2001: A Space Odyssey trailer: 50 years on an unrestored 70mm print hits the big screen

Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the granddaddy of all modern day sci-fi films, has been restored in 70mm using the original negatives and will be presented at this years Cannes Film Festival by Christopher Nolan. The idea is to recreate the original cinematic experience for its 50th birthday with no additional digital trickery or editing. The film has remained a masterpiece ever since release and if the crispness of the trailer above is anything to go by, this version is going to be one not to miss on the big screen.

Here’s the official synopsis for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey:

“Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award®-winning* achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” Let an awesome journey unlike any other begin.”

Thankfully, the film will be coming to UK cinemas after playing at Cannes. It will probably be on a limited run but look out for screenings of the 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey from May 18th 2018 onwards.

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