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2001: A Space Odyssey 50th Anniversary Panel

Thursday -12:30-1:30pm – Room 6A

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) and the Arthur C. Clarke Society take a look back across a half-century (and the distant universe) to celebrate one of the most iconic films in history. Special guest panelists will examine Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece, which WBHE will release on 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) Blu-ray in premium collectible packaging and 4K UHD Digital this Fall. Kubrick’s dazzling, Academy Award®-winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs. machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonized space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman (Keir Dullea) into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality. For the first time since its original release, new 70mm prints were struck from pristine printing elements made from the original camera negative. A longtime admirer of the late American auteur, Christopher Nolan worked closely with the team at Warner Bros. Pictures throughout the mastering process. Building on the work done for the new 70mm prints, the 4K UHD with HDR presentation was mastered from the 65mm original camera negative. Please join the stars of the film – Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood – and an impressive array of scholars for a glimpse at the remastered footage, and a lively discussion of this landmark film. The panelists include Sheldon Brown (Director of the UCSD Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Visual Arts Professor), David Brin (Hugo and Nebula Award Winning Science Fiction Writer, PhD Physicist), Wu Yan (World Renowned Chinese Science Fiction Author), Matt Grob PhD (Chief Technology Officer XCOM Corporation, Communications Engineer), Laurel Riek (UC San Diego Professor of Robotics), Shelley Streeby (UC San Diego Professor of Literature, specialist in Science Fiction) and Paul Jacobs (CEO and Founder of XCOM). Erik Virre MD PhD (UCSD Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Physician and Neuroscientist) will moderate the panel. 2001: A Space Odyssey will be available on 4K UHD from WBHE on October 30.