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#1 of 120 OFFLINE   Heinz W

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Posted August 13 2004 - 10:34 AM

Here's the relevant paragraph from the Bits:

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By the way, we know that Warner Bros is quietly working on a 2-disc 2001: A Space Odyssey - Special Edition for release at some point in the future. Consider that Rumor Mill-worthy, but it's more good news for Kubrick fans.

Great news, it's high time this film gets the DVD treatment it so richly deserves. The anamorphic video on the current Warners disc is pretty good for the most part, but suffers from some really bad EE. The Dawn of Man sequence and some interiors (space station and the meeting at Clavius) are particularly bad. New authoring is definitely in order here.

I hope we get some worthy extras as that is what is sorely lacking on the current bare-bones release. I'm not real sure what is actually available for any supplemental material, but obviously just about anything will be better than what we have now. Perhaps some of you folks know what could possibly be used for such material?

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This is one Warners 2-disc set I am really looking forward to and I hope we get at least a tentative release date soon. With this and the Strangelove SE coming would it be too much to hope for new SE's of ALL the Kubrick films Warners owns?!

#2 of 120 OFFLINE   GeorgePaul

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Posted August 13 2004 - 10:37 AM

I'll believe it when I see it, Heinz. This is GREAT news about 2001, but I've double-dipped on this title and The Shining already--any new Kubrick SEs better have some substantive documentary material, or I'm not buying again.
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#3 of 120 OFFLINE   Rob Gardiner

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Posted August 13 2004 - 10:38 AM

It's about time! Put me down for 2 copies: 1 for me and 1 for my dear old Dad. Posted Image

#4 of 120 OFFLINE   Elijah Sullivan

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Posted August 13 2004 - 10:41 AM

I just read that news as well. Can't wait to upgrade from those lame Kubrick collection discs. Two of my favorite movies on all time getting the 2-disc SE treatment!

Hopefully these DVDs will sell really well so Warners/whoever is responsible will be motivated to put out SEs of Kubrick's other films!

#5 of 120 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted August 13 2004 - 10:53 AM

If only they'd throw in a D-Theater version... Posted Image Still, I'll buy the SE if it does indeed come out.
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#6 of 120 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted August 13 2004 - 10:56 AM

Wonderful. I was just about to buy a used Kubrick 9-disc set to go along with Warner's 10-disc Hitchcock set.

This may have to do with the Kubrick Estate finally releasing all the archival material pertaining to his films. God knows how much stuff they have on 2001 and Dr. Strangelove...

I bet a newly remastered (not retransfered) DVD of 2001 would be beautiful. For example, Warner was able to take away most of the EE from My Fair Lady when they re-compressed it for the 2-disc SE.

#7 of 120 OFFLINE   Heinz W

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Posted August 13 2004 - 10:58 AM

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I'll believe it when I see it, Heinz.


The Digital Bits is usually pretty accurate with their info, and have been for some time. I have no doubt that the info is accurate. It IS coming, it's just a question of when.

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This may have to do with the Kubrick Estate finally releasing all the archival material pertaining to his films. God knows how much stuff they have on 2001 and Dr. Strangelove...

That's what I thinking too, Patrick. I hope this is indeed the case.

#8 of 120 OFFLINE   Tony-B

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Posted August 13 2004 - 11:46 AM

Sounds great! I'll probably end up double-dipping if there is a substantial amount of extras, and they really improved the video and audio quality.

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#9 of 120 OFFLINE   Jim Barg

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Posted August 13 2004 - 11:51 AM

Love the Clarke novels, like the movie. I'll be buying this.

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Posted August 13 2004 - 11:52 AM

Cool. Sounds great if it happens. They should get Clarke to participate in case anything unfortunate should happen.
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#11 of 120 OFFLINE   Jim Barg

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Posted August 13 2004 - 12:05 PM

Oh, absolutely. I'd love to hear a commentary from him, but I'll settle for a combination of old and new docu footage (it was pretty neat to see the featurette on the Criterion LD back in college).

Was there some big news item when the Kubrick Estate opened up the archives, so to speak?

#12 of 120 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted August 13 2004 - 12:23 PM

I'd be pleased if there was some filmed documentary material which reflected the information in THE MAKING OF 2001 paperback book of 35 years ago. Behind-the-scenes shots of how the film was made would be incredible!

#13 of 120 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted August 13 2004 - 12:38 PM

Well considering the '2001' dvd releases so far have been somewhat lacking in extras, I would say The Greatest Science Fiction Film Ever Made deserves a little more respect in that department. I hope it's true and not just a rumour. I mean we've been waiting for a 'Blade Runner' special edition for like an eternity.

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Posted August 13 2004 - 12:44 PM

Great news! I was jost posting a couple of days ago in another forum saying that a special edition of 2001 was probably a longshot considering there's already been four US DVD releases of the film already. I LOVE to be proven wrong! I hope this thing comes to fruition!

BTW, for any L.A. fans out there, 2001 is showing at the Arclight on Wednesday night (August 18th) as part of their AFI 100 series. DVD's are great, but 2001 on the big screen is always hard to pass up.

#15 of 120 OFFLINE   Craig Sherman

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Posted August 13 2004 - 12:54 PM

Grumble...

Still like my Creative Design Arts deluxe edition with soundtrack CD...

Grumble...

Just don't say they're doing an SE of Clockwork Orange, I just got that for free the other day at Best Buy when I bought the LE of Final Countdown!

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#16 of 120 OFFLINE   WillG

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Posted August 13 2004 - 01:50 PM

Well congratulate me. I at long last, I fell victim to the "Finally broke down and just bought the current edition and now a SE is on the horizion" curse. However, as luck would have it, I have not unwrapped my copy yet.
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#17 of 120 OFFLINE   Matt Czyz

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Posted August 13 2004 - 03:12 PM

Will, you've done us all a great service.

You know what would go great with a 2-disc 2001? A 2-disc 2010 Posted Image (an *anamorphic* 2010, to boot!)

#18 of 120 OFFLINE   Tony-B

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Posted August 13 2004 - 03:13 PM

How about a 2001 and 2010 box set?! Posted Image
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#19 of 120 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted August 13 2004 - 04:38 PM

I'd love a set of both films, but I think Jack Briggs and Rain might go into a homicidal rage if it came to pass Posted Image
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Posted August 13 2004 - 05:03 PM

2010 is a good movie, but it's like pairing Psycho II with the original. It's not that the sequel is bad, it's that it's not as good as the original. Posted Image





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