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Aaron Cohen

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With the current deal running at Best Buy (2 dvd's for 20 dollars, many of them Kubrick titles) I was thinking of picking up "The Shining" and "2001".

I was wondering though, will there be a Two-Disc Special Edition version of "2001"? I recall there was a bit of noise about the theatrical re-release of the film in 2001. How is the transfer on the current disc?

I suppose it really doesn't matter if a special edition is coming out or not with the 10 dollar price tag...

Thanks for any help!
 

Patrick McCart

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The transfer on the 16x9 remaster is excellent, along with the 5.1 mix. Only a short trailer is included as an extra, but the overall quality of the a/v presentation makes up for it.
 

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I believe the transfer on the "Digitally Restored and Remastered" version of 2001 (the one with the space station on the cover, not the photo of Dave) was made from the restored 70mm version used for the theatrical semi-rerelease in 2001-2002.

It looks great. I've heard rumors about a new edition of the whole Kubrick collection, but they're just Internet rumors; make sure to include the grain of salt.

For $10, I'd say go for it. The remastered version of The Shining is great, too. In fact, I think it looks better than Eyes Wide Shut.
 

Jack Briggs

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The film was not "restored"; the original elements have been meticulously maintained all these years. Only the audio was remastered. And the newer DVD transfer more accurately reproduces the film's glorious photography, and it's 16:9-encoded as opposed to the earlier MGM disc's 4:3 letterbox transfer.

No plans have been announced for any sort of Special Edition, and given how lukewarm Warner's "promotion" of the 70mm theatrical reissue was I wouldn't expect one. But no film more richly deserves an all-out SE treatment than this one.
 

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But no film more richly deserves an all-out SE treatment than this one
err.... Bladerunner perhaps? But that's another thread. :)

But I've got to agree - great transfer, miles better than the MGM release, can't really see how it could be bettered apart from the addition of supplements etc.
 

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I've seen the Kubrick Collection version of 2001, and this other one in a silver box. I think it includes a couple things (soundtrack perhaps?). Are the two the same in terms of quality?

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The DVD uses the same transfer that is shown on TCM.

It's OK, but it's your standard cheapie Metrocolor processing of the 1980s.

The quality of the DVD is the least of the problems.
 

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The 2010 DVD looks ok, but it's a non-anamorphic transfer :angry: Too bad, because, say what you will about the film, if there's one thing it doesn't lack, it's eye candy. Personally, I enjoy the movie, but if you're expecting a film that feels like a companion piece to 2001, this isn't it. It's pretty good in its own right, but it hardly feels like a continuation of the original.
 

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Actually, the remastered 2001 has LOADS of EE. Check out the scenes in the beginning, THE DAWN OF MAN, and The scene on the space station.
Could have looked MUCH better.


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Dave Mack

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VERY true, Jack. Which is why it's SO refreshing to get the rare disc that doesn't have any. Titanic, for example, which if would have been 16x9 annie enhanced would have been the ref. standard for quite some time.
As it is, I wish they would stop doing it. But still, 2001 does have ALOT of EE. Very distracting on my settup, especially after getting spoiled by something like "Training Day".

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I prefer for there to not be a SE of 2001...its a film that needs to be mysterious and I dont an SE is necessary at all!
 

Aaron Cohen

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Joshua, I was only bringing up the possibility of a SE in case the video quality needed serious revamping as I had never heard about the transfre quality. I wasn't suggesting anything in the way of extras, though to be honest I probably wouldn't mind. If they did any new edition, I would assume it would be under Warner's 2-Disc Special Edition line where Casablanca, The Color Purple, The Right Stuff, etc. are.
 

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I prefer for there to not be a SE of 2001...its a film that needs to be mysterious and I don't think an SE is necessary at all!
The same could be said for many films, some directors have said that commentary tracks are akin to the magician revealing his tricks, it takes away the mystery..the magic.
I agree with this opinion in some ways but on the other hand I have been addicted to commentaries and supplements ever since LD, so....:crazy:
 

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