“2001: A Space Odyssey” Comes To 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray In Just 5 Days
Stephan Jukic – December 12, 2018
For the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s legendary film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Warner Bro’s Home Entertainment is going to be doing something that science fiction fans with 4K ultra HD TVs should love: releasing a premium collectible packaged edition of the movie to 4K HDR Blu-ray for the 18th of December.
This edition is already available on pre-order from sites like Amazon.com if you want to reserve your own copy for shipping before Christmas rolls around and it follows in the wake of renewed media attention to the film after this strange science fiction classic was brought back to U.S theaters during the spring and summer of 2018. This theatrical release itself came after a “unrestored” 70mm print was debuted at the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival even earlier in the year.
The details for this “unrestored” release get quite interesting in their technical aspects too, since it was the first time since the original release decades ago that new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements of Kubrick’s own original camera negatives. This production was supervised by none other Christopher Nolan, who is himself a major current director of such groundbreaking films as Dunkirk, Interstellar and Inception and a serious admirer of Stanley Kubrick’s work.
Nolan worked closely with the mastering and production team at Warner throughout the process of transferring the movie to Blu-ray and the end result is a release to digital that builds on what was done with the 70mm prints by creating a 4K ultra HD version generated from the same original 65mm camera negatives that were used in the theatrical release in May. This 4K UHD version of 2001: A Space Odyssey thus incorporates all the raw cinematic elements of Kubrick’s original film work while adding in a modern touch of restorative cleanup and full high dynamic range mastering for even more spectacular overall picture quality. Nolan and Warner’s team also added in a remixed 5.1 DTS-HD master audio track alongside the original 1968 six-track theatrical audio mix, which has itself been formatted to 5.1 DTS-HD audio.
According to Christopher Nolan in remarkas about this restoration work and his own appreciation of Kubrick’s most legendary film:
“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 color palette and superior resolution comes closest to matching the original analogue presentation.”
So what will the new Warner 4K HDR Blu-ray release of 2001 come with? Well the special collector’s edition that starts shipping on December 18th comes with “premium” packaging and includes the original film in 4K resolution with full Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10 formatting, a remastered Blu-ray disc, a Blu-ray edition with the same restoration features in 1080p HD, a collectible booklet and even art cards with select iconic imagery from the movie. This whole complete package retails for $41.99.
There’s also a remastered Blu-ray Disc version that’s going to be sold as a standalone product for just $19.98.
The purely digital 4K HDR restoration of the movie is of course already available through online content platforms like iTunes 4K, Google Movies and Vudu but none of these give quite the same concrete feel of owning a physical copy with all the extra digital and collectible trimmings packed into it.
Here’s a full breakdown of the full 4K UHD Blu-ray release and what it comes with:
- 4K UHD Blu-ray with Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
- Remastered Blu-ray with Commentary from Dullea and 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!”
- a Nov. 27, 1966 Interview with Stanley Kubrick (audio only)
- the original Theatrical Trailer
- a premium booklet
- art cards
Stanley Kubrick originally released 2001: A space Odyssey in April of 1968 in the 70mm Cinerama roadshow format to theaters and since then the movie has not only garnered a vast amount of critical and historical acclaim, it has also become a highly copied and imitated cult classic, particularly because of its creepy depiction of the murderous ship AI “Hal” and its numerous operatic sequences of movement in open space, filmed to the tune of music that fits them with haunting near-perfection.
Here’s where you can get a pre-order of your own collector’s 4K HDR Blu-ray disc edition of 2001: A Space Odyssey: