Rating: 10 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 02/16/2013 (rewatch)
Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world’s most advanced super computer.
Rated G | Length 149 minutes
Keir Dullea | Gary Lockwood | William Sylvester | Daniel Richter | Leonard Rossiter | Margaret Tyzack | Robert Beatty | Sean Sullivan | Douglas Rain | Vivian Kubrick | Bill Weston | Alan Gifford | Frank Miller | Ann Gillis | Ed Bishop | Edwina Carroll | Penny Brahms | Burnell Tucker | Glenn Beck | Heather Downham | John Clifford | Mike Lovell | John Ashley | Jimmy Bell | David Charkham | Simon Davis | Jonathan Daw | Péter Delmár | Terry Duggan | David Fleetwood | Danny Grover | Brian Hawley | David Hines | Tony Jackson | John Jordan | Scott MacKee | Laurence Marchant | Darryl Paes | Joe Refalo | Andy Wallace | Bob Wilyman | Richard Woods | Martin Amor | S. Newton Anderson | Sheraton Blount | Ann Bormann | Julie Croft | Penny Francis | Kenneth Kendall | Marcella Markham | Irena Marr | Krystyna Marr | Kim Neil | Jane Pearl | Penny Pearl | Kevin Scott | John Swindells | Maggie d'Abo | Chela Matthison | Judy Kiern
My family and I caught the 9pm screening of this as part of The Music Box’s 70mm Film Festival. This was actually the first screening of it, as they had broken sound disc issues the night before which necessitated cancelling that screening. In fact, this evening’s screening was touch and go as they had to borrow sound equipment from other cinephiles in the Chicago area just to play a mysterious third set of sound discs that came with the print. As a side note, that’s some amazing dedication from the Music Box team! Hats off to a theater willing to go to such great lengths to present a movie in its original format, as intended. Serious dedication.
This print of 2001 was nearly flawless! The projectionist said this was only the second time it had even been run through a projector, and it showed. It was gorgeous in every aspect and the sound was excellent as well.
The theater was packed! I’ve never seen so many people crammed into The main theater, which can seat 800, was almost completely full. Imagine 800 people, reverently silent, basking in the glow of a 70mm print of one of the most cinematic movies of all time in a theater built in 1929! Serious movie nirvana.
This was actually the second movie of a 70mm double feature my family and I attended (the first film was Lord Jim) and the first time either of my sons had seen 2001. I told my sons more than once how incredibly lucky they were to experience this movie for the first time as it had been released back in 1968, the year I was born. This was also the first time for me seeing this film in a theater.
Needless to say, it was a breathtaking experience. Everything I love about this movie was enhanced by watching it in 70mm. I’m lucky my wife is so willing to indulge my film obsession.