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2001: A Space Odyssey [4K Ultra HD] [1968] [Blu-ray] [2023] [Region Free]

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The only extra feature on the 4K Blu-ray is a commentary track by the actors who played Dave and Frank: Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood.

This edited together track (sadly both actors are not in the room together) first appeared in 2007, so it’s a shame that there isn’t also a new track to celebrate the film’s 50th birthday from any of the luminaries involved in its remastering, or some film critics/experts.I just ask them to imagine growing up in a time when this movie seemed to be as much predictive documentary as a work of science fiction.

However, their mission comes under threat when their ship's sentient computer, HAL (voice of Douglas Rain), seemingly develops a malfunction. The 4K image renders the deep blacks of space in a way that I’d never seen in this movie before, heightening the tension and solitude of those shots , while also making the bright white of the space stations interior even more clinical. In fact, the only segment of the film that relies on a familiar genre scenario (HAL's mutiny) doesn't gain momentum until the final act. That we do not have HAL-like intelligent machines is if anything, even more surprising than the way the promise of space-travel fizzled out. And of course, the Apollo project was heading towards it's climax the following year, and the first manned round trip to the moon and back, Apollo 8, made it a particularly special Christmas that year.I guess this is the age when such discoveries make the most significant shifts in the foundations of one's outlook? And finally, and most importantly of all, you need to understand that it really is possible to love a film while at exactly the same time, wondering whether you're going to make it through to the end or not. The Legacy of 2001 – Take a hypnotic journey with filmmakers whose own careers were inspired by this cinematic landmark.

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