OK, some convincing points...
- Directed by Stanley Kubrick
- Written by Kubrick & Arthur C. Clarke
- Has several elements that have become icons in the sci-fi genre (the black monoliths, HAL-9000, the opening 'ape' scene, etc.) that have been referenced in everything from Mel Brook's History of the World to Futurama.
- Is an interesting 'futurist' piece from the time (1968) that predicted many common place items today (with the AI of HAL-9000 of course being a central focal point of the film).
- Spectacular visual & audio. If you have not seen it before, try to get a as 'clean' as a copy as possible (in other words, don't bother with VHS copies or ripped copies on the net).
- Some of the parody jokes & references will make a lot more sense.
... one additional point - watch it in HD. It is a visual master piece!
I'm also in the "No-big-HD-TV" camp as well. But I do have a comfy couch. Some real life issues this year more or less killed the 2008 budget so this was not the year that I upgraded the TV; maybe in 2009.I have a cheap TV, so HD is not an option
But I plan on watching it one the TV with the speakers that are as big a** speakers and comfy couch, and the clean floors
You're making me think about going back and re-reading some of Clarke's early stuff. I may have to add a few more titles to my Winter 2010 reading list.read the short story 'The Sentinel' by Clarke first.
Clarke based the screenplay on it