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2001: A Space Odyssey: Special Edition (Blu-ray)

Released on 03 March 2008

Featuring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood & William Sylvester

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

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Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey!

When a large black monolith is found beneath the surface of the moon, the reaction immediately is that it was intentionally buried. When the point of origin is confirmed as Jupiter, an expedition is sent in hopes of finding the source. When Dr. David Bowman discovers faults in the expeditionary space craft's communications system, he discovers more than he ever wanted to know.
  • Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
  • Channel Four Documentary 2001: The Making of a Myth
  • 4 Insightful Featurettes: Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001 - Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 - A Look Behind the Future - What Is Out There?
  • FX and Early Conceptual Artwork
  • Look: Stanley Kubrick!
  • Audio-Only Bonus: 1966 Kubrick Interview Conducted by Jeremy Bernstein
  • Theatrical Trailer

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 2001: A Space Odyssey - It's just fine as it is, thanks.

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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.

 MIND-BLOWING

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The greatest science-fiction film ever made.

You've seen it, you sort of know the plot: extra-terrestrial guidance, via ANCIENT MONOLITH, shapes Mankind in preparation for his next stage of evolution. For many, it's the quintessential love-it or hate-it experience.

And since we haven't been able to catch STANLEY KUBRICK's masterpiece in a cinema - much less a digitally-equipped one - for over thirty years, I'm assuming that you already possess a HIGH-DEFINITION WIDESCREEN TV, a PS3 (or similar) and want to know if this BLU-RAY edition of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY lives up to expectations, yes?

Well, it does. The picture is fantastic, the level of detail is incredible. THE DAWN OF MAN sequence has astonishing depth of field, which is all the more amazing when you discover that the skyscapes were in actuality stills, or plates, front-projected onto the backdrops of an outdoor studio near Shepherd's Bush. A place, or a moment, in 'pre-historic' 1968 where the ordinary became truly extraordinary.

As we reach outer space, and fractured bone becomes brushed metal, pinpoints of stars twinkle like never before, the exterior cladding of ships, satellites and moon shuttles rendered with similar clarity to allow us the ultimate space vehicle inspection tour. And isn't THE USS DISCOVERY the most beautifully designed ship of them all?

JUPITER AND BEYOND THE INFINITE is where we get to take the ultimate trip in every sense. This is where the high-definition image really earns its money, as far as I'm concerned, and it's the showcase moment let loose in all its glory, a sequence that had much the same effect when I saw it in 70mm Cinerama. Completely mind-blowing.

Soundwise, the film has a very centre-speaker feel but don't be put off too much by that. The dialogue is well placed and significantly superior in uncompressed 5.1 to the regular DVD, right down to the oft-present oxygen hiss in the EVA sequences or the infamous moment when DAVE BOWMAN literally pulls the plug on the "incapable of error" HAL 9000 series. I wonder whether Daisy would have had such a heartless response to his distortion of information?

Music is used sparingly but to brilliant effect. For example, STRAUSS's THE BLUE DANUBE and KHACHATURIAN's haunting GAYNE'S ADAGIO sound wonderful and complement perfectly their out-of-this-world setting (a quite audacious leap of faith on the director's part, incidentally, seeing as both pieces were only intended for use as guide tracks on the rough cut).

Whichever way you look at it, this REGION FREE BLU-RAY DISC is a stunning example of what the format stands for.

Did I also mention that the film's pretty good, too?

UNRESERVEDLY RECOMMENDED

 This is the Blu-ray to showcase HD!!!!!

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OK, so this has alot of people divided, but for a film that was made over 40 years ago, it still stands up as one of the most originally conceived movies ever made and the fact that it gets everyone talking about it shows its impact. This film is definately one to get you thinking and the special effects leave you wondering how they were done, which bests alot of films today! This blu-ray edition is amazingly clear and i cannot praise it enough for the quality of the picture and audio. If you want to showcase high def this is the movie to do it with!!

 A True Masterpiece.

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Long before Star Wars (1979) and Alien (1979), Stanley Kubrick delivered what has to be regarded as the best space movie of all time 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

When watching this movie is worth remembering that at the time of its production man had not yet walked on the moon and space exploration was relatively new. There were no pictures of the Earth from space so Kubrick had to guess what it looked like.

Visually this is arguably the most stunning and beautiful movie ever made. The images of the space craft revolving in time to classical music The Blue Danube have become lengendary and the sets, effects, lighting and cinematopgraphy is as close to perfect as you could make in 1968.

Some people claim 2001 is a difficult movie to watch, with cold characters and a plot that makes no sense but this is intelligent sci-fi and anyone claiming to be a movie fan should view 2001 at least once.

A true masterpiece from a genius director at the top of his game.

 just a moment...just a moment...........

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my fave film since 1968,seen it thousands of times so the logical step was blu ray.i like to think i have a very good eye for detail..this has been proved with this film.the blu ray transfer is very good but.....certain scenes were not perfect.a slight very vague but noticeable red tinge on certain areas put me off..maybe certain films like this and sleep hollow should not be transferred as it does not always come off..5 stars for the film (obviously) but only 4 for the blu ray edition.

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ActorsKeir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Leonard Rossiter & Daniel Richter
DirectorStanley Kubrick
Certificate12 years and over
Year1968
Screen2.20:1 Widescreen
LanguagesEnglish - PCM (5.1)
Additional LanguagesEnglish ; French ; German ; Italian ; Spanish
SubtitlesEnglish ; Brazilian Portuguese ; Spanish - Castiliian ; Chinese ; Danish ; Dutch ; Finnish ; French ; German ; Italian ; Korean ; Latin ; Spanish ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Swedish
Duration2 Hours and 21 Minutes (approx)