On October 30, the nice 2001: A Space Odyssey will make its option to ultra-high definition 4K disc, based mostly on the latest restoration by Christopher Nolan. However as a substitute of simply specializing in the main points of the disc, the Comic-Con panel selling the discharge featured stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood (each nonetheless going sturdy 50 years on) together with an extended desk stuffed with writers and science consultants, delving into what they see, and at all times have seen, within the movie itself.
Whereas Dullea identified that it at all times bears repeating that every thing you see onscreen needed to be performed virtually again then, one key element was lacking on set: the sleek, typically scary voice of laptop HAL 9000. Assistant director Derek Cracknell learn the traces aloud throughout taking pictures, and he had an amusingly sturdy Cockney accent. Maybe a few of Dullea’s finest appearing is solely retaining a straight face throughout scenes with the robotic.
Sheldon Brown, director of the us Arthur C. Clarke Heart for Human Creativeness, mentioned he is aware of why Dullea bought solid: it was his shiny blue eyes, to visually distinction with HAL’s huge purple one. Dullea responded, “I wasn’t occupied with my eyes in these scenes, so thanks Stanley!”
After joking that the monolith is definitely a smartphone, XCOM CEO Paul Jacobs regaled us with the story of how Samsung used 2001 as proof in a go well with towards Apple that the concept of a pill laptop was not invented by Steve Jobs. UCSD Professor of Robotics Laurel Riek, evaluating the know-how depicted within the film to now, mentioned her favourite robotic within the film isn’t HAL, however reasonably the EVA pods, and NASA has one thing fairly comparable (however unmanned) within the works now. XCOM’s Matt Grob added, of the depiction of area journey, “This movie launched everybody to those ideas proper at that excellent time when it was truly coming to go.”
However for author David Brin, what 2001 predicted was extra societal, a tradition “dominated by snooty white males. Right this moment there’d be one lady onboard who’d truly take heed to HAL as a substitute of bullying the poor man!” And whereas most viewers pay attention to the evolution of software use from bones to spaceships, Brin take it additional, declaring that HAL can be a software we create that almost destroys us, and Bowman’s closing evolution is a step in direction of now not needing instruments in any respect.
Given what number of various things folks see within the film, it’s stunning to listen to that the script was consistently being labored on up till the final minute. Dullea and Lockwood would attempt to improvise their dialogue scenes to make them shorter and Lockwood himself got here up with the concept of the 2 males conspiring contained in the pod; after he was publicly destructive on set, and Kubrick plied him with tequila and deli meals and dared him to think about one thing higher than what was within the script on the time.
See if you may make your discoveries when 2001: A House Odyssey hits 4K this fall!
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