Oh My God—It's Full of Extra 2001: A Space Odyssey Lost Scenes

According to Douglas Trumbull—special effects director for 2001: A Space Odyssey —Warner Bros has found seventeen minutes of edited footage from Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi opus. The film—which was dropped from the final cut—was found in their Kansas salt-mine vault.

According to Trumbull, the footage is in perfect condition, but he doesn't know what Warner wants to do with it. These are the scenes that were left out of the final version, according to IMDB:

• Some shots from the "Dawn of Man" sequence were removed and a new scene was inserted where an ape pauses with the bone it is about to use as a tool. The new scene was a low-angle shot of the monolith, done in order to portray and clarify the connection between the man-ape using the tool and the monolith.

• Some shots of Frank Poole jogging in the centrifuge were removed.

• An entire sequence of several shots in which Dave Bowman searches for the replacement antenna part in storage was removed.

• A scene where HAL severs radio communication between the "Discovery" and Poole's pod before killing him was removed. This scene explains a line that stayed in the film in which Bowman addresses HAL on the subject.

• Some shots of Poole's space walk before he is killed were removed.

Those scenes account for 19 extra minutes, which were included in 160-minute premiere. [WorstPreviews via It's Full of Stars]


I would also buy that...

I was trying to explain to someone the other day about how 2001 was one of the cornerstones of modern SF theater. (Tron and Star Wars are also on that list.)

She didn't understand why.

I tried to explain it... and came up short. How is it that while the movie so profoundly affected SF, I can't actually explain why?