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Drive-In Dust Offs: Devils Of Darkness (1965)

When is a Hammer film not a Hammer film? When it’s made by Planet Film Distributors of course, purveyors of low budget fare who wanted in on that horror coin and so produced Devils of Darkness (1965), an entertaining homage to their bigger brethren. If you’re plum out of Hammer’s to watch, this will do quite nicely.

Released by Planet in its native U.K., Devils of Darkness found U.S. distribution from Twentieth Century Fox as the second half of a double bill with The Curse of the Fly, and made its rounds on the drive-in circuit. Critics liked the aesthetic much like they did Hammer’s, but mostly found the story flat and convoluted. But buried within its (I think) interesting mixology of sub-genres is the story of a vampire going through a midlife crisis that I wish was explored in more depth. Oh well; what
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’2001: A Space Odyssey’ 4K Uhd 3-Disc Edition Review

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Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain, Leonard Rossiter | Written by Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke | Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick’s mid-period masterpiece is almost as remarkable for how it has not influenced sci-fi filmmaking as for how it has. While special effects took a giant leap in 1968, to this day we still have the sounds of swooshing of ships and zapping lasers in the vacuum of outer space. Then there is the small matter of awe. It’s hard to think of another example of a science fiction movie with such an unflinching commitment to wonder.

Now 2001: A Space Odyssey is being re-released in honour of its 50th anniversary, with a pristine 4K remaster in its original, super-stretched 70mm aspect ratio.

After endless Star Wars instalments and Star Trek variations, there’s been nothing in mainstream sci-fi cinema that looks or sounds
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2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Blu-ray Artwork and Details Arrive

Warner Bros. has announced a new 50th Anniversary Edition of the iconic 1968 classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, following the movie's limited return to theaters last month. This brand new 4K restoration of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was overseen by filmmaker and devout 2001 fan Christopher Nolan, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival before it arrived in select theaters across the country last month, with the 4K Blu-ray and standard Blu-ray arriving October 30. Here's what Christopher Nolan had to say in a statement about this new 4K release of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

"2001 to me is the most cinematic film that has ever been made and it has been an honour and a privilege to be able to share the film with a new generation. 4K Uhd allows the closest recreation of viewing the original film print in your own home. Kubrick's masterpiece was originally presented on large format film and
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’2001: A Space Odyssey’ Review (50th Anniversary)

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Stars: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Douglas Rain, Leonard Rossiter | Written by Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke | Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick’s mid-period masterpiece is almost as remarkable for how it has not influenced sci-fi filmmaking as for how it has. While special effects took a giant leap in 1968, to this day we still have the sounds of swooshing of ships and zapping lasers in the vacuum of outer space. Then there is the small matter of awe. It’s hard to think of another example of a science fiction movie with such an unflinching commitment to wonder.

Now 2001: A Space Odyssey is being re-released in honour of its 50th anniversary, with a pristine 4K remaster in its original, super-stretched 70mm aspect ratio.

After endless Star Wars instalments and Star Trek variations, there’s been nothing in mainstream sci-fi cinema that looks or sounds
See full article at Nerdly »

Film Review: Full Glory of Cinema Art Resides in 70mm ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Chicago – It is the 50th Anniversary of director Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and the film has lost none of its power, freshness and thought process, in a journey of truth that ponders existence. The film has been recently restored in 70mm (overseen by director Christopher Nolan) and now is on a roadshow tour, including Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

The scope of the project, which used the cutting-edge special effects of 1968, is like a fine art painting in the 70mm film format, filling the edges of the widescreen with pure and rich cinema. In that undertaking, Stanley Kubrick not only evolved his reputation as a filmmaker, but advanced the filmmaking in a way equivalent of the transition from silent film to sound. The influence of “2001” can be seen in all science fiction films afterward, including and especially “Star Wars,” and has generally inspired a generation of movie creators.
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The Academy Bought The 2001: A Space Odyssey Shuttle For A Crazy Amount Of Money

We've seen a number of amazing movie props go up for auction at ridiculous prices over the years, and have always wondered who has the hundreds of thousands of dollars it takes to win them all. Well, apparently the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences can be categorized as having this kind of financial liquidity, as the organization has just paid $344,000 to own a piece of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. So what exactly did the Oscars organization buy? It's the screen-used SFX model Pan Am Nuclear Powered Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Spherical Space Shuttle - a.k.a. the vehicle Dr. Heywood R. Floyd (William Sylvester) uses to transport himself from the International Space Station to the moon so that he can investigate the monolith that has been discovered there. The item was up for action at the Premiere Prop.s Hollywood Extravaganza Auction yesterday. For visual reference,
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Lookout, London! Gorgo is Marching to Blu-ray!

Seeing as how we may very well be just a few short months away from a new boom in giant monster cinema, it should come as no surprise to see more and more classic kaiju flicks like Gorgo getting the hi-def treatment.

Britain’s answer to Godzilla, Gorgo first stomped her way onto the big screen back in 1971. The final directorial effort from Eugene Lourie (The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, The Colossus of New York, and The Giant Behemoth) starred Bill Travers, William Sylvester, and Vincent Winter and featured top-notch special effects by two-time Oscar winner Tom Howard.

Though the MGM production would prove a one-off, the ear-wiggling reptilian titan managed to spawn a 23-issue comic book by Charleton Comics and remains one of the most respected giant monster movie offerings from the golden age of creature features.

A volcanic eruption in the North Atlantic brings to the surface a 65-foot prehistoric monster.
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Sos Staff Gateway Films: John McEntee – ’2001: A Space Odyssey’

Throughout November, Sos staffers will be discussing the movies that made them into film fanatics.

(click here for the full list)

There is really only one place to begin – The Dawn of Man. A montage of prehistoric images denotes the timeless passage of the years and decades, aeons before such concepts existed in the human imagination, as a collection of our simian cousins shelter from the elements, from rival clans and from the lethal predators, a scrabble for sustenance amongst the arid African veldt. One morning the troop awakes to discover that a ominous, obsidian black monolith has appeared in their midst, its presence signalling a terrified rage amongst our forebears, a suspicion of the unknown and incomprehensible. Through association, through a mental leap mirrored in the films narrative we make the association that this mysterious object has ignited a flash of inspiration in one ape, our distant ancestor whom
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TCM’s Classic Film Festival Begins!

It’s an especially exciting weekend to be living in Los Angeles, as Turner Classic Movies comes to Hollywood for its first ever Classic Film Festival, a four day celebration of classic film, with 35mm screenings of some of the best films ever made, including the premieres of several notable restorations.

The screenings will take place across the Grauman’s Chinese, Mann’s Chinese and the neighboring Egyptian theatres. As part of the festival, the Roosevelt Hotel will play host to several panel discussions and celebrations, including a welcome party this evening at 4:30 pm.

Taking a glance at the schedule, fans of Famous Monsters have plenty to scream about — here’s an overview of the genre offerings that the festival will host:

Friday, April 23rd

2001: A Space Odyssey — Egyptian Theatre at 9:00 am.

Stanely Kubrick’s groundbreaking science fiction achievement, presented in full 70mm. With a screenplay co-written
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