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2001: A Space Odyssey (Widescreen) [Import]

Keir Dullea , Gary Lockwood , Stanley Kubrick    G (General Audience)   DVD
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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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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow but Great June 10 2012
The first time I watched this movie, I was a little bit tired and I fell asleep 20 minutes in, concluding that it was the most boring movie I had ever seen. A few years later, in a more energetic state, I decided to give it a try, this time lowering my expectations and bracing myself for the slow pace. This time, I still found the slow pace bothersome, but I found that the movie was so wonderful in every other aspect that I could look past some of the (excrusiatingly) long sequences and enjoy the masterful visuals, music, tension, and mystery that Kubrick assembled. Honestly, this might be the most beautiful film ever made. Every shot looks like it could be an award-winning photograph. Technically, it appears superior to many current films. The movie's ending is highly perplexing, but it didn't bother me too much since it is obviously meant to be pondered by the audience. Overall, it's easy to see why this is considered one of the greatest films ever made and I consider it my favourite of Kubrick's. The only problem I have with it (I say this at the risk of receiving some negative reviews) is the pacing in parts. I feel that 20 minutes or more could be easily shaved off if some of the sequences were shortened slightly. For example, there are numerous times in the movie where we watch a person or object float slowly in space for minutes at a time. While I can appreciate the devotion to realism, I'm still tempted to press the 1.3x feature on my remote for such parts. But overall this is a fantastic work of science fiction and shouldn't be passed by simply because it is slow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic! March 17 2014
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Everyone needs to see this movie and read the books. It's slow moving but there's so much subtle story lines and details it's superb!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manned soace flight Sept. 8 2013
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There is a little more to this movie than meets the eye in that it control systems take over in a very sneaky way and what the consequences are when man and machine are pitted against each other but for me did not answer the question are we really prepared to allow machines to run our lives and wellbring.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie Feb. 6 2013
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I really enjoyed this movie. The special effects were really ahead of their times. I remember seeing it at the theatre when it came out. It really left quite an empression on me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Odyssey for Sure June 23 2012
By Allen
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The added material on disk two is very informative. There is not much else to say about the movie as it is a remake or reformat of the original. Some of the old boring factor is present when some of the scenes go on longer than necessary but that is not the fault of material but the direction and the cutting room personal.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I just don't get it... March 14 2004
How many scenes were cut out for this version? I haven't seen anyone else complain about it, so I'll assume this is the full cut (it was the first time I've seen it). It was entertaining at time, I particularly like watching the monkeys evolve at the beggining, and think that should have been drug out to it's full extent from the book, rather than shortened so much (I've only read part of the book, but I thought it was pretty good), and I thought the showdown with Hal was exilarating, but I didn't get the ending. I plan to rewatch it soon, and maybe then it'll make more sense.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, but the special effects are terrific Jan. 11 2003
I didn't see this film when it first opened in 1968. In those years I didn't get to movies much. And VCRs hadn't been invented yet. But the film was groundbreaking, and of course I heard about it. And through the years I've seen excerpts, but never the real thing. Now it's the year 2003, and the year 2001 has already passed. But as I soon discovered while viewing the film is that it's not about future scientific discovery; it's about a state of mind, a philosophical statement about man's place in the universe.
It starts with apes finding a monolith, then picking up some bones and using them as tools to kill. The scene then shifts far into the future and we see a space capsule with some supposed high-tech features. There's a special mission, which is never clear. And a computer named Hal, which starts to act like a human being. Eventually, the lone surviving astronaut reaches Jupiter, goes though an aging process and gets reborn as a baby. All of this takes 139 minutes to tell. There's very little dialogue, just a lot of classical music. The special effects are so good that they won the film's only academy award that year. And the director, Stanley Kubrick, will be remembered as a genius. The film is his personal view of the world...
Personally, I found the film just plain boring. There's a limit on how long I can sit and watch special effects. Most of the time I spent wondering exactly what it all meant. And when I discovered early on that it didn't mean anything, I just didn't care. I really wanted to like this film. After all it is classic. And I definitely hoped the DVD would have some special features explaining its making. Sadly, though, there is not one bit of commentary. The film has to be judged completely on its own.
I'm a film buff and so I'm glad I saw it just for the experience. But I didn't like it at all. And can't recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Defiantely One of the Top 10 Films Jan. 18 2002
Kubrick's 2001 is not for everyone. But anyone with a little bit of insight and imagination will not be able to help being captivated by this wonderful and powerful film. 2001 is not only a realistic space epic, it is a commentary on the past, present, and future of mankind. It shows how small humanity is in the grand scheme of the universe and how we hold our destiny in our own hands. This film prompted a lifelong interest in science, space exploration, and technology. It's effect was similar to that of another great sci-fi epic, Star Wars, but it is by far a much deeper and overall, really, a technically better film. It remains the only movie to accurately depict human spaceflight, though Arthur C. Clarke got the timeframe for space colonization off the mark by a few years. But keep in mind that at the time, no one was predicting, as Clarke did, the tremendous potential and impact that computers and artificial intelligence would have on future society. Take a look around today and , though we don't have HAL yet, see how much of he did get right, and how our technology and computers have permeated our entire planet. This represents the hope, and the danger, facing all mankind.
So much of this film has been absorbed by pop culture it is amazing..."What are you doing Dave?"...The Star Child...HAL...The Blue Danube...it truly stands as a monument to cinema and it is a film that I cannot recommend highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Ape to Man to Srarchild
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2010 by Kemila Zsange
2.0 out of 5 stars Long, dated and visually disappointing
I saw the original 2001 in the theatre, and my mind was blown. I have seen it, either on TV, VHS, or DVD, several times since, though not in the last 8-10 years. Read more
Published on March 14 2010 by B. Breslin
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest science fiction film of all time
Once upon a time, when the year 2001 seemed aeons away, director Stanley Kubruck (Dr. Strangelove) contacted author Arthur C. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2009 by LeBrain
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive feat regardless of personal philosophy
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2007 by Rob Larmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Look at the far future with optimism.
Look at the far future with optimism.

This review contains possibly a spoiler. I explain what happens at the end of the film. Read more
Published on July 17 2006 by Jan Dierckx
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't quite get it, but I think I'm dense
I didn't really enjoy most of this movie very much, excluding the part with HAL which was all that really made the movie worthwhile for me. Read more
Published on April 13 2006 by R McLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore...
I have seen this film many times but not for a long time. I was startled by the sheer experimentation of it all and I want to know what MGM executives thought when they saw the... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars What the Heck!?
Rented this one just to laugh at how moviemakers in the 50's and 60's thought the world was going to look in the year 2001. Read more
Published on July 31 2005 by Howard Tuttleman... howardtuttleman@howardtuttleman.com, Lover of the Arts, Teenage Genious, Master Critic
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