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50 Years Later, There’s a New Print of 2001: A Space Odyssey. And It’s Drop-Dead Gorgeous.

This MUST be watched in full screen!

Thanks to Christopher Nolan, there’s a new 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nolan saw the film as a child in London, and, like many people, never got over the experience. in a good way.

After the success of Dunkirk last year, he spent months overseeing the project to create the new print. He emphasizes that it’s not a restoration:

“For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative. This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. This is the unrestored film – that recreates the cinematic event that audiences experienced fifty years ago.”

2001: A Space Odyssey opens on 18 May 2018, for limited runs in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and San Francisco, with more cities to follow. You can find ticket and engagement information at the 2001: A Space Odyssey website.

(Speaking of engagements, there’s no word yet on whether the 18 May release date will lead to a postponement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, which is scheduled for the next day in Windsor. What a dilemma for those poor guests!)

The recreated edition will be released on DVD and Blu-ray this fall, but you really want to see this on a big screen with big sound.

Here’s the original trailer for the 1968 release of 2001: A Space Odyssey:

“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”


And You Thought Stanley Kubrick Was Dead

This certainly brings back memories of my, uh, psychedelic days, when I thought that the last 20 minutes of 2001:  A Space Odyssey was the greatest achievement in the history of film.

It’s called “Colors In Macro,” and it comes from a mysterious source called Macro Room.  I’ve got no idea whether Macro Room is a business or a group or a single person, but I like what he/she/it’s producing.  You can see more examples at the link.

Watch it in full screen.

Here’s another Macro Room video:

Even More Trippiness

I posted this brilliant Hitchcock Meets Kubrick mashup last year, but since we’re talking about Kubrick and hallucinatory video, it seems appropriate to post it again.

Note: NSFW.   Brief nudity.

2001 Remastered

It’s the movie that’s been remastered, not the year itself, unfortunately.

I just mentioned 2001: A Space Odyssey a couple of days ago, and now I’ve discovered that the British Film Institute is presenting a digitally restored release of the movie as part of its Days of Fear and Wonder celebration.  And ahead of the re-release, the BFI and Warner Bros. have produced a new trailer, which Stanley Kubrick’s executive producer, Jan Harlan, calls “the best trailer for this film I have ever seen!”

It’s loaded w/spoilers, but, since the movie is almost 50 years old, that doesn’t matter, does it?   If you haven’t seen 2001 by now, you should really consider what you’re doing w/your life.

The bad news:    The movie will premier at the Leeds International Film Festival on 18 November 2014, then go into limited release on giant screens throughout the UK and Ireland on 28 November 2014.   No US release has been announced.

The good news:   We’re bound to get it eventually.