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  • Actors: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Jena Malone
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan, James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg
  • Producers: Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan, Joan Bradshaw
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, German, Italian
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Oct. 6 2009
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 374 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001AQT0RC
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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Format: Blu-ray
Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster), appropriate last name, is a scientist seeking the fringes of space to find if we are alone. Mean time she has to overcome terrestrial impediments as Dr. David Drumlin (Tom Skerritt) a limelight-steeling pragmatist, and Palmer Joss (Matthew McConaughey) the religious antagonist. Supported by the mysterious multi-billionaire S.R. Hadden (John Hurt), will Ellie get her wish or is she a victim of Occam's razor.

Intriguing story based on a book by Carl Sagan; however, I never read the book to compare. The supposedly two-sided story that becomes two versions of the same argument is rather hokey and one-dimensional.

Occam's (or Ockham's) razor is a principle attributed to the 14th century logician and Franciscan friar William of Ockham. Ockham was the village in the English county of Surrey where he was born.
The principle states "Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily."

I have followed the film from the movies to Blu-ray and will probably watch it again when the re-master for 3D or whatever comes next. However, the basic acting has not changed with any technical innovation.

On the positive side, the Blu-ray edition is packed with DVD extras that include several commentaries, trailers and much more. After the commentaries, SETI yourself down and re-watch the movie.

Contact by Carl Sagan
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Format: DVD
this movie pleasantly surprised me.i had put off seeing it for
years,mainly for 2 reasons.the first reason is that the movie looked
like it would be 1 long bore.the 2nd reason is Jodie Foster.i have
never been a fan of her.something about her just rubs me the wrong
way.however,tonite the movie was on 1 of the movie channels,and i
thought,what the heck.i'll give It a shot.i figured i'd watch for a
short time,then become bored and do something else.that was not to be
the case.yes,the movie is long,clocking in at almost exactly 2 and a
half hours.but it doesn't feel like a 2 and a half hour movie.i thought
the time went by rather quickly,and considering the subject matter,you
wouldn't think that would be the case.the movie has a lot of dialogue
and passive action,for the most part.a drama,more than anything.but the
filmmakers made it interesting,and even compelling at times.the visual
effects were very well done.the film has a beautiful look to it in many
scenes.Jodie Foster did a good job in this movie,and i didn't find her
annoying at all.i think she really brought some heart and soul,some
passion to her character.i also liked the use of irony in a scene
towards the end of the's nice to be pleasantly surprised once
in awhile.for me "Contact" is a 4.3/5
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