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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Product Details

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)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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64 of 67 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
2001 - A Space Odyssey is an incredibly influential film which offers an immersive film experience which borders on the spiritual, it's worthy of being called a masterpiece and is regarded as one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever created. The sequel never manages to climb out from the shadow of the '68 classic but it is still a great work of science-fiction which does justice to the Arthur C Clarke novel.

2010 begins with an on-screen text prologue 'mission report' which summarises the events of 2001 (not an easy task!). It provides the essential facts to refresh the memory banks of any who haven't seen it for a while or for those who for reasons beyond comprehension, haven't seen it. It's obvious that the Discovery Mission is still a contentious issue with both American and Russian missions planning to meet with the stricken ship to find out what happened. With the Russians further ahead and the Americans in possession of the knowledge to bring HAL-9000 back online, a joint venture is inevitable. Given the cold-war nature of world politics the teaming up is a highly symbolic one, but during the long mission relations down on Earth worsen and the world edges into war. The human tendency to obliterate each other is far from the minds of those orbiting Jupiter however...

The mixed American and Russian crew find it difficult to integrate initially, but moments of joviality between crew members ("what's Russian for 'stupid'? ..That's me") and the threat of obliteration help to gel them together. It picks up nicely from 2001 and there's a great feeling of nostalgia when see the Discovery for the first time, but that's nothing compared to the re-awakening of HAL.
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47 of 55 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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