Stanley Kubrick's Visually Stunning Film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is Finally Getting a 4K Release

Thanks to Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick's iconic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey recently had a theatrical run of the "unrestored" 70mm film print. If you've never seen this film on the big screen, it's quite an epic experience. 

If you're a fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey, you'll be thrilled to know that it's finally going to get a 4K Ultra High Definition Blu-ray release. So, if you have a TV with the capability to watch movies in full 4K glory, this is going to be a must own!

Seeing the visuals of this movie in 4K is sure to be absolutely stunning. I don't have a 4K TV, but I might actually have to consider buying one now. 

The 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K Blu-ray will be released on October 30, 2018 and will be a part on the ongoing 50th anniversary of the film.

Now, let's get technical, baby! The 4K UHD with HDR presentation was "mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. The 4K UHD also includes both a remixed and restored 5.1 DTS-HD master audio track, as well as the original 1968 6-track theatrical audio mix (formatted for 5.1 DTS-HD master audio)."

Christopher Nolan had this to say in a statement:

"2001 to me is the most cinematic film that has ever been made and it has been an honour and a privilege to be able to share the film with a new generation…4K UHD allows the closest recreation of viewing the original film print in your own home. Kubrick’s masterpiece was originally presented on large format film and the deeper colour palette and superior resolution comes closest to matching the original analogue presentation."

Now, here's the detailed information:

The 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K UHD premium packaging will be available on October 30 at the suggested retail price (SRP) of $41.99, and includes the feature film in 4K resolution with HDR, a remastered Blu-ray disc with the feature film in hi-definition, a Blu-ray disc with the special features in hi-definition, and a Digital version of the feature film. The premium packaging also includes a collectible booklet and art cards featuring iconic images from the film.

In addition to being included with the 4K UHD, the remastered Blu-ray disc with the feature film in hi-definition will also be available on October 30 as a standalone product for $19.98 SRP.

4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.

The 4K UHD Blu-ray disc of 2001: A Space Odyssey will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.

The movie will also be available digitally via iTunes, Google and Vudu on October 30. As for the special features, here ya go:

Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award®-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.

4K UHD AND BLU-RAY ELEMENTS

  • 4K UHD Blu-ray™ with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood

  • Remastered Blu-ray™ with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood

  • The Making of a Myth

  • 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!

  • 11/27/66 Interview with Stanley Kubrick [Audio Only]

  • Original Theatrical Trailer

  • Premium Booklet

  • Art Cards

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