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Average of 1629 ratings: 3.5 Stars

1997 M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

From the Academy Award-winning director of "Forrest Gump" and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Contact" take you on a journey to the heart of the universe

The exciting adventure of the day we make contact with life beyond Earth comes to the screen with a profound sense of wonder and a dazzling visual sweep that extends to the outer reaches of space and the imagination. Jodie Foster is astronomer Ellie Arroway, a woman of science. Matthew McConaughey is religious scholar Palmer Joss, a man of faith. They're opposite ends of a spectrum - and sudden players on the world stage as the countdown to humanity's greatest journey begins.

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144 minutes
Warner Bros

DVD details

Screen Format
2.35:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
English, Arabic, English for the Hearing Impaired, English Audio Commentary, English Audio Commentary, English Audio Commentary
English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded

Blu-ray details

Screen Format
1080p High Definition Widescreen 16x9 2.40:1
English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1; French, English, Castilian Spanish, German, Italian 5.1; Brazilian Portuguese 2.0

12 Member Reviews Write a review

4 by Duncan8

Nothing that special about this predicable story but for some reason you can't help liking the film. A nice one line ending which you must not miss!

1 by Mojo12

Utter bullocks. Complete rubbish unless you're a chick. More a love story than a sci-fi. Blokes beware.

Two and a half hours waiting for something to happen and just when you think something... Read more

3.5 by Ganny01

Jodie Foster is good in this and it's a decent watch but pretty cheesy and felt long.

5 by themermaids

I first saw this at the movies on release and wondered how well it would date, as I find a lot of sci-fi just too bombastic and ridiculous these days, such as Armageddon action types and things that... Read more

4 by Tubbs

Has some excellent moments but the film can't ultimately escape being dragged down by religious bigotry. If it got rid of the McConaughey character it would be the better for it.

4 by englishrose

We really enjoyed this movie - not quite enough to go out and buy a copy for my collection. A bit dated these days but a good watch for us as scifi buffs. More believable and enjoyable than "Independence Day".

1 by shadb

Entertaining but a little predictable. Enjoyed though

5 by Joyce

I really enjoyed this movie - enough to go out and buy a copy for my collection. A bit dated these days but a good watch for the scifi buff. A bit more believable than "Independence Day".

5 by Hylton

One of the best sci fi films out there. Jodi Foster plays a phd graduate who spends her time trying to intercept radio messages from outer space. Most of her colleagues rubbish her work until one day... Read more

4 by neo

I'm a Jodie foster Fan so I loved this and I love sci fi so the two went together hand in hand, great acting and great storyline so well worth the watch even though it is an older movie now.