2001: A Space Odyssey 4K Blu-ray steelbook. The opening of this film with it's jump cut encapsulates the reason why I love sci-fi so much. The questions about our origins as well as our future are in the very heart of all truly great science fiction. Besides the obvious nod towards the theory of evolution, there is also a suggestion that the explanations found in religious texts and science are mutually exclusive. Whether you want to believe it or not, that is the insinuation here. Kubrick's choice of music, Also sprach Zarathustra by Strauss, is inspired by Nietzsche's book of the same name, from which the infamous phrase "God is dead" originated. However you wish to interpret that particular line, the struggles of religious systems in a society taken over by advancing science is a major theme in that book. Nietzsche's complete rejection of Christianity is well known. These equally famous and infamous men, despite their towering intellect, come together in Kubrick's film as small and insignificant beings witnessing the majestic grandeur of the Universe.
When I saw this for the first time as a kid, the whole thing went completely over my head. I remember being fascinated by the look of the space suits, and somehow that was enough to get me through the film. Later as a teenager I was better equipped to make some of the necessary connections, and that time it hit me like a ton of bricks. The resulting ontological shock didn't fill me with anger and resentment towards the church, but with wonder and exhilaration for the realization that the truth could be something far greater than what is depicted in books written by primitive men.
I don't really write reviews, and what kind of scale would even do a film like 2001 proper justice. If you have any interest in the topics I mentioned, you have to witness the power of this work. I'll give it my special MPSFBA (Massive, Pulsating Sci-Fi Boner Achieved) rating.