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2001: A Space Odyssey

The Stanley Kubrick Collection (2001)

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Barry Lyndon
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Dr. Strangelove: Special Edition
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Lolita
  • The Shining
  • Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures
  • More than 30 years after its premiere, analyzing 2001: A Space Odyssey is like trying to give the definitive interpretation of Dali's surrealist painting Persistence of Memory, those melting clocks. The general consensus agrees that it's unlike anything that came before and most of what came after, and that it's saying something — though exactly what it's saying remains a matter of lively discussion. Since 1968, having continued to confound new audiences and defy simplistic analysis, Kubrick's cryptically stylized koan of alien influence, human development, and cosmic encounters is now regarded as an evolutionary benchmark in what movies can be and do and say.

    Warner's "2000 digital remaster" DVD edition provides the best-ever opportunity to gaze into its widescreen navel and ponder and argue and contemplate its deeper layers of meaning as often as you like — or to just cook up some popcorn and enjoy it for the simple pleasures of doing so. This DVD is part of Warner's June 2001 "Stanley Kubrick Collection," which improves on the June 1999 Warner DVD (and identical 1998 MGM DVD) with a beautifully restored picture (anamorphic 2.20:1), and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio — it's the finest the film's ever looked and sounded on home video. However, dropped from the remaster is the question-and-answer supplement with Arthur C. Clarke, which can only be found on the previous, out-of-print Warner/MGM incarnations. Snap-case.
    —Mark Bourne

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