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Overview

Special Features

  • Contact: Widescreen (16x9 2.4:1) version
  • Contact: 3 commentaries - Jodie Foster, Robert Zemeckis and Steve Starkey, Ken Ralston and Stephen Rosenbaum
  • Contact: Computer animation concepts and tests
  • Contact: Special effects designs
  • Contact: Theatrical trailers
  • Contact: Languages - English & Français
  • Contact: Subtitles - English, Français & Español (feature film only
  • Sphere: Widescreen (16x9 2.4:1) version
  • Sphere: Commentary by Dustin Hoffman and Samuel L. Jackson
  • Sphere: Documentary Shaping the Sphere - The Art of the Visual Effects Supervisor
  • Sphere: Theatrical trailer & TV spots
  • Sphere: Languages - English & Français (dubbed in Quebec)
  • Sphere: Subtitles - English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Synopsis

Contact
The search for life outside our solar system becomes a personal and spiritual quest for a young researcher. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) is a scientist who lost her faith in God after her parents died when she was a child. However, Ellie has learned to develop a different sort of faith in the seemingly unknowable: working with a group that monitors radio waves from space, Ellie hopes that some day she will receive a coherent message from another world that will prove that there is a world beyond our own. Ellie's hard work is rewarded when her team picks up a signal that does not appear to be of earthly origin. Ellie decodes the message, which turns out to be plans for a space craft, which she takes as an invitation for a meeting with the aliens. Ellie and her fellow researchers soon run into interference from a White House scientific advisor, David Drumlin (Tom Skerritt), who cuts off their funding and tries to take credit for their achievements. However, Ellie receives moral support from Palmer Joss (Matthew McConaughey), a spiritual teacher who advises President Clinton and tries to persuade her to accept the existence of a higher power, and financial backing from S.R. Hadden (John Hurt), a multi-millionaire willing to fund her attempts to contact the source of the message. Contact was based on a novel by Carl Sagan, who advised director Robert Zemeckis during the film's production until his death in 1996. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Sphere
Barry Levinson directed this $100+ million adaptation of Michael Crichton's science fiction novel about the investigation of a half-mile-long spacecraft sitting on the South Pacific ocean floor. Government functionary Barnes (Peter Coyote) assembles a crack scientific team -- psychologist Dr. Norman Goodman (Dustin Hoffman), who wrote a presidential report on alien contact; biochemist Beth Halperin (Sharon Stone), once involved romantically with Goodman; mathematician Harry Adams (Samuel L. Jackson); and astrophysicist Ted Fielding (Liev Schreiber). After descending a thousand feet, they set up housekeeping at their underwater Habitat base, suit up, and enter the craft, finding evidence that it's a U.S. ship from the future. However, the craft's cargo of a shimmering, golden sphere is definitely alien. After Harry contrives to enter the sphere, Norman notes his odd behavior. When the Habitat computer system receives an email message from the sphere ("I am happy"), it's not long before the messages from this entity take a threatening turn ("I will kill you all"), triggering fears to surface along with violent attacks to the Habitat. The film is divided into chapters, such as "The Ride Down," "The First Exchange," and "The Monster." Shot on soundstages at the abandoned Mare Island Naval Shipyard (Vallejo, California), the effects combine animation, miniatures, prosthetics, animatronics, and digital images. Ed Asner reads the Sphere audiobook. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jodie Foster
    Jodie Foster - Ellie Arroway
  • Matthew McConaughey
    Matthew McConaughey - Palmer Joss
  • James Woods
    James Woods - Michael Kitz
  • John Hurt
    John Hurt - S.R. Hadden
  • Tom Skerritt
    Tom Skerritt - David Drumlin
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