2010: The Year We Make Contact 1984

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A belated sequel to Stanley Kubrick's '2001 - A Space Odyssey' (1968) - an earlier Arthur C. Clarke novel. Nine years after the Jupiter voyage of Discovery went mysteriously awry, the Soviet Union and United States team together to launch a salvage operation, despite being on the brink of nuclear war. The questions to which the crew seek an answer include ascertaining what happened to the ship'...

Starring:
Bob Balaban, Roy Scheider
Runtime:
1 hour 55 minutes

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2010: The Year We Make Contact

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Genres Thriller, Science Fiction
Director Peter Hyams
Starring Bob Balaban, Roy Scheider
Supporting actors Keir Dullea, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
2010 is a very, very different film from 2001: A Space Odyssey. In 2001, the first twenty minutes are completely devoid of dialogue; in 2010, the first twenty minutes are packed full of dialogue that attempt to explain, from the perspective of the people back on Earth, what happened to the Discovery mission nine years earlier. The stage is set for another trek to Jupiter- this time frought with danger (aerobraking around Jupiter, encountering strange readings from Jupiter's moons) instead of 2001's sedate ballet.

So 2010 gets maligned, I think, for being so utterly different from 2001, and for not having the kudos of Stanley Kubrick attached.

However I think that's unfair. The special effects were no less stunning (but by 1984 cinema audiences were used to spaceships, more so than by the 1968 original). The mystery is unravelled neatly, with some good performances, especially John Lithgow and Bob Balaban. The drama's handled extremely well, with an occasional flash of humour.

It still has Arthur C Clarke's novel firmly at its root, so as a science fiction story, it's a brilliant one.

In some ways it's very dated- the not-so-cold war between Russia and the US couldn't now happen in the way it unfolds in this film- but putting some of that aside, it is a really good sci-fi film that manages to both suffer and benefit from being in 2001's shadow. Definitely worth a look, especially at Amazon's current bargain price.

This DVD has no extras, which is a shame.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ghostface VINE VOICE on 19 April 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Now, I won't use this review to justify the many virtues of 2010. It's a fine film. Is it the masterpiece of the film art that 2001 is? No. Is it more coherent, better structured and more accessible for regular film fans? Yes. It's got really wonderful performances from everyone involved, from Scheider, Mirren, Lithgow and Balaban down through the supporting actors. It also has some excellent visual effects (including some of the earliest CGI) and stunning cinematography. Peter Hyams was never given the credit he was due for 2010, although I did read a nice interview from Arthur C Clarke himself, who thought it was a fine film.

Anyway, if you already like the film, you probably know what I mean.

Right, the Blu-ray. It's disappointing. Is it higher definition than the lousy DVD? Yes, by a mile. But it's grainy, and sometimes fuzzy. Now, I can't say for sure whether this is because the source material for the HD transfer hasn't been restored very well or simply that the original image was inconsistent in clarity. I know it's possible to reprocess a 35mm image and achieve a picture that's actually superior to current HD cameras, like Blade Runner's lovely Final Cut Blu-ray or Baraka, but it costs a fortune and very, very few films will be restored to that level. Given these budgetary limitations, and knowing the quality of cinematography on 2010 is so high, I'm inclined to think this is simply a matter of a poor HD transfer. That makes it all the more disappointing, really, because this beautiful film is just not getting the treatment it deserves because of commercial factors.

The sound mix fine and clear, although nothing spectacular.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Howe on 29 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I'm not reviewing the film here. A 26 year old sci-fi sequel is not going to gain many (if any) new fans on blu-ray. This is one for original fans. However, if you've never seen it, it's well worth watching along with 2001.

No, this review is in defence of the blu-ray picture quality. Several other reviewers have complained about the picture quality on this disc, saying that it is grainy, blurry, worse than their DVD's, and doing the interior sets a disservice. THEY ARE SO WRONG!!! I don't understand what they are complaining about! This is not a modern movie shot on hi-def digital cameras with digital special effects, able to produce a crystal clear picture when transferred to blu-ray. This is now a 26 year old film shot on celluloid film stocks of varying speed with varying grain due to variable light conditions, with a mixture of optical effects and very early digital effects. The print used for the conversion appears to have been cleaned very well, with very few visible dirt or dust marks popping up to distract the viewer. The HD scan of the print has been done well, being sharp and in focus the whole time (subject to focussing flaws of the original film). This film could not have been reproduced better without an expensive remastering process happening, such as with Bladerunner, which is never going to happen. Anyone who thinks that this 16:9 anamorphic HD 1080p Blu-Ray is no better than the previous version (i.e. the fuzzy 4:3 letterboxed DVD) must be suffering serious brain damage! The film has never looked better at home!

What does let the disc down is simply the minimal extras, comprising of a brief 9 minute original behind-the-scenes featurette and the trailer, both of which are in standard definition and have not been cleaned up. Some sort of retrospective feature and/or commentary would have been a nice extra, but is sadly missed (as are of course the late Arthur C Clarke and Roy Scheider).
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