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2001: A Space Odyssey - Special Edition (2 Discs)

Featuring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood & William Sylvester

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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  2001: A Space Odyssey

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I don't know that this film can quite be reviewed strictly - it merely must be seen at least once in every sci-fi or cinema lover's lifetime and then you'll just have to go an make of it what you will.

Filled with ambiguity to the point of frustration (on a first watch at least, though additional watches plus a little self investigation into the extras and into the film in general tends to make some of more coherent) it's probably still the unqualified daddy of all sci-fi films (serious ones anyway) and to that end won't reveal itself in a hurry.

This two disc edition looks excellent (although I've also seen the Blu-ray which is even better) and has a good (if not exhaustive) set of extras on disc two in addition to the main disc commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood. The visuals of the film easily look as if it had been made yesterday, but the ideas and interpretations it will leave you with are even more impressive.

  Yet another remaster, but....

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While finding the new Blade Runner edition, I thought, has there been a recent 2001? I`d not seen anything about it, and to my surprise, yes there is. When from? 2 disc set. The boxed set second disc is the music, this issue on this site gives no info on the second disc. I`m always after production features, well, this second disc HAS them. At last, they on their own are worth the issue. I finally watched it all last night, a two night job. Most facets of production covered, film shot during production, and other staff interviews. Word to the wise. After the first docu, theres a lengthy copyright section from one language to another. Go back to menu and select second feature. After that its a straight run. So, I`ve still to watch the main film, and see if there are any real improvements.I`m still loathe to buy any more copies, improved or not. I`m surprised to read Russell T Davis is resisting HDTV.. why? Cost? Torchwood is HD.. I have a mate who has HDTV.. yes, wonderful, but to me.. dvd and satellite/freeview are clear pics, enough for me. I`ve been used to years of ghosting on analogue. Those of my age and older know the film almost inside out, yes, big shame if Kubrick destroyed the missing minutes cut for original release, in fact criminal. Kubrick was a private man, often didnt hear people talking to him, you talked through an assistant.. so, in his own world then. Well, it shows. We must not forget the methods used to make this film. As it was Cinerama.. was it not, shame we cant have it that wide. Being an ex tv engineer I used to get niggled over people not realising what wide screen meant. `But we lose top and bottom`.. NO... scan and pan is a pain. Will anyone come out with an extra wide version, maybe that will be next. How many copies have I got already.
OK.. End of April 2011 and its been announced.. the missing 17-19 minutes have been FOUND pristine.. in a vault. NOW.. arguments whether Kubrick intended to make the edited film, we were told for cinema run.. or he thought his cut was it as far as he was concerned. WHY do we get different stories, different times from different people.. fans WILL want to know and judge for themselves.. so.. will someone `re edit` to put the `pristine` cuts back in? I would hope so. People who have rubbished this film can have no idea of.. spectacle.. this is a classic, and though it says Cinerama.. apparently wasnt.. it was shot wider to look like it. Cinerama was too expensive apparently. Well, considering how Kubrick made the film.. thats not surprising. So many departments working on different parts.. many rejected. SO.. we wait and see.

  Not an enjoyable experience

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Well what can I say? Let me start by saying I am a fan of movies and the genre. At 38 I had never seen this classic from start to finish only bits here and there so decided to treat myself and buy this. Well how wrong was I. Nothing short of pretentious bloated rubbish, every scene over runs (the score seems to be the most important factor in the film) leading to a very boring experience, before I am criticised for blasphemy let me be clear I get it, I get the big message and the point the movie is making but every scene just goes on and on and on (I am not a teenager with a 5 minute attention span) At 4.99 it was a cheap way to waste 6 hours of my life (was it really only 2 hours 21 mins!) but it was a waste. I own and enjoy many classic films but this is a film I will never watch again as it is destined for the charity shop.

  "OPEN THE POD BAY DOORS HAL"

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Kubrick at his best. No question, the most influential sci-fi film ever created, a dazzling masterpiece about where the human race stands in the world along side machines. It is important to note this film was actually made a year before man took its first step on the moon, but Kubrick's vision into the future is astounding, into colonised space, maybe too far for humans to treck into unknown territory. The film starts with one of the best jump cuts in film history and ends with the most bonkers mind-boggling ending ever conveived, this film is truely unmissbable. It's more than a film, it's an experience.

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  Kubrick's Finest Two and a Half Hours

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I remember seeing this as a small child in the local cinema when it first came out and forty years later it's still as enigmatic as ever. Apparently when Kubrick was writing the screenplay he took out everything that was specific in Arthur C Clarke's source novel, resulting in the hugely ambiguous and ambitious film we have here.

Strangely, watching this in 1968 it seemed as if it might happen by 2001. However, in 2009 it seems an even more remote prospect than ever, which I suppose is a rather inverted way of the film showing its age. But even if the film is in one way dated, it's still an arresting spectacle and a fantastic tribute to all those involved in its production.

I think my favourite part is the "stargate" sequence although the edit from swirling bone to spacecraft is absolutely breathtaking as well. And that's not forgetting the androgynously-voiced HAL 9000 computer, which has one of the most potently understated lines in cinema history: "Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye."

If you like intelligent sci-fi, this film is a must-have.

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  "MY GOD IT'S FULL OF STARS"

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This movie is many things. It's mentaly stimulating, awe inspireing,
majestic, thrilling, perplexing and frustrating in equal measures, but there is one thing for sure the film is a masterpiece!
This is bench mark sci-fi, that all sci-fi movies have been judged against ever since, and has inspired many other films including The original Star Treck movie (1979) The Abyss, Star Wars, Close Encounters. the list could go on and on. The plot of the film is baffleing, and is paper thin, but that's not the point of the movie. I think the point is that you take away from the film whatt you want. For me it was the grace and majesticness of the experience, from the ground breaking effects to the amazing use of music. If you strip all these elements away from the film it would be a flat and sterile experience, but add them all together the combination is truly breathtaking. It had been long time since I watched the film last, and I am really glad I revisited this undoubted classic.
It's groundbreaking perfection!

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  "MY GOD IT'S FULL OF STARS"

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This movie is many things. It's mentaly stimulating, awe inspireing,
majestic, thrilling, perplexing and frustrating in equal measures, but there is one thing for sure the film is a masterpiece!
This is bench mark sci-fi, that all sci-fi movies have been judged against ever since, and has inspired many other films including The original Star Treck movie (1979) The Abyss, Star Wars, Close Encounters. the list could go on and on. The plot of the film is baffleing, and is paper thin, but that's not the point of the movie. I think the point is that you take away from the film whatt you want. For me it was the grace and majesticness of the experience, from the ground breaking effects to the amazing use of music. If you strip all these elements away from the film it would be a flat and sterile experience, but add them all together the combination is truly breathtaking. It had been long time since I watched the film last, and I am really glad I revisited this undoubted classic.
It's groundbreaking perfection!

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  One for the ages

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Arguably Kubrick's most influential film, it's also one that perfectly summarises his style and technique. What makes this different from his earlier or later works is that it's his most complex and detailed work, as well as being paradoxically the most familiar and incomprehensible.
Like all his films (adaptations) Kubrick chose nocels whose specific point was one only he could understand. He'd change things dramatically to suit his own story and his own ideas; think of 'The Shining' or 'Eyes Wide Shut'. This not only represents Kubrick's most obscure story to tell but also his single celebration of humanity as something positive, or at least suffering a less harsh outcome. There are many themes that will recurr within later projects: madness and isolation (The Shining); what it means to be human (Full Metal Jacket); the difference between reality and the imagined (Eyes Wide Shut); and how everything is presented in pristine, crisp visuals. But on its own '2001' stands out from Kubrick's unusual ouevre.
The film encompasses all of mankind from its creation to its destruction and all over again. We see how mankind is both all-conquering and knowing, yet something beyond our own control can destroy us in an instant. Such fragility is evident in the 'Star Child', the embryonic innocence gazing at its new world come the end. This is a film that covers a vast territory, the known and the unknown. People talk to their families and friends; new discoveries yeild otherworldly consequences. Like Ingmar Bergman's 'Persona' Kubrick has not just examined and deconstructed an art form, but art itself, and thus humanity's fascination with concepts, creativity and imagination. It taps into a netherworld indescribable, familiar, personal. Images and sounds collide and fuse into a symphony in bright stark light. From volatile and primitive beginnings to a serene and beautiful conclusion, '2001' is about life and what it actually is.
As ever, Kubrick never tells us what is and what isn't, but, like all his work, he gives us striking imagery to connect with an uncomfortably close part of the human aesthetic. There is some point in every Kubrick film where someone watching will realise just how clever, frighteningly so, he really is.
A film that has to be seen to be believed, the reason that cinema exists, t see and discover new things and to take the soul along with us.

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  Only one complaint: too short.

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I believe there are two kinds of movies and two kinds of audiences. There are movies that you watch and then let it go the instance the credits starts to roll, and there´s an audience that really just wants to do that. And then there are movies that ask the audience to participate in the experience, to really think about what you´re watching and feeling, and yes, there is an audience that wants to do that. 2001 is aimed at the latter (just my opinion though). You can´t gain interest into something you´re just not interest in. So, if you´re NOT into adventure, mystery, questions that have no right nor wrong answers, amazing visual beauty, striking and unique filmmaking, then do not watch this masterpiece of the everfading art. The special effects of 2001 still outdoes pretty much every CGI creation nowadays in realism, and this was made in the sixties. Stanley Kubrick had something I wish every director could use, then, movie experiences would be as they should.

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