I saw the new print of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Smithsonian Air and Space museum in IMAX. I had been wanting to see the new Nolan “unrestored” print of the film, which did screen in IMAX 70mm on four screens last week, but the print I saw was a new 4K restoration that will be released on Blu-Ray next month. Alas, I missed the Nolan print when it screened near me in August. Regardless, the new restoration looks beautiful. It’s not as raw as the Nolan print but doesn’t have the fake digital sheen of so many “restorations,” either.

I’ve now seen the film on VHS, DVD, iTunes HD, 35mm, 70mm, and IMAX. Each time I notice a few new things.

  • The chairs in the Hilton lobby are definitely magenta, not red. I’ve always thought of them as red but one of the ladies Floyd meets is wearing a scarf that’s properly red and when she sits down you can see tha the chairs have a pink cast to them.
  • I’d read about how Kubrick consulted with fashion experts as to what clothes might be trendy 30 years in his future, but I’d never paid attention to what the men wear. They all have dress shirts in a fabric matching their suits, and broaches in place of neckties.
  • It was cool to watch the final scene after having been in a recreation of the room.