Stanley Kubrick’s '2001: A Space Odyssey' Returning to U.K. Cinemas

2001: A Space Odyssey
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Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece was the most ambitious sci-fi film of its time. Spanning the dawn of man to humankind’s ascent into space, 2001: A Space Odyssey saw Kubrick collaborate with visionary writer Arthur C. Clarke to give pop culture the enduring images of a human ancestors learning to use tools, a giant fetus orbiting Earth, and Hall 9000’s sinister red eye.

The British Film Institute will re-release the sci-fi classic across the country, following a Warner Bros.-backed digital restoration.

LONDON – Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction epic 2001: A Space Odyssey is set to return to British cinemas thanks to a Warner Bros.-backed digital restoration.

The movie, a spectacular, transcendent epic, has been credited as being the touchstone for all science fiction cinema since its original 1968 release.

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This landmark movie will return to movie theaters across the U.K. on November 28, when the British Film Institute, as part of its 2014 science fiction blockbuster season, releases it.

With a screenplay co-written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke and developed concurrently alongside Clarke’s novel of the same name, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film was described by critic Roger Ebert as "a stand-alone monument, a great visionary leap, unsurpassed in its vision of man and the universe."

Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, during awards season, was oft-cited as being the best movie about space since Kubrick's film.

The BFI’s Science Fiction Film blockbuster season will run October through December 2014 with a historical and thematic exploration of the best of this perennially popular and visionary genre.

The full lineup will be revealed in July.