Gallery of big JPEG stills from "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Tara McGinley at Dangerous Minds spotted this terrific gallery of nice large images from 2001: A Space Odyssey. "High-resolution" is an awfully subjective term, and I'm not sure if these qualify... but let's just say I've never run across such an extensive collection of reasonably large JPEGs from the film, all in one place. Super sweet. This one's my favorite, note the proto-FaceTime!


  1. Great collection of images, and I like the look of that magazine poking out of the flight attendant’s Aeroflot travel bag 15 images down. Looks like print is still very much alive, at least in this future anyway.

  2. Now that the HD version has been available for some time on HD-DVD and bluray, these stills look pretty fuzzy.

    This was one of the first movies I watched in hi-def, and it really got my attention. The film has hardly dated, in fact so much of the technology it predicted has come into being you forget you are watching a movie made in the 60’s.

    Space shuttles, OK they were on the drawing board. But Space shuttles with flat panel displays? He had to use rear projection to get that effect.

    Why is the chroma key less obvious than star wars, released ten years later? Because he didn’t use chroma key, he used a painstaking multiple exposure process.

    If these images get you nostalgic, but you haven’t seen this movie in hi-def, do yourself a favor, and see it on bluray. Because otherwise you haven’t seen it.

    1. I’ll go you one better.

      If you haven’t seen this film in 70mm, you haven’t seen it. I was lucky enough to catch a recently restored print at the Castro several years ago and… well.

      Sure, you can get similar sound now, and even similar viewing quality with all the new AV equipment, but unless your projector is 50 feet across and your den can seat a couple of hundred, there’s just no substitute for being stuck in the dark with a bunch of strangers and listening to Bowman’s panicked breathing or appreciating just HOW HUGE those intense closeups of Bowman in the pod.

      Some films took complete and full advantage of all that cinema offered. 2001 was one of them.

  3. “2001” just gets better and better with every viewing. Miraculous film. (I do want to point out, though, that not only are a number of the images at this site upside-down [obviously], but perhaps a majority of them are left-right reversed [not always so obviously]. Wonder why this is?)

  4. I’d never noticed the Howard Johnson’s Earthlight Room before. Can anyone make out the icons?

    I’m sold robulus, I’ll watch in HD and find out.

  5. My God its full of stars…

    Not really hi rez and they are fuzzy too looks like a bad scale up job to me.

  6. I’ve often thought that it was a mistake for Kubrik’s designers to depart from Clarke’s original Gamma design concept for the Discovery. If you can imagine the lunar shuttle -sans landing gear- grafted onto the end of the Discovery instead of that rather abstract mass they used you have a better picture of what Clarke originally envisioned. And it makes more sense in terms of technological continuity. The fore-section of the craft is clearly a derivative of that hull design. Why not the aft as well, since it too would be pressurized at least during construction and maintenance activity? The aft section in the film looks like it belongs to some completely different lineage of spacecraft. Kubrik also left off the necessary large radiators, which he seemed to think viewers would confuse with wings.

    (activating kahuna-tier nerd mode…)

    You see the basic Gamma concept was that fore and aft modules were separated by a long beam because the aft section needed this distance to reduce the radiation exposure for the crew from its large nuclear driven engines. Putting this section at a distance cost less mass than a lot of shielding while creating a superstructure for attachment of modular unpressurized elements. This concept is common to proposed built-on-orbit spacecraft today -what I like to call ‘beamships’ because their primary structure is a space frame truss beam. (we saw a similar approach to this more recently with the starship in Avatar, which is derived from the Pelligrino-Powel Valkyrie antimatter starship concept, which separates gamma-ray emitting towing engines from crew modules by a kilometer-long tether structure behind a beryllium radiation shadow-shield) This was the reason for HAL’s existence. This aft section had to be automated during operation because there was too much radiation for a human crew. This is also why, in the second story, HAL had to be re-activated in order use the Discovery as an assist booster for the follow-up Soviet vessel.

  7. Looks like print is still very much alive, at least in this future anyway.

    Well, print was still pretty alive back in 2001. Remember, the future is 9 years in the past now.

    If you haven’t seen this film in 70mm, you haven’t seen it.

    Heh, I was going to say something similar. Actually I wouldn’t go so far to say that you hadn’t seen it if not in 70mm — I first saw 2001 on broadcast TV back in the 80s, complete with commercial interruptions, pan-and-scan, etc., and it was marvelous even then. I taped it onto VHS off of TV and rewatched it multiple times.

    It was probably a decade later that I finally got to watch it in a movie theater, although that was from a fairly worn 35mm print in a theater without a very good sound system. A while later, I saw it in 70mm with fantastic sound, at the big Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach, and yes, it was magnificent.

    But even when I’d only seen it on TV, I’d still seen it, and it still made a huge impression on me.

  8. Somehow, despite all the multiple times that I’ve viewed this flick, I’ve never noticed that Ho-Jo’s “Earthlight Room” sign. Hilarious!

  9. I’ve seen 2001 in the cinema pretty much every sixteen years since I was 11, when it came out in my locality – 1969 (York, in the UK), 1985 (The Angel, London) and in 2001 (France).

    At this French screening in a smallish market town in the Dordogne a chap in a tweed jacket started things off by giving an unexpected presentation about the film. My Canadian companion was up on the lingo, and after about ten minutes she remarked that the French had a surprising capacity for putting up with this sort of thing.

    It didn’t last much longer – several members of the audience had brought their kids and were no doubt aware that 2001’s relatively slow 1960s pace and lack of explosions might make them restless even without an hour-long lecture preceding it. So when the lecturer said “And in scene three-” some of the audience protested, rising to their feet and asking for him to clear off and let film start. To his credit the lecturer fought back, saying it was necessary to understand the themes and background of this important exemplar of the septième art, and a bit of a ding-dong was set to kick off.

    But the projectionist-owner saw which way the wind was blowing, turned off the lecturer’s spotlight and opened the curtains and started the film, M le Professeur no doubt muttering “Mille millions de mille milliards de mille sabords!” and similar into his notes as he stormed off. The poor guy had probably wrestled with his big-time presentation for weeks of sleepless nights.

    I look forward to seeing it again in a cinema in 2017.

  10. My message tone is HAL saying “There is a message for you, Dave” If only my name was Dave. That would be FTW.

    Only 1 person has guessed the film yet.

    My ringtobe is the telephone from Brazil.
    Nobody has guessed that yet.

    er…carry on.

  11. when you said big…i thought you meant…BIG. these are hardly better than standard def dvd screen caps.

    if you’re looking for decent sized movie stills go visit:

  12. Back in earlier times before the studios were aware of the reach and depth of the internet, there were some truly wonderful Kubrick sites which have since been cleaned out, probably by WB or representatives of heirs. I had it, but I lost it. There was one site in particular, that put up and almost shot-by-shot sequencing of 2001. IIRC, the images were very hi-res, at least in terms of what was the standard then. It was a virtual treasure trove, limited only by the eons it took to load and download. I was so much younger then, and foolish enough to think it would always be there. The shot I miss most was a letterbox formatted scene of the iconic moon-rise (but not over a monolith or near Jupiter, just the moon-rise as it might be seen from space) and the lower part of the letterbox had the words, “A Stanley Kubrick Production” and no wallpaper has ever looked right since.

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