A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 Also sprach Zarathustra, a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) 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 (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) head toward Jupiter on the spaceship 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.With assistance from special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull, Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most "realistic" depictions of outer space ever seen, greatly advancing cinematic technology for a story expressing grave doubts about technology itself. Despite some initial critical reservations that it was too long and too dull, 2001 became one of the most popular films of 1968, underlining the generation gap between young moviegoers who wanted to see something new and challenging and oldsters who "didn't get it." Provocatively billed as "the ultimate trip," 2001 quickly caught on with a counterculture youth audience open to a contemplative (i.e. chemically enhanced) viewing experience of a film suggesting that the way to enlightenment was to free one's mind of the U.S. military-industrial-technological complex.~Lucia Bozzola
Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
Languages: English & Français
Subtitles: English, Français & Español
Channel four documentary 2001: The Making of a Myth
4 insightful featurettes: Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick - The Legacy of 2001, Vision of a Future Passed - The Prochecy of 2001, 2001: Space Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future, and What Is Out There?
2001 - fx and early conceptual artwork
Look: Stanley Kubrick!
Audio-only bonus: 1966 Kubrick interview conducted by Jeremy Bernstein
Arthur C. Clarke
William SylvesterDr. Heywood Floyd
Daniel RichterMoonwatcher, the Man-Ape
Douglas RainHAL 9000
Vivian KubrickFloyd's Daughter
Frank MillerMission Controller
Ed BishopLunar shuttle captain
Alan GiffordPoole's Father
Arthur C. ClarkeBook Author
Alex NorthComposer (Music Score)
Richard StraussFeatured Music
Ernest ArcherProduction Designer
Harry LangeProduction Designer
Tony MastersProduction Designer
John HoesliArt Director
Hardy AmiesCostume Designer
Bruce LoganSpecial Effects
Bryan LoftusSpecial Effects
Douglas TrumbullSpecial Effects
Stanley KubrickSpecial Effects
Tom HowardSpecial Effects
Wally VeeversSpecial Effects
Psychological Sci-Fi,Space Adventure
2001: A Space Odyssey
United Kingdom,United States
Year of Release
Special Edition, 2 Discs, DVD
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
Warner Home Video
2001: A Space Odyssey [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] 
This is one of the best 4K transfers ever produced. Even though the film is 50 years old it looks like it was recently made. The sound and picture are perfect. It has lots of interesting bonus materials on a second Blu-ray disc as well which includes….
2001: The Making of a Myth (480i; 43:08) is an interesting retrospective with lots of people discussing the impact of the film.
Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001 (480i; 21:25) features people such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas discussing what the film has meant to them and the art of cinema.
Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (480i; 21:31) looks at some of the things that seemed futuristic in 1968.
2001: A Space Odyssey: A Look Behind the Future (480p; 23:11) is a longer form archival piece that includes production data and interviews.
What Is Out There? (480i; 20:42)
2001: FX and Conceptual Artwork (480i; 9:33) features some interesting comments from Douglas Trumbull.
Look: Stanley Kubrick! (480i; 3:15) is a brief piece focusing on Kubrick's work as a magazine photographer.
11/27/1966 Interview with Stanley Kubrick (1:16:31) is an audio interview conducted by Jeremy Bernstein that plays to a still image (1080p) of the Starchild gazing on his new toy (Earth).
Theatrical Trailer (480p; 1:51)
Also included is a small booklet with production photos and four 5x7 cards. “2001 A Space Odyssey” is a film that belongs in every collection. It is groundbreaking in every possible way and is the the film that has influenced so many countless other films.
"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."
This review is from 2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Movie making at its best!
Stanley Kubrick masterpiece creation of the Arthur C Clarke book! Kubrick broke new ground in creating a Sci-Fi that raised the bar for the Genre. It has stood the test of time, which was 50 years ago. The picture quality in 4K Ultra is amazing. The sets and scenes were masterfully shot. Re-watch this movie, and enjoy it even more at home!
Visually, 2001 is a tour-de-force, nearly 50 years old now (premiered in 1968) but still alive with imagery that stimulates the mind in many ways. Kubrick's detailed direction keeps it going. The problem is the lack of dialogue (nothing for the first 30 minutes) and a complicated unsaid understory about the slow 4 million year evolution of man vs the rapid rise of computer "intelligence" and the power to make decisions. The final flight through the universe has never been repeated in the history of film. Watch it - and watch it again.
This review is from 2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Worthy of 4K
Movies shot on 35mm film or less, like 16mm, reach their ceiling at Blu-Ray 1920x1080, to a max of 2K tops.
Even people who own grand spectacle movies from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Ghostbusters note the obvious, gritty, film grain in Blu-Ray.
It only gets worse in 4K. The technology for digitally cleaning up the grain and bringing 35mm movies up to 4K quality isn't there yet as of this 2019 writing.
Except for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
So what made this movie the exception?
Stanley Kubrick's mania. He shot this on the best (read expensive) Eastman Kodak film stock available at the time and on a whopping large 65mm negative format. Before IMAX there was Cinerama and it demanded massive screens projecting 70mm positives that overwhelmed the audience beneath it.
On top of this, Stanley wanted an auditory spectacle that would match his image, and employed a 6 track separation stereo on the film stock.
Few theaters could handle such a tall order but Stanley was a perfectionist and correctly realized that the technology of the theatrical audio and visual of cinema would only get better with time. He wanted to stave off the moment - for as long as possible - when audiences would technically regard his movie as on par with silent black and white cinema.
In fact, Kubrick would have shot it in 3D if he felt the technology of his era was up to it.
The beauty of all of this is that we can own this classic - Kubrick's first Horror movie* - and enjoy it on a large 4K screen with pristine picture and sound.
*Science fiction Horror, he would go on to shoot his first Supernatural Horror, Stephen King's The Shining, over ten years later.
For the next 50 years, fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey, had to endure 35mm at arthouse theaters or worse, TV, VHS, or DVD quality.
No longer. Kubrick's visionary decision ensures that you can finally enjoy this movie in a way you have likely never seen, even in a theater.
Personally speaking, I was not disappointed.
This review is from 2001: A Space Odyssey [SteelBook] [Includes Digital Copy] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray]