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Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Keir Dullea. In this sequel to 2001, an American joins a U.S.-Soviet space expedition formed to answer lingering questions about the first Discovery flight and its malicious omniscient computer HAL 9000. Nominated for five Oscars! 1984/color/114 min/PG/fullscreen & widescreen.

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  • Actors: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Peter Hyams, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Producers: Peter Hyams, Jonathan A. Zimbert, Neil A. Machlis
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (527 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VVN8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "2010: The Year We Make Contact" on IMDb

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Weflen VINE VOICE on April 14, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
First, the disc itself:

There are a lot of reviews on Amazon for various editions. This review is for the Blu-Ray, not the DVD. Yes, the DVD was a cheap, non-anamorphic quickie release. But rest assured, the Blu-Ray is in anamorphic 1080p resolution and faithfully presents the 2.4:1 image of the original film.

This is a bare bones release, to be sure. The only extras are a 9 minute TV piece about the making of and a theatrical trailer, both in SD. We don't even get a commentary track. Pretty weak, all told.

The picture quality is good, not great. Certainly, it is light years ahead of the old DVD release. But it is nowhere near the level of "2001" on Blu-Ray. Blacks are generally very solid, and detail can be striking in some scenes. Color is also very rich, especially in the space scenes. However, there are three issues with this transfer: One, the additional resolution and color depth easily exposes the matte lines on the 1980's optical effects; Two, there is some color banding and posterization on the monolith itself, presumably this is in the source material, but it should have been fixed; Three, there are several effects shots, mostly space-scapes, which display a sort of horizontal "juddering" back and forth.

Either way, this is as good as the film has probably ever looked, and probably will ever look. It is clear that WB didn't pull out all the stops in cleaning up and restoring this film for Blu-Ray release (as they did for 2001). It probably represents a very faithful transfer of whatever film elements they have in their archive. It thus has strengths and weaknesses. It certainly does things which even a good DVD cannot do. It just doesn't shine the way the best Blu-Rays can (the Blu-Ray release of 2001 among them).
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90 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 21, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE "BLU RAY" VERSION Of "2010..." ***

When MGM began making "2010: The Year We Make Contact" in February 1984, the CD was in its infancy, nothing was digital and portable and the Internet and the global sharing of ideas and images was non-existent. Showing its film age badly - in one particular scene Roy Schreider even talks of information being given to his astronauts on 'cassettes' - on board a Jupiter spaceship mission for God's sake! Even the television monitors were black screens with monosyllabic block lettering on them and nothing else... Why mention all of this, because it has of course - in some places - dated the film very badly...

But - and this is a big but - for its time (finally released in 1985), "2010" was an extraordinary vision and a technological marvel. It provided the moviegoer with a superbly detailed and realistic depiction of future space travel, shots of the majestic Jupiter and its moons Io and Europa that were and still are incredibly accurate. Even the story of the Americans and Russians coming together so as not to annihilate each other was both relevant and damn good - and made for a great end message by Bowman (Keir Dullea - who looked like he hadn't aged a day since 1968's original "2001"). Throw in model makers from the Star Wars Trilogy, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Poltergeist and Ghostbusters - and the goodies were bound to be on display and they are. Which brings us unfortunately to the bad news...

...this is one of those instances where the enhanced BLU RAY image has only worsened an already hazy print...
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116 of 142 people found the following review helpful By "jalenross" on December 20, 1999
Format: DVD
What everybody should know about 2010: It is not 2001! Sounds stupid, but it explains about everything. 2010 is the continuation of the storyline of 2001, but it tells the story in a completely different way.
2001 was slow and silent. It was filled with emotions and impressions. 2010 offers the same but combines it with a far more interesting plot. On one hand it tells the story nine years after the Discovery Incident, as a team of russian and american scientists try to find answers and on the other hand it explains the fate of Bowman and HAL 9000 ... and ultimately of mankind.
The movie never gets boring and keeps you guessing until the end. The actors are marvelous. The hangar scene between Floyd (Roy Scheider) and Bowman (Keir Dullea) alone is better than any other scene in 2001. The russian/american conflict may be a bit out of date (! ), but it never spoils the movies true message.
2010 is not better than 2001. It is different. It is the answer to a question and the beginning of a new one. You have to watch this film. And i also recommend the other two (book) sequels from Arthur C. Clarke (2061 and 3001).
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67 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Rallyfirst on May 3, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
until now I had only the DVD Version from 2010. The quality of this DVD was very bad. No anamorph 16:9, bad picture Quality and sound. So I to get excited about the fact, that the Blu-Ray apears. I can say that it is better than the DVD OK but it is the worst Blu-Ray I ever owned. The "picture quality" is blurred, grained and the sound has no dynamic. OK, thats the best quality you can earn but sorry, for Blu-Ray very bad.
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2010 actress and star Helen Mirren is actually russian in real life!
So by that logic "Barack Obama is actually Kenyan in real life!" er, no, he's American.

Helen Mirren was born in England - her mum was English - her dad lived in England from the age of 5 = she's English
Aug 5, 2008 by Nick Adams |  See all 3 posts
2010: The Year We Make Contact (Blu-Ray) ..Release in April
Can't agree with that. 2010 on BR is a must buy for me. Not just for the higher resolution and anamorphic presentation but hopefully a cleaner print too. Bonus features are nice but not necessary for me. And at $15 it's a no brainer.
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