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on 2 January 2017
*May Contain Spoilers*

Ive been putting off watching this for quite a while now, but after seeing this continually crop up on every 'best films to watch before you die' list online, I decided it was time to see for myself!

This film really was a visual treat, and I spent most of the time questioning 'was this really made over 40 years ago?' Dialogue is sparing as everything is pretty much designed in such a way as to be a visceral visual experience. Which according to Kubrick, should apparently not require further amplification in the way of trying to derive meanings. Nonetheless I couldn't help but try to dissect the ending for hours after watching, Im still not sure what it all means: the messages on human evolution; the monolith; the 'star child' at the end... Arthur C. Clarke's novel, released after the film, sheds some light where Kubricks film is vague and unintelligible ( but I prefer to think of books and film as 2 separate contributions).

Having done a bit of research online, I can see there is a veritable trove of different theories and interpretations on the film; the most entertaining one in my opinion, was a theory suggesting that the film could be seen as a message on nuclear power (represented by the monolith). Whilst Clarke's novel explains the monolith as a tool of an alien race which have transgressed their biological/ organic state into one of pure energy, and travel space aiding primitive species in making evolutionary steps. The interpretation of the monolith as representative of nuclear power is really rather interesting and imaginative; in this conception the two monkey clans can thus be seen as representing the US and Russia during the Cold War, and the events and interactions between HAL9000, David and Frank, become representative of the the principle of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).

Obviously, this interpretation only really works with the film version and requires a lot of, well, interpretation. In the novel the mistakes of HAL9000 are more clearly explained as a result of his inability to resolve a conflict between his overall mission (which requires he lie to the crew), and his programmed protocols which simulataniously require him to accurately relay information to the crew. But its still nonetheless a very entertaining theory, and makes me want to re-watch the film which this in mind.

However you interpret it, or whether you wish to interpret anything from it at all, it's a stunning films with some really beautiful visuals, and if you can suffer the drag, it will be worthwhile.
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on 21 June 2017
I remember going to watch this film in widescreen when it first came out. It made a deep and lasting impression. Previous releases on VHS/DVD have suffered because it just doesn't work on a small screen; there is a loss of impact, not helped by the letterbox format so often used. Now that I have moved to a larger, 4K capable TV, with an upscaling blu-ray player, I thought a revisit was appropriate.

Some of the detail has undoubtedly dated; a 60s view of the future. The minimal dialogue is occasionally stilted with little or none of the exposition that would be in evidence in a modern sci-fi movie. But and it is a big but, the visuals, particularly of spaceflight, are stunning. They, combined with choice of accompanying music, easily qualify this version for 5 stars.

I can't comment on the extras - I have to admit that I very rarely watch them....
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on 2 March 2017
I actually first saw this film on the big screen a couple of years ago before watching it via DVD second time 'round. I thought it was superb then and it's still superb now, even just on the TV set. Kubrick's great: little dialogue, big scope, wonderful music. Not sure what the end is about, but I don't care. The whole film is about many things. I think it's about how humanity ultimately trumps computer technology. HAL is an irritating self-loving creep. No one like a Know-it-all. I think if you watched the latter third of the film whilst encapsulated by psychotropic drugs this would be a spectacular film. Definitely worth watching , and re-watching in any capacity.
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on 29 May 2017
Iconic sci fi which still resonates even for a modern audience
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on 14 March 2017
Unfortunately not as faced paced as hoped but beautifully made and incredible
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on 14 May 2017
Quality excellent. Turned up promptly. Very happy!
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on 26 June 2017
very good sci fi film made up its on blu ray
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on 2 July 2017
ok - bit too much hype around this movie
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on 6 July 2017
who doesnt love this movie.
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on 15 May 2017
If this isn't one of the greatest movies ever, then I'm an alien.
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