I watched the incredible ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ last night for the first time in decades. I bought the recently released Blu-Ray edition last year but had never got around to putting the disc in the player, then waiting to travel by thought.

Stanley Kubrick’s dazzling, ‘Academy Award’ winning achievement is a compelling drama of man vs machine, a stunning meld of music and motion. Kubrick (who co-wrote the screenplay with Arthur C. Clarke) first visits our prehistoric ape-ancestry past, then leaps millennia (via one of the most mind-blowing jump cuts ever) into colonised space, and ultimately whisks astronaut Bowman into uncharted space, perhaps even into immortality.

“Open the pod bay doors HAL.”

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