A Rare 1967 Promotional Teaser For “2001: A Space Odyssey”

By on March 26, 2015

Here’s a rare previously-unavailable MGM teaser that shows a few unseen effect shots, and hopefully we’ll someday get to see those edited 20 minutes, which still exist…

(h/t Technicolor Dreams)

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More from TD: After its gala Washington premiere, 2001: A Space Odyssey went into reserved Road-Show 70mm Cinerama release over the course of the next two years.

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Reading the collected criticism of the day, the film garnered exactly the diverse reaction some have to this day.

“I think 2001 is some sort of great film and an unforgettable endeavor,” Penelope Gilliant wrote in her New Yorker review. All the critics were duly impressed by the design and effects, some less so by the story and structure.

A nervous Stanley Kubrick cut out 20 minutes after the first rather disastrous preview screening, then relaxed as the film went onto to become one of the biggest hits of the year and a true cultural event.

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Bonus:

Here’s an NBC promo for the U.S. network TV debut of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, circa February 1977:

About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.