2001 Space Odyssey(Blu-ray)

Directed By: Stanley Kubrick Starring: Keir Dullea

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2001: A Space Odyssey is a countdown to tomorrow, a road map to human destiny, a quest for the infinite. It is a dazzling, Academy Award winning visual achievement, a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. It may be the masterwork of director Stanley Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clark)...and it will likely excite, inspire and enthrall for generations. To begin his voyage into the future, Kubrick visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever conceived) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted realms of space, perhaps even into immortality. "Open the pod bay doors, HAL". Let the awe and mystery of a journey unlke any other begin.


Studio Warner
SKU 205115466
UPC 012569798380
UPC 14 00012569798380
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/24/2012
Essential Cinema
Space Exploration
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A four-million-year-old black monolith is discovered on the moon, and the government (while hiding the situation from the public) sends a team of scientists on a fact-finding mission. Eighteen months later, another team is sent to Jupiter in a ship controlled by the perfect HAL 9000 computer to further investigate the giant object--but on this trip something goes terribly wrong. ^2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is a masterpiece of filmmaking. Director and (with Arthur C. Clarke) co-screenwriter Stanley Kubrick has created a visual and aural spectacle that stands as one of the greatest achievements ever put on celluloid. The film begins with the "Dawn of Man" segment, about the evolution of apes, and then ventures into the future, taking a look at what the world might be like in the first year of the 21st century. Kubrick's film is a triumph of technological storytelling, with stunning sets and a brilliant, overwhelming soundtrack. Long dialogue-free scenes sparkle with indelible images backed by powerful orchestral music, culminating in an unforgettable, inscrutable tale of birth and rebirth, human evolution and artificial intelligence, the past and the future.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "The 9000 series is the most reliable computer ever made. No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information. We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error."--HAL 9000 (voice of Douglas Rain)
Quote "I enjoy working with people."--HAL 9000
Quote "Open the pod bay doors, Hal."--Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea)|"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."--HAL|"What's the problem?"--Dave|"I think you know what the problem is just as much as I do."--HAL|"What are you talking about, Hal?"--Dave|"This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it."--HAL
Total Film "...A significant landmark in the history of cinema. It's also, as the original posters proclaimed, 'the ultimate trip'..." -- 5 out of 5 stars 04/01/2001 p.100
Chicago Sun-Times "...[A] masterpiece....It is one of the noblest and most awesome works of film..." 03/29/2002 p.40
Premiere "With 2001, Stanley Kubrick proved that a sci-fi movie could be philosophical rather than pulpy, profound rather than pedantic." 12/01/2003 p.11
Stanley Kubrick
Keir Dullea
Cast & Crew
Arthur C. Clarke - Writer
Daniel Ritcher - Actor
Ernest Archer, et. al. - Production Designer
Gary Lockwood - Actor
Geoffrey Unsworth - Cinematographer
John Hoesli - Art Director
Keir Dullea - Actor
Ray Lovejoy - Editor
Stanley Kubrick - Director
Stanley Kubrick - Writer
Stanley Kubrick - Producer
Victor Lyndon - Producer
William Sylvester - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1968
Catalog ID 1000019041
UPC 00012569798380
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 149 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.20:1
Winner (1969) British Academy Awards, Anthony Masters, et. al., Best Art Direction,British Academy Awards, Geoffrey Unsworth, Best Cinematography,British Academy Awards, Winston Ryder, Best Sound Track,Oscar, Stanley Kubrick, Best Effects, Special Visual Effects
Nominee (1969) British Academy Awards, Stanley Kubrick, Best Film,British Academy Awards, Stanley Kubrick, UN Award,Oscar, Ernest Archer, Harry Lange, Anthony Masters, Best Art Direction, Set Decoration,Oscar, Stanley Kubrick, Best Director,Oscar, Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay--Written Directly For The Screen
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review "Despite gaining additional adherents and growing more respected with each passing day, 2001 would likely be a failure if shown to a typical, MTV-weaned group of multiplex patrons. Watching this film demands two qualities that are sadly lacking in all but the most mature and sophisticated audiences: patience and a willingness to ponder the meaning of what's transpiring on screen. 2001 is awe inspiring, but it is most definitely not a ""thrill ride."" It is art, it is a statement, and it is indisputably a cinematic classic...2001 needs to be experienced to be appreciated. It...does not build bonds between the viewers and the characters or set up a straightforward, linear storyline. Instead, it challenges the audience and inspires wonder. Proponents argue that this is Kubrick's best film; regardless of whether or not that is true, there's no doubting that this movie represents the product of a great director at the height of his powers."
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun Times
Review "Kubrick's universe, and the space ships he constructed to explore it, are simply out of scale with human concerns. The ships are perfect, impersonal machines which venture from one planet to another, and if men are tucked away somewhere inside them, then they get there too...But the achievement belongs to the machine. And Kubrick's actors seem to sense this; they are lifelike but without emotion, like figures in a wax museum. Yet the machines are necessary because man himself is so helpless in the face of the universe...There is hardly any character development in the plot, then, as a result little suspense. What remains fascinating is the fanatic care with which Kubrick has built his machines and achieved his special effects. There is not a single moment, in this long film, when the audience can see through the props. The stars look like stars and outer space is bold and bleak."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Box Office Magazine ...an overwhelming visual experience...
Brian Webster, Apollo Leisure Guide ...[an] intelligent attempt at exploring human development...
Desson Thomson, The Washington Post Maintains its artistic magnificence after more than 30 years.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune A masterpiece that can still leave you dizzy with wonder...a spellbinding experience.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly Still the grandest of all science-fiction movies.
Premiere ...Kubrick proved that a sci-fi movie could be philosophical rather than pulpy, profound rather than pedantic.
Variety A major achievement in cinematography and special effects...

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