2010 - The Year We Make Contact [Blu-ray]
(Peter Hyams, 1984)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video:Warner Home Video
Disc Size: 28,060,464,292 bytes
Feature Size: 27,107,850,240 bytes
Average Bitrate: 31.18 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: April 7th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: VC-1 Video
Dolby TrueHD Audio English 1408 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1408 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
DUBs: Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio German 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
English, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, none
• Vintage Featurette: The Odyssey Continues (9:20 in SD)
• Theatrical Trailer
Description: 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, director Peter Hyams spellbinder nominated for 5 Academy Awards* stars Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Oscar winner** Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban and Keir Dullea.
Because "2010" depends so much upon its story, it would be unfair to
describe more than the essentials: A joint Soviet-American expedition
sets out for the moons of Jupiter to investigate the fate of the
Discovery, its crew, and its on-board computer HAL 9000. There is
tension on board between the American leader (Roy Scheider) and the
Soviet captain (Helen Mirren), and it's made worse because back on
Earth, the superpowers are on the brink of nuclear war over Central
America. If Kubrick sometimes seemed to be making a bloodless movie with
faceless characters, Hyams pays a great deal of attention to story and
personality. But only one of the best moments in his movie grows out of
character (the touching scene where a Soviet and an American hold onto
each other for dear life during a terrifying crisis). The other great
moments are special-effects achievements: a space walk threatened by
vertigo, the awesome presence of Jupiter, and a spectacular flight
through the planet's upper atmosphere.
Despite being a far-cry from my snapper-cased, non-anamorphic, single-layered DVD from September 2000, the Blu-ray, at times, shows the films age, of 25-years. There are some impressive visuals, of space and some close-ups, but others that exhibit background noise. Grain is prevalent but doesn't always appears consistent. Colors seem obviously much brighter and truer than SD could relate but they may have lost a smattering of their lustre as well. The dual-layered transfer is competent and does an admirable job in bringing this sci-fi quasi-classic to high-definition - certainly the best way to see it in your home theater. I strongly suspect this is just how the film looked theatrically with age limiting it only a small step behind. The many space sequences are probably the most awe-inspiring with the technology of the day doing a tremendous effort far outstripping even most later made films of this genre. Fans should be very content with this image quality, perhaps first tempering their expectations to the film's age - our memories have a way of exponentially expanding the nostalgic appearance to unrealistic levels. This is the best 2010 has looked, or will look, for a very long time.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Blu-ray TOP vs. September 2000 snapper-case BOTTOM
Blu-ray TOP vs. September 2000 snapper-case BOTTOM
Aside from a cavalcade of international language DUBs, we have a True HD boost at a limiting 1408 kbps. It still can sound impressive with the subtleties of the score shining through with minor grandeur. Certainly it's lack of dynamic depth is more a sign of the original source, undemonstrative effect noises, and production levels at the time. There is an optional standard 5.1 English mix that seems to have slightly less range and crispness - but that may be overly trivial. There are a ton of subtitle options signifying this as the region free worldwide releases playable on Blu-ray machines throughout the globe.
Nothing new has gone into the extras section here with the same 10-minute vintage featurette: The Odyssey Continues in SD. It's a 'Making of...' with some details on the extent of the work involved to achieve some of the effects that we tend to take for granted now. Author C. Clarke gives some input. There is also a theatrical trailer but nothing more.
March 25th, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
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Gary W. Tooze
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