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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.
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
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
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Audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick
Maybe it was great in the '70s on the big screen or while smoking a joint, but it is now dated. The plot is about one sentence long. Read morePublished 1 day ago by John 1941 a San Diego Oddity
Is aggression a prerequisite for the progression of human development? This is one of many questions posed by director Stanley Kubrik in this groundbreaking film. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Matthew Carter
Great movie but the streaming version wasn't the complete movie. Left out the part where the message gets sent to Earth that "All worlds are yours, except Europa. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
According to Amazon ratings 1 star means "I hate it." yes I hated it. Such a well know and talked about movie, but I guess that's because of what it was to the audiences 40... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Movie Rock
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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.
Jan 23, 2008 by Michael P. Stewart | See all 23 posts
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"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.
If you read the reviews,
you may... Read More
Jan 5, 2009 by Addison Brodrick | See all 54 posts
|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
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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
Nov 10, 2010 by Gerry | See all 13 posts
|Amazon warning means what?||
I just had a nice chat with Rose, at Amazon, and her replies were so conflicted and confusing, I don't know if even Amazon knows what the notice means. The only really useful info I got from her, was that if it doesn't play, I can send it back for a full refund within 30 days.
Sep 18, 2014 by Kimberly A. Allen | See all 5 posts
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