Watch a 47-year-old 2001: A Space Odyssey trailer featuring rare test footage

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Nov 28, 2014, 3:42 PM EST (Updated)

If you take a break from watching the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer on repeat anytime soon, this geeky blast from the past is well worth the time.

A rare trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s seminal 2001: A Space Odyssey, produced in 1967, has made its way online to show how the future sci-fi classic was first promoted to unsuspecting audiences. The trailer was released almost a year before the film’s 1968 opening, which explains why the teaser is a bit on the unorthodox side.

It took about two years to do the effects work, so none of those iconic scenes were ready. So instead of showing off footage, the trailer focuses on some nifty test clips shot by effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull, glimpses of concept art and a booming voiceover to let everyone know just how awesome the movie would be once it was eventually finished.

If you’re up for a walk down memory lane, check out the vintage trailer below and let us know what you think:

(Via The Playlist)