and for that matter, buy the whole set and read them. They are well worth it. Arthur C. Clarke is one of my favourite authors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars bon souvenie, June 1 2014
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la suite de ce film est correct dans l emsemble toujours de bon effets speciaux les acteurs sont bon,le blue-ray tres belle image.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!, March 17 2014
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Classic even though it wasn't also done by Kubric like 2001 was. They did it justice in making it flow well and not seem incredibly out of place in the film series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2010 we make contact, Feb. 6 2014
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A PERFECT FINAL STORY AFTER 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY, VERY CLASSY STORY COMPLETING THE 2001 MOVIE,

YOU MUST FIRST SEE 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY
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5.0 out of 5 stars great classic, Jan. 28 2014
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Had to complete the set. Can't have 2001 without 2010 now can you?

Also looks great at 1080p.

Don't make movies like this anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Oct. 16 2013
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I don't know how many times I have seen this movie and it never gets old. Very well made and the movie itself moves along at a good pace.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jupiter and Beyond..., Jan. 4 2010
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Was there ever a film that needed a sequel less than 2001: A Space Odyssey? If any movie had ever defied sequel making, it was the original 2001. It is impossible to talk about 2010 without mentioning Stanley Kubrick and the groundbreaking film that started it all. With that in mind, 2010 is still an excellent science fiction film, intelligent and exciting, while feeling miles away from the original.

Dr. Heywood Floyd (the late Roy Scheider) has taken the fall for the disasters in 2001. The supercomputer H.A.L. 9000 (Douglas Rain) has failed and Dr. David Bowman (Keir Dullea) has disappeared and is presumed dead. Four astronauts have been killed by H.A.L. and nobody knows why. The Discovery is in orbit around Jupiter and the Americans plan on sending a team there to find out just what happened. Problem: The orbit is mysteriously decaying, and the Russians will get there first. Floyd has been offered a ride on the Russian ship, the Alexei Leonov, to help in their mission.

The premise itself shows us that the universe has changed. Politics were inconsequential in the first film, but by 2010 the Soviets are deep into a cold war with the Americans, and the war threatens to go nuclear at any time. The president's finger is literally on the button. Dr. Floyd, however, needs to go to Discovery and find out just what happened for his own sake. Along for the ride are Dr. Chandra (Bob Balaban), the creator of H.A.L., and Curnow (John Lithgow), the man who built Discovery and can reactivate it. The Russian crew, portrayed excellently by mostly Russian actors for authenticity, are distrustful of the Americans. Their commander, played by Helen Mirren, is also an officer of the Russian air force and finds her loyalties tested when Dr. Floyd tells her that they must leave Jupiter in just two days.

In a haunting turn of events, David Bowman has returned, or at least something that refers to itself as having once been David Bowman. Keir Dullea, not looking a day older even though nearly 20 years have passed, is eerie in his portrayal of Bowman. It is he that has given Dr. Floyd the warning that they must leave in two days, but with no explanation other than "something is going to happen. Something wonderful."

Cameos by Arthur C. Clarke and (sort of) Kubrick himself act as a nod and a wink to fans. Also look for the late Natasha Schneider from Queens Of The Stone Age and Eleven when she was young.

Arthur C. Clarke's novel, an essential companion piece, includes much more detail, but this film as directed by Peter Hyams is a suitable sequel for the sci-fi fan. Such science as "aerobraking" is shown on screen, and the possibility of life on Europa is explored. All this is done with the unfortunate use of space sound effects, a cliche which the first film avoided studiously. Also dropped from the first film is the soundtrack of classical music, replaced by a film score. And, finally, we get to see what life on Earth in 2010 actually looks like! (Not quite like the real thing, sadly!)

In an effort to "explain" all the mysteries of 2001, 2010 succeeds by leaving enough to the imagination. The monoliths and the beings behind them are never fully explained. There are many questions left behind, thus far only explored in the pages of Clarke's novels. (Tom Hanks once wanted to make a film version of 3001: Final Odyssey but that idea, thankfully, is dead.) This movie could have been a disaster in many ways, but fortunately was not. While nothing can ever equal or top 2001, or come even close to breaking the ground that it did, this film serves as a satisfying coda and it is good to watch them both together.

DVD contains a decent documentary called "2010: The Odyssey Continues".

4 stars. If this were any other sci-fi film franchise, it would have been 5. But when comparing to the original, nothing could be equal to it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not 2001, but interesting and enjoyable, March 28 2004
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This is not on the same level as 2001... but it is a good film for those who were mystified by 2001, since it answers some of the questions posed by the first film very nicely. Unfortunately, the silly cosmic greeting card from Europa at the end of the film is a major disappointment and the casting of an overly emotional Roy Scheider instead of William Sylvester (who played Heywood Floyd in 2001) was a major miscast in my opinion. William would have played the role with more "cool" and "control" as an authentic scientist-astronaut would have really been for such a mission. Still, the effects and visuals are good and the film is enjoyable. Keir looks great as Bowman and the metaphysical touches are interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No classic, but still very good, Feb. 5 2004
Obviously, this movie does not compare to 2001: A Space Odyssey. But I still greatly enjoyed it. It is better than the average movie. The movie has some very tense scenes and has some nice shots of Jupiter. I would give in ***1/2 stars out of four. Especially good for readers of the book. A very good movie!
(I just wrote a big, long review for 2001, so I'm too wiped out to write a good one for this one.)
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