It’s 50 years since Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey hit cinema screens worldwide. As celebrations continue, we now have a release date for the much-anticipated 4K release.

While we don’t have specific details for the Australian release beyond the date of October 31, we suspect that it will be the same as that which is being released overseas, and that looks a lot like this…

2001 4K

As for technical specs, the vision will be a newly remastered full 4K affair taken from the original 65mm camera negative, with both standard HDR and Dolby Vision enhancement.

Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan has been heavily involved with the 2001: A Space Odyssey remastering, so it should come as no surprise that the audio will be via a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. While he loves everything that 4K brings to home cinema, he isn’t a fan of object-based sonic tech such as Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.

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 – one 4K Ultra HD disc, two Blu-rays – is set to house 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.

Stay tuned to STACK for further updates on the Australian release of 2001: A Space Odyssey as they come to hand.