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  • Actors: Keir Dullea, Richter Daniel, Rain Douglas voice Of Hal, Lockwood Gary, Sylvester William
  • Directors: Stanley Kubrick
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 29 2008
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W00XU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2001: A Space Odyssey: Special Edition (BIL)

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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 15 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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. The apes are drawn to it, and soon find that they are now able to compete with predators thanks to a new discovery: weapons.
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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 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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By Nat Hawthorne TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 1 2015
Format: Blu-ray
The story is not easy to tell. It starts out with a group of apes struggling to survive until they realize they can use animal bones as weapons to fight the other gangs. It would be reasonable to conclude this group that survives and learns from its environment is our ancestor. From there, the story suddenly jumps to thousands of years in time, and shows the story of Dave, an astronaut in a spacecraft. The rest of the movie is his struggle with HAL, the computer that controls the spacecraft. The movie ends up with a trippy sequence that critics and viewers are still trying to make sense of today, after several decades of the release of the movie. Nobody can agree on what it means. And, that is a testament to the power of this sci-fi movie. It still makes people think what the story means, what it is suggesting at, and how to make sense of the colors, imagery and that trippy ending sequence. All this has meant that critics and viewers contend that this is probably the best sci-fi movie that will ever be made.

This movie was made in 1968, a year before humans set foot on the moon. And, we know what the stage of technology was back then. The computer that landed our astronauts on the moon had less RAM than what we have in our calculators today. Therefore, the fact that this movie was able to convincingly show us a futuristic vision so believable that we still use the special effects in this movie as a template for showing space scenes in movies even today speaks to the impact this movie has had on filmmaking.
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