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2001: A Space Odyssey: Special Edition [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)


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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 (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W00XU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,836 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. LeGrow on Sept. 25 2014
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What can be said that hasn't been said before about this classic. People either love it or hate it. I of course love it. Kubrick was a genius. Its perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon or late night Saturday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Tourneur on Nov. 13 2013
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What else can be said about this film? The Blu Ray treatment only makes it more beautiful. Also, the aspect ratio is perfect (I've seen too many versions of 2001 with wrong formatting to make me sick)... A must for every sci-fi connoisseur!
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By bourne077 on Nov. 22 2014
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This here is for any "true" sci fi fan. One of the greatest if not perhaps the greatest sci fi film of all time. The story, direction, cinematics and special effects are all amazing. If you don't have this yet or haven't seen this yet you must do yourself a favor buy it and watch it. You won't be sorry.
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By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 9 2014
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2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [Blu-ray] THE MOST AWESOME AND MENTALLY STIMULATING SCIENCE-FICTION FILM OF ALL!

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 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. **1968 Best Visual Effects [Stanley Kubrick]

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty and Sean Sullivan

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Producers: Stanley Kubrick and Victor Lyndon

Screenwriters: Sir Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick

Cinematography: Douglas Trumball and Geoffrey Unsworth

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1 [Super Panavision 70]

Audio: English: 5.1 PCM, English: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, German: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Italian: 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, German SDH, Cantonese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Italian SDH, Korean, Norwegian and Swedish

Running Time: 148 minutes

Region: Region A/1

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Warner Home Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – I first experienced '2001: A Space Odyssey' during my early years while attending school.
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By E. Forster on June 27 2014
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Love this movie. So when the opportunity to buy it on blu ray came up, I jumped at it. It's still amazing to wTch. The quality is fantastic. Great pic, great sound. And great price. Stanley Kubrick was a true genius.
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By J. Silva on Jan. 19 2014
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This is definitely my favourite movie of all time. It is still, after all these years, a pleasure to watch. Not for everyone though, this is not an easy movie to digest. As could be expected, the Blu-Ray transfer is gorgeous, with amazing images with lots of detail. If you never saw this movie in a theatre and only saw it on TV or on a DVD you may be surprised by how good it looks.
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This is also a great movie that I could watch again and again. Very well done; acting is outstanding and keeps you glued to the screen.
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