2001: A Space Odyssey on UHD Blu-ray – Review

2001: A Space Odyssey 4K UHD Blu-Ray

10

Picture Quality

10.0/10

Sound Quality

10.0/10

Story

10.0/10

Pros

  • Gorgeous disc
  • Amazing soundtrack/score
  • Perfect Grain (Light - 7/10)

Cons

  • None
  • Buy this disc immediately

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2001: A Space Odyssey is Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction masterpiece and it is finally available on UHD Blu-ray! This is one of our all-time favorite films here at That AV Dude and we’re extremely excited to finally be able to sit down and write a review of it! Take it from us, before you even read this review, know what this is a 1000% must-own 4K UltraHD transfer for anyone who enjoys practical special effects and astounding cinematography. In fact, before we even get started going over the specs of this disc set, here’s a link so you can purchase it yourself right now!

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (4K UHDBD) [Blu-ray]

2001: A Space Odyssey Front Cover

Packaging


This sleek Blu-ray set comes with a high-quality embossed 5-sided slipcover made of heavy-duty cardboard. Inside is a standard black UHD keep case with the  2 Blu-ray discs (1080p cut of the film and special features) and UHD Blu-ray disc inside. There is also a small envelope that contains some high-resolution prints of some of the more memorable scenes. All-in-all the packaging for this anniversary edition set is a lot more than most would expect for the price tag! Do yourself a favor and pick this one up immediately.

Equipment Used to Review 2001: A Space Odyssey on UHD Blu-Ray

Here is what Josh here at That AV Dude used to review this film:

Please note that his television has been calibrated at home for all things except for color. He plans on eventually paying an ISF professional to come in and calibrate his set in the future.

Vital Disc Stats for 2001: A Space Odyssey

Video Statistics

  • Native 4K (2160p) resolution from a new scan of the original filmstock
  • An aspect ratio of 2.20:1
  • Playback bitrate of 62.18mbps
  • Codec(s): HEVC / H.265
  • Dolby Vision and HDR10 HDR

Audio Statistics

  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (48Khz sample frequency with a bit-depth of 16-bits
  • German 5.1 Dolby Digital (bitstream at 448kbps)
  • French 5.1 Dolby Digital (bitstream at 448kbps)
  • Italian 5.1 Dolby Digital (bitstream at 448kbps)
  • Subtitles for the following languages: English SDH, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Cantonese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

Picture Quality Review for 2001: A Space Odyssey on UHD Blu-Ray

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Picture Quality Score: 10/10

From the very moment that we popped in the disc on our LG UBK90 player and turned off the lights, we here at That AV Dude were in complete and utter awe!

Since this is an older catalog film (originally released in 1968), we expected an overall softer picture with a large amount of film grain to be present. We were wrong. The entire film is sharp, detailed, and wonderfully textured. While there is definitely grain (not a problem in our eyes, more on that in a separate post to come), it is not distracting and it adds a really nice layer of movie-theater-style analog warmth to the movie.

The Dolby Vision HDR for 2001: A Space Odyssey is amazing. The inky black of space offset with the twinkling of bright stars was heavenly. Now, granted that we used an OLED display here at That AV Dude to review 2001, there were 0 blooming issues with this disc. HDR was on-point and you would be hard-pressed to find any better use of the metadata layer of Dolby Vision than in this picture.

The special effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey are all 100% practical effects. There is not one second of computer-generated animation in the entire movie. Even so, special effects are perfect. How is it even possible that this film was made in 1968?! It has the same level of special effect wizardry you would expect in modern science fiction movies, yet was made over 50 years ago.

Since this was a fresh 4K scan from the original film negative, we expected great things and we were not left wanting! Every single scene is perfect. This is the go-to reference disc for any avid collector. Darks were perfect, inky, and detailed with no crushing whatsoever. Brights were vibrant and specular, yet diffuse and soft when needed. Every single scene of the movie, from start to finish, is a work of art. Each and every frame is somehow better than the one that precedes it. BUY THIS MOVIE!

Sound Quality Review for 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Sound Quality Score: 10/10

Here at That AV Dude we reviewed the sound for this movie with a 3.1 speaker array with DTS-HD Master Audio encoding.

The sound effects were all artfully done and still hold up today (even though this film released in 1968). The dialog was well-recorded and sounded natural. However, the sound quality from this movie, in our opinion, really doesn’t come from the sound effects or voice work. It comes from the fantastic classical score that Kubrick decided to implement in this film. The score is what drives this movie, not the words. You can almost think of the entire film as one of the most amazing music videos of all time. From the initial crescendo and booming timpani rolls to the final, intense and eclectic piece at the end of the film, the score for 2001: A Space Odyssey is completely fantastic.

This movie was originally slated to have an original score composed by Alex North. However, before the original theatrical release of the film, Stanley Kubrick decided to use the now-familiar and loved set of classical compositions (recorded anew for the film).

Overall, the sound quality for 2001: A Space Odyssey is perfect. Every moment was involving and the score was perfectly woven into the film. However, many will notice that this film doesn’t use any object-based 3D audio effects. This was an intentional decision when the film was remastered for its anniversary release in order to preserve the original intent and feel of the soundtrack for the film.

That’s a Wrap!

We here at That AV Dude really can’t find anything to fault this movie for. It’s one of our favorites and we highly recommend it always be a part of your collection. Oh, and before we forget, our plot score for 2001: A Space Odyssey is:
10 out of 10 Stars!

Again, this film is perfect. There really isn’t, in our opinion, a better reference film for any and all categories. The plot? Perfect. The sound quality? Perfect. The picture quality and HDR? 100% Astounding. This is a must-own disc set for any and every collector out there. Buy it now! In fact, just in case we haven’t pressed this enough yet, here is another link to purchase this perfect movie for your own home collection:
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (4K UHDBD) [Blu-ray]

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