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Contact Blu-ray

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Warner Bros. | 1997 | 150 min | Rated PG | Oct 06, 2009

Contact (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (23.20 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
German: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
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Note: Castillian Spanish...

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Video 4.1 of 54.1
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.1 of 53.1
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Movie appeal

 
Sci-Fi100%
Drama50%
Thriller40%
Mystery39%
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Contact

 (1997)

Contact Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine. Based on the novel by Carl Sagan.

For more about Contact and the Contact Blu-ray release, see Contact Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, David Morse, Jena Malone, James Woods, Tom Skerritt
Director: Robert Zemeckis

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Contact Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Aside from a few small quibbles, most of them relating to the film's source material, I was mostly satisfied with Contact's 1080p/VC-1 encoded transfer. I've read some recent buzz on the internets regarding injudiciously applied DNR, but if digital noise reduction was used here, it's very slight, as this transfer still retains a distinct filmic quality, with none of the smearing or waxiness usually associated with noise reduction measures. A thin stratum of grain is apparent in most shots, and it looks natural enough, to me anyway. The only segment that seems patently artificial is the climatic "beach" scene. Foster is in front of a green screen composite shot, and it looks like the edges of her face have been smoothed out to make the separation between the real foreground and the fake background less jarring. Of course, this blurring is all too evident in high definition. This scene also suffers from over-saturated colors, including some much-too-ruddy skin tones. Contrast has a tendency to get a little hot throughout the film, causing black levels to occasionally crush shadow detail and giving certain colors, like reds and greens, a somewhat overheated appearance. But I should stress that this was never overtly distracting, and never diminished my enjoyment of the film. In general, Contact looks great in its upgrade to Blu-ray, noticeably besting the now-ancient DVD in every area. While some of the digital composite shots are soft by modern standards, most of the film shows an excellent sense of presence and clarity for its age, with fine texture apparent in facial detail and the weft of cloth. Plus, the print itself is quite clean, with only a few scattered white specks and the rare instance of contrast wavering. Eagle-eyed videophiles may find some nits to pick, but overall, this release of Contact is largely true to source.


Contact Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Less controversial is Contact's able but not always willing Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track, which pumps out some satisfying sound when the film really calls for it, but seems surprisingly vacant at other times. The film's audio showpiece is the frenetic wormhole sequence, which opens with the circular rotors of the machine sweeping through the rear channels in a kind of slow strobing effect accompanied by rumbling LFE resonance. Aside from this brilliant bit of sound design, there are few discrete, cross-channel effects in the track, and the rear speakers don't get much play. There's some crowd chatter and environmental ambience on occasion, but during certain scenes—like a massive rainstorm—the surround channels never come to life like you might expect. Still, the mix aptly conveys the drama of the film, utilizing a solid dynamic range and prioritizing both dialogue and Alan Silvestri's fantastic score, which is full of rich but understated cues that support rather than overwhelm. Contact has one or two eargasm-inducing moments, but expect a mostly quiet, dialogue-driven experience.


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