Silent Running

Silent Running

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Director: Douglas Trumbull

Cast: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin

     
 

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Although it has been supplanted by the more recent and much more elaborate Universal DVD reissue, which comes loaded to the gunnels with extra features, this early DVD release of Silent Running has its own virtues, including slightly brighter color and a sharper transfer than the old letterboxed laserdisc and surprisingly robust sound; actually, this transfer…  See more details below

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Although it has been supplanted by the more recent and much more elaborate Universal DVD reissue, which comes loaded to the gunnels with extra features, this early DVD release of Silent Running has its own virtues, including slightly brighter color and a sharper transfer than the old letterboxed laserdisc and surprisingly robust sound; actually, this transfer is very slightly brighter than the one used for the later Universal disc, though the latter is superior in every other respect, in terms of visuals and audio. The 16 chapters map out the 90 minute movie adequately, and at a low price this disc can be a decent no-frills, meat-and-potatoes presentation of the movie. The disc opens to the movie automatically, and the menu must be selected manually.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Blending science fiction with hippiedom, Silent Running (1971) is very much of its early '70s moment, even as its cautions about the environment remain timely. In his directorial debut, Douglas Trumbull skillfully integrates his premier special effects into a story about the glory, beauty, and fragility of nature, as Bruce Dern's long-haired, robe-clad ecologist stakes his life and space station on defending the last remaining ecosystem from a corporate edict to destroy it and use the ship for commerce. Bonding with anthropomorphized androids and tending his space-bound Eden to the strains of Joan Baez songs, Dern's Lowell is a testament to the need for free thought, green living, and firm convictions, no matter the cost. Trumbull's juxtaposition of adorable animals and lush plants with the soulless ship and astronauts carrying them speaks to the devastating effects of complacency. One of a cluster of early '70s dystopian science fiction films that began with Trumbull and with Stanley Kubrick's masterwork 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Silent Running's vistas and message still attract fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/1998
UPC:
0014381422924
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:30:00

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Closed captioning

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Dern Lowell
Cliff Potts Wolf
Ron Rifkin Barker
Jesse Vint Keenan
Mark Persons Drone
Steve Brown Drone
Peter Schickele Conductor

Technical Credits
Douglas Trumbull Director,Producer,Special Effects
Vernon Archer Special Effects
Brad Aronson Asst. Director
Steven Bochco Screenwriter
Michael Cimino Screenwriter
Dick Dawson Makeup
John Dykstra Special Effects
Michael Gruskoff Producer
Richard Helmer Special Effects
R.L. Helmer Special Effects
Marty Hornstein Associate Producer
Marlin Jones Special Effects
Charles D. Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Diane Lampert Songwriter
Frank Lombardo Set Decoration/Design
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
James Rugg Special Effects
Peter Schickele Score Composer,Songwriter
Aaron Stell Editor
Deric Washburn Screenwriter
Charles Wheeler Cinematographer
Richard Yuricich Special Effects

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Scene Index

1. Opening Titles; Living in Space.
2. Poker and the Future.
3. Life Without the Forest.
4. Blowing up the Domes.
5. Lowell Takes Charge.
6. The Aftermath.
7. Riding Saturn's Rings.
8. Ashes to Ashes.
9. Huey and Dewey.
10. A Way of Life.
11. Five Card Draw.
12. The Dying Forest.
13. Re-establishing Contact.
14. Let There Be Light.
15. Coda.
16. End Titles.

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