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2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [DVD]

Keir Dullea , Gary Lockwood    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Subtitles: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 952 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Confirming that art and commerce can co-exist, 2001: A Space Odyssey was the biggest box-office hit of 1968, remains the greatest science fiction film yet made and is among the most revolutionary, challenging and debated work of the 20th century. It begins within a pre-historic age. A black monolith uplifts the intelligence of a group of apes on the African plains. The most famous edit in cinema introduces the 21st century, and after a second monolith is found on the moon a mission is launched to Jupiter. On the spacecraft are Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Poole (Gary Lockwood), along with the most famous computer in fiction, HAL. Their adventure will be, as per the original title, a "journey beyond the stars". Written by science fiction visionary Arthur C Clarke and Stanley Kubrick, 2001 elevated the SF film to entirely new levels, being rigorously constructed with a story on the most epic of scales. Four years in the making and filmed in 70 mm, the attention to detail is staggering and four decades later barely any aspect of the film looks dated, the visual richness and elegant pacing creating the sense of actually being in space more convincingly than any other film. A sequel, 2010: Odyssey Two (1984) followed, while Solaris (1972), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), The Abyss (1989) and A.I. (2001) are all indebted to this absolute classic which towers monolithically over them all.

On the DVD: There is nothing but the original trailer which, given the status of the film and the existence of an excellent making-of documentary shown on Channel 4 in 2001, is particularly disappointing. Shortly before he died Kubrick supervised the restoration of the film and the production of new 70 mm prints for theatrical release in 2001. Fortunately the DVD has been taken from this material and transferred at the 70 mm ratio of 2.21-1. There is some slight cropping noticeable, but both anamorphically enhanced image and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack (the film was originally released with a six-channel magnetic sound) are excellent, making this transfer infinitely preferable to previous video incarnations. --Gary S Dalkin

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DVD Special Features:

Interactive Menus
Scene Access
Languages: Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 English, German
Subtitles: English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Italian
Hearing impaired: English, German

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
God, how this film's detractors depress me!

All this talk of boredom - and criticism of its special effects. My God, my God, my God............. How depressing that people can't cope with a slower pace, an unfolding story that you need to absorb visually (this is CINEMA), not just be spoonfed with an explicit, this-is-what's-happening-so-this-is-what-we-gotta-do... script, fast-cut visuals, and bloody CGI....

To throw age at this film as a reason for finding it wanting is dismally stupid. Countless "older" films ('68 isn't that old, actually), are brilliant - and influenced what came after - including all those films that some of these detractors probably think are better. And this is undoubtedly a brilliant film. 2001 is a CINEMATIC experience (like Lawrence of Arabia, and many others). Seeing them at home on a domestic screen can never be the same as that shared monster screen, wraparound sound, cinema experience, with it unfolding before you, and no-one to shatter the spell, with requests to walk the dog, or make a cup of tea....

The pace is slow, but inexorable: Hal's messages of antenna malfunctions, the space-walks, the realisation (by us - not the astronauts), that Hal is lip-reading their discussion of his failings, then the scenes when Hal prevents re-entry ("Open the pod doors, Hal!") are absolutely brilliant. And the later "star-gate" and the aging/dying/rebirth conclusion is a mind-blower.

A work of audacious genius. Those who don't get it are (in my unapologetic view) the lesser for it - but I acknowledge that their experience is not helped seeing this epic reduced to a small disc slipped casually into a small player (or even, God forbid, a 17" laptop). 2001 is cinema at its grandest. A DVD really isn't...
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118 of 125 people found the following review helpful
By Kenneth F. Mcara VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It was with a certain trepidation that I put this, my first blu-ray disk, into my new Panasonic blu-ray player. "2001: a space odyssey" has been my favourite film for as long as I can remember, and I've owned copies on a variety of VHS tapes and DVDs.

The theme is just about as epic as it's possible to imagine: the evolution of man from ape through human to a completely new life form. It's a film which has sharply polarised views, with some people completely mystified or even bored by the presentation, whilst others are spellbound and deeply moved. Unsurprisingly, I am in the second category, and still find myself surprised that Kubrick managed to get a major motion picture company to finance such a bold and imaginative film.

The presentation on blu-ray is beyond my wildest dreams. I take the point of a previous viewer about the visible joins in the front-projection screens, which could no doubt have been digitally removed, but other than that the film is in appropriately pristine condition. I sat down to watch for a few minutes - just to check that the new blu-ray player was working - and found myself watching the whole way through to the end.

The special effects were always a highlight of the film, and they do not disappoint in this new transfer. My particular favourite comes at the end of the first section of The Blue Danube where the camera appears to sail straight through between the 'wheels' of the space station - absolutely marvellous!

This film easily holds its place amongst other great cinema masterworks; watch this blu-ray version and find out exactly why.
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83 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film, good transfer, poor extras ... 20 Mar 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
As has been reported this disc does have an FBI warning at the beginning but is otherwise a UK release. The packaging is for the UK. I love this film, have done for 35 years so I won't comment on the movie itself except to say that 95% of the visuals could have been made yesterday and that the story is fiercely intelligent. And so to the Blu-Ray disc:
The transfer is good. There are very few anomalies (and I don't mean Tycho Magnetic Anomalies), most of the anomalies that are present were built in, eg dirt on the rear projection screen in the Dawn of Man sequence. That brings me to my only real irritation with the film. If Stanley Kubrick was such a perfectionist (and he was) then why oh why did he allow the set designers to use a godawful backcloth screen to simulate the African terrain and sky? It's SO blaringly obvious that it's artificial because the viewer can see creases and imperfection in the fabric. It ruins the whole sequence. It was bad enough on DVD but with the extra resolution of Blu-ray it's just annoying. It's the one things that I wish someone would digitally correct.
After that all is well. Yes they got the Earth from space wrong (too washed out) but the SFX are stunningly good and look marvellous in HD. It amused me to read IBM-Tele-Pad on the Discovery crew's flat screen TV pads (whilst they're eating). There's a multitude of fine detail revealed: the ancillary rooms inside the lunar shuttle docking area reveal figures and screens that I'd not noticed before. The Star-Gate sequence looks a LOT better now. The finer detail and improved colour range of HD really adds some wow factor to it. I'm still not convinced by the colour filtered landscapes though: they could have tried harder there.
The audio is good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 2001
An old film, I felt like I was travelling back in time. The last time I watched this was way back in the mid seventies, I was at college in London and we use to go to a dodgy... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Robert Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars 2001 A space odyssey
Classic Kubrick , great cinematography just as good as you see today with out the help of computers really worth watching
Published 14 days ago by Philip Martin Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD 2001
I last seen this film at the cinema a few years ago and there it was again on Amazon for sail
si I just had to buy it and enjoy thanks again .
Published 16 days ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars 2001 space odyssey
great product fast delivery, highly recommended great DVD of one of the all time great movies 30 years ahead of its time
Published 20 days ago by Eugene Raby
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film and an amazing enigma
Still shows space as it might really be, plus a sub-plot concerning AI and artificial life. Stunning photography and a great sound track sets the bar higher than even Spielberg... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Prof Robert J. Pooley
1.0 out of 5 stars Slow...
I was so excited to finally get round to watching this film, my parter and I sat down turn the lights off closed the curtains and pressed play on the DVD. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Steve Paul Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars 2001 - Blu Ray
The pristine transfer on to Blu-Ray make this film still highly watchable after many viewings over the years first in the cinema and then on normal DVD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by abcman
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Film of All-Time. No Competeition.
The Late Great Stanley Kubrick made the Greatest Science Fiction Film - Ever. The only film that captures the intellectual complexities of the Science Fiction genre. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ziggystardust48
5.0 out of 5 stars book
Famous book probably bought as a gift so no idea how it was received or liked. all too long ago
Published 2 months ago by patc
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Just what The Dr. Strangelove ordered! Saw this on the big screen had to have the DVD. Recommended to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by Brett Walpole
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