Digitally restored 2001: A Space Odyssey trailer is a thing of beauty

2001 Hal Screen Grab

The British Film Institute are to bring Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece back to UK cinemas

In a climate of reboots, sequels and spin-offs, it comes as a pleasant treat to see a classic sci-fi movie celebrated in its original form. That’s what we’re going to be getting with the BFI’s digitally restored screening of Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic milestone, 2001: A Space Odyssey, due to get a limited theatrical release across the UK in November.

2001 is to be shown as part of the BFI’s "Sci-Fi: Days of Fears and Wonder" season which includes such other greats as Barbarella, Brazil, 1984 and another of Kubrick’s classics, A Clockwork Orange.

In readiness for the screenings, the BFI and Warner Bros have commissioned a brand new trailer- the first for the movie in four decades - which uses voice overs from the film’s murderous computer Hal to add a hauntingly sinister air. Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s executive producer describes the new 2001 tease (shown below) as “the best trailer for this film I have ever seen!”

From the elegant waltzing of space-stations to the ambiguous, symbolic ending to the film’s adagio visual narrative; 2001 is a cinematic treat of epic proportions and one that has left a huge legacy upon the sci-fi genre.

If you’re interested in checking out the BFI’s revisitation to 2001: A Space Odyssey, hit this link to find out about screening venues and dates.

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