2001

2001

A Space Odyssey

DVD - 2007
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A space voyage to Jupiter erupts in disaster when the ship's computer goes mad. Includes commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, documentary - 2001: The Making Of A Myth, 4 featurettes, audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick, and trailer.

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Murderous robots and monkeys didn't stop this film from garnering a G rating from the MPAA, which by their own definition means, “contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence, or other matters that, in the view of the Rating board, would offend parents whose younger children view th... Read More »

Hal may be one of the scariest villains of all time. And he's just a computer. On a spaceship. Yikes.


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scribby
Jun 07, 2019

Gotta love the classics. The first great "serious" (whatever that means) sci-fi movie, this set the standard for all that followed. Epic? Yes. Detailed? Yes. Realistic? Yes, as far as was known in 1968, and barring the fact that technology developed in a different direction. Mysterious? Mythic? Yes, and yes. Pretentious? Full of questionable theories and obscure meanings? Yes, those too. Yet, despite those latter two, one of the greatest, most visually and aurally stunning movies ever made. The effects are still mind-blowing, and the soundtrack (of Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss, Khachaturian, and Ligeti) is still identified with outer space: "Aliens" re-used that Khachaturian theme, and of course everyone knows the Main Title. It doesn't really matter that the plot is so simple, or that we never built any of that stuff, or that every viewer has to decide what the ending is about. It's still "The Ultimate Trip" indeed.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 04, 2019

A visionary and epic movie made by Stanley Kubrick about extraterrestrials and space travel. I don’t want to spoil anything and I won't but allow me to give my opinion on this great movie. The soundtrack in this movie is beyond awesome since it uses monumental classics such as Richards Stausses famous “Also Sprach Zarathustra”. The plot is amazing and shocking with the effects of the movie nicely complimenting the story, whether they are in space or earth. I rate this movie 5/5 for these traits. I recommend this book to anyone interested in sci-fi movies or anyone who is a Kubrick fan. @selfhelpguru of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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MrsNikki
Mar 01, 2019

💖 great movie

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ManMachine
Feb 28, 2019

50 relatively brief years have now passed since this monolith of Sci-Fi psychedelia was released.

Space travel and man's technological advances certainly haven't reached anywhere near to what was foreseen back then by author, Arthur C. Clarke. But, all the same, Clarke's wishful thinking combined with Stanley Kubrick's awesome vision of the future certainly produced a startling cinematic experience.

Even though 2001's story-line may be flawed like the pitted surface of the moon (and plot-coherency can also be called into question), 2001 still remains a spectacle of visual brilliance. This film's hard-to-beat special effects set new standards back in 1968.

In these hard-edged, progressively hi-tech decades that have followed 2001, this Sci-Fi milestone still holds up relatively well (that's, of course, if one's willing to give it a fair chance)..... Yep. Good, old Stanley Kubrick - Gone, but not forgotten.

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GJP_Salomon04
Dec 20, 2018

My older brother took me to see 2001 for the first time as it was playing in theaters for its 50th anniversary, and I must say that I was kind of surprised with its G rating. Yes, there is no extreme adult content, but the movie is slow, and the amount of intellect put into it might be too much for small children, which is why I love this film. Some people might call this movie boring, which I understand since alot of it is just flying through space while listening to heavy breathing. However, if you pay close attention, you'll notice how Kubrick put so much symbolic meaning into every strange thing that happens. 2001 may not be for everyone, but if you enjoy slow, weird, psychological science fiction films, this movie is definitely worth watching.

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OurKnightsTale
Nov 25, 2018

This version has a second disk. Love the extras.
Classic 80a kid syfy fodder. It does take a bit of time to get going. But a beginning to start some great and wondrous ideas.

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007Gatsby
Oct 28, 2018

So disappointing. The visuals and the music is amazing, but everything else is so boring.

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messala2
Aug 16, 2018

The movie is the monolith. Deal with it. It's a pity that the only copy in this catalogue is a first issue dvd way down range in quality from the Blu-ray/dvd available since 2007.

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CurlyWhirly
Aug 11, 2018

This 1968 SyFy film (with its impressive pre-CGI effects) was a real ground-breaker in its day.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 07, 2018

2001 is a great movie that offers an abstract depiction of human evolution, and therefore becomes a very thought provoking film. It also has a lot of early commentary on artificial intelligence, and the possibility of what might happen if machines learn to learn. Although very long and slow paced, the movie set the tone for many sci-fi movies to come. The visuals were incredible for the time, and the story, although confusing and hidden at times, is extremely engaging. Not to mention the fact that the music used became iconic in other space movies, and of course parodied endlessly. 4/5 @ecozones of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Alcona_Lists Jun 23, 2014

Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

Dave Bowman: 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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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

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

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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

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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Monolith
Mar 19, 2012

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

johnmarkeberhart Apr 07, 2011

"My mind is going ... I can feel it."

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DavidB
Feb 06, 2009

Dave? ... What are you doing Dave?

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codylink
Oct 26, 2009

Can I rate it less that 1/2 of a star?

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jabey
Jun 27, 2008

Mankind finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, artifact buried on the moon and, with the intelligent computer HAL, sets off on a quest.

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AMerr22
Nov 11, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some scenes of peril

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