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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W00XU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #765 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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2001: A Space Odyssey: Special Edition (BIL)


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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12 of 13 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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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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Format: Blu-ray
2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [Special Edition] [Blu-ray] [US Import] The Most Awesome And Mental Stimulating Science-Fiction Film Of All Time!

Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award® winning achievement in this very compelling drama of a man vs. machine, with a stunning meld of music and motion images. Stanley Kubrick [who co-wrote the screenplay with Sir Arthur C. Clark]. We first visit our prehistoric ape-ancestry’s past. Then leaps millennia [via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever] into colonised space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Dave Bowman [Keir Dullea] into unchartered space, perhaps even into immortality. Let this film embark you on an awesome interplanetary voyage of discovery.

FILM FACT: ‘2001’ earned Stanley Kubrick an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, as well as nominations for Best Director and Original Screenplay (shared with Sir Arthur C. Clarke). Anthony Masters was also nominated for Best Art Direction. An honorary award was made to John Chambers in that year for his make-up work on ‘Planet of the Apes’ and Sir Arthur C. Clarke reports that he “wondered, as loudly as possible, whether the judges had passed over ‘2001’ because they thought we had used real ape-men.” The film won four BAFTAS, for Art Direction, Cinematography, and Sound Track as Best Road Show, and was one of nominees in the Best Film category. Stanley Kubrick earned the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and was nominated for both the Directors Guild of America Award.
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