2010: The Year We Make Contact

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An American astronaut is sent on a joint U.S.-Soviet space mission to Jupiter to find out what happened to the missing crew of the original Jupiter mission.
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Roy ScheiderDouglas RainJohn Lithgow
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Candice BergenHelen MirrenBob BalabanKeir DulleaMadolyn SmithDana ElcarTaliesin JaffeJames McEachinMary Jo DeschanelElya BaskinSavely KramarovHerta WareArthur C. Clarke
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sixthreezyReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2019
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2010: The Year We Make Contact - A Sequel Without Kubrick
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2001: A Space Odyssey is a film classic that I only in recent years was able to wrap my head around after the 3rd viewing in my lifetime. So it makes sense that it would take me awhile to get around to this sequel that came almost 15 years after the original. What I found interesting about it right off the bat is that just without Stanley Kubrick, the tone of the film changes drastically. 2010 does a lot of things right, but exists in a Monolith sized shadow that is hard to ignore. What it has though is a cast of great actors and a really interesting concept... what if they went back?

Being that I've watched both films well after their original release, I have a unique perspective on the reason for the film or maybe it's intentions. Clearly, there are several sequels to the original book that the 2001 film was based on, but at the time of release space movies were catching on fire in the theaters. Things that resembled hits like Star Wars in the theaters and Star Trek from television, were all the rage and movies like Alien were finding themselves audiences. It may just be me, but I felt a lot of Alien influence in this film with the plot being similar and the portrayal of the ship(s). The crew going back to a puzzling, lost ship in space to see what happened on an expedition of course reminded me of the simple concept behind Alien and many other space thrillers, "what if they go back?"

Without Kubrick, I felt that the space sequences inside of the spaceships really lacked the style or polish that 2001 had. There was something magical in the way that scenes were constructed in the original, to where all of the interior sequences in 2010 seem styled after Alien. The all-white interior no longer had the shine of 2001, but the dark, ominous feeling of trouble in space. It's a standard science fiction plot, but 2010 benefits from being the successor to one of film's all-time classics. These movies were like the Interstellar of old, where they really tried to tackle existential concepts by using space as the backdrop of the human experience. 2001 does so by plotting a human against a robot, and 2010 does so in pitting many of them against artificial intelligence in the final frontier.

Roy Scheider stars as the captain of the ship, who has to go back to see what happened to the original crew. "My God, it's full of stars" is the communication he listens to over and over, wondering what it is in space that he is searching for. I found it funny that I knew of him as a captain of a boat that hunts a giant shark in Jaws, and here he is captaining a crew to hunt the lost voyage of a prior expedition in space. Helen Mirren plays a Russian crewmate which is where the politics of the space race is also tied into the story, showing its age and also reasons for popularity or release in the 80s.

2010 also stars a young John Lithgow who has quite possibly one of the worst scenes that I think I've ever seen in a film, due to no fault of his I'd hope. In a sequence where he goes out into space with another crewmate, he cannot breathe normally as instructed by the captain. He starts breathing really shallow and at a rapid pace, which for some reason someone on the film thought would be best laid out to play over the entire scene and every other one that is cut into it. It becomes quite irritating to listen to what sounds like a panting dog for nearly 10 minutes, but otherwise the film is really well-crafted for the time.

Overall, this is a pretty good sequel and entry into the science fiction genre. It's not for everyone, but I'd say it largely benefits from the classic film before it by giving it very significant context. Otherwise, it's a fairly standard film that you see the likes of still today and doesn't particularly hold up in any particular way. If you're interested in continuing your voyage after Kubrick's 2001 or are going through the discography of many of this film's great actors, this film is worth watching for the right price. I definitely want to read the books now seeing how this story has continued and added even more thought-provoking concepts.

Case came in great condition with a Blu-ray disc that contains only 1 very dated behind-the-scenes Special Feature.
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wisdomstarReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally 2001 gets explained
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I saw 2001 back in the day when you had to go to a downtown theater to see it in all its glory. Like most people I walked away confused. So I didn't bother seeing 2010 until yesterday. Wow! They shouldn't have waited so many years to explain it all. I was hooked because Helen Mirren is one of my favorites (we are the same age), and I wanted to see her 1984 self. I thought this movie captures what is was like to be inside a space ship just as well as the new Star Treks, also what it was like to be riding with rockets propelling you, the dangers of space, the problems of making decisions where someone might get killed, the mistrust of the Russians and the Americans (nothing changed there). How is it that this movie didn't make more than a blip on the radar screen? I'm going back to watch the two (2001 and 2010) together. I think I'll get a lot more out of 2001 now. Highly recommend them both. If you liked the Martian, you'll like these.
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DafReviewed in the United States on August 1, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
What were they thinking?
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I went into '2010' with as open a mind as I could and was already imagining how I'd start this review with something like "if you're able to look passed comparisons to its predecessor...", etc. But you know what? Regardless whether '2001: A Space Odyssey' exists or not, I would still say this movie's problems are that it is too dialogue-heavy, too exposition-heavy, too echo-y voiceover narration-heavy, too contemporary-focused, and in a word just way too hopelessly literal to effectively realize its ambitions. '2010' goes out of its way to make sure we're not left wondering, but how else are we supposed to feel the wonder?

Sidenote: Not only is there sound in space now (which is fine, whatever) but there appear to be frequent random whale calls?!
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K. OberReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
For viewers who need things explained to them, I guess...
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I last saw this movie in the 80's when it came out. The dialogue is clunky, large clumps of the story are told in laughable exposition from Roy Scheider's character to his wife, who is briefly and unmemorably established before she goes away (Madolyn Smith in a throwaway early performance.) The plot is obsessed with late cold war era politics of the time, and squanders so much that could be interesting. Roy Schneider is encouraged to snark his dialogue, and while he is supposed to be the smartest guy in the room, comes off as an everyman nebbish. Blink and you'll miss Helen Mirren's stolid performance (she's easily distinguishable from the rest of the cast by her bad Soviet perm.) John Lithgow overacts, and Bob Balaban puts in a good performance in an unbelievable role as HAL's inevitable explainer.

Oh yes, HAL is back in a non-spoiler, and so much of the movie is hostage to this idiot side plot and surprisingly bad special effects. About that, there is so much obvious green screening in the space scenes, you wonder how they could regress from the great work done by Kubrick and team almost 20 years before (or even Star Wars the prior decade.) My favorite bad special effect is a hospital patient waking from a deadly stroke, smiling (beatifically? crazily?) while a hairbrush obviously suspended on a string pretends to brush her hair while barely penetrating the outer layer of her locks.

The blame belongs to director, writer, DP Peter Hyams, and also MGM, who went cheap. The opening couple scenes involving the Very Large Array, and Roy Scheider's house (dolphins in the dining room!), promise a better movie than is delivered. Even then, the opening scene set in the VLA, contains ludicrous two dimensional dialogue, between Schneider and Dana Elcar who gives the standard Moose and Squirrel Russian accent. They couldn't hire a Russian actor?

As to the Blu Ray, it is muddy and clearly blown up from a bad source. This would be a one star review, but I gave it an extra one because it was only $5.99.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2014
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2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT [1984] [Blu-ray]
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2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT [1984] [Blu-ray] Space Fiction Of A Superior Kind!

A new time, a new odyssey, a new chance to confront enigmas arising from the daring Jupiter mission of 2001. Crew members aboard the Leonov will rendezvous with the still-orbiting Discovery. And their fate will rest on the silicon shoulders of the computer they reawaken, HAL-9000. Based on Arthur C. Clarkes ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ sequel, and director Peter Hyams spellbinder was nominated for 5 Academy Awards® and stars Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban and Keir Dullea.

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: ‘2010: The Year We Made Contact’ was nominated for five Academy Awards® which are as follows: Best Art Direction for Albert Brenner and Rick Simpson. Best Makeup for Michael Westmore. Best Visual Effects. Best Costume Design for Patricia Norris. Best Sound Presentation for Michael J. Kohut, Aaron Rochin, Carlos Delarios and Gene Cantamessa. The film was also nominated for three Saturn Awards; Best Science Fiction Film, Best Costumes for Patricia Norris and Best Special Effects for Richard Edlund. ‘2010: The Year We Made Contact’ won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1985. Sir Arthur C. Clarke appears as a man on a park bench outside the White House (which is out-of-frame in the pan-and-scan version, but visible in the letterboxed and widescreen versions).

Cast: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Dame Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain, Madolyn Smith, Saveliy Kramarov, Taliesin Jaffe, James McEachin, Mary Jo Deschanel, Elya Baskin, Dana Elcar, Oleg Rudnik, Natasha Shneider, Vladimir Skomarovsky, Victor Steinbach and Candice Bergen (voice of SAL 9000 but credited as "Olga Mallsnerd")

Director: Peter Hyams

Producer: Peter Hyams

Screenplay: Peter Hyams

Composer: David Shire

Cinematography: Peter Hyams

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, English: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital, German: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Italian: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 2.0 Dolby Digital and Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Italian SDH, Norwegian and Swedish

Running Time: 116 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Warner Home Video

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: It's no secret that sequels are often little more than calculated rehashes of popular movies, with extra emphasis placed on re-creating dialogue or bits of action that everyone talked about the first time around. But Peter Hyams film '2010: The Year We Make Contact' [1984], the long awaited follow-up to Stanley Kubrick's monumental classic, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ [1968], is a different beast altogether. It may well be the only sequel in movie history that was designed to explain the plot of its predecessor...not that everyone was clamouring for an answer.

'2010: The Year We Make Contact' is relatively straight-forward narrative picks up nine years after the first film ended. The United States government discovers that the Soviets are planning to travel to Jupiter to find out what happened to The Discovery, the doomed ship that served as a sort of metaphysical launching pad in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ The Soviets eventually contact the U.S. and request that Heywood Floyd [Roy Scheider], the mastermind behind the original mission, accompany them on their journey. It's never explained how Floyd, who was played by William Sylvester in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ managed to transform himself into a completely different person between stories.

'2010: The Year We Make Contact' is judged strictly on its own, as if it were an original production with no connection to '2001: A Space Odyssey,' Peter Hyams' film version of '2010: The Year We Make Contact' is arguably one of the better sci-fi pictures to come out of the 1980s. Unfortunately, you really can't judge the film on its own merit. Its existence is inextricably tied to Stanley Kubrick's legendary masterpiece. Any positive attributes '2010: The Year We Make Contact' may have are unavoidably overshadowed by comparison to its predecessor. There's just no two ways around it. As the direct sequel to one of the greatest motion pictures ever made, quite frankly, '2010: The Year We Make Contact' cannot in no way be compared to '2001: A Space Odyssey,' it must stand on its own merit.

The fault for that lies mainly with author Sir Arthur C. Clarke. If a few of the sub-plots had been changed around a bit, the movie is a mostly faithful adaptation of Sir Arthur C. Clarke's novel “2010: Odyssey Two” in all of its most important aspects. When Sir Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick collaborated back in 1968, the results were a fusion of each man's strengths as a storyteller: Sir Arthur C. Clarke's background in hard science fiction and his grounding in plausible scientific speculation, with Stanley Kubrick's visionary artistry and mind-bending flights of imagination. The sequels (the author penned four books in the series) are purely Sir Arthur C. Clarke's doing, and suffer from the lack of Stanley Kubrick's perspective.

That's not to say that Sir Arthur C. Clarke was an inferior storyteller to Stanley Kubrick. In his prolific career, he wrote several legitimate classics such as “Childhood's End” and “Rendezvous with Rama.” The two men simply approached the material from completely different angles. Their collaboration on '2001: A Space Odyssey' produced something beautiful and transcendent. '2010: The Year We Make Contact,' on the other hand, just isn't in the same calibre.

At the end of '2001: A Space Odyssey,' the human race had encountered the single most important event in its history, and was quite possibly poised at the brink of an evolutionary jump forward. As '2010: The Year We Make Contact' picks up, we learn that basically nothing has happened in the following nine years. In fact, the mysterious monolith and the intelligence behind it don't seem to have much interest in Earth or humanity at all. The film opens with a stream of facts and data that recap the discovery of the monolith and the first mission to Jupiter. In this alternate timeline, the U.S.S.R. is still a major superpower, and the Cold War is still very much on. While their governments squabble over an escalating conflict in Central America, the American and Soviet scientific communities decide to launch a joint mission out to Jupiter. Their plan is to board the derelict spaceship Discovery and find out exactly what went wrong the last time. The Soviets can get there faster, but only the Americans can reactivate and repair HAL 9000, and so they need each other. Leading the expedition are Dr. Heywood Floyd [Roy Scheider taking over from William Sylvester] and the Russian captain Tanya Kirbuk [Dame Helen Mirren] who I felt was misplaced, as well as not very convincing and should of instead had a Russian actress taken her place.

While Stanley Kubrick embraced ambiguity, Sir Arthur C. Clarke was a strict literalist. The brilliance of '2001: A Space Odyssey' lay in its open-ended nature, the fact that it opened the door for ideas that each audience member would have to interpret for him- or herself. '2010: The Year We Make Contact' sets about to systematically deconstruct all of the mysteries left unresolved at the end of the first story. It attempts to provide rational, understandable explanations to the images and plot developments that were intended to represent concepts beyond humanity's comprehension. Do you need to be told, in easily-digestible terms, exactly what the monolith and the “Star Child” were, where they came from, what they did, and how they worked? Well, here you go. Personally, I find it more interesting to ponder those things on my own, especially when the explanations that Sir Arthur C. Clarke comes up with are so simplistic and mundane.

If I haven't mentioned Peter Hyams much in all this time, well the director illustrates Sir Arthur C. Clarke's story with workmanlike competence and efficiency. The film has strong performances from the cast and solid production values for the '80s sci-fi flick. The model and miniature effects are quite excellent and hold up very well. (However, optically they have dated really badly and some of the compositing work is downright terrible, especially using 4:3 video screens, whereas the '2001: A Space Odyssey' video technology was so far more advanced and still stands out today). Anyway Peter Hyams stages several moments of nail-biting suspense, including the aero braking sequence and a breathless spacewalk between the Russian craft Leonov and the Discovery. I have to admit disappointment that he falls back on that old crutch of using sound in the vacuum of outer space (which Kubrick went out of his way to avoid). Nevertheless, I think it's safe to say that '2010: The Year We Make Contact' is the best film that Peter Hyams ever made, even if that's not much of a complement considering some of the dregs he's churned out in the years since.

For what it is, the film's script is intelligently written and has some thought-provoking ideas. The depiction of the future year of 2010 misses the mark in a few respects (like the Soviet Union still being around, or the preponderance of all those bulky CRT computer monitors), but is a fairly credible extension of the world created in Stanley Kubrick's film. Unfortunately, '2010: The Year We Make Contact' lacks any real vision, which is why '2001: A Space Odyssey' stands out so spectacular. On its own, '2010: The Year We Make Contact' is a decent enough sci-fi picture. But sadly it's not a worthy follow-up to ''2001: A Space Odyssey.'

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, for his part, was receptive when a nervous Peter Hyams sent him the screenplay. "I felt like playing a few tricks on you, like a message from my secretary that I was last seen heading for the airport carrying a gun," he told him. However, Sir Arthur C. Clarke added, "I'll say right away that it's a splendid job and you have brilliantly chiselled out the basic elements of the novel, besides adding quite a few of your own." Whether or not Peter Hyams succeeds in clarifying a deliberately unknowable film will hinge on your eagerness to abandon your personal interpretation of Stanley Kubrick's and Sir Arthur C. Clarke's work. Regardless, '2010: The Year We Make Contact' can still be appreciated as a solidly entertaining piece of sci-fi, and especially as I have already stated that '2010: The Year We Make Contact' was nominated for Academy Awards® for Best Sound, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, and Best Visual effects.

Blu-ray Video Quality – '2010: The Year We Make Contact' is not the revelation on Blu-ray that '2001: A Space Odyssey' was, but that has more to do with the nature of each film, than their respective high-definition transfers. Unlike its predecessor, the majority of '2010' wasn't shot on 65mm film, just regular 35mm. Furthermore, director Peter Hyams performs double-duty as cinematographer on all of his films. His preferred visual style is dark and grainy. He favours source lighting and high-speed film stocks. You'll find a consistently drab appearance among most of his other films ['Timecop,' 'The Relic' and 'End of Days']. The 1080p transfer is at the mercy of its source material. Presented in its theatrical 2.40:1 aspect ratio, the image is flat and hazy. Colours appear accurate, but aren't particularly noteworthy. Contrast wavers; a lot of shots had their exposure pushed in the lab, elevating black levels and grain. Accepting that, the Blu-ray is certainly a substantial improvement over the inferior NTSC DVD edition released with a cruddy non-anamorphic letterbox transfer back in 2000. Although fairly soft due to the lighting and use of photographic filters, the picture has a decent amount of detail and exhibits no signs of Digital Noise Reduction or artificial sharpening. The special effects footage (which was shot on 65mm by an entirely different crew than the live action scenes) looks terrific. The model shots are as sharp, clear, and well-lit as you could hope. If anything, the contrast between the two types of scene is a little jarring, but that's just the way the film is. The 1080p encoding has a few minor issues. The grain isn't always well-compressed, and sometimes comes across noisy or blocky. I also noticed some colour banding on the flat surface of the monolith. Still, overall, this transfer is about as good as I'd ever expect for '2010: The Year We Make Contact' to look in high definition. Now that '2001: A Space Odyssey' has now been remastered and brought out as a Limited Edition SteelBook Blu-ray release, it is now time Warner Home Video also brought out a remastered '2010: The Year We Make Contact' Special Edition, as it is crying out for one and then the two films will be complete for another generation.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – '2010: The Year We Make Contact' was nominated for a Best Sound Academy Award way back in 1984. For its vintage, this is an interesting sound design, even if fidelity and aggressiveness aren't quite up to modern standards. The Blu-ray offers the soundtrack in 5.1 Dolby TrueHD or Standard 5.1 Dolby Digital formats. Dialogue sounds a little flat, but the music (especially Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra) has nice body and depth. The film features some very loud, shocking sound effects. The aero braking sequence is an auditory highlight with pretty intense bass action guaranteed to get your subwoofer rumbling. Even though the movie played in 70mm theatrical engagements with a 6-track audio mix, the 5.1 options on the Blu-ray are virtually devoid of surround activity. Whether that's inherent to the original sound design (it wouldn't surprise me) or an issue with the conversion to 5.1 configuration, I can't really say.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Vintage Documentary: 2010: The Odyssey Continues [1984] [480i] [4:3] [9:00] Sir Arthur C. Clarke introduces the film by the novel's title, “2010: Odyssey Two,” and in the introduction to this vintage making-of promo. The short piece doesn't go into much depth, but does offer some quick interviews with visual futurist Syd Mead, production designers (who stress the importance of a utilitarian style in the sets), and SFX people. It's kind of amazing to see that Sir Arthur C. Clarke and director Peter Hyams were essentially communicating by E-mail (via a very primitive "computer link-up") all the way back in 1984. Around that time, they thought it was on the cutting edge with computer technology. This promotional short for ‘2010: The Year We Made Contact’ [1984] shows moviegoers how some of the film's visual effects were created. This includes makeup for Keir Dullea's character, how the astronauts float in space, and the construction of the spaceship in which the astronauts carry out their mission. The vehicle is so large; the two largest sound stages on the M-G-M lot were used to construct it. Narrated by William Rus.

Theatrical Trailer [1984] [[480i] [3:00] This 4:3 pan and scan trailer is in pretty lousy condition and cannot understand why they could not do the same aspect ratio as the actual film, this is a very bad unprofessional attitude of Warner Home Video.

Finally, '2010: The Year We Make Contact' is a film simultaneously underrated and not nearly as good as it should have been. If you can try to divorce your expectations from any comparison to '2001: A Space Odyssey,' it's a solid '80s sci-fi adventure. Unfortunately, it is a sequel to '2001: A Space Odyssey' and on that mark it sort of fails. Despite this, it is still a good companion Blu-ray to the previous awesome film, but what lets it down is the 4:3 video screens, at least with '2001: A Space Odyssey,' the technology was much more far advanced looking and is still today after 50 years since its release in the cinema and I think that aspect lets the film look slightly old fashioned. Despite this anomaly the Blu-ray looks and sounds about as good as the film can look or sound, and is still worth a recommendation, despite not coming anywhere near the very high standards of '2001: A Space Odyssey' which we were hoping to see when '2010: The Year We Make Contact' was released in the cinema. Again, still despite this, it is still a worthy addition to '2001: A Space Odyssey' and I am very honoured to have it in my Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Aficionado
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Natasha SaguiniReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nice to have a "sequel" to
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Nice to have a "sequel" to... it was interesting to say the least. It's quite obvious it is not a Kubrick film. RIP Stanley Kubrick. But still interesting to watch. If they could've kept it more inline with how Kubrick first envisioned the film and his artistry it would have been magical... Though good, and some of Kubrick's elements were true to the original film... I feel with this the artistry of Kubrick was lost, but then... there is no one who has the same talent and artistry of vision like Stanley Kubrick
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Bare BonesReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2019
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THE BARE BONES REVIEW
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The movie arrived quickly and in good condition via amazon prime.

The transfer of this film is just beyond breathtaking. Everything pops. Fine detail is just massive. Everything from the ships to the interior sets and the uniforms is just gorgeous. This transfer truly showcases the power that Blu-ray brings to older cinema.

The cast is composed of quality actors, and I never noticed a moment of cheesy dialogue or acting.

Special features are displayed at the end of the credits, and include a short documentary on the creation of the film.

A very solid transfer of a very entertaining film.
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DAReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020
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Review, 2010, The Year We Make Contact
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For all Clarke and Kubrickfans, this Hyam's film looks great on BluRay, much better than the early VHS, Laser Disks of the '80s and then DVD. It's a good sequel to watch if you have '2001.' 2010 includes a nod to Dr. Clark, who had a brief cameo on a park bench. Both he and Stanley Kubrick are depicted on the cover of a faux 'Time' magazine cover in the film. The special effects were filmed in 65mm and the 'Discovery' had to be rebuilt for the film, as Kubrick had models from 2001 destroyed. This is fun to watch after '2001: A Space Odyssey', although unlike 'Odyssey' '2010'
hasn't yet been remastered in HDR/4K.
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