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2001: A Space Odyssey (Widescreen)

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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, Victor Lyndon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: June 12 2001
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ASUM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,384 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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.

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 23 2009
Format: DVD
Once upon a time, when the year 2001 seemed aeons away, director Stanley Kubruck (Dr. Strangelove) contacted author Arthur C. Clarke (Childhood's End) to discuss making "the proverbial good science fiction movie". Both were sick of films that passed for science fiction, but were actually monster movies set in space, or were fiction films with the science replaced by fantasy.

The result was 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film, and a companion book of the same name which is actually a completely different animal. The film -- striking, innovative, visually engrossing, ambiguous, and scientifically solid -- is as good today as it was in 1968, even if many of the "predictions" of the film have failed to come to pass. (Perhaps if the shuttle didn't explode in '86, we'd be closer to having moon bases today?)

Separated into four chapters (The Dawn Of Man, TMA-1, Jupiter Mission (and an intermission with music), and finally Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite), 2001 has no dialogue at all for the entire first quarter of the film. Beginning with a blank screen and "Atmospheres" by Ligeti, this is a film paradoxically anchored by both music and silence. The screen changes to the Earth rising over the moon, and the sun rising over the Earth (an important clue and recurring symbol) accompanied by "Thus Spoke Zarathustra". We are then introduced to a tribe of pre-human apes (Australopithecus, perhaps), starving and on the verge of extinction. Other tribes are stronger and out-competing them. There is no dialogue here but the barking of the apes, yet that and the scenery speak volumes. Suddenly one morning, the game has changed: A mysterious black monolith has appeared.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By abe on July 18 2004
Format: VHS Tape
in 68,this movie was the best sci fi film it there is this force referred to as the shows up at different points in time.finaly,a space crew goes to check 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 68 there wasnt a computer paranoia like this film,kubrik explores what would happen if the computer decided to just take the hell 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 abselute must for sci fi fans.
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Format: Blu-ray
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.

But does time matter?

With extraterrestrial help, apes learned how to use tools. Having made his great leap (it was so vividly and beautifully illustrated in the movie ' the leap from the animal bone to spaceship! Visually stunning!), man has relied on technology. We made computers intelligent enough to think for us; and emotional enough to fee for us; so that there isn't much left for us to do but to eat warm-up food while watching TV; get tanned in artificial sun while hearing our parents video message wishing us 'happy birthday'; being bored and boring; lying down in a coffin like container virtually 'dead' in order to get around' It seems at the end of evolution, tools(computers) don't need us anymore to fulfill a mission.

Yet, in space, we still need to breathe ' there was a three minute space walk in the movie when we don't see much going on but hear heavy breathing from David's space suit. This almost upset me as the breathing becomes heavier and heavier (maybe not really. It's just that I became less and less patient without much happening there and being left, as an audience, to feel that in the ultimate space, man is so fragile.)

Stanley Kubrick shows us the master of earth is only a child in the space. We see spaceship attendants walk slowly and mechanically like a child learning how to walk; we eat baby liquid food; we need retraining to use zero gravity toilet'

And we almost lose control of our tool ' Hal 9000 the super computer.
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Format: DVD
2001: A Space Odyssey Very few films deal with humanity in an abstract
verb very well, often despite trying to give a universal message about
humans they end up giving a message about individuals. This is
perfectly fine, and many of the truly great films deal with people this
way, it is natural because we relate more deeply with individuals.
However, Stanley Kubrick's crowning achievement is one of the
best-regarded films at showing humans not in an individual sense, but
rather as a species.

The film basically comes down to the core philosophy of evolution,
about our need as a species to keep going, despite where we get
ourselves. A short cut scene at the beginning of the film shows us as
apes, wherein a black monolith (possible God allegory) reveals itself
to us as we first begin to comprehend tools as hunting mechanisms. We
proceed to separate ourselves from the apes that don't comprehend tools
through harassing them and ultimately separate ourselves as unique. We
then jump many years later to a theoretical 2001, wherein people have
become lazy; they lack emotion and have mechanical usages for almost
any regular job. What's implied is that we have evolved to a point of
slothfulness due to a lack of this theoretical God. Most of the
conventional story isn't the point; it is put in largely to begin the
plot where the truly insightful message on human beings is revealed. An
alien signal is picked up and a crew with a computer (Hal 9000) is sent
to investigate. What is shown is that Hal 9000 is more human then the
human beings, a creature stuck in a world void of life in a
metaphysical sense.
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