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2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] (1968)

Keir Dullea , Gary Lockwood , Stanley Kubrick  |  G |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Ed Bishop, Penny Brahms, Edwina Carroll
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,590 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q66J1M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,954 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood

Theatrical trailer

Channel 4 documentary: 2001: The Making of a Myth

Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001

Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001

2001: A Space Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future

2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork

Look: Stanley Kubrick!

Audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick


Editorial Reviews

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When Stanley Kubrick recruited Arthur C. Clarke to collaborate on "the proverbial intelligent science fiction film," it's a safe bet neither the maverick auteur nor the great science fiction writer knew they would virtually redefine the parameters of the cinema experience. A daring experiment in unconventional narrative inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel," 2001 is a visual tone poem (barely 40 minutes of dialogue in a 139-minute film) that charts a phenomenal history of human evolution. From the dawn-of-man discovery of crude but deadly tools in the film's opening sequence to the journey of the spaceship Discovery and metaphysical birth of the "star child" at film's end, Kubrick's vision is meticulous and precise. In keeping with the director's underlying theme of dehumanization by technology, the notorious, seemingly omniscient computer HAL 9000 has more warmth and personality than the human astronauts it supposedly is serving. (The director also leaves the meaning of the black, rectangular alien monoliths open for discussion.) This theme, in part, is what makes 2001 a film like no other, though dated now that its postmillennial space exploration has proven optimistic compared to reality. Still, the film is timelessly provocative in its pioneering exploration of inner- and outer-space consciousness. With spectacular, painstakingly authentic special effects that have stood the test of time, Kubrick's film is nothing less than a cinematic milestone--puzzling, provocative, and perfect. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

A space mission that could reveal man's destiny is jeopardized by a malfunctioning shipboard computer. A dazzling journey that tops them all -- and showed the way for other effects-packed films that followed.

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1,038 of 1,151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Your Aspect Ratios October 23, 2007
Format:Blu-ray
In regards to the uneducated 2.35:1 zealot reviewer, as a Director of Photography, I can state unequivocally that 2001 is supposed to be in 2.20:1 aspect ratio. It was shot in 2.20:1. It was not shot in Cinemascope (or anamorphic Panavision), which is 2.35:1. It was shot with straight lenses in Super Panavision 70 (65mm negative, 70mm projection print with soundtrack). Super Panavision 70 is a 2.20:1 aspect ratio format. When you are watching a 70mm print in a theater you are watching 2.20:1, which was never as wide as the anamorphic formats. Learn your aspect ratios.

Not to mention the fact that Kubrick went to the extraordinary effort of exposing his special effects composite shots as successive passes on the original undeveloped 65mm negative (after it being held sometimes in refrigeration for up to a year or more waiting for the next pass) so that all the composite visual elements are first generation on the original camera negative, rather than the cheaper and more common optical composite dupe negative inserts. Amazing. That is why it looks as good as it does. No optical negative generations.

A Beautiful Film...and one of the best executions of the 70mm format ever.

A true Visual Masterpiece.
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269 of 298 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi filmmaking was never the same after "2001" August 29, 2000
Format:DVD
In the summer of 1969, when I was all of ten years old, Mom & Dad bundled all us kids into the white Oldsmobile stationwagon and drove to the Rockville (Maryland) Drive-In to see "2001: A Space Odyssey." I didn't know much about the film, but as a budding sci-fi fan I was already champing at the bit to see it. Needless to say, "2001" rearranged my universe. I can't say I understood the movie completely at the time, but I do recall talking my parents' ears off about the film during the drive home.

"2001" is personally my favorite movie of all time. I've seen it more times than I can count, purchased the soundtrack several times (vinyl and tape wear out, you know), read Arthur C. Clarke's novelization several times, and read every other piece of literature about the film I've been able to get my hands on.

And recently my partner Greg purchased this "Stanley Kubrick Collection" DVD from Amazon, and it was just last night that we sat down to watch it on our new 32-inch TV and in 5.1 digital sound. What a treat! First of all the print is about as pristine as anything I've ever seen; this movie probably looks better today on DVD than it did in many suburban movie theatres back in 1969. I was immediately struck my how sharp the image was, especially the clean lines of the monolith that appears mysteriously amongst our australopithicine ancestors 4.5 million years ago. While watching this film last night, Greg lamented the fact that kids today who grow up on nothing but CGI effects in science fiction movies may never have a true appreciation for the fine art of model-building; the Orion shuttle, the Discovery ship and its attendant space pods, are stunning examples of elegance in design.
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149 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Film, And Yes, You Can "Get It" February 8, 2005
Format:DVD
Two mysteries keep a lot of folks from making sense of this movie: 1). What is the nature of the monolith? What, finally, does it do, or portend, or symbolize? 2). What, specifically, causes HAL to behave in such apparently irrational and pointlessly destructive ways aboard Discovery One?

If you can't answer these questions, then "2001," as beautiful as it is to look at, will leave you scratching your head. Well, with deep respect toward all who admire this wonderful movie, and with awareness that these issues have, in part, been successfully addressed by other Amazon reviewers, I'd like to elaborate on these two questions.

First, the monolith. As most Amazon reviewers understand, the extra-terrestrial monolith serves to help life evolve. This isn't explained by anyone in the movie, but it is clearly demonstrated. In "The Dawn Of Man" segment, the ape touches the monolith and experiences a cognitive "leap forward" when he suddenly understands the advantages of tools for survival. The scientists who find the moon-based monolith never know about the ape's original exposure on Earth. They can't put their discovery in context, and, proceeding from this nearly complete ignorance, they send an exploratory spaceship to follow the monolith's radio signal to Jupiter.

Because additional monoliths appear in more visually fabulous settings toward the film's end, some viewers believe the monolith's function becomes ambiguous or even deliberately impossible to understand. But there is no real need to reach for heavy symbolism. The movie makes the most sense when the monolith's role stays the same: it facilitates evolution wherever it appears.

On to HAL's aberrant behavior. At first, this seems a much deeper mystery.
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411 of 459 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus Materials for this DVD set August 7, 2007
A Kid's Review
Format:DVD
I haven't seen any of this, but I thought anyone interested in this new edition might find it useful, since it's currently not in the product description.

The 2001: A Space Odyssey (Special Edition) DVD will feature the following bonus materials:

* Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
* Theatrical trailer
* Channel 4 documentary: 2001: The Making of a Myth
* Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001
* Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001
* 2001: A Space Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future
* 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork
* Look: Stanley Kubrick!
* Audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
Great movie. Fast delivery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great movie
Published 19 hours ago by G. Prosser
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary to show off your HDTV
This movie is absolutely essential if you want to show off your HDTV. Otherwise it's actually a pretty boring movie, but it's a classic and it's Kubrick, so don't say anything or... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Stephen Shores
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie!
Published 7 days ago by judy fahnestock
5.0 out of 5 stars You Must Watch This One Movie Before You Die
Just as mind-blowing today as it was when I first watched it as teenager back in 1968. Best example of Arthur C. Clarke's scientific mysticism. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Infinite Loop
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest space movie ever
One of the best, most philosophical movies ever. Its meditations on AI, man's evolution to superman, space travel, cinematography, all seminal and breathtaking, even today. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Praveen
3.0 out of 5 stars Novel or Screenplay?
I listened to this book out of curiosity, since I'd never been able to watch the entire movie. I was disappointed as soon as I listened to the author's intro explaining that the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Catherine Beeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Even if you don't like this type of movie
How can anyone give this movie less than a 5 star. Even if you don't like this type of movie, you have to acknowledge how well it is put together.
Published 9 days ago by Will
2.0 out of 5 stars I really wished I could have finished watching it the ...
I really wished I could have finished watching it the next night as I was too tired to finish it the first sitting. I know $2. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Patricia Berg
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What is this film saying?
I think the singular meaning that you're seeking just doesn't exist. This film is made in a way that forces one to ponder it's meaning, I think that it was never intended to be fully explained. That's the simple beauty in a film like this, it says so much without saying much at all. I think the... Read More
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Amazon is stupid
Same here. One semi-workaround is to search the reviews using "blu-ray" as your search key. It's not perfect, but it weeds out a lot of the SD garbage.
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Is paying extra for old movies in hd worth it?
Almost all movies since the dawn of motion picture have been shot on 35mm film. All new hollywood movies are still shot with 35mm cameras. Only a few movies have been shot on HD cameras, like the new starwars movies. HD cameras have a LOWER resolution than 35mm cameras meening that yes old movies... Read More
Oct 18, 2007 by Sir moviefan |  See all 22 posts
Quality of BluRay Disc
"2001:" Looks OUTSTANDING.

That's my opinion, at least.
When I show off to others the capability of what a Blu-ray disc can do,
this is the title I use.

It is definitely a major step up from the early DVD's,
including some great special features.

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Jan 5, 2009 by Addison Brodrick |  See all 52 posts
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In regards to the uneducated 2.35:1 zealot reviewer, as a Director of Photography, I can state unequivocally that 2001 is supposed to be in 2.20:1 aspect ratio. It was shot in 2.20:1. It was not shot in Cinemascope (or anamorphic Panavision), which is 2.35:1. It was shot with straight lenses in... Read More
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