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2001

A Space Odyssey
(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
2001


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When a monolith is found on the moon, astronauts equipped with a superintelligent computer attempt to find its origins.
Title: 2001
a space odyssey
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] :, Warner Home Video,, c2007
Edition: Special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 148 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: Disc 1. Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood ; theatrical trailer -- Disc 2. 2001: The making of a myth (Channel Four documentary) ; Standing on the shoulders of Kubrick: the legacy of 2001 ; Vision of a future passed: the prophecy of 2001 ; 2001: a space odyssey - a look behind the future ; What is out there? ; 2001: FX and early conceptual artwork ; Look: Stanley Kubrick! ; 11/27/1966 Kubrick interview conducted by Jeremy Bernstein (audio only)
Originally released as a motion picture in 1968
Contents: Disc 1: Digitally remastered movie
Disc 2. Special features
Summary: When a monolith is found on the moon, astronauts equipped with a superintelligent computer attempt to find its origins.
Additional Contributors: Richter, Dan
Sylvester, William - 1922-
Lockwood, Gary - 1937-
Dullea, Keir - 1936-
Clarke, Arthur C. - 1917-2008 - (Arthur Charles),
Kubrick, Stanley
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
ISBN: 1419830589
9781419830587
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Tw
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Report This Jul 05, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Bar none the greatest sci-fi film ever made. The visuals and and music amaze the senses more and more every time I see it. What people need to understand is that no one should go into 2001 for the developed story or characters, but one should watch it purely for the great visuals and atmosphere. The scene with the space station and the Blue Danube is one of the best muscal moments in the history of cinema, I would recommend this to any fan of sci-fi and just movies in general.

Report This Jun 19, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered one of the Top 10 classic 'English' movies (my researched #7). A subtle, soothing, unique take on the sci-fi genre. This is the top sci-fi film, followed by "Star Wars IV" at #24. See my GerryD Lists for other classic movies.

Report This Mar 03, 2013
  • autumnwindstudios rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To truly appreciate this film, watch the making of, then proceed with the movie. A visual masterpiece above and beyond, but has a difficult storyline to understand without outside reference. Still, it's an excellent movie that can still hold up today.

Report This Feb 01, 2013
  • Seattlep rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have not seen this in over 8 years. Now it seems less impressive then back then. There was only about 20% of the film worth watching. And the plot, if any, was undetectable. I kept watching to the end for some type of meaning to the film, but found none. Liked the music - did not like the plot. It is sci-fi, so maybe no plot is intended?

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • rhurkens rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Nice music, good cinematography, but utterly absurd and incomprehensible 'plot'.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"An epic drama of adventure and exploration." (- Theatrical release poster.) An amazing $10.5 million (in 1968!) masterpiece co-written by Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick (producer/director), made almost entirely in England, using both the studio facilities of MGM's subsidiary "MGM British" and those of Shepperton Studios. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, and received one for its pioneering visual effects. In 1991, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The ethereal musical score is haunting. The monkey costumes were cheezy (lol). I know, it was 1968... probably loaners from "Planet Of The Apes". Speaking of '68, I wouldn't be surprised if the fourth chapter: "Jupiter And Beyond The Infinite" had L.S.D. influenced audiences in mind... (e.g. "A Clockwork Orange"!) In closing, a really LONG dazzling piece of work with minimal dialogue that every sci-fi fan should experience.

Akirakato in his comment writes generalities, I guess he has not understood what this movie is about. Because this movie is from the book of Arthur C. Clarke, a famous occultist, or I should say, scientist-futurologist (Nobel Prize winner), who uses the symbolic language of the ancient and modern Wise Men. In that language everything means something else - a coded language, which only insiders understand, the public has no idea of the real meaning. The meaning of the book/film is the ancient occultic agenda of "Wizards" to become immortal, as they say in the Harry Potter story: "The last enemy that shall be conquered is Death." The Harry Potter story is the same double talk as this Clarke-Kubrick film. The computer program of the "saceship" (Earth) is the natural genetic coding of aging, and the astronaut who disables that program overcomes the natural law (using bio-technology), thereby becoming a God himself. This is the way the secret societies put in front of the public their own agenda and enjoy the dumb incomprehenstion of the Crowd. In reality these coded, symbolic writings and films are done for the insiders themselves, who understand them, while the Crowd of the "living dead" "look and don't see, hear and don't understand," as the Jesus figure says in the New Testament. Becasue the religious books also are full of symbolic meanings, as they were written by the same Wise Men as those of today.

Not a good film at all, and it's not Kubrick's fault, because the plot is forced to carry a symbolic coded meaning. It's not at all about space travel. It's about a stone block, which symbolizes a secret society, which is so monolythic and strong that it can't even be scratched. This stone block picks out the smartest hairy ape man, who then kills his opponent with a thighbone (meaning: "he who kills is superior.") Then the bone (man) flies up into space and becomes a spaceship, which has the shape of a male sex member in erection. This is also part of the coded message. The ship's computer, Hal kills off part of the staff as part of its program, which means the genetically coded natural aging program we all have (for now). The smart astronaut disables the computer's program, thereby overcoming the natural law of aging. This is the meaning of the film, which is in fact an age-old agenda of the ancient secret societies of men who want to become ageless, immortal gods using science. There is a sequel to this film: "2010 - The Year We Make Contact." In that one the symbolic meaning is that the two systems: the Russian and American are brought together, and a second Sun (enlightenment) appears in the sky. This is about the ancient agenda of the secret Wise Men's societies, who want to perfect the world that God has created. This is the real meaning of these films, but only insiders understand it. The plot is unnatural, as it is forced to carry the hidden meaning. Akirakato had not grasped this meaning of the movie, which is not a masterpiece at all, because he got too mesmerized by the Waltz. Kubrick's last film was "Eyes Wide Shut" about the secret societies abovementioned. Maybe Kubrick's death after that film wasn't an accident.

Not a good film at all, because its plot is to carry a symbolic meaning, which makes it unnatural.

Report This Aug 29, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Culturally significant and scientifically thought-provoking, this film is definitely one of the greatest films ever made---if not the best one in the entire film history. As background music, the Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss is mesmerizing. I really enjoyed viewing "The Making of a Myth", which is supplemented in the DVD. A certain critic says that Stanley Kubrick is a filmmakers' filmmaker. I agree on that.

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Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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