class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-62066″ title=”2001 A Space Odyssey” src=”” alt=”” width=”276″ height=”166″ />Following the discovery of lost footage from seminal sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis (which has since been integrated back into the feature), news comes in that material has been found from another equally revered film from the genre – 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The film’s special effects maestro Douglas Trumbull and filmmaker David Larson have revealed that 17 minutes of cut footage has been unearthed in a salt-mine vault in Kansas. It’s claimed director Stanley Kubrick himself made the cuts following the US premiere of the film.

The Film Stage has listed the cuts which appeared in 2001’s IMDB page, and there doesn’t appear to have been any major or revealing sequences missing, rather the shortening of longer scenes already within the film, which Kubrick presumably removed in order to prevent the languid pace from becoming too lengthy.

Due to the perfectly preserved condition of the footage, I wonder how long it will be before Warner Bros digitally restores it, adding it as part of an anniversary-type DVD/Blu-ray package?