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2001: A Space Odyssey (Widescreen)

Keir Dullea , Gary Lockwood , Stanley Kubrick    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (286 customer reviews)
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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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The Senses-Shattering Tale Of Life And "Afterlife" In Outer Space From Writer Arthur C. Clarke And Director Stanley Kubrick That Revolutionized Science-Fiction Films. Lunar Explorers Uncover An Obelisk Of Alien Origin, But Who Put It There, And Why? Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood And Hal 9000 The Computer Star. 148 Min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish; Theatrical Trailer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the movie that set the standard in sci fi July 18 2004
By abe
Format:VHS Tape
in 68,this movie was the best sci fi film ever.in it there is this force referred to as the monolith.it shows up at different points in time.finaly,a space crew goes to check it out.it is too intellectual for children.stanley kubrik directs so you know-since hes the greatest directer ever and all-that this movie is a classic!it is better than the sequel.thinkers will like it.in 68 there wasnt a computer paranoia like today.in this film,kubrik explores what would happen if the computer decided to just take the hell over.an idea not toyed with for years to come.he was a visionary.the music in it is very good too.for you wrestling fans,ric flairs theme song begins it.an abselute must for sci fi fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Look at the far future with optimism. July 17 2006
Look at the far future with optimism.

This review contains possibly a spoiler. I explain what happens at the end of the film. I do this because the end is confusing if you don't know something about the ideas of Arthur C.Clarke, an English scientist and SF writer who wrote the script for this movie along with Stanley Kubrick.

The basic idea of the film is that the 'Homo Sapiens' evolved from the apes (Darwin) and the 'Homo Cosmos' will in time evolve from the 'Homo Sapiens'(A.C.Clarke). The 'Homo Cosmos' will be a human creature that is able to live in outer space like we are able to live on Earth. Space will be his natural environment.

Arthur C.Clarke writes about this idea ( and many other scientific speculations ) in his book 'Profiles of the Future', first published in 1962 - he calls it 'An inquiry into the limits of the possible' - and revised in 1999 for millennial edition published by Indigo.

Before I carry on I have to say that the characters in this film are very cold and distant (all of them with perhaps the exception of the six year old daughter of one of the scientists.)They are polite but they could be mindless robots. I don't know if this was on purpose or that the scriptwriters didn't care about human psychology.

The movie has four parts.

First is the long winded part where you can witness the daily life of large apes. I presume that stunt men crawled almost literally in the skin of those apes. The special make-up must have cost a fortune. I give the film 4 stars because this first part is extremely slow-paced and is of very little importance for the rest of the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars science fiction classic June 28 2004
By A Customer
I am writing this review for those who claimed this movie has parts that are incomprehensible. Let me begin saying that you are right. The thing is this. There are movies wich are so successful, that a book is written afterwards based on it, like Star Wars. There are books so great that someone attempts to make a film of them, like The Lord of the Rings. Neither of these is the case of 2001. This a very peculiar situation in wich movie and book were developed simultaneously and were released within only a couple of months of difference. And even though there are some slights differences between book and movie, both belong together as a unit. Each one explains the other, so you can't read the book wihout the movie or watch the movie without having read the book. If you like good science fiction, that is science fiction wich is not like Star Trek or the Chronicles of Riddick, you should buy the movie and the book. 2001 is the proof that it is possible to make great science fiction: a story that portraits extraordinary events wich allow to explore the human condition and at the same time give entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very influencial piece of artwork history June 27 2004
By A Customer
the opinions and reviews I encounter reguarding this film are always ones of love or hate. For those who have seen and have hated it, I have one thing to say and that's... everyone has their own opinion, so it is crazy to chastize you for disagreeing with me. with that said, I think it is arogance on both parts to tell the other half that they suck for liking it or disliking it when the fact is, they don't understand it themselves. I love this movie for a number of reasons, the compositions and colors chosen for each and every scene were not from impulse or what might look 'cool', instead, the way each scene is set up visually tells the story better than any dialogue could. True, the special effects are very well done and makes one wonder how they were made, but more importantly is how they help tell the story. You can agree or disagree with me on that one, but when I watch the movie, I see how the spinning rooms bring us into a world of technology that we understand but so unlike everyday living. Throughout the movie, one can't help but notice the fact that "man, where's the dialogue?", that's just it. Dialogue, narraration, and captions can (it CAN, but doesn't always) make a story less interresting as it is likely to be used as a substitute for creativity and laziness on the filmmakers part. At the beginning, it tells us, "The Dawn of Man", an that is all we need to know. So with that in mind, mankind becomes the main character, since there is no single person that the film follows. We see its past, its present and imagine the future. it shows us that tools are what makes man "man" and how the very tools we make can become smarter than us and may bite us in the ass. Read more ›
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Published 1 month ago by darrell feit
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Everyone needs to see this movie and read the books. It's slow moving but there's so much subtle story lines and details it's superb!
Published 6 months ago by Tom Turvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Manned soace flight
There is a little more to this movie than meets the eye in that it control systems take over in a very sneaky way and what the consequences are when man and machine are pitted... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Clarence Huibers
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I really enjoyed this movie. The special effects were really ahead of their times. I remember seeing it at the theatre when it came out. It really left quite an empression on me.
Published 19 months ago by Errol P Jodrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey for Sure
The added material on disk two is very informative. There is not much else to say about the movie as it is a remake or reformat of the original. Read more
Published on June 23 2012 by Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow but Great
The first time I watched this movie, I was a little bit tired and I fell asleep 20 minutes in, concluding that it was the most boring movie I had ever seen. Read more
Published on June 10 2012 by Jimbo Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars From Ape to Man to Srarchild
This 1968 science fiction will always be a classic. It is a story starting 4 million years ago, lasting to infinity. No movie on earth has had that length of time. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2010 by Kemila Zsange
2.0 out of 5 stars Long, dated and visually disappointing
I saw the original 2001 in the theatre, and my mind was blown. I have seen it, either on TV, VHS, or DVD, several times since, though not in the last 8-10 years. Read more
Published on March 14 2010 by B. Breslin
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest science fiction film of all time
Once upon a time, when the year 2001 seemed aeons away, director Stanley Kubruck (Dr. Strangelove) contacted author Arthur C. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2009 by LeBrain
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