2001: A Space Odyssey [DVD] [1968]

  • SKU: 3414078
  • Release Date: 03/29/2011
  • Rating: G
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Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (302 out of 319)

Special Features


  • Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
  • 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
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    Daniel Richter - Moonwatcher, the Man-Ape
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    Douglas Rain - HAL 9000



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars with 319 reviews

95%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • 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

    Before Star Wars, there was 2001

    Posted
    XAvenger
    • Top 100 Contributor

    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

    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

    The BEST Movie of a GENERATION! SPECTACULAR!

    Posted
    sixone

    A FIRST of its KIND. BRILLIANT PLOT and CINEMATOGRAPHY!! I have had a copy of this ONE OF A KIND MOVIE for years.But you have to see it on DVD with home theater with your new 1080 P TV. This film has the most meticulousy shot space sceens. Way better than anything that Star Trek was doing filming the weekly TV show at the same time. The plot pits MAN on an interstellar journey to a Monolith, with a computer,HAL ,in charge of running the life support and the ship, when HAL's Artificial Intelligence trys to take over. Was it the Monolith affecting HAL, or is its AI just acting bad? You have to get this movie in DVD or Blu-ray and sit in AWE at how really good this movie still is!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    40+ years and counting

    Posted
    photostar

    Still amazed at the Cinematography from a movie made 42 years ago. Add to that, a haunting soundtrack and you have an iconic film destined to be a classic for another 40 years. Blue-Ray only enhances the vision that Stanley Kubrick wanted to convey.

    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

    Arguably the Greatest Film of All Time

    Posted
    kevman79

    When asked by friends what my favorite film of all time is I usually answer with two films...I tell them what movie I enjoy watching the most (which is John Carpenter's: Big Trouble in Little China), but then I also tell them that I truly believe, in terms of overall filmmaking, Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' is in my opinion the best film of all time. The only words I can use to describe this film are 'utterly astonishing.' Don't miss seeing this film, especially on this nicely done special edition.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blu-Ray is best!

    Posted
    hndson

    I have owned the previous versions of 2001, including the remastered version, but NEVER have I ever seen or heard a reproduction as perfect as on Blu-Ray! I will admit that, in the beginning, I was skeptical of an industry that said that movies could be so much better on this technology....but I was wrong. Blu-Ray is flat out....the best!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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