- Disc One:
- Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
- Theatrical trailer
- Disc Two:
- 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
2001 - A Space Odyssey
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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
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This film has many fans and I'm one of them. I consider it one of the finest movies ever made period and beyond that one of the best visual arts of the 20th century. I will watch it over and over as each time I find new things within it. I'm really glad I ordered this Blu-Ray version. If you loved the film in the theater but you don't have a Blu-Ray player and a 1080 HDTV then here is the reason why you should buy them both immediately. An unequaled and unforgettable Blu-Ray experience.
There are many interesting special features included on the Blu-Ray including a behind the scenes half-hour documentary LOOK Magazine showed to potential advertisers for a special edition of LOOK focusing on science and technology tied in with the upcoming release of the film. I found that feature an excellent bonus as I had not seen it before. (LOOK Magazine had a unique relationship with Kubrick as they gave him his first job as an apprentice photographer right out of high-school and when he made his first film, a documentary, Kubrick was still a LOOK staff photographer.) I usually don't watch the commentary versions, but in this case I absolutely will. I am so glad I bought this, it is now my favorite Blu-Ray disc and when I want to show off my Blu-Ray this is the disc I'll use from now on.
Some people don't like this film much, the excellent Blu-Ray display quality won't change their point of view about the film in general. But to people who have always found this film to be eloquent and profound art then it is definitely worth the buy. This Blu-Ray version is one of my best Amazon buys ever!
The film left a lot of people in bewilderment when it was first shown. It probably still does. There is a theme of large black monoliths, which tie the film together. First there is one on the Earth, then one on the Moon, and finally one orbiting Jupiter. A small group of humans and their computer friend HAL are sent to investigate the one at Jupiter. HAL is the most human of the bunch, but he does have his own issues. Stuff happens. HAL becomes unhappy with the humans. "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that"
The film is known for its slow-to-develop action, but also for some memorable scenes. There are the apes at the beginning; Dave going through the star gate; and finally Dave finding himself in a room filled with French Provincial furniture. That happened to me once, not the star gate, but I was at a hotel in Aix-en-Provence not orbiting Jupiter. Interestingly, one set of star gate images was taken from Dr. Strangelove. If you have the patience, this is a great film.
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