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USA / UK 1968

 

Director Stanley Kubrick's heralded masterpiece '2001: A Space Odyssey' immediately informs the viewers of its grandeur with a realistically derived vision of human evolution. The first segment entitled "The Dawn of Man" documents our ancestors maintaining sustenance through clan support, and food foraging. The story, based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel, naturally includes a strong fictional element proposing a single event that initiated the turning point of the ascension of humankind. Somewhere in the course of our history, a single ancestor came to the realization of his ability to use a 'tool'. Initially it was effective as a weapon in hunting and reacquisition of a watering-hole from neighboring pre-hominids. This unexplainable cognitive step distinctly separates us from every known living organism in the universe that we inhabit. To see it transpire onscreen is one of the great moments of intellectually derived cinema. To simply state that visually it is awe-inspiring is to diminish its importance. What we are seeing is a recreation of the most important event in human history.

 

The entire film, at its crux, is proclaiming our infancy as a species. In our exploration of the endless frontier of space, we may feel technologically advanced, but Kubrick shows cinematically that we are mere children and like infants must once again learn to walk, to eat and to go to the toilet.

 

- Excerpt from Gary W. Tooze's review found HERE

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Theatrical Release: April 2nd, 1968 (Washington, D.C.) (premiere)

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Distribution Warner (2007) - Region FREE - Blu-ray Warner - Region FREE - 4K UHD
Runtime 2:28:51.672 2:28:51.714   /    2:28:49.253
Video

2.22:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,420,237,209 bytes

Feature: 24,937,451,520 bytes

Codec: VC-1 Video

Total Video Bitrate: 13.39 Mbps

Included Blu-ray

2.20:1 1080P Dual-layered

Disc Size: 45,989,616,674 bytes

Feature: 45,202,458,624 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29,98 Mbps

4K UHD

2.20:

Disc Size: 86,085,136,580 bytes

Feature: 85,140,191,232 bytes

Codec: HEVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 62.18 Mbps

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate: Warner (2007) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Bitrate: Included Blu-ray in Warner - Region FREE - 4K UHD

Bitrate: Warner - Region FREE - 4K UHD

Audio

Dolby Digital Audio English 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
LPCM Audio English 4608 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4608 kbps / 16-bit
DUBs:

Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio German 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2197 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2197 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2170 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2170 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
DUBs:

Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio German 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
* Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2197 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2197 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
DUBs:

Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio German 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2170 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2170 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English (SDH), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, None English (SDH), English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Japanese. None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

 

2.22:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,420,237,209 bytes

Feature: 24,937,451,520 bytes

Codec: VC-1 Video

Total Video Bitrate: 13.39 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood
• Channel 4 documentary: 2001: The Making of a Myth (43:04)
• Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001 (21:23)
• Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (21:30)
• 2001: A Space Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future (4:3 - 23:10- vintage clip)
• What is Out There (20:40)
2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork (9:26 with Christine Kubrick)
Look: Stanley Kubrick! (3:14)
• Audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick conducted by Jeremy Bernstein (1:16:24)
• Theatrical trailer


Blu-ray Release Date: August 10th, 2007
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 34

Release Information:
Studio: Warner
Archive

 

4K UHD

2.20:

Disc Size: 86,085,136,580 bytes

Feature: 85,140,191,232 bytes

Codec: HEVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 62.18 Mbps

 

Included Blu-ray

2.20:1 1080P Dual-layered

Disc Size: 45,989,616,674 bytes

Feature: 45,202,458,624 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29,98 Mbps


Edition Details:

Commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood on both 4K UHD and second disc Blu-ray

There is a 3rd Blu-ray with extras:

• Channel 4 documentary: 2001: The Making of a Myth (43:08)
• Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001 (21:25)
• Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001 (21:31)
2001: A Space Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future (4:3 - 23:11- vintage clip)
• What is Out There (20:42)
• 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork (9:33 with Christine Kubrick)
Look: Stanley Kubrick! (31:45)
• Audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick conducted by Jeremy Bernstein 11/27/66 (1:16:31)
• Theatrical trailer (1:61)

 

6 postcard sized art cards, collectable booklet and digital download code
 

Custom case

4K UHD Release Date: October 29th, 2018

Chapters:
34

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Firstly, this is not the 'Nolan Restoration' that some were contracting 'revisionist paranoia' about. But is has significant differences from the original Blu-ray.

The 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K UHD disc in this package has HDR (High Dynamic Range). HDR boosts a display's contrast ratio, which is the difference between the brightest and darkest colors your TV and can show greater dynamic range of luminosity. Increased contrast and color depth represent a dramatic leap forward from standard 4K. "Contrast is measured by the difference between the brightest whites and darkest blacks a TV can display, as measured in candelas per square meter (cd/m2), known as nits. The ideal low end is completely black, or zero nits — currently only possible on OLED displays, which can turn pixels completely off."

Unfortunately, the vast majority of computer monitors cannot due justice to the 4K HDR image. No one is more frustrated than DVDBeaver as we utilize images and comparisons with screen captures to help determine quality. I have captured and matched all the samples below to 4K HDR - to verify the aspect ratio, information in the frame etc but it would not be a fair representation of the HDR capabilities to show it. In that regard (AR etc.) it matches the new Blu-ray, that is included in the package. Hopefully, after 17-years you can trust our words in describing the absurd quality of this 4K HDR image until this screen-grab conundrum is resolved. This is our viewing equipment: 

We are using an LG B6 65" 4K UHD HDR OLED TV display supporting both HDR & Dolby Vision:

 

 

and an Oppo UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player with HDR & Dolby Vision (UHD, Blu-ray, 3D, DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD and CD).

 

 

So, as the new 1080P Blu-ray included in the 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K UHD package has the same color scheme (same restoration - not as robust as the 4K UHD.) and is a significant upgrade from the 2001 Blu-ray, and we have compared them below. The technicals of all three discs bear this out with the original, 2007, Blu-ray being an early generation of the format (Warner using VC-1 video as opposed to the, now, standard AVC) and it's bitrate was puny (13.39 Mbps) sharing the disc with all the extras. This new 4K UHD package has 3 discs; the 4K transfer with a massive, 62.18 Mbps, bitrate (almost 5X that of the original Blu-ray) taking up over 85 Gig of space on the UHD disc with the only extra being the previous commentary - a second disc remastered Blu-ray that is from the same 4K-restoration (exact same framing, AR, color palette) filling 45 Gig with a high bitrate (2.5 X that of the original Blu-ray) also with only the commentary as an extra. The last disc is also a Blu-ray for extras only and has all the digital supplements of the original Blu-ray (nothing new).

 

Although the original Blu-ray was very appealing relative to DVD, it was weak by current standards with occasional background artefacts and less-accurate colors. With Stanley Kubrick it is the color red we talk about -  sometimes referred to as 'Kubrick red' that some may recall from the robe in Spartacus It is a deep red - where the original Blu-ray shows it as an occasional burnt-orange (Dave's space helmet or HAL's peripheral eye) or even exporting a pinkish hue (chairs in the space station.) The new Blu-ray and, to a higher degree the 4K UHD, shows this a deep, dark, solid red. Other colors - blues are more prominent - as in the sky in the 'dawn of man' and yellow (less bright, more 'brown/dark mustard' in the space station - see below.)

 

The new image is, generally, darker and richer with the HDR whites brighter. Contrast looks beyond amazing. Detail - facial skin-pores instil realism in the image, depth is frequently prevalent and the visuals are even more hypnotic. This image is untouchable.

 

One other significant improvement - the older 2007 Blu-ray image was slightly horizontally compressed. Perhaps the best way to see this is in the unique MGM logo that we have included - with the lion-silhouette it creates a circle - in the old Blu-ray it is more oval - in the new image is actually round - as it should be.

 

NOTE: I am very appreciative that we all re-watch certain films/BDs multiple times over the years and the image becomes our standard - making it hard to accept new, more theatrically accurate colors. People tend to like brightness because it can make colors more vibrant - and raise detail because items in the frame become more visible - but it does not make it theatrically accurate. We try to associate the word 'better' with superior representations - not personal preferences.

 

Audio in the new 4K UHD is likewise brilliant and a big step forward from the old Blu-ray with DTS-HD Master tracks in 5.1 surround sounding deep and powerful. 2001's music is iconic; Aram Khachaturyan's Gayaneh Ballet Suite, György Ligeti's Lux Aeterna, Requiem and Atmospheres, and famous Richard Strauss's Thus Spoke Zarathustra to Johann Strauss's The Blue Danube and even Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two) sung in Hal's disconnection. Both the the UHD disc and it's included feature Blu-ray offer many foreign language DUBs and subtitle options (including English- SDH.) All three discs are Region FREE - playable worldwide.

 

The commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood is on both 4K UHD and second disc Blu-ray discs. The 'special features' Blu-ray offers nothing new from the 2007 Blu-ray. It repeats the 3/4 hour Channel 4 documentary 2001: The Making of a Myth, the 21-minute Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001, the Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001, 2001: A Space Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future (4:3 - 23-minute vintage clip), What is Out There and 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork (9:33 with Christine Kubrick) and the piece from Look: Stanley Kubrick! running over 1/2 hour. They also include the 1 1/4 hour audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick conducted by Jeremy Bernstein in November of 1966. Lastly is a theatrical trailer and the package has six postcard-sized 'art cards', a collector's booklet and digital download code.

 

Probably the most 'must-have' digital-film package in years despite the lack of new extras. This and Criterion's Ingmar Bergman's Cinema set will top our year-end poll. The 4K UHD presentation is 'sick' it's so good - I could have rewatched it over and over again on a loop. This should lead many to buying a new 4K system. Get this.... now.      

  - Gary Tooze

 



 

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