SolarisDirector: Steven Soderbergh
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Previously adapted for the screen by legendary Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, Stanislaw Lem's philosophical sci-fi mind-trip gets a reworking by director Steven Soderbergh and arrives on DVD courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the cool blue hues of the space station are rich and deep, with earthbound scenes offering a seductively organic and effectively warm contrast. Much of this film is fairly dark, with solid blacks and near-perfect skin tones making for a beautiful presentation. Additionally, the 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround audio track makes good use of the minimal audio scheme of the film as well as composer Cliff Martinez's rich but restrained score. A commentary track featuring both director Soderbergh and producer James Cameron proves both enticing with its tales of what was left on the cutting room floor, and frustrating for fans of the film who would have liked to have seen more. The two seem to respect one another's visions even if those visions aren't always on the same wavelength, and their easy rapport makes for an interesting listen as they discuss some of the more philosophical angles of the story and their impressions of the final product. Likewise, an HBO making-of special and a featurette entitled "Solaris: Behind the Planet" offer interesting perspectives on the production, as well as providing a tantalizing glimpse of what might have been. Viewers with a fondness for the written word can view the screenplay. And a theatrical teaser and trailer round things out nicely.
Clooney brings raw intensity to his role; his scenes with McElhone are rooted in a fierce romantic yearning.
The Soderbergh version is like the same story freed from the weight of Tarkovsky's solemnity. And it evokes one of the rarest of movie emotions, ironic regret.
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- 20th Century Fox
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|George Clooney||Dr. Chris Kelvin|
|Viola Davis||Dr. Helen Gordon|
|Steve Arnold||Art Director|
|Charles V. Bender||Co-producer|
|Mary Ann Bernard||Editor|
|Dawn Brown-Manser||Set Decoration/Design|
|Milena Canonero||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Keith P. Cunningham||Art Director|
|Andrea Dopaso||Set Decoration/Design|
|Greg Jacobs||Asst. Director,Executive Producer|
|Paul Ledford||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Cliff Martinez||Score Composer|
|Victor Martinez||Set Decoration/Design|
|Philip Messina||Production Designer|
|Kristen Toscano Messina||Set Decoration/Design|
|Jeff Ozimek||Set Decoration/Design|
|Easton M. Smith||Set Decoration/Design|
|Suzan Wexler||Set Decoration/Design|
1. Kelvin on Earth
2. Visit From DBA
3. "Is That What Everybody Wants?"
4. Kelvin Explores the Prometheus
7. Debriefing the Crew
8. First Sleep
9. Kelvin and Rheya Meet
10. Waking Up
11. "Can I Come and Sit With You?"
12. Remembering Life With Rheya
13. Rheya Constructs Her Memory
14. Kelvin Leaves Rheya
15. "And Death Shall Have No Dominion"
16. Strategy with Gordon and Snow
17. Gibarian Appears
18. The Resurrection
19. A Chance to Undo Mistakes
20. Fever Dream
21. Kelvin and Gordon in the Cold Room
22. Snow's Visitor
23. "Wear Your Seatbelt."
24. Going Back
25. End Titles
Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
Spoken Languages: English Dolby Surround
Spoken Languages: French Dolby Surround
Spoken Languages: Spanish Dolby Surround
Commentary With Steven Soderbergh and James Cameron
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HBO Special: Inside Solaris
Solaris: Behind the Planet
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I felt compelled to put in my 2 cents upon reading the other misguided reviews. Soderbergh's gorgeous and contemplative remake of Solaris is both heart-breaking and uplifting. Clooney puts in a perfectly mannered performace as he and the audience are slowly revealed to what Solaris decides to show us. This isn't your typical sci-fi space adventure. If there is any adventure in this film, it is in discovery and revelation. Science fitcion is simply a vehicle to get to the heart of the story, which is pure psychological drama. From set design to special effects, Solaris delivers on every level. It is a slow burning film that gives you more each time you see it. This is thinking persons sci-fi on every level. Let it challenge you, you won't be disappointed.
First of all, the movie Solaris is written based on the book _Solaris_ by Lem. However, the whole great idea of Solaris is lost in the movie. Instead of representing the possibility that derived from very innovative and intelligent speculation created by the writer, the film turned out to be a rather shallow romance story. The 3rd person that appears in the book became an overgrown manifestation in the movie, completely overshadowing the purpose of Solaris. As a romance story the movie is not really that bad. When somebody expects a watered down Sci-Fi of this kind, it might be even interesting after all.
While this film is not what I expected, it took me into a whole different, but pleasing, realm. Clooney and McElhone are superb together while Davies is very eccentric and Davis convicing. I found it very hard to understand the first time around but the film is still superb... and the commentary is very helpful. I give the film score an A as well as an A to the cinematography.
The “deep” meaning of this film will hit you in the head until you are knocked out. The dialogue and acting are flat with long pauses in which nothing happens (time to reflect on the deep meaning I would guess) then the film cuts to a long shot of the plant solaris. Watching this movie is like being in a poorly taught philosophy 101 class, which is fine, but in the end worthless. Being and nothingness…
This film is an ingenious love story in space with themes of death. Not only is it brilliantly made and acted, it is the most thought provoking and strange sci-fi movie since Kubricks 2001:A Space Odyssey.
This is an intriguing remake of the 1972 version which was adapted from the novel. I wish I can explain how intriguing, but I recommend renting it to find out.
This movie is perhaps one of the worst movies I have ever seen. There are many parts in this film when nothing happens. I almost fell asleep after only 45 minutes into it. Solaris is very poorly directed and it seems neverending. There are many parts that should not have been in the film. Plus, the ending was meaningless. You should NOT waste your time and money in seeing this film ( unless you are someone who can make sense out of it. ) Rating: Terrible, Terrible, Terrible.
Do I even have to give it a star? It's so bad and yet I can't get over the fact that it's a remake. A perfect movie for George though because he is always in space and should stay there while he tries to socialize other planets.