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Blu-ray Reviews: 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Last updated 26 June 2009

2001: A Space Odyssey
1968 - Warner Bros Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Douglas Rain, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Margaret Tyzack, Robert Beatty and Sean Sullivan

Movie: 4 Picture: 4.5 Sound: 4 Extras: 4

Running time: 149 minutes
Picture: 2.35:1 anamorphic, 1080p24, VC1 @ 13.39kbps
Sound: English: 48kHz/16 bit LPCM 3/2.1 @ 4,608kbps; English, French, German, Italian, Spanish (two kinds): Dolby Digital 3/2.1 @ 448kbps; Commentary: Dolby Digital 2/0.0 @ 192kbps
Subtitles: English, English for the Hearing Impaired, French, German, German for the Hearing Impaired, Italian, Italian for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
Extras: Seven featurettes (480i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 143 mins); 1966 Audio Interview with Stanley Kubrick (Still image, 1080i60, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 77 mins)
Restrictions: Rated G (Australian rating); Region Free

2001: A Space Odyssey video bitrate graph

Comparison: Blu-ray vs PAL DVD

Here are some comparisons between the Australian PAL DVD and the Australia Blu-ray version of this movie. At the top of each is the full frame (suitably shrunk down) used in the comparison, with a 250 pixel wide detail from the frame underneath. The left side is from the PAL DVD. The image was captured digitally from the disc, scaled up from its native 720 by 576 resolution to 1,024 by 576 (to present in the correct aspect ratio). I then scaled it, in order for it to be comparable to the Blu-ray version, to 1,920 pixels wide.

The detail is from that last scaled version, and has not been rescaled again. The right side is from the Australian Blu-ray. This has not been scaled at all. Different applications were used to capture the two frames, so I am not comfortable comparing the colour between the two, merely the detail and sharpness. For visitors from NTSC lands, generally the PAL DVD is just a touch sharper than the NTSC DVD.

Now in what year, precisely, was this movie released? Quite unclear from the DVD:

Comparison 1

Often it is not the notional subject of a shot that makes Blu-ray so valuable, but the surroundings. As, for example, in the gravel and rocks in this shot:

Comparison 2

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