If there’s one complaint people are always using against Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, it’s that it’s too short. Okay, perhaps not, but 17 minutes of footage cut following the movie’s premiere have been discovered in a vault in Kansas.
* Some shots from the “Dawn of Man” sequence 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.
* An entire sequence of several shots in which Dave Bowman searches for the replacement antenna part in storage.
* A scene where HAL severs radio communication between the “Discovery” and Poole’s pod before killing him. 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.
None of that really sounds as if it adds a lot to what is already in the finished, familiar movie – Kubrick reportedly cut the footage because he thought the pacing needed to be fixed – but it’s almost guaranteed that a “restored cut” 2001 is in our future. The only question is, will producers resist the urge to release it in theaters before it ends up on Blu-Ray?
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