When it comes to classic science fiction, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey casts a big shadow over its competition. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, appropriately big things are happening.

On top of a newly struck 70mm copy of the film from the original master heading out for a limited cinema run after debuting on May 12 at Cannes, a 4K Ultra HD release has been teased. Australians can experience it in select cinemas from May 24.

“For the first time since the original release, this 70mm print was struck from new printing elements made from the original camera negative,” says director and 2001 super-fan Christopher Nolan, who supervised the transfer. “This is a true photochemical film recreation. There are no digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits. This is the unrestored film – that recreates the cinematic event that audiences experienced fifty years ago.”

As well as preparing to head to Cannes (for his first time!) to introduce the film, Nolan was also heavily involved in the 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K project.

While we await a confirmed release date for it (“fall 2018” – or our spring – is a bit vague), we do know that he was consulted for the HDR – High Dynamic Range which allows for better contrast and colour reproduction – implementation. Judging by the releases of his works on 4K Ultra HD that may mean we’ll be looking at “cinematic blacks”, made to resemble the look of movies as projected, rather than pure blacks. But that’s total conjecture on our behalf currently.

Anyway, a new trailer has been released, so prepare to go to HAL…

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