A space adventure worthy of the big screen.
50 years ago, Director Stanly Kubrick released his groundbreaking sci-fi epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Warner Bros. Pictures will debut an unrestored 70mm print at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on May 12.
Don’t worry, if you’re not able to make it to the south of France for the debut, Warner Bros will be re-releasing the film in theaters on May 18. There will also be a 4K HDR Blu-ray release sometime in the fall of 2018 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan acted as an advisor on for the film’s restoration process.
Nolan is a big fan of the movie and will personally be introducing the film at the Cannes festival.
“One of my earliest memories of cinema is seeing Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, in 70mm, at the Leicester Square Theatre in London with my father,” Nolan said in a statement alongside the announcement. “The opportunity to be involved in recreating that experience for a new generation, and of introducing our new unrestored 70mm print of Kubrick’s masterpiece in all its analog glory at the Cannes Film Festival is an honor and a privilege.”
Kubrick’s family will be in attendance at the premiere, with his wife Christiane lending her support of the re-release.
“I’m delighted that 2001: A Space Odyssey will be reissued in 70mm, and that Cannes has chosen to honor it, “Kubrick said. “If Stanley were alive today, we know he would be in admiration of the films of Christopher Nolan. And so, on behalf of Stanley’s family, I would personally like to thank Christopher for supporting his film.”
This unrestored version of the film will have no modern visual gimmicks or edits. You will be experiencing 2001: A Space Odyssey the way it was presented 50 years ago.
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