Presenting the brand new 4K restoration mastered from the 65mm original camera negative, supervised by Director Christopher Nolan.
Stanley Kubrick’s cerebral sci-fi masterpiece is back on screen in a new version prepared by one of the film’s more high-profile fans. Fellow director Christopher Nolan, recently helmed a 70mm ‘un-restoration’ of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY scanned from the original camera negative. This version, which emphasizes an absence of “digital tricks, remastered effects, or revisionist edits,” has made its way across the country and is now available to a wider audience via 4K DCP (also overseen by Nolan).
The 1968 film looks better than ever five decades after its release—a testament to its lasting legacy. Kubrick worked in conjunction with astronomical artists, aeronautics specialists, and production designers to get the look and feel of space travel as accurate as speculative fiction could get. The result is a visual orchestra (aided largely by its majestic, almost anachronistic classical soundtrack) that starts at the dawn of civilization and ends in a future that is beyond human comprehension. In one of the most iconic jump-cuts ever put on film, Kubrick traverses millions of years, drawing a direct line from the earliest tools used by man to the tool of the future: the spaceship. The script, developed in conjunction with science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, is almost barebones when it comes to dialogue and its central plot—Kubrick focuses instead on the unspoken, deliberately paced journey across the stars. He famously pored over every detail, making his final cuts just days before the film’s general release in April. The effort was well worth it, as cinema has never been the same since.