Director: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods
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Robert Zemeckis followed up his smash hit Forrest Gump with this sci-fi-tone poem, raking in even more box-office dollars. This DVD from Warner Bros. does the film justice and then some. The picture is presented in a glorious 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that must be seen to be believed. The film's now-famous opening shot (a slow pull-back through the entire universe) is even more stunning here than it was on the big screen. The sound is a crisp, thundering Dolby 5.1 that brings the music of the spheres to life. Extra features are just as impressive. There are three separate commentary tracks: one from star Jodie Foster, one from Zemeckis and producer Steve Starkey, and one from special effects supervisors Ken Ralston and Stephen Rosenbaum. Viewers also get a first-hand look at how some of the film's more complicated effects (like that opening shot) were done, through short featurettes with commentary by Ralston and Rosenbaum. Also included are the obligatory production notes and trailers. As always with a Zemeckis film, it's best not to watch the trailer before the movie, as every single plot detail is revealed. Overall, this is a film worth owning in any format, but its excellent treatment on DVD makes Contact a must-buy.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/30/1997
UPC: 0085391504122
Original Release: 1997
Rating: PG
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:30:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages: English, Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jodie Foster Ellie Arroway
Matthew McConaughey Palmer Joss
James Woods Michael Kitz
John Hurt S.R. Hadden
Tom Skerritt David Drumlin
William Fichtner Kent
David Morse Ted Arroway
Angela Bassett Rachel Constantine
Geoffrey Blake Fisher
Max Martini Willie
Robert A.A. Lowe Richard Rank
Jake Busey Joseph
Jena Malone Young Ellie
Tucker Smallwood Mission Director
David St. James Joint Chief

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director,Producer
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Evelyne Barbier Set Decoration/Design
Steven J. Boyd Associate Producer
Joan Bradshaw Executive Producer
Mariko Braswell Set Decoration/Design
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Victoria Burrows Casting
James Claytor Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Crone Art Director
Weta Digital Special Effects
Ann Druyan Co-producer,Original Story
Michael Goldenberg Screenwriter
Jim V. Hart Screenwriter
CIS Hollywood Special Effects
Lawrence Hubbs Art Director
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
Josh Lusby Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Moriarity Asst. Director
Lynda Obst Executive Producer
Rick Porras Associate Producer
Pacific Ocean Post Special Effects
Big Sky Post Special Effects
Kristen Pratt Set Decoration/Design
Carl Sagan Co-producer,Original Story
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Easton M. Smith Set Decoration/Design
Steve Starkey Producer
Michael Taylor Set Decoration/Design
Ed Verreaux Production Designer
Warner Digital Studios Special Effects
Dean Wolcott Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

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0. Jump To A Scene
1. Universal eye view [3:51]
2. Life out there? [3:36]
3. Listening for little green men [3:50]
4. Palmer Joss [2:32]
5. Science and the cloth [2:15]
6. Close...for a moment [4:50]
7. God's will? [4:20]
8. Pulling the plug [3:23]
9. The tiniest bit of vision [2:28]
10. Three months notice [2:35]
11. A signal [10:01]
12. Not a person-to-person call [3:22]
13. Message in German [2:22]
14. Presidential remarks [2:17]
15. A spokesperson's follow-up [3:35]
16. Feeding frenzy [3:18]
17. Late-night rendezvous [1:51]
18. Ellie in a nutshell [3:12]
19. Decoding the message [7:00]
20. A face in the crowd [1:41]
21. Requiring proof [2:27]
22. Who gets to go? [2:30]
23. The candidates [2:10]
24. Worth a human life [3:11]
25. A question of belief [5:22]
26. Day of the test [5:43]
27. Security breach [2:01]
28. Tragedy [2:45]
29. "Wanna take a ride?" [2:54]
30. Precautions [3:45]
31. Passenger aboard [4:58]
32. Okay to go [3:59]
33. Launch [4:42]
34. Indescribable [2:19]
35. Figures on a beach [3:29]
36. Small moves [2:58]
37. Unexplainable [1:44]
38. Kitz's agenda: a Hadden hoax [3:31]
39. Not alone [2:51]
40. Same goal [2:11]
41. An interesting fact [:47]
42. Precious grains; dedication [2:36]
43. End Credits [8:02]

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Contact 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ending to this movie had all the answers I could possibly hope for and more. Many people don't understand the meaning of this movie and that is disappointing because it is in my top 30 or so movies of all time. This movie gives us all hope and strengthens whatever faith we think we have lost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Conctact is a movie about faith and belief. The acting was superb,and the special effects great. The message also was good, that there is something much greater than us.
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Brigit More than 1 year ago
I have loved this film since the first time I saw it and it is one that every so often I have to watch again. If I was going to be stranded on a desert island and could only take 10 movies, this would be at the top of my list. There are so many interplays in this movie, so each time I see it I discover something new or something that fits my mood or thinking at the moment. It really challenges your perceptions. The performances are top notch and the script is very well written. I found myself really rooting for Ellie. I admire her strength to find a way to continue her research even after the rug has been pulled out from under her by those who deem her research to be silly. The prevailing theme is science vs. religion with the added thrill of the search for extraterrestrial life. The characters dance around and through the issue of science and God so well that the movie never dictates to you one view over the other but, instead, leaves you feeling perhaps the two can coexist peacefully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
She sat there, with the sand in her hand, and that piano started playiing, and suddenly (even though it was the end of the movie) made me realize that even in this world we have achieved this kind of beauty. It was simply fantasic, thought provoking, moving, and simply a movie that surpasses all other movies. It is in it self the classic of all modern classics. It holds in itself the key to speculation of the religious nature, and in it self is a testimony of Carl Sagan.
luvinamyst More than 1 year ago
This is one of my boyfriend's favorites and I have to say the computer graphics were good for the time at which it was made and the plot was okay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie had me glued to the screen all the way to the end. The ending is also where I was the most disappointed. This movie is about a girl, who growing up was always looking for answers. Why are we here and what is our purpose? It's really a sweet heartfelt story that falters at the end. The ending was kind of a let down for me because I was hoping they would give us some answers. The ending just seemed hokey and cheapened the film. Everything else from the actors to script were great.
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