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2001 - A Space Odyssey
2001 - A Space Odyssey (1968)
Front Cover Actor
Keir Dullea
Gary Lockwood
William Sylvester
Daniel Richter
Leonard Rossiter
Movie Details
Director Stanley Kubrick
Language English
Audience Rating G (General Audience)
Running Time 148 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
When Stanley Kubrick recruited Arthur C. Clarke to collaborate on "the proverbial intelligent science fiction film," it's a safe bet neither the maverick auteur nor the great science fiction writer knew they would virtually redefine the parameters of the cinema experience. A daring experiment in unconventional narrative inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel," 2001 is a visual tone poem (barely 40 minutes of dialogue in a 139-minute film) that charts a phenomenal history of human evolution. From the dawn-of-man discovery of crude but deadly tools in the film's opening sequence to the journey of the spaceship Discovery and metaphysical birth of the "star child" at film's end, Kubrick's vision is meticulous and precise. In keeping with the director's underlying theme of dehumanization by technology, the notorious, seemingly omniscient computer HAL 9000 has more warmth and personality than the human astronauts it supposedly is serving. (The director also leaves the meaning of the black, rectangular alien monoliths open for discussion.) This theme, in part, is what makes 2001 a film like no other, though dated now that its postmillennial space exploration has proven optimistic compared to reality. Still, the film is timelessly provocative in its pioneering exploration of inner- and outer-space consciousness. With spectacular, painstakingly authentic special effects that have stood the test of time, Kubrick's film is nothing less than a cinematic milestone--puzzling, provocative, and perfect. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 1063
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/10/2008
Links Amazon US
Product Details
Format HD DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.40:1
UPC (Barcode) 012569792067
Release Date 10/23/2007
Subtitles English; French; Korean; Portuguese; Spanish
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1