Some smiles for the weekend. Funny Cat - 2001 Space Odyssey Remix.
Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the occasion, a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is coming your way on October 30th! This is a no-brainer, day one upgrade if there ever was one.
With that in mind, you can reserve a copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey on 4K Blu-ray with HDR presentation on Amazon for $34.99 - or 17% off the list price. This is the first discount that the title has received since it went up for pre-order, so you’ll want to lock it in with Amazon’s pre-order guarantee now. You won’t be charged until it ships, and you’ll automatically take advantage of any further discounts that occur. A remastered Blu-ray disc will also come packed with the 4K release, but it can be pre-ordered separately for $19.98.
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This, the 50th-anniversary summer of Arthur C. Clarke's and Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," is arguably the beginning of big-budget Hollywood science fiction as we now know it.
Without “2001,” the “Star Wars,” “Alien,” and the “Star Trek” film franchises might not be the force they are today. For this decidedly serious and sometimes ponderous 1968 film opus proved that science fiction could be both profitable and profound.
“Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke and the Making of a Masterpiece,” is author Michael Benson’s recently-published, fascinating and extraordinarily detailed take on the pair’s four-year collaboration. The film’s principal photography began on a U.K. sound stage at Shepperton Studios outside London on December 30, 1965.
Benson writes "2001: A Space Odyssey" encompassed four million years of human evolution, from pre-human Australopithecine man-apes struggling to survive in southern Africa, through to twenty-first-century space-faring Homo sapiens, then on to the death and rebirth of their Odysseus astronaut, Dave Bowman, as an eerily posthuman “star child.”
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Credit: Keith Hamshere/Getty ImagesKubrick framing a shot in “2001’s” post star gate hotel room.
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This is a pretty cool recap of 2001. It is kind of like the CliffsNotes version of the movie.
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There have been some spectacular lunar and solar eclipses over the past few years, and next month brings another show for stargazers to check out.
The next total lunar eclipse will occur on July 27, 2018. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through Earth’s shadow, at which point it takes on a reddish tint, which is why the eclipse is colloquially called a "blood moon." You won't want to miss this eclipse, as it will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting one hour and 43 minutes.
The total eclipse will take place from 7:30 p.m. UTC (3:30 p.m. Eastern) until 9:13 p.m. UTC (5:13 p.m. Eastern). The moon will be partially eclipsed for roughly an hour before and after the total eclipse, and the maximum eclipse will occur at 8:22 p.m. UTC (4:22 p.m. Eastern).
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NASA's 15-year-old Opportunity rover has had a rough couple of weeks on Mars.
Back on May 30, a pretty big dust storm was spotted on the Martian surface, and Opportunity was right in its path. Since then, it's only gotten bigger.
On June 12, it had reached 35 million square kilometres (14 million square miles), basically covering a quarter of the planet.
And earlier this week, NASA has confirmed that the storm is now a 'planet-encircling' or 'global' dust event, and showing no signs of backing off soon.
As soon as the storm hit, solar powered Opportunity put itself in a low power mode to preserve the energy it has.
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This is an older article but still pretty interesting.
How generations of NASA scientists were inspired by an evil Hollywood supercomputer.
Half a century ago, 2001: A Space Odyssey imagined a future fueled by high-tech computers that thought, learned and adapted. Central to this vision was HAL (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) 9000, the “sentient” computer that ran the crew’s ship, Discovery One. In the film, HAL stood in as mission control center, life support and sixth member of the crew, making an ambitious Jupiter mission possible for the ship’s six astronauts.
Today, as we look toward sending the first humans to Mars, the idea of HAL is shimmering once more at the forefront of researchers’ minds. Roughly 15 years from now, NASA plans to put the first humans in orbit around the red planet, which will mean traveling farther from Earth than ever before. Unlike moon-goers, these astronauts won’t be able to rely on ground control for a quick fix. If something goes wrong, they’ll be up to 40 minutes away from getting a reply from Earth.
″‘Houston, we have a problem’ is not really a great option, because the response is too slow,” as Ellen Stofan, former NASA chief scientist, put it last month at a summit on deep space travel hosted by The Atlantic. “I keep saying, we need a nice HAL.”
Read more at Smithsonian.com here:
The astronauts of “2001: A Space Odyssey” hide in a pod to discuss the troubling behavior of their spacecraft’s artificial intelligence, HAL 9000. In the background, HAL is able to read their lips. (Warner Bros / IMDB)
More details on the 4K UHD Blu-ray:
The 4K UHD presentation was mastered from the original 65mm camera negative, which includes a remixed and restored 5.1 DTS-HD audio track, plus the original 6-track theatrical audio mix, which has been formatted for 5.1 DTS-HD.
The 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K UHD Blu-ray will include special features such as Commentary from stars Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, The Making of a Myth, Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 2001, Vision of a Future Passed: The Prophecy of 2001, 2001: A Space Odyssey - A Look Behind the Future, What Is Out There?, 2001: FX and Early Conceptual Artwork, Look: Stanley Kubrick!, 11/27/66 Interview with Stanley Kubrick (Audio Only), Original Theatrical Trailer, along with collectibles such as a Premium Booklet and Art Cards. The traditional Remastered Blu-ray will only come with the feature film in hi-definition , plus Commentary from Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood.