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2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

Keir Dullea
Director: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Keir Dullea
Keir Dullea
, Gary Lockwood
Gary Lockwood
, William Sylvester
William Sylvester
Stanley Kubrick

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A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Based on Arthur C. Clarke's story The Sentinel, Kubrick and Clarke's screenplay is structured in four movements. At the "Dawn of Man," a group of hominids encounters a mysterious black monolith alien to their surroundings. To the strains of Strauss's 1896 "Also sprach Zarathustra," a hominid invents the first weapon, using a bone to kill prey. As the hominid tosses the bone in the air, Kubrick cuts to a 21st century spacecraft hovering over the Earth, skipping ahead millions of years in technological development. U.S. scientist Dr. Heywood Floyd (William Sylvester) 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 (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) head toward Jupiter on the spaceship 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. With assistance from special-effects expert Douglas Trumbull, Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most "realistic" depictions of outer space ever seen, greatly advancing cinematic technology for a story expressing grave doubts about technology itself. Despite some initial critical reservations that it was too long and too dull, 2001 became one of the most popular films of 1968, underlining the generation gap between young moviegoers who wanted to see something new and challenging and oldsters who "didn't get it." Provocatively billed as "the ultimate trip," 2001 quickly caught on with a counterculture youth audience open to a contemplative (i.e. chemically enhanced) viewing experience of a film suggesting that the way to enlightenment was to free one's mind of the U.S. military-industrial-technological complex.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2018
UPC: 0883929671533
Original Release: 1968
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 2:29:00
Sales rank: 3,746

Special Features

Commentary by Keir Dullea And Gary Lockwood; Channel Four Documentary 2001: The Making of a Myth; 4 insightful featurettes: ; 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!; Audio-Only Bonus: 1966 Kubrick Interview Conducted by Jeremy Bernstein; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keir Dullea Bowman
Gary Lockwood Poole
William Sylvester Dr. Heywood Floyd
Daniel Richter Moonwatcher, the Man-Ape
Douglas Rain HAL 9000
Leonard Rossiter Smyslov
Margaret Tyzack Elena
Robert Beatty Halvorsen
Sean Sullivan Michaels
John Ashley Astronaut
Glenn Beck Actor
Simon Davis Actor
Ann Gillis Actor
David Hines Ape
John Jordan Actor
Vivian Kubrick Floyd's Daughter
Bill Weston Actor
Terry Duggan Actor
Frank Miller Mission Controller
Ed Bishop Lunar shuttle captain
Alan Gifford Poole's Father
Edwina Carroll Stewardess
Penny Brahms Stewardess
Tony Jackson Actor

Technical Credits
Stanley Kubrick Director,Producer,Screenwriter,Special Effects
Hardy Amies Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Archer Production Designer
Arthur C. Clarke Screenwriter
Derek Cracknell Asst. Director
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
John Hoesli Art Director
Tom Howard Special Effects
Harry Lange Production Designer
Bryan Loftus Special Effects
Bruce Logan Special Effects
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Victor Lyndon Producer
Tony Masters Production Designer
Alex North Score Composer
David D. Osborn Special Effects
Douglas Trumbull Special Effects
Geoffrey Unsworth Cinematographer
Wally Veevers Special Effects

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