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2001 - A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] [1968] £7.87 at Amazon

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A daring experiment in unconventional narrative inspired by Arthur C Clarke's short story "The Sentinel", 2001: A Space Odyssey is a visual tone poem (barely 40 minutes of dialogue in a 139-minute fil…
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A daring experiment in unconventional narrative inspired by Arthur C Clarke's short story "The Sentinel", 2001: A Space Odyssey is a visual tone poem (barely 40 minutes of dialogue in a 139-minute film) that charts a phenomenal history of human evolution. When Stanley Kubrick recruited 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 with the result. 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 dehumanisation by technology, the notorious, seemingly omniscient, computer HAL 9000 has more warmth and personality than the human astronauts it is supposedly 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 post-millennial 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, Amazon.com
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#1
The brilliance of Kubrick and this film will go over the heads of most people. Each to their own though.
For such an old film this looks great on Blu Ray and sound is very good.
#2
I can't see the HD from the back of my eyelids.
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This film is pure genius, look out for the ipad style tablet computers on the desks of the two astronauts. All the computer animations were actually backlit animation and not computer generated. I think the faux computer animations when they're checking the comms unit p.c.b. are well imagined. Basic computer graphics did exist at the time, but the film makers had to imagine and thus invent the look and feel of the fake computer imagery. Douglas Trumbull was the man organising and creating the special effects. The star gate sequence is still excellent and has an organic feel to it. The best part of the film is the section on the space station, and the shutting down of HAL.
#4
Had this in every other format and at this price.... heat!
#5
superb film
#6
Best Blu Ray of 2009 for me...

Amazing transfer.
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hondar
The brilliance of Kubrick and this film will go over the heads of most people. Each to their own though.
For such an old film this looks great on Blu Ray and sound is very good.


To say that before anyone has even commented is pretty snobbish.
#8
Do you know how they got the name HAL? Take the next letters in the alphabet and all will be revealed.
#9
Good price and a great film. But now that some additional footage has been discovered, is it wise to hold out for the extended version?

http://www.nouse.co.uk/2010/12/20/lost-kubrick-footage-discovered/
#10
Excellent price for such a stunning blu-ray. I paid £10 for this & it is superb. It's what blu-ray was made for.
#11
zpider242
Good price and a great film. But now that some additional footage has been discovered, is it wise to hold out for the extended version?


http://www.nouse.co.uk/2010/12/20/lost-kubrick-footage-discovered/


In a statement e-mailed to Wired.com Monday following last week’s rash of speculation on the web about the fate of the footage, Warner Home Video said, “Additional footage from 2001: A Space Odyssey has always existed in the Warner vaults. When Mr. Kubrick trimmed the 17 minutes from 2001 after the New York premiere, he made it clear the shortened version was his final edit. The film is as he wanted it to be presented and preserved and Warner Home Video has no plans to expand or revise Mr. Kubrick’s vision.”

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/12/its-official-warner-bros-has-no-plans-for-deleted-2001-a-space-odyssey-vault-footage/
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In a statement e-mailed to Wired.com Monday following last week’s rash of speculation on the web about the fate of the footage, Warner Home Video said, “Additional footage from 2001: A Space Odyssey has always existed in the Warner vaults. When Mr. Kubrick trimmed the 17 minutes from 2001 after the New York premiere, he made it clear the shortened version was his final edit. The film is as he wanted it to be presented and preserved and Warner Home Video has no plans to expand or revise Mr. Kubrick’s vision.”http://www.wired.com/underwire/2010/12/its-official-warner-bros-has-no-plans-for-deleted-2001-a-space-odyssey-vault-footage/[/quote]
Then I shall add this to my collection of classics. Thanks

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