Steven Soderbergh Reedited 2001: A Space Odyssey to Suit His Own Perverse Needs

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 10:  Director Steven Soderbergh speaks onstage at the "The Knick" panel during the HBO portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

When Steven Soderbergh screened 2001: A Space Odyssey three times in 2014, he wasn’t just watching, he was preparing: Kubrick’s sci-fi epic is the latest film to get the patented Soderbergh recut treatment. At 110 minutes, the new Soder-Odyssey is leaner and faster than the original, and some of the music’s been switched around, too. (There might be other differences, but we haven’t watched the whole thing yet.) Here’s how Soderbergh, who has a wonderful way of talking about movies like he’s a serial killer, describes the situation: “Maybe this is what happens when you spend too much time with a movie: You start thinking about it when it’s not around, and then you start wanting to touch it.” You can watch Soderbergh’s version on his website.

Steven Soderbergh Recut 2001: A Space Odyssey