Stanley Kubrick's 2001

Stanley Kubrick's 2001

A Space Odyssey

Blu-ray Disc - 2007 | Widescreen edition.
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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.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, [2007]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
ISBN: 9781419853081
1419853082
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray STA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (148 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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This movie starts with what looks like a discovery channel documentary then moves on to a futuristic space ship with Artificial Intelligence from a 1968 perspective. Kubrick used front projection effects, which was very new for the time, and he won an academy award because of it.

"'2001: A Space Odyssey' is likewise a stand-alone monument, a great visionary leap, unsurpassed in its vision of man and the universe."

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neko Aug 12, 2009

the 1969 science fiction film that influenced so many of the film directors and producers that followed.


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Open_Sesame
Aug 11, 2018

This 1968 SyFy film (with its impressive pre-CGI effects) was a real ground-breaker in its day.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 07, 2018

2001 is a great movie that offers an abstract depiction of human evolution, and therefore becomes a very thought provoking film. It also has a lot of early commentary on artificial intelligence, and the possibility of what might happen if machines learn to learn. Although very long and slow paced, the movie set the tone for many sci-fi movies to come. The visuals were incredible for the time, and the story, although confusing and hidden at times, is extremely engaging. Not to mention the fact that the music used became iconic in other space movies, and of course parodied endlessly. 4/5 @ecozones of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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zipread
Jun 04, 2018

The late 1960s were a period of great optimism. NASA had put men on the moon; the US was clearly winning the space race; computers had arrived even though they were size of houses; it seemed that technology would take astronauts to inner space some time soon. The present would be the future: white bread, Bell, and Howard Johnson would find a place on a space station lavish with red upholstery and picture windows. When Kubrick's film came out in the late 60s, it did so with a lot of buzz. It set the standard for a new genre of motion picture: the credible science fiction picture with credible technology and no vicious aliens bent on the annihilation of the human race. On the big screen, this film was visual tour de force. On my living room screen, not so much. Much of what's in this film is now ho-hum. Special effects aren't so special by today's standards. And what's with that psychedelic light-show stuff in the final scene of the film? Remember, these were the 60's when Kubrick was making his film and a lot of weed was being smoked. This is at least my fourth viewing of 2001; the first two times on the big screen when I was much younger. It was a eye-opener then. But now, on the small screen, not so much.
So, should you see it? Sure, just to say you've seen it. Sort of like "Gone With the Wind" and "Lawrence of Arabia". Just don't expect too much. That way 2001 won't disappoint. Too much. And after you've seen it you may need a pick-me-up like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" or "Men in Black -- Part I" The special effects are better.

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Nursebob
May 25, 2018

Kubrick blurs the line between technology and theology in this greatest of all sci-fi epics covering a million years of evolution and culminating in man’s “ultimate trip”. The plot may be somewhat facile but the film’s true genius lies in its presentation. The use of light and colour is incredible as is the futuristic hardware. A bold visionary departure from a genre of film which at that time was all but monopolized by mutant insects and big-breasted moon maidens. My sentimental favourite.

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husika
May 25, 2018

Hey, mates! I see from the comments here that most of the public does not realize that this story here has nothing to do with space travel! It's about the desire of secret societies to realize immortality, to live forever. It's about disconnecting the aging mechanism of the human genetic programming of aging, to make man ageless, a "god". Nothing to do with colonization of the Moon. All this here is symbolic message. Arthur C. Clarke, Nobel Prize of Lit. winner, who wrote this story here, belonged to a secret esoteric sect, who communicate with symbols. One of them said in a book that their "magic wand" is symbolism. Thus they communicate in front of the noses of the dummy public, who "don't notice nothing," and they laugh at the public simpletons' minds, which takes all literally. The shape of the spacecraft in this film has the shape of a penis in erection, and the smart astronaut is ejected from it like sperm. Isn't that enough allusion for you to see the message? The black monolith in the movie represents the solid, unapproachable, inscrutable secret order, to which Clarke belonged. To me the movie is boring and the symbolism is pushed too far, thus making it uninteresting and not understandable to the dummy public. By the way, the whole Harry Potter story is the same: it's double talk all through, and the crowd is not aware of it, and thinks it's just a children's fiction story. It is not. It describes symbolically the history of the Roman Church (DumbLeader) and the Templar Order (ValDeMort - death valley in French). "Magical Skills" there mean: ways to dupe the crowd with various tricky means. In the last episode of the H.P. story Harry says: "The last enemy to conquer is death." This is the same as what the movie here is about. I noticed that as soon as a comment is made by someone that would enlighten somewhat the duped public, another comment appears, destined to divert attention from the essence of the matter. This is one example of the magic that secret societies practice - keep the dummy public in the dark, away from any mental view into "magical" odysseys into ignorance. Otherwise, the public is actually not interested in thinking at all.

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OZUNE
May 22, 2018

Although some of the technological advances depicted seem quaint in 2018. There are others such as colonization of the moon and trips to Jupiter which we've come nowhere near. The special effects for the most part still work and the story is as compelling as ever. It was audacious, groundbreaking, and influential in 1968, and remains so today.

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uzebdrumz
May 21, 2018

Explores the limits of human ingenuity & manages to combine man vs machine with the painstaking solitude of space travel; there's also a monolith & starchild allowing any number of interpretations of anthropology & alien life.

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4536o
May 17, 2018

2001 was a "Wow!" when it opened in tumultuous 1968, and is still so 50 years later. Films get better and better every year, but this will never be surpassed--it is a genre of its own.

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patch666
Apr 28, 2018

One of the great cinematic masterpieces of all time ~ 420

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jdonohue
Jan 28, 2018

Overrated. But still pretty good. Music is good, effects are great for it's time.

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Alcona_Lists Jun 23, 2014

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

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

Dave Bowman: Hello HAL. Do you read me HAL? HAL: Affirmative, Dave... I read you. Dave: Open the pod bay doors HAL. HAL: I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. Dave: What's the problem? HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. Dave: What are you talking about HAL? HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it. Dave: I don't know what you're talking about HAL. HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen. Dave: Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL? HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move. Dave: Alright HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock. HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult. Dave: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors! HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

HAL: "I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do."

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

Dave: Hello, HAL. Do you read me HAL? HAL: Affirmative Dave... I read you. Dave: Open the pod bay doors, HAL. HAL: I'm sorry Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. Dave: What's the problem? HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. Dave: What are you talking about HAL? HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it. Dave: I don't know what you're talking about HAL. HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen. Dave: Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL? HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move. Dave: Alright, HAL. I'll go in through the emergency airlock. HAL: Without your space helmet, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult. Dave: HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the doors! HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

HAL: "I am putting myself to the fullest possible use... which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do."

johnmarkeberhart Apr 07, 2011

"My mind is going ... I can feel it."

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DavidB
Feb 06, 2009

Dave? ... What are you doing Dave?

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codylink
Oct 26, 2009

Can I rate it less that 1/2 of a star?

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jabey
Jun 27, 2008

Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.

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AMerr22
Nov 11, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some scenes of peril

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