G | | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
Despite his work earning a BAFTA for Best Cinematography, Geoffrey Unsworth did not enjoy the experience of working with Stanley Kubrick (like several cameramen before him). He told fellow cinematographer Oswald Morris (who had shot Lolita (1962)) that he felt he had no real creative input into the film due to Kubrick's uncompromising control of every aspect of the picture. "He [Kubrick], would give me the set-up and I would go in and light it", he told Morris.
Here you are, sir, main level please.
When HAL kills the three hibernating astronauts a display stating "COMPUTER MALFUNCTION" appears. Given the absolute confidence in the computer it seems odd that the provision of such a display would be necessary on the ship.
In the 2001 UK cinema re-release, the music carries on for 10-15 minutes after the end of the credits.
The DVD version from MGM omits a few seconds of dialogue from the scene in which Dave is attempting to re-enter the Discovery through the pod bay doors. Dave asks several times, "Do you read me, HAL?" In the original release, HAL answers, "Affirmative, Dave. I read you." In the DVD version, HAL only answers "Affirmative, Dave," although the English subtitles still contains "I read you." The DVD release from Warner Bros. corrects this and HAL's full line of dialogue is heard.
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