The brand-new trailer for ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is out of this world

The 1968 classic is looking better than ever.


Miles Klee


Published Oct 22, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 8:52 am CDT

This is one of those exceedingly rare moments when it’s appropriate to use the word “epic.” Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey—one of cinema’s purest triumphs and the best science-fiction film of all time in the bargain—just got a new trailer, and it rules. 

Commissioned by Warner Bros. and the British Film Institute ahead of a Nov. 28 theatrical re-release for a “Sci-Fi: Days of Fears and Wonder” program, it seamlessly weaves together the movie’s balletic spacecraft, prehistoric prologue, and eye-popping visuals. The unnerving voice of HAL 9000, everyone’s favorite insane artificial intelligence, cuts through all.

This reminds me: No one else go as a giant space fetus for Halloween, OK? 

Photo by Will Folsom/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Oct 22, 2014, 1:31 pm CDT