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Contact (Snap Case) (1997)

Jodie Foster , Matthew McConaughey , Robert Zemeckis  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,203 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, Jena Malone, Geoffrey Blake, William Fichtner
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • 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: December 30, 1997
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790733226
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Contact (Snap Case)" on IMDb

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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 days--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

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After an astronomer discovers communication emanating from the star Vega, she leads an international team in deciphering it, and travels through space to contact the senders of the message.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG
Release Date: 3-FEB-2004
Media Type: DVD

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271 of 288 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wanna take a ride?" January 11, 2004
By M. Hart
Format:DVD
In 1985, Pulitzer-prize winning author and astronomer Carl Sagan (1934-1996) wrote a brilliant "what-if" scenario in his novel entitled "Contact". In the novel, Carl Sagan created a scenario in which his protagonist, a radio astronomer named Dr. Eleanor Ann 'Ellie' Arroway, discovers an extraterrestrial radio transmission that is clearly from an intelligent alien source. The discovery causes intense debate between the proponents of science, religion and government that eventually leads to some very compelling questions on the nature of faith itself. In 1997, the novel was transformed into a film of the same name under the direction of the well-known director Robert Zemeckis, who had previously directed "Forrest Gump" (1994, for which Zemeckis won the Oscar for Best Director), "Death Becomes Her" (1992), "Back to the Future" (1985) and "Romancing the Stone" (1984).
Carl Sagan, with assistance from writers Ann Druyan, James V. Hart and Michael Goldenberg, slightly modified the original story by giving Dr. Arroway (played by Jodie Foster) a more personal adversary in another astronomer, Dr. David Drumlin (played by Tom Skerritt). At the beginning of the film, a brief exploration of Dr. Arroway's childhood (played by Jena Malone) is provided that helps to establish her purely scientific perception of reality that resulted in part from the passing away of her father, Ted Arroway (David Morse), who had also encouraged her love of science, astronomy and radio communications. As an astronomer, Dr. Arroway dedicated her work to the SETI project (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), which Dr. Drumlin considers frivolous and potentially damaging to Dr. Arroway's credibility. With her governmental funding cut, Dr.
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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliantly Crafted Movie June 8, 2000
Format:DVD
I first read Carl Sagan's novel "Contact" as a teenager and was instantly hooked on the stories premise of intelligent beings sending us a coded message that held within it the blueprints to build a machine. It was a book I just couldn't put down and one that sticks in my mind as a truly great story. However I am always skeptical of films made from books, as they never capture the true essence of the story. This one did not disappoint though.
Jodie Foster plays Ellie Arroway, a radio astronomer, desperately seeking signs of extraterrestrial life in the universe. This sign eventually manifests itself in the form of the above-mentioned message. What follows is a thought provoking journey of love, betrayal and political intrigue as she fights for the machine to be built and for her place on the maiden voyage. Her performance is full of enthusiasm and heartfelt emotion.
The DVD is positively brimming with extras including insights on how certain special effects scenes where created as well as three (yes THREE! ) audio commentaries from Jodie Foster, the director Robert Zemeckis and the guys responsible for the special effects. Jodie's commentary is informative and she puts herself across as a very intelligent woman. As for picture and sound quality you cannot fault this DVD. The picture is crisp and flawless while the sound is an audio treat for the Home Cinema enthusiast. It will put your Dolby Digital amp to the test with plenty of use of surround sound, especially during the scenes within the machine. The opening scene with the camera pulling away from Earth will leave you in awe.
In a nutshell this DVD is worth every penny and one that I will return to again and again.
One to show your friends just how good DVD can be.
Steve.
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113 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and surprisingly human in scale June 8, 2000
Format:DVD
This is not your typical sci-fi movie. If you want spaceships blasting each other or evil aliens with mental powers, try Star Wars or Dark City. This is the culmination of a lifetime spent communicating the awesome potential of scientific discovery in layman's terms. I am, of course, speaking of Carl Sagan, the heart and soul of this movie.
Sagan's vision, so eloquently translated by Robert Zemeckis and brought to life by Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey, is a realistic exploration of mankind's reaction to first contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. Skepticism, hope, wonder, fear, distrust, and wide-eyed enthusiasm greet the "Message from Vega." Zemeckis stays true to Sagan and delivers a thoughtful character study, a surprisingly even-handed debate on religion and science, and a commentary on mankind's readiness for entry into the Galactic milieu.
One of the finest and most scientifically (circa 1990's) accurate sci-fi dramas of the past 10 years. (Except for the fact that we search thousands of frequencies at once, so humans don't actually listen to signals from space.) Foster's performance is worth the price of the movie.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars, if only I could. December 21, 2005
Format:DVD
This is more of a personal response to this movie, since many other reviewers have detailed the plot, the actors, the strengths and (though few, in my opinion) the weakenesses.

To the dismay of my family, especially of my 14-year-old daughter, this is still one of my favorite movies, if not my most favorite. (To be fair to said daughter, a few weeks ago she picked this one from a list of three, sat through the entire movie, and then wanted to discuss it afterward. Yessss!)

I have dealt through my entire adult life with the issues of "science vs. religion." No other Hollywood movie I'm familiar with addresses this nexus so well. I grew up in a conservative religious environment, in which the short chronology of Earth was a given. And by short I mean about 6,000 years, per the genealogical chronologies of the Hebrew Old Testament. (As you may know, the Greek Septuagint OT chronologies run a tad longer, say about 7,000.)

Graduate study in ancient Near Eastern history/achaeology and excursions into geology (including a three-week stint in the fossil forests of the Yellowstone) forced me to reconsider the "given-ness" of the short age of Earth, and to look more objectively at the nature of "truth," of perception and epistmelogy, of "myth" (as an organizing stucture). Without saying more, let me just say that this personal journey has left me closer to Ellie Arroway than to Joss Palmer.

I used to say that religion and science were two valid ways of looking at the universe. Now I'm not even sure what such an assertion means. I no longer think of myself as a two-part witness to reality (whatever that is). Split epistemology like this no longer works for me.

Ellie and Joss wrestle with "Ocham's Razor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Film!
This is one of my old time favorite movies. I just watched it again for the first time in many years, and remembered what a beautiful film it is--very thought provoking, good... Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Jane Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi surrealism
Great movie! Jodie & Matthew at their best! As well as a star full cast to enhance the story. It's a keeper
Published 1 day ago by stofflela
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Jodie Foster is brilliant as always, love this movie!

Hard to imagine if and/or how first contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence will go down. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Eric Maynard
4.0 out of 5 stars Carl Sagan's take on alien contact
What I found most interesting about this movie was not the alien contact, but the human politics involved and its affect on the world.
Published 7 days ago by Janet E Quistberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Jodie Foster's greatest role by far
Saw the movie when it first came out and really liked it. It's every bit as good as I remembered - in fact, even better.
Published 7 days ago by dickcroy
5.0 out of 5 stars CONTACT - *Movie Review...
*** I'd have to give this motion picture 5- *stars because Jodie Foster's performance in this Sci-Fi drama was outstanding! Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Playback issues with disc
Love the movie... got it to show in an astronomy class, but to my dismay, the disc won't load on my 10-year-old school computer. Read more
Published 12 days ago by josh1000f
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for repeated viewings. Where's the sequel???
CONTACT stars Jodie Foster as an MIT-trained physicist, Matthew McConaughey as a self-trained "man of the cloth" and Jodie's love interest, and Tom Skerritt as the manager of a... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Tom Brody
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I have been looking for this movie forever. Glad to have found it and a truly great price. Thank you.
Published 14 days ago by kristina perry
2.0 out of 5 stars cannot turn. off sub-titles without having narration.
I do not want sub-titles. When you turn them off the movie only works with a narration. I always buy "like new". So I will have fewer problems. This time it didn't work.
Published 15 days ago by David K.
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Keep emailing Warner Bros. I do it regularly. They have the final say.
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You can read about it in the book. It is a bank of radio telescopes that the "Vegans" use to listen for technological civilizations.
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