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2001: A Space Odyssey: Special Edition (Dbl DVD)
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
I would have liked to have had more special features and commentaries available, but enjoyed hearing the actors' anecdotes very much.Published 1 day ago by Mary Alma Miller
Finest SCIFI movie of all time. Remarkable special effects considering the date this was made.Published 4 days ago by Red Rocks 2015
I love sci-fi. I have read nearly every story written by Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, and Zahn. I love cerebral or hard-science. I loved 2001 the novel, but I really hated this movie. Read morePublished 5 days ago by HobbesEsq
When 2001 first hit the screens in 1968, it was a futuristic tour de force. There had been nothing like it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by LadRoy
I've watched and studied this film probably more than any other. Deep, rich, philosophical, timeless.Published 9 days ago by Dan7Pars
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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.
Jan 23, 2008 by Michael P. Stewart | See all 23 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.
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
|Something Got Chopped||
The movie was filmed in a 2.20:1 AR. Nothing is chopped from the BR disc.
Oct 5, 2009 by Adam Austin | See all 15 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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