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2001: A Space Odyssey [4K Ultra HD] [1968] [Blu-ray] [2023] [Region Free]

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Giving home theater enthusiasts an awesome collection of demo-worthy scenery, the movie continuously shows inky, opulent blacks throughout, showing distinct gradational differences between the various shades and articles of clothing. With subsequent viewings and exposure to the more demanding but wonderful Russian movie, Solaris, I came to realise that the significance of this section was a depiction of an encounter between humanity and something way beyond it's comprehension, and that such an encounter might not be describable in terms of any conventional narrative.

This is passable as a look back at the time the film was made and features some interesting elements on the special effects, plus lots of on-set anecdotes.For sci-fi aficionados and inspiring filmmakers, it was the movie to see during the violent and vulnerable spring of 1968. The team went back to the original 6-channel soundtrack and faithfully transferred it to the theatrical prints and home release DTS-HD, with strong bass response and clear and striking highs for a sweeping high fidelity experience - especially with the symphonic classics and the haunting vocals for the black monolith sequences. It then sets the uneasy precedent after the arrival of a mysterious monolith, one of the hominin tribes ends up being pulled in by its grand strangeness, and this somehow gives them the power/idea to learn how to use bones as weapons, and eventually drive out a nearby rival – but what is the monolith, and what did it do to them? It’s a portrait of the infinite size of the universe by the sheer travelling over the time used to show these shots.

I was on a Kubrick-kick, and had invited a bunch of friends over to watch the sci-fi classic I'd heard so much about. Clarke and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull, go behind-the-scenes into the making of Kubrick’s classic space epic. media to replicate that appearance will most likely find this a very enjoyable and worthwhile viewing experience.Composer Alex North was tapped for the score, but at the last minute Kubrick went back to his original tracks of classical works, and opened the film with Strauss’s “Also Spake Zarathustra,” which shocked North at the premiere. The light range between the blackness of space and the bright highlights of the white metal of the space ships and the glare of the sun is far more extreme and impactful than it is on the HD, SDR Blu-ray. I liked watching the multitude of filmic and narrative devices that I have since seen in later films, many of which are far less memorable than this one.

The Film Vault has given Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey a celebratory and a totally fresh release that an iconic film like this deserves. It seems to me when people are asked whether they liked something or not, they assume different expectations of the question. Better still, 2001 isn’t just some throw away Sci-Fi because it’s also far ahead of its time (in some ways even it was today) as it’s also accurate in its scientific depictions of life in space, in both a technical and human sense. Every time I think I've got my finger on the pulse of Kubrick's methodical madness, I realize there are ideas in this film that I'll probably never completely wrap my head around. celebrates the film's 50th Anniversary on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a beautifully mesmerizing Dolby Vision HDR presentation that surpasses its HD SDR counterpart and a highly-satisfying DTS-HD soundtrack.

And not just with this film, but with any film, or indeed, for the worst sufferers, with almost anything at all. It’s a true must-watch classic of world cinema that deserves your time and appreciation, ideally on a big screen. One of the best movies ever made and also one of the most historical when it comes to cinema and Sci fi. This one, hosted by Dullea, is an interesting look at the possibility of alien life - and features some great behind the scenes footage of Kubrick on set, as well as some old interview clips with Arthur C Clarke.

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