Steven Soderbergh may be retired from directing his own feature films, but he’s still actively re-working some old classics. The Oscar-winning filmmaker uploaded to his personal website his own recut of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the latest in a series of personal edits that include Psycho, Heaven’s Gate, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. All of the cuts are credited to “Mary Ann Bernard” — the same pseudonym Soderbergh uses while editing some of his own film and TV projects.
When Steven Soderbergh launched his website Extension 765 last May, his self-proclaimed “one-of-a-kind marketplace” looked mostly like an e-shopping venture for film nerds. In the interest of illuminating how masters of the craft “stage” their films, Soderbergh has stripped both the sound and color out of the entirety of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, looping only a (weirdly techno-fied) score over the footage.