2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] [1968]

  • SKU: 8509795
  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Rating: G
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (304 out of 321)

Special Features


  • Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
  • Channel Four Documentary 2001: The Making of a Myth
  • 4 insightful featurettes
  • 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Work
  • Look! Stanley Kubrick!
  • Audio-only bonus: 1966 Kubrick interview conducted by Jeremy Bernstein
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


2001: A Space Odyssey

Cast & Crew


  • Keir Dullea
    Keir Dullea - Bowman
  • Gary Lockwood
    Gary Lockwood - Poole
  • William Sylvester
    William Sylvester - Dr. Heywood Floyd
  • Image coming soon
    Daniel Richter - Moonwatcher, the Man-Ape
  • Image coming soon
    Douglas Rain - HAL 9000



Customer rating

4.6
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?

    Posted
    SicDigital

    "2001" is one of those movies that you're either going to love or hate. I pity those who hate it, as its simply one of the best sci-fi films ever. It starts off with "dawn of time," where humans were still primitive apes, who stumble across a mysterious monolith that aids their evolution to being human. Fast forward to 1999, another monolith is found buried on the moon and the origin is determined from Jupiter. The next evolutionary step is what "2001" focuses on: man and computer. This movie's visuals are nearly poetic in nature. Kubrick's attention to detail is staggering. Keep in mind this was filmed before man landed on the moon in real life. In fact, conspiracy theorists to this day believe unused footage from this movie is what the US gov't used to "fake" the moon landing. Regardless of your own personal beliefs about that, it is a testament to how realistic and believable every aspect of this movie is. Let me come back to my opening statement, that you'll either love or hate this. Though I clearly love it, I can see why some would not. For example, the first bit of dialogue is at 25:38, and up until then the camera and music tell the story. The last 23 minutes are the same way (there's about 88 min of dialogue-free footage total) and the visuals become the narrator. Those looking for fast camera cuts and laser guns and explosions and things of that nature will likely find this boring. The mood is relaxed, almost tranquil. The pace is slow. Take a deep breath and take everything on the screen in. Something else that may be [unfortunately] seen as a negative is how open for interpretation the overall story is, especially the ending. Personally, I believe that's what makes it so great, but I do know some people like their plot spoon-fed to them. "2001" was filmed in 70mm in the 2.2:1 aspect ratio, which means that though it was filmed over 40 years ago, the clarity and crispness of the picture makes it look like something that was filmed recently. For visuals alone, this is a Blu-ray worth owning just to show off your HDTV to friends. This is one of those rare movies you "experience" more than you "watch."

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Before Star Wars, there was 2001

    Posted
    XAvenger
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    2001 is one of the greatest motion pictures ever made and was the first to show just how great sci-fi can really be. It starts millions of years ago at the dawn of Man when an alien obelisk comes to Earth and jumpstarts Man's evolution. An similar obelisk is discovered on the Moon in 2001 and this leads to an ill-fated mission to Jupiter where a similar object is located. What follows is a mind bending and hypnotic journey through space and time to the very edge of infinity. The visual effects look great, not dated at all. Which is remarkable when you consider this movie was made in 1964. The visual effects really shine in Hi-Def! The clarity and sharpness of the picture makes the great visuals look even better. The Blu-Ray brings out details of the Moon that you just don't see on any other format. The score is composed of selections from some of the best classical music ever composed. The opening with 'Also sprauch Zarathustra' is stunning and the use of 'Blue Danube' in the space scenes makes it look like the spaceships and space stations are dancing. This classical score also gives 2001 an air of timelessness. The extras give some insights on the making and legacy of 2001. There's a nice piece on how some of the visual effects were made that includes some cool concept art. The only problem is this one art critic was trying to talk about the movie in the most pretentious way possible, fortunatly she isn't in extra segment a whole lot. All of the movie, the music and visuals, look brilliant on Blu-Ray. The picture and sound quality of the format gives you 2001 as it was meant to be seen. The clarity and detail is tremendous. See for yourself why 2001 is on every sci-fi fan's '10 best movies ever made list'. 2001 is a true masterpiece that has stood the test of time. We may have passed the year 2001, but this film is still one of the finest ever made. This is as close to perfection as movies come. A must have for any Blu-Ray collection!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Life Changing

    Posted
    ActionsSpeakLouder

    Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is the second greatest movie of all time and is definitley one that changed my life. 2001: ASO is more than a "movie" it is an experience. Visually it has no equal, 2001 is all about what you see and what you think while seeing it. There is maybe 40 minutes of actual dialogue and not much is learned from that dialogue with the exception of what is said by the super computer HAL-9000. Stanley Kubrick created something that even now 40 years later is still trying to be understood, but the beauty of it is, is that it's all about what you think and feel about what you see. There is no definite answer of what happens. Music has never been more important to a movie then it is with 2001. The classical music carries the scenes and offers a haunting feel to the vastness of space, the unknown of space. I recommend this to anyone I feel can sit through a movie for over 2 and a half hours with only 40 minutes of dialogue, and has the capability to think. To really think about everything, because that's what it comes down to, thinking and questioning every thing. I know this may not be specific and just my opinion but with this amazing experience it's hard to explain what happens without giving things away. To put it sweet and simple; just go see it, thats the best review I can give.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The greatest Sc-Fi of all time.

    Posted
    barriboy

    -----------2001: A Space Odyssey is one of Stanley Kubrick's greatest films and is easily one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time. It is my personal favorite because of its imagery. The story is well-thought out and compelling, but having said that, it may not be for everyone. I have showed this film to most of my friends, and of them, only some liked it and none loved it as much as I do. They mostly claimed that the story was too slow for their tastes. This is only magnified by the lack of dialogue during most of the scenes. While I find this fascinating, it may turn some off to this movie. -----------As far as the actual DVD is concerned, the special features are more than adequate. Everything looks pretty good in its remastered form. The audio is up to par and the image quality is good considering when the film was originally shot. For any film geek such as myself, the documentary on the making of the film and the audio commentary for the feature film are very interesting, although it's too bad Kubrick wasn't around to add his own commentary. Lastly, the featurettes were also worth watching. -----------All in all, I recommend this film to anybody who thinks they can keep themselves interested in the absence of dialogue. It is one of my favorite films of all time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Call me uncultured swine, but I don't get it

    Posted
    jwest1197

    First off, I can't fault Best Buy for anything. I am just speaking about the film. I kept hearing about how much of a sci-fi master work this was, so I decided to give it a try, but was kind of disappointed. It seemed like it was getting pretty good, until I reached the end. I'd give it 1 star, but the Music, Special Effects and Middle Act were all flawless, so I gave it 3 stars. I typically really enjoy Sci-fi and artsy media, so I thought this would be perfect, but the ending was complete nonsense. Some of the visuals were interesting, but nothing tied into the established universe the film was setting up. I don't care how symbolic something is, if something doesn't make sense, simply turning it into a symbol won't cause it to make sense. If you want to see a good symbolic and atmospheric Sci-Fi film with an ambiguous ending, just get the original Blade Runner. With Blade Runner, you won't feel like you wasted 2 and a half hours of your life.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    majestic sci-fi

    Posted
    prlwctd

    Enterainment Weekly rightfully proclaimed this Kubrick film "the grandest of all science fiction movies." This movie involves a mysterious black monolith which first appeared on Earth in the early days of humanity. There is then a fast-forward to the titular year, in which a similar object is found on the moon. This leads to a group of 5 astronauts (3 of which are in suspended animation) being sent to Jupiter, where a transmission from the monolith is being directed. Their ship, Discovery I (which obviously inspired the Star Destroyers seen in Star Wars) is controlled by a supercomputer known as HAL (memorably voiced by Douglas Rain) who proceeds to act unpredicably towards his(?) human compatriots en route. What occurs afterward can't be put into mere words. This is one film which must be seen to be comprehended, and, even then, its unprecedented method of narrative drive may leave some viewers confused. This is not a film that meets the viewing audience halfway, as it were. Much is left to the imagination, which is part of the genius of Kubrick. The fact that real-life astronauts have claimed that being in space is just like 2001 is proof of the indelible mark the film has left on cinema.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An example of why blu-ray will push DVD out...

    Posted
    arnieb

    I'm not here to give a review about the film... This blu-ray edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey is the one you should own if you are a fan of this film. I have never seen it look this good. I recently bought a blu-ray player, looked on some sites to see what were the "definitive" BD's to get and 2001 was recommended. I love this film as it is and to watch it with such clarity and sharpness makes me all giddy. I can tell you that you will NOT be disappointed. The picture quality and audio is absolutely stunning. I wasn't around when it was released in theaters, but I'm pretty sure this is how it looked on the big screen. Kubrick would be proud of the treatment his sci-fi masterpiece received. And PLEASE to those citing the 2.20:1 aspect ratio... LOOK IT UP. That's how Kubrick filmed it! If you knew anything about the original you would know this is how it was intended to be and NOTHING is cut from this version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unique

    Posted
    jmac4th
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    This is a classic, with Kubrick at the height of his artistic powers. This is still one of the very best depictions of space travel as it actually would be any time in the foreseeable future. It's almost unique in its authenticity. And still it presents a stark beauty not buried by the technology it depicts. The cinematography is gorgeous. The soundtrack of Classical pieces meshes with the imagery in a flawless manner. This despite the fact the soundtrack was only supposed to be a placeholder for an original score that was never added. That just underscores the care with which Kubrick constructed this film. This would all be for naught if the story or characters were not engaging or well developed. They are the equal of the films visual mastery. I remember watching '2001' in its original 70MM release and being stunned. I had never seen anything like it, and have still seen little that rivals it. And, of course, almost every out of control computer in cinema can trace its lineage back to HAL. I still get a lump in my throat when (spoiler alert) HAL meets his fate.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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