Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Lands at IMAX

Open the pod doors, HAL. Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is coming to the big screen.

Space Station in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
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The first evidence of intelligent life off the Earth was discovered buried 40 feet below the lunar surface near the crater Tycho. Except for a single very powerful radio emission aimed at Jupiter, the four-million year old black monolith has remained completely inert. Its origin and purpose are still a total mystery. Fifty years ago, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey changed science fiction and motion pictures. Well, open the pod doors, HAL, the film is coming to the big screen, where the Obelisks are grander and the space is limitless. In honor of the film’s 50th anniversary, Warner Bros. will re-release it in select IMAX theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto for a one-week engagement, starting on August 24th, according to Variety.

The film was recently restored in 70mm by Christopher Nolan, who directed Dunkirk, Inception, and the Dark Knight trilogy, but this is the first time it will be offered in IMAX. 2001: A Space Odyssey, which hit theaters in 1968, was inspired by the short story “The Sentinel,” written by Arthur C. Clarke, who also co-wrote the screenplay.  The film tells the story of man’s evolution from the first ape to swing a bone to the first voyage to Jupiter. Kubrick worked with master technicians to get everything right, presenting a scientifically accurate depiction of spaceflight, except maybe without the sexual overtones.

Kubrick edited the film to classical pieces like “Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss and “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II, and dropped the idea of a more commercial soundtrack. The rumors about Pink Floyd being considered are only those, rumors.

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2001: A Space Odyssey opened to mixed reviews, but younger audiences identified with it, pushing it to the biggest-grossing North American film of 1968. The film pulled in four Academy Awards. Kubrick got one for the visual effects. Pete Hyams directed the sequel, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, which came out in 1984.

2001: A Space Odyssey hits select IMAX theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto for a one week starting on August 24th.