5 2001: A Space Odyssey - It's just fine as it is, thanks.Orbdoctor | 05/03/2009 | See all Orbdoctor's reviews (6)Top 100 DVD Reviewer So this film needs a remake with computer generated effects, does it? Thanks for your input, but with all due respect you've missed the point of this film altogether - a landmark piece of complete genius, way ahead of its time, a distilation of sheer, obsessive talent and relentless attention to detail. I have to admit a long-standing admiration of anything by the late Mr. Kubrick - this film, after all, was what inspired a certain young Mr. Lucas to take a good look and think "I reckon I could do that." - and the rest, as they say, is history. Sure, this film isn't for everyone, and just because you don't like it on the first viewing doesn't mean you have the wits of a tree stump - this film and some other Kubrick films are very much an acquired taste. But, those with a modicum of patience, who are prepared to watch slow-cooked rather than flash fried will be treated to some of the most electrifying visual and sonic perfection ever committed to film. Just don't expect a thrill each passing minute, or dazzling Silicon Graphics visual effects - this film was made in 1968, and there was no such thing, which is actually one of the greatest compliments that could ever be paid to Stanley Kubrick - he literally crafted the impossible, and then filmed it for you. And who cares what the end is supposed to mean?? It's entirely subjective, and is one of the very few film endings, if not the only one, where it can mean exactly what you like... My take on it, having watched it many times entirely sober, is that Astronaut Bowman travels back in time through a black hole and becomes God - whatever that ubiquitous name means to you. But, if you watch it and see the same scene as a journey backwards through Blackpool lights, whereupon the astronaut invents a magnet that picks up assorted mixed vegetables, then fine, all well and good. A minor technical point - If the very slow panning shots are juddering and you're watching it on Blu-Ray, turn 24Hz video on - this film, like most other celluloid prints, was filmed at 24 frames per second - the 24Hz facility on your Blu-Ray player is there to provide the same synchronisation, when used with a compatible TV, and stops juddering.