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2001: A Space Odyssey (1998)

Keir Dullea , Gary Lockwood , Stanley Kubrick  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,561 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Producers: Stanley Kubrick, Irmelin Dicaprio
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,561 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L9GMBC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A Kubrick masterpiece that spans from the dawn of man to it's title year when an alien artifact is found on the moon. An expedition is launched to Jupiter to track it's origins.

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1,031 of 1,142 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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268 of 297 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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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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145 of 159 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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5.0 out of 5 stars a timeless classic
Still a masterpiece after all these years. even with all the good cgi nowadays, this movie still stands the test of time. and it's still a very good film.
Published 3 days ago by Kenya
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A monumental achievement in visual effects and dramatic storytelling.
Published 3 days ago by Steve Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic movie. Great effects, great music.
Published 3 days ago by Richard W. Pyles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic transfer to Blu-ray, picture quality and sound are fantastic, looks like the movie was made yesterday
Published 4 days ago by thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Limited Edition...
A classic.
Published 4 days ago by Nick H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 5 days ago by Marco P. Debe
4.0 out of 5 stars ... made at a time when special effects were so good for the time
this was made at a time when special effects were so good for the time, it just made u sit in your seat at the movie theater in silence. Read more
Published 9 days ago by BARRY STRITTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorites.
Published 11 days ago by Neal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great sci fi
Published 12 days ago by Alexius23
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Special feature gives us an excellent retrospective look at the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Gary Lockwood and Keir Dullea add richness to the experience, explaining how... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Joe Preston
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