- Actors: Keir Dullea, William Sylvester, Gary Lockwood, Leonard Rossiter, Robert Beatty
- Directors: Stanley Kubrick
- Producers: Stanley Kubrick
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: U
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- DVD Release Date: 3 Mar. 2008
- Run Time: 139 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (605 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000JJS982
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,241 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Stanley Kubrick's celebrated sci-fi treatise uses Strauss' 'Blue Danube', amongst other classical pieces, to add gravity to the film's weightless musings. At the dawn of Mankind, a tribe of ape-like beings are visited on Earth by a large black monolith. Thousands of years later, in the year 2001, scientist Dr Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) discovers a similar black monolith on the moon, which then emits a signal aimed at the planet Jupiter. A year later, astronauts David Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) are en route to Jupiter to investigate the signal's destination and purpose. However, their mission comes under threat when the ship computer, HAL (voiced by Douglas Rain), seemingly develops a malfunction.
A daring experiment in unconventional narrative inspired by Arthur C Clarke's short story "The Sentinel", 2001: A Space Odyssey is a visual tone poem (barely 40 minutes of dialogue in a 139-minute film) that charts a phenomenal history of human evolution. When Stanley Kubrick recruited 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 with the result. 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 dehumanisation by technology, the notorious, seemingly omniscient, computer HAL 9000 has more warmth and personality than the human astronauts it is supposedly 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 post-millennial 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product description
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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.Read more ›
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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2001: A Space Odyssey is ambiguous, minimalistic and quite frankly a masterpiece. Oh my word what did I just witness!? Read morePublished 2 days ago by The Movie Diorama
Still Awesome! Watch it big watch it loud, watch it on mushrooms!Published 4 days ago by Geof Stapleton-Varga
Some of it is a bit dated but it is worth watching for the combination of great music with spectacular images.Published 5 days ago by Ron Aberdeen
Several decades after the making of the movie, it still feels modern and visionary. It is one of those great movies, which are surely worth to watch. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Astrid Illner
Fanstastic movie 2001 a space odyessy always been a fan of this film especially and other classic sci-fi movies recommend very highly and dvd received in good condition.Published 25 days ago by classical man