I’m going to stand out here and yell it. I believe Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film ‘2001 A Space Odyssey‘ is one of the greatest if not THE GREATEST movie of all time. I mean it doesn’t hold a candle to ‘Army of Darkness‘, because that’s in its own category of greatness, but for all other films, ‘2001 A Space Odyssey‘ is right at the top of the list. Kubrick was known for making movies in different genres, time periods, and subject matters. He never did the same thing twice. With ‘2001‘, he went to the past and jumped right into the future with perhaps the biggest time jump out of any piece of cinema.
The “Dawn of Man: segment showcases apes learning to live, but when the famous black monolith comes into play, it push life forward and the apes begin to use tools and weapons, which then transitions us into space and people living and working in outer space, which brings us to the meat of the film – Artificial Intelligence, which is scary as hell. The last segment deals with the Star Child and the circle of life going forward as the monolith pushes for change. This is a very visual film complete with some of the best visual effects still to this date set in outer space. It ever won and Oscar back in 1968.
There are so many different themes and interpretations to this movie that I could be here for hours explaining all of them, but I think Kubrick wanted to show how life can progress and the chaos and beauty that comes with it. It’s simply phenomenal with each viewing. Luckily for us, Warner Bros. has started releasing Kubrick movies in 4K UHD, this being the first one with filmmaker Christopher Nolan supervising the new 4K transfer. I hope there is a big set soon.
Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award®-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.
4K UHD AND BLU-RAY ELEMENTS
2001: A Space Odyssey 4K UHD contains the following 4K and Blu-ray elements:
- 4K UHD Blu-ray™ with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
- Remastered Blu-ray™ with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
- The Making of a Myth
- Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001
- Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001
- 2001: A Space Odyssey – A Look Behind the Future
- What Is Out There?
- 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork
- Look: Stanley Kubrick!
- 11/27/66 Interview with Stanley Kubrick [Audio Only]
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Premium Booklet
- Art Cards
2001: A Space Odyssey Blu-ray disc contains the following elements:
- Remastered Blu-ray™ with the feature film in hi-definition with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
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