It’s 50 years since Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey hit cinema screens worldwide. As celebrations continue, the much-anticipated 4K release is now very much available.
While we hoped that the October 31 release would be the same as that which is coming out overseas (as pictured below), we get two versions: a standard black plastic case, and a rather funky steelbook, both of which house one 4K disc and two standard Blu-rays.
As for technical specs, the vision is a newly remastered full 4K affair taken from the original 65mm camera negative, with both standard HDR and Dolby Vision enhancement.
Two audio mixes are included, the 1999 remaster and remix and the original cienmatic six-track affair, both presented in the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 format.
Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan was heavily involved with the recent 2001: A Space Odyssey remastering for cinema, however good news for those who didn’t really want a recoloured, speckle-affected transfer on 4K is that this one is quite a different affair.
“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,” said Nolan. “4K Blu-ray 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.”
The three disc set houses a raft of extras, including a commentary from stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, several featurettes and an audio interview with Kubrick from back in 1966.
Read our review of the final Australian version of 2001: A Space Odyssey here.