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


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 29 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W00XU0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #961 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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12 of 12 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 M. Tourneur on Nov. 13 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony L. on Oct. 26 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey for a number of reasons:
1. Christopher Nolan, one of my favorite directors, hails it as one of his favorite films.
2. It is considered to be one of the greatest, most influential and beautiful films ever made.
3. I wanted to write a review on the subject.
So anyhow, I watched it. And I was to-ta-lly blown away.
Here are thoughts, criticisms, and notes on the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey:

WARNINGthefollowingreviewcontainsspoilersinthesectionsindicatedWARNING

1. The Opening Scene
The opening of 2001 is, in my opinion, one of the greatest ever filmed. The iconic music (See: The Theme below) plays as the sun rises above a planet, and the words: "2001: A Space Odyssey" show on the screen. Someone on YouTube commented that even if the whole movie was just the opening scene, they could have walked out of the theatre--feeling they had gotten their money's worth.
I totally agree!
Thankfully for us, there is more...much more!

2. The Dawn of Man
This is my favorite scene in the film. Why? It simply has the most action and plot (See: Criticisms below). It revolves around a clan of Australopithecus in Africa, apparently 4,000,000 years ago! The ape-men live a hard life: scrounging for food, defending themselves from leopards, and being driven from their water-hole. I'm not going to spoil the plot for you but allow me to bring your attention to one scene. In my opinion, this is the greatest scene in the film, and one of the greatest, most iconic film scenes of all time!
I speak, of course, of the Tool-and-Bone-Scene (just made that name up)
An ape (Moon Watcher, in the book) approaches a pile of dry bones. Picking one up, he wields it as a tool.
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Format: Blu-ray
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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