Do you read me, HAL? '2001: A Space Odyssey' gets a new trailer

"2001: A Space Odyssey" trailer
"2001: A Space Odyssey" is being re-released in Britain nearly a half century after its cinematic debut.BFI via YouTube

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By James Eng

Nearly a half century after its cinematic debut, Stanley Kubrick’s science-fiction masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey” is getting a new trailer ahead of its re-release in Britain. A digitally restored edition of the landmark film returns to theaters across the U.K. on Nov. 28 as part of the British Film Institute’s "Sci-Fi: Days of Fears and Wonder" season. 

Co-written by Kubrick and novelist Arthur C. Clarke, the 1968 epic film about mysterious black monoliths, space travel, artificial intelligence (who can forget the antagonistic computer HAL 9000?) and a secret mission to Jupiter is ranked by the American Film Institute as the No. 1 science-fiction film of all time.

The new trailer was commissioned by the British Film Institute and Warner Bros. and crafted by Ignition Creative London. Ignition Creative quotes Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s brother-in-law and a producer on many of his films, describing it as "the best trailer for this film I have ever seen! To use HAL's voice is brilliant!" 

Watch it for yourself: