Watch opening for Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey with the original, unused score

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Dec 23, 2014, 3:58 PM EST (Updated)

One aspect of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey that made the film so timeless and iconic is the classical music score — but it almost had a very different soundtrack.

The final, classical score that is so deeply connected to the film was actually just Kubrick’s temporary music track. Sometime-collaborator Alex North, who worked with Kubrick on 1960’s Spartacus, was tasked to create an original score for the film. But once he finished, Kubrick was quoted as saying it was “completely inadequate” for the film.

Though Kubrick axed the soundtrack, The Playlist notes that approximately 40 minutes of the unused compositions are available for streaming on Rdio. So, as you can probably guess what comes next, someone re-edited the movie’s opening five minutes with North’s unused score. If anything, we'd think this is probably the version of the film they got Over There on Fringe.

So how is it? Honestly, not great. Sure, our opinion is probably colored by decades of hearing the classical score associated with the scenes, but North’s tracks sound like what you’d expect to find in just about any other 1960s-era film. They don’t really fit the epic scope of Kubrick’s sci-fi opus, but it’s still a fascinating peek at how this cinema classic could’ve been very, very different.

Check out the edited scene below and let us know what you think:

(Via The Playlist)

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