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2010: The Year We Make Contact

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6.71 h 55 min1984X-RayPG
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'...
Directors
Peter Hyams
Starring
Bob BalabanRoy ScheiderKeir Dullea
Genres
SuspenseScience Fiction
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English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
John LithgowHelen Mirren
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Warner Bros.
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4.5 out of 5 stars

3343 global ratings

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  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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N.GerrardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great sequel!
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2010: The Year We Make Contact, is a worthy follow-up to Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, even though it's a completely different type of film. The original, is considered by many to be a visual meditation on space and time, with the mysterious monolith popping up throughout the breath-taking set pieces, as the ancient alien McGuffin, which has supposedly been guiding mankind towards an extraordinary destiny. As everyone knows, the film ends with astronaut Dave Bowman being transformed into the 'star child', the sole emissary who may know what that destiny is. However, this is not revealed in the movie. Almost ten years later, 2010 opens on earth, with no sign of the star child, and none of mankind any the wiser regarding it's existence. All we know, is that Commander Bowman has simply disappeared, but the film sets itself up as a hugely enjoyable Hollywood thriller in space, as we follow the efforts of a group of Russian and American astronauts in their attempts to discover what happened to him. This leads to a wonderful payoff, which I won't spoil, but it's worth the wait, and it ties the two films together nicely.
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Jack TorranceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 March 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Much better than people think.
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I was never a massive fan of 2001, frankly it freaked me out! But I watched 2010 The Year We Made Contact on Channel 4 in the UK every time it was on. I found it an interesting, thoughtful film. Slow paced, the way it should be, with spikes of action and lows of sadness but with a sense of hope. It's certainly not for everyone.

It takes place 9 years (obviously) after 2001 and a joint American and Soviet crew are sent to Jupiter to find out what went wrong with the U.S.S Discovery. Tensions on earth build so much that they affect the crews work but ultimately they work together to find answers.

Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren and Bob Balaban get the highest billing in 2010 but for me, the best character is played by Elya Baskin. He plays Maxim Brajlovsky, one of the Russian cosmonauts and he strikes up a friendship with John Lithgow's character. It's my favourite thing in the film because it shows even with tension between two governments or countries, real people just get along with each other and always find ways to communicate.

If you were baffled by the events of 2001 A Space Odyssey, this will help clear things up! It did for me anyway!

The Blu-ray itself is a mixed bag. The 5.1 Dolby Digital audio is pretty good. Nothing special but gets the job done. The special features are not very in depth unfortunately but it's the 1080p transfer that is upsetting people. To me it looks great because the level of detail is so much higher than I had seen it before. But I can understand why people don't like it. It has a strong grain field which can look a bit messy to the untrained eye.

I ordered this German import from Amazon Germany to England and it arrived in 2 days! Really great delivery!
6 people found this helpful
A. W. WilsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 August 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
2010 BLURAY from WARNER HOME VIDEO
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2001 has for many years held an inexplicable fascination for me. I have seen it on numerous occasions, in cinema, TV and Video/DVD. I can't explain why I keep coming back to it as it really isn't perfect (Hmmm Discuss!). So a sequel ought to be interesting? Right? I vaguely remember seeing this also in the cinema, and not being terribly impressed, but some 37 years later, maybe my opinion will change? Sadly it hasn't changed at all. Of course there are good bits, puzzling bits and downright odd bits, but the overall feeling I got...was boredom. How could Peter Hyams get it so wrong? He wrote screenplay, produced and directed (as was his wont), so he only has himself to blame. I am aware that like the 2001 film this divides opinions enormously, and discussion and exchanges of opinions (reading 5 star reviews) is fun and interesting, but whether anyone will ever read this is debatable. ANGRY POINT TO MAKE...My copy has NO MENU. So to access subtitles I have to fiddle around with my remote, and as for the xtras - where are they. Does any other reviewer find this a worry. It does seem to be mostly Warner Home Video, but whoever is responsible...NO Not in this day and age. The BLU RAY is actually good quality, picture and sound and the subs are pretty good. This is one of those films where you will really just have to decide if you want it and go for it. Love it. Hate it. You decide (P.S I don't hate it, and for fans of "BONES" look out for Emily Decshanel's Mum as Bowman's wife in a brief scene, and Roy Scheider and a young(er) Helen Mirren work wonders with their script. John Lithgow has yet to develop his amazing persona.)
3 people found this helpful
Mr. Robert J. PriceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 April 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
My God.... It Is Full Of Stars.
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I was a bit nervous about renting this film due to the picture quality of the trailer. The actual picture quality of the film was far superior. 2001 would be a hard film to follow up as it has become an all time classic and the mould for many science fiction films. 2010 does it's best to move the story on, but it does it at a completely different pace, in moves up a gear or two. The storyline is easier to follow and the actors are well chosen and have gone on to great success. It could have done with being expanded to develop the characters more and add some greater suspense. On the whole an enjoyable film.
10 people found this helpful
LKMReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 December 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
This DVD is sized for square TVs (4:3 letterboxed) but who has a square TV these days?!!!
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Was very disappointed to discover that this DVD has been sized for viewing on 4:3 TVs. The vast majority of people now have 16:9 TVs and if (like mine) the TV doesn't have a properly functioning zoom setting (who knew they even made TVs without a zoom setting!) you're left trying to peer at a small image in the middle of the screen with massive black bars top, bottom and both sides. Would it honestly have hurt the manufacturers to make this DVD anamorphic?! Crazy that they haven't.
Also, the video quality is very grainy. Could do with some cleaning up but maybe this film just isn't popular enough for anyone to bother trying to restore it.
EadlemonsterReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Solid but very different sequel to the original.
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Like the original it is not action packed. It's a slow suspenseful burner similar to the original but feels very different in style and substance.

Visually once in space has a similar look to the original Alien without the creepy suspense.

Slightly outdated politics as released at the time of the cold war may distract. In this respect it is similar to what is happening in the background of Abyss.

The film attempts to give more explanation to the events of the first film while maintaining that element of mystery.

If you are a fan of the original and are open to a sequel that feels different but respectful to its predecessor this is a solid and enjoyable film for any Sci-Fi fan.

It doesn't have the visual artistry of 2001 but it would be a tough ask to have the same impact as the original. However the characters are more human and relatable. Roy Scheider gives typical gravitas to his role as do the other actors. The setting feels more grounded and lived in.

If you like your sci-fi more 2001 than Star Wars then this is a film for you.
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V. BaevReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really good sequel to 2001
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Although not quite reaching the cinematic masterpiece heights of the original, 2010 offers a delightful sci-fi epic that remains faithful to the source material. Brilliantly cast and scored, the film pays a heartfelt homage to 2001 while offering a renewed perspective particularly with deeper introspection of Soviet space aesthetic. The masterful long shots of the original are traded in favour of much more swift camera work - which really contributes well to overall sense of progressive continuity from the events of the first film. Definitely a must watch if you are a 2001 fan.
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Rob IsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not As Good as I Remember
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Saw this back in 1984 when first released.At that time, I had not seen the original 1968 Stanley Kubrick classic.
Viewed on it's own it was relatively enjoyable, albeit slightly stilted with Helen Mirrens' dodgy Russian accent.
The cold war setting and tensions was very of it's time, but worked well with the US and Soviet crew members distrust for one another.
OK, but not essential.
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