Silent Running by Douglas Trumbull |Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin | 25192124327 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Silent Running

Silent Running

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Director: Douglas Trumbull

Cast: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin

     
 

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If they gave awards at the Oscars for digital film restorations, Silent Running would certainly have its name called out on the big night. The film looks marvelous, much better than it did in theaters and on VHS, and the image is so crisp and precise and the mono Dolby 2.0 sound so clear that its difficult to believe the movie is from the early '70s. The outer

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If they gave awards at the Oscars for digital film restorations, Silent Running would certainly have its name called out on the big night. The film looks marvelous, much better than it did in theaters and on VHS, and the image is so crisp and precise and the mono Dolby 2.0 sound so clear that its difficult to believe the movie is from the early '70s. The outer space exterior shots are particularly impressive, with the space stations gliding across a black expanse of space that's actually cardboard dotted with speckles of white paint. That tidbit of info comes from director Douglas Trumbull's 30-minute interview "Silent Running," exclusive for this edition. Trumbull goes into minute detail about the production, casting, and set design. He nearly steals his own thunder as he repeats himself many times during the "feature commentary" that accompanies the movie, but he's got Bruce Dern sitting with him, who enlivens the conversation by bringing his own memories to the program. There's also a separate interview with Dern that's of interest, as is a separate bit about Trumbull's other accomplishments, such as developing a large-format projection system and his development of cinematic techniques for 3-D theme park rides. A dated documentary called "The Making of Silent Running" is only worthwhile for die-hard cultist, but they've probably seen it elsewhere by now. The main attraction here is the superb restoration; first-time viewers will think they're watching a new movie.

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:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0025192124327
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
G
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
20,053

Special Features

The making of "Silent Running"; Feature commentary with director Douglas Trumbull and cast member Bruce Dern; "Silent Running" by Douglas Trumbull; A conversation with Bruce Dern; "Douglas Trumbull: Then and Now"; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:41]
2. A World in Space [6:27]
3. Waiting For a Transmission [3:17]
4. Bad News [3:43]
5. Nature's Greatest Gift [3:56]
6. Safe Distancing [4:13]
7. Setting the Bombs [4:06]
8. Lowell's Mutiny [4:55]
9. Stalling For Time [2:40]
10. Emergency [2:48]
11. A Drone Doctor [7:49]
12. The Rings of Saturn [7:47]
13. Huey & Dewey [3:40]
14. Back to Normal [7:12]
15. Poker With the Boys [8:32]
16. Huey's Accident [3:57]
17. The Forest is Dying [2:30]
18. The Solution [2:48]
19. Lowell's Choice [5:14]
20. Dewey's Forest (End Titles) [2:10]

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