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SF Tidbits for 7/1/08

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

4 Comments on SF Tidbits for 7/1/08

  1. Alas, another chance to ask the ultimate Varley question missed: “So, Mr. Varley, are you ever going to finish that third book in the ‘Metals’ trilogy that your fans have been waiting for?”

  2. Matte Lozenge // July 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm //

    Re: The Arthur C. Clarke interview,

    One final question, and I think you guess what it’s about. In this year of 2001, what are your thoughts about the movie? …

    Clarke: Having just seen the special edition Stanley has been working on for the last five years of his life: it couldn’t have been done better even now—merely in a 10th of the time, thanks to today’s computers!

    Excuse me, did I miss something? What special edition?

  3. Hmmm…there were two edition released in 2001 (a basic disc and boxed set — both part of the Stanley Kubrick Collection). But one labeled “Special Edition” did not appear until later, in October 2007. (Mouse over image and clikum linkum.)

  4. Matte Lozenge // July 2, 2008 at 10:31 pm //

    I guess Clarke was talking about the version released in 2001. Wikipedia says

    The 2001 release contained the re-release trailer, the film in the original 2.21:1 aspect ratio, digitally re-mastered from the original 70 mm print, and the soundtrack remixed in 5.1 surround sound.

    I suppose I can believe Kubrick spent 5 years just on tweaking the picture and sound of the film to his satisfaction. He had that reputation for obsessiveness; even so that’s kinda extreme.

    But if that’s what he wanted to do — I’m happy to enjoy the fruits of his labor!

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