Plan 2001 From Outer Space

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8.4
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7.0
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9.0
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Frankly this is the only version of 2001 ill every watch from here on out. It takes a very overrated movie and actually makes it watchable. I mean a least the music good.

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8.4
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8.0
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9.0
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9.0
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8.0
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8.0
I wasn't going to rate A/V quality as this is an SD edit that was made ~10 years ago, so it's tricky to say what the yardstick should be. The file could probably be smaller than ~3.5Gb for SD, but I didn't notice any issues in the context of a 480p file.

I think, more than anything, I have somewhat mixed feelings about this edit because as rogue-thex said, it feels at times like two edits with different goals pulling in opposite directions - sometimes it's straining to be a more straightforward plotty sci-fi film, others it's very happily exploring its own bellybutton with some cool music.

I found the first 30 minutes or so felt quite slow - e.g. the opening stylistic gag with Eye of the Tiger alternating between back-and-front shots was funny, but as the song continued it shifted from a funny joke to a song I don't much like outstaying its welcome. In fact, for me up until Neil Young makes an appearance on the score around 25 minutes in, the new score clashed with the reworked scenes to somehow make me more aware of the slow pace inherent in the material - however, from that point on the music and visuals lined up and worked really well together, and the song choices were great.

The choices made on the narrative front to distil the story to its essence were interesting and effective; although they can't entirely escape the absolutely leaden pace of the original, they certainly help! I particularly like the changes made around Bowman's conversation with HAL after their chess game and the changes ahead of the arrival at Jupiter. It's a bold simplification of the plot, executed cleverly.

I've long felt that the Jupiter sequence at the end of the film spends far too much time on the psychedelic visuals (with the landscape parts in particular an underwhelming element), so I was a tad disappointed that they were largely intact here (though the pairing with the new score does work well).

I'm glad I watched this edit - it's an interesting alternate take on the central plot of 2001 and has some fun examples of changing the tone of scenes via re-scoring. I *like* 2001 in its original, plodding, trying-its-audience's-patience form, but I'm glad to also alternative interpretations of it like this.
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8.0
Watched it tonight and was entertained. Was it a masterpiece? Nah. Was it a fun watch? Yeah sure. Will I watch it again? Maybe, maybe not. But it was cool. Recommend? Sure, why not?

(Didn't rate anything except Enjoyment because whatever.)

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(Updated: September 05, 2012)
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8.4
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8.0
The musical pieces were really groovy. Kubrick's images and Adabisi's selections fit remarkably well; he's your DJ for this cosmic journey, and his touch is deft, aside from the opening sequence using the clichéd "Eye of the Tiger," which had me worried the rest of the movie would brandish indigestible music. However, excepting that, kindly refer back to the first sentence o' this paragraph.

The tunes range from rockin' to tripmellowy. And really, what better to enjoy some psychedelic music to than shit in space?

Sex, I guess. Well, no, I don't guess, but back to topic.

I agree with geminigod that the edit feels long, and it has a lot to do with the unremarkable bits between the music sequences. Kubrick's version had a purpose to everything feeling kind of spaced out, testing your patience, and his vision fuckupedly works much of the time, but this edit has so much flavor (be it jammin' or loungin') in its music, that the in-between parts seem superslow.

And that could've been avoided. Yeah, so the dialogue is wooden—some of the actors were made of dried timber—but the dialogue could have been excised drastically and still conveyed necessary story elements. Plus, those dronin'-on scenes were musicless, thereby almost inviting a snip here and there.

Dude, one bit of advice. The comments you made at the end of the edit. . . really, it's best not to say. If you're confident you've composed the movie that makes you happy, just let the movie do the talking.

The music at the end without much else—I found that pleasant and enjoyable.

Small, technical nitpick: the black levels drop abruptly at the end of the moving pictures and before the parting words.

Overall, this edit is worth a viewing for its marriage of music and images. Some of it is downright funktastic.
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Enjoyment
 
7.0
Im not exactly sure what i think of this one yet. For me i felt the title “plan 2001 from outer space” tells me it will be a cheaper sci fi version of the movie more like plan 9, but what i got was both a nicely boiled down version of the movie and some brilliant musical parts but i felt like i was watching two different edits at the same time, and for me it didn`t quite gel.
One could easily take the structure of this edit and instead of the 70`s music use 50`s B-movie themes in there place for a very retro feel, but the way adabisi has it i feel like the non musical parts need a little extra something to help them fit in with the great musical parts.

For the structure of the edit, if it is meant to be like a cheap B-movie, i would give that a 8 out of 10 for execution.

The musical parts are an easy 10 out of 10.

But on the whole I give it a 7 out of 10.

Side notes: What gem said: “f you are a 2001 fan and music fan, I would recommend this. If not, it might not be up your alley”
Those musical parts are truly great and rather enjoyable.
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