Stanley Kubrick stood on that line between genius and insanity for the majority of his film career, but of all the films he made, nothing stands out quite like 2001: A Space Odyssey. A beautiful vision of graphics, colour and motion in one science fiction masterwork, 2001 has been released by Warner in a sleek Blu-ray Steelbook edition.
I first watched 2001 during my young science fiction days when Star Wars, Battlestar Gallactica and Star Trek ruled my fictional world. Even back in the video tape days you could tell there was something realistic and fantastic about 2001. It was a classic film, but didn’t have enough action and adventure to take me away from the Cylons and Klingons. But it wasn’t until throwing in the Steelbook Blu-ray that I uncovered an entirely new respect for the film. It’s a spellbinding look at our nearest area of outer space and oddly gripping with its realistic machinery and space crafts.
2001 first visits the prehistoric age-ancestry past, then leaps millennia into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space. The film features a great soundtrack mixing music and motion, which contains the epic score music that has lasted decades.
One of the highlights of this Blu-ray edition is a great insight from an audio interview with Kubrick from 1966 that was conducted by American physicist, educator, and writer Jeremy Bernstein. There’s some other insightful extras, features, documentaries and behind-the-scenes pieces, but the audio interview is a real collectable.