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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the 2007 Special Edition.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Actors Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood Rating:7.8/10 (10 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Londo Mollari on February 21st, 2008:Find all reviews by Londo Mollari
It's a shame that Lockwood and Dullea were not sitting in the same room while providing the commentary but the comments they both make are interesting enough and provide some good insight into how the film was made. Some surprising things are brought up by Lockwood like his belief that he was going to be fired from the film when he was asked to meet with Kubrick at his residence. It turns out that Kubrick just wanted to offer him a drink and to discuss a few things about Lockwood's attitude during shooting.
Reviewed by reidca on July 1st, 2008:Find all reviews by reidca
Dullea and Lockwood come across as tremendous supporters of Kubrick (both having seen his early films at the cinema) and unlike many actors, did not seem to be bothered by Kubrick's perfectionism with multiple takes etc.

As with the review above, the track may have been improved if the actors were recorded together. As an example, see this link for an interview with these actors together => http://www.boxcutters.net/bcrss/?p=183.

This is a very good track that may have been improved by including someone such as Doug Trumbull who could have spoken at greater length on the technical aspects of the special effects, although the actors do a reasonably good job of distilling this information.
Reviewed by Agressor on July 20th, 2011:Find all reviews by Agressor
An acceptable commentary from two enthusiastic commentators. They speak fondly and with good recall of the events that took place during production.

A few moments of silence but not too disturbing.

They seem to have an eclectic knowledge of the production 'cause they don't stick to talking about the acting or about Kubrick, that could've been expected but they provide insight into everything from how certain SFX were made to how certain scense were filmed (that they weren't in) to the release of the film and it's reception.

Pretty good but it could've used some more participants, a classic of the proportion deserves it. For example, Arthur C. Clarke would've been great to hear.
Reviewed by Therealmrspock on September 1st, 2017:Find all reviews by Therealmrspock
There is a catch: Dullea and Lockwood give only insights from filming of the second half of the film (the one they are in), while they have almost nothing to say in the first half of the film, where they were not on the set.

Lockwood recalls how it was to film on the rotating set of the spaceship, where - in order to simulate zero gravity - he was strapped on a chair upside down and his food kept falling to the bottom of the set. Dullea recalls how walking on these sets was like "Disneyland" and how they simulated the scene where he enters the emergency dock without the helmet (the camera was at the bottom, he was strapped to a knot and thrown two stories down at it, and then another man, who was tied up to his knot, jumped across the wall to lift him up again).

I wish there was a third commentator, a scholar or someone who would try to interpret the meaning of the story. The only valuable analysis comes from Dullea who uses the ant analogy around the Jupiter sequence, but I wish there was more of unlocking all these mysteries. Somewhat dry at times, with long pauses, yet it has its charm. 6/10.
Reviewed by Matty on July 6th, 2021:Find all reviews by Matty
These two are very affectionate towards Kubrick and were very prepared to go into a lot of detail in terms of research and anecdotes. Gary Lockwood is both the best and worst thing about this commentary. He has so many interesting stories and exudes such confidence that it’s almost too much. By the time he was ranting about MTV, I was banging my fist against my skull.