Half a century ago, one of the greatest science-fiction films of all time made its cinematic debut. It might hail from a genre filled with plenty of excellent flicks — both then and now — but 2001: A Space Odyssey still remains one of sci-fi's best and most iconic efforts. And, one of the best and most iconic movies ever made, too.
With Stanley Kubrick at the helm, adapting Arthur C. Clarke's short story The Sentinel with the author himself, it's easy to see why. Really, this isn't your usual jaunt into space. It was a mindblowing, groundbreaking feat at the time — and come August 23, Auckland audiences will get the chance to watch the film in a remastered 4K format.
While 2001: A Space Odyssey has remained a favourite pick for retrospective screenings around the city for years, the latest release will feature on the country's biggest movie screen. After premiering at this year's Cannes Film Festival, it'll screen at IMAX Queen Street for a limited five-day run, so you'd best open the pod bay doors, HAL, and hurry along.