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2001 : a Space Odyssey

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Based on the novel "The sentinel" by Arthur C. Clarke.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1968.
Special features: Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood; "2001: the making of a myth" documentary; 4 featurettes; audio-only inverview with Stanley Kubrick; trailer.
Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty, Sean Sullivan.
HAL 9000 voice: Douglas Rain.
At the Dawn of Man, a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith that is alien to their surroundings. A hominid discovers the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. The bone is tossed in the air and it's a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development only to imply that man hasn't advanced very far at all psychologically. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd travels to the moon to check out the discovery of a strange object on the moon's surface: a black monolith. As the sun's rays strike the stone, however, it emits a piercing, deafening sound that fills the investigators' headphones and stops them in their path. Cutting ahead 18 months, impassive astronauts David Bowman and Frank Poole head toward Jupiter on the space ship Discovery, their only company three hibernating astronauts and the vocal, man-made HAL 9000 computer running the entire ship. When the all-too-human HAL malfunctions, however, he tries to murder the astronauts to cover his error, forcing Bowman to defend himself the only way he can. Free of HAL, and finally informed of the voyage's purpose by a recording from Floyd, Bowman journeys to "Jupiter and Beyond the Infinite," through the psychedelic slit-scan star-gate to an 18th century room, and the completion of the monolith's evolutionary mission.
DVD, widescreen (2.20:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, PCM 5.1 surround, BD-50.
This Blu-ray disc will not play in standard DVD players.


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The ultimate trip submitted by amy on August 29, 2019, 7:31pm Billed as the ultimate trip, "2001," despite being past its due date, still has an extraordinary hold on its audience as science fiction that will never cease to be timeless. Whether your first viewing or your last viewing, I actually know people who measure time in anticipation of their next viewing.

An all timer submitted by brooksza on July 18, 2023, 12:27pm First time watching this since I read the Arthur C. Clarke novel. Confirmed placement on my movie Mt Rushmore. Style and substance. This movie has had its fingerprints on popular culture for 50+ years.

I really clued into the audio this time around. For a movie that's so much about communication, it's notable how little dialogue is in this. The score is natural sounds score, followed by classical overture score (if Star Wars is a space opera, this segment is a space ballet), followed by literal mechanical score, followed by haunting monolith sounds score.

And one visual note: faces and genitals in things.

Must-watch science fiction classic! submitted by JuanEst on July 21, 2023, 6:34am I encourage anyone interested in science fiction to explore this classic. It has an incredible script and screenplay!

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English (Dolby 5.1, PCM 5.1) or dubbed Spanish (Dolby 5.1) dialogue, English, French, Korean, Portuguese or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2007]
Year Published: 2007
Description: 1 videodisc (149 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Language: English
Rated: NR
Format: Blu-Ray


Kubrick, Stanley.
Clarke, Arthur C. 1917-2008.
Dullea, Keir, 1936-
Lockwood, Gary, 1937-
Sylvester, William, 1922-
Richter, Daniel.
Rossiter, Leonard, 1926-1984.
Tyzack, Margaret, 1933-
Beatty, Robert, 1909-
Sullivan, Sean, 1923-1985.
Rain, Douglas.
Polaris (Firm)
Stanley Kubrick Productions (Firm)
Warner Home Video (Firm)

HAL (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
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Astronauts -- Drama.
Interplanetary voyages -- Drama.
Computer system failures -- Drama.
Feature films.
Science fiction films.
Adventure films.
Fantasy films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.