Solaris

Solaris

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Director: Andrei Tarkovsky, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet, Donatas Banionis

Cast: Andrei Tarkovsky, Natalya Bondarchuk, Jüri Järvet, Donatas Banionis

     
 

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Andrei Tarkovsky's psychological sci-fi masterpiece Solaris comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The Russian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Tarkovsky experts Vida Johnson and

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Andrei Tarkovsky's psychological sci-fi masterpiece Solaris comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The Russian soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Tarkovsky experts Vida Johnson and Graham Petrie, deleted and alternate scenes, interviews with various people involved with the production, essays on Solaris (including one from Akira Kurosawa), and information on Stanislaw Lem, whose work forms the basis of the movie. This is an outstanding release from Criterion, who continue to be one of the most respected names in home video.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky is the guide on a sci-fi journey into the psyche in Solaris, a profoundly spiritual adaptation of a novel by seminal science fiction author Stanislaw Lem. The story of a psychologist (Donatas Banionis) who's sent to a space station above the planet Solaris to investigate reports of bizarre phenomena, Solaris strays far from the standard sci-fi template, using minimal special effects and eschewing technical jargon. Instead, the film revolves around a strange encounter with the mysterious power of Solaris' ocean, which manifests itself upon the psychologist's arrival as a loved one from his past -- perhaps hallucination, perhaps not. But scientific explanations are beside the point; what matters to Tarkovsky are the emotional and spiritual ramifications of a "Contact" that ultimately has the same sort of archetypal resonance as the monolith in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (a film to which Solaris is often compared). As one would expect from Tarkovsky, the texture of Solaris is exquisite, with brilliant cinematography, a haunting, ghostlike score from Eduard Artemyev, and Bach organ music underlying some truly eloquent metaphysical musings. In the end, Solaris is a masterpiece that espouses a search for truth beyond science and a meditation on our fear of the unknown.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Conceived partly as the anti-2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris (1972) weaves a hypnotic fable about love, humanity, and memory out of its science fiction premise. Reinstating the detritus of everyday existence absent from 2001's future vision, Tarkovsky's tracking shots and long takes reveal the space station's claustrophobia and decay; the beautiful early images of nature further underline the ugly, dehumanizing effects of technology. Shifts between color and black-and-white, an enticingly old-fashioned space station library, and the evocatively ambiguous ending interweave past and present, as pragmatist Kelvin's re-acquaintance with his dead wife, Khari, suggests the dramatic stakes of trying to erase the past . Regardless of the political message that could be inferred regarding the Soviet bureaucracy, Solaris was the rare Tarkovsky film that avoided extensive mandated edits and received a relatively normal U.S.S.R. release; it was, however, cut by 35 minutes by the American distributor in 1976. Restored to its original length in 1990, Solaris has garnered more and more fans for its cerebral yet rapturous inquiry into what it means to be human.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/26/2002
UPC:
0037429172124
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
2:49:00
Sales rank:
85,971

Special Features

New digital transfer with restored picture and sound, enhanced for widescreen televisions; Audio commentary by Tarkovsky scholars Vida Johnson and Graham Petrie, co-authors of "The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue"; Nine deleted and alternate scenes; Video interviews with lead actress Natalya Bondarchuk, cinematographer Vadim Yusov, art director Mikhail Romadin, and composer Eduard Artemyev; Documentary excerpt with Solaris author Stanislaw Lem; Essays on Solaris by Akira Kurosawa and Phillip Lopate; New and improved English subtitle translation; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Opening Credits
2. Earth
3. Berton's Interrogation
4. A Floating Object
5. The Scientists' Debate
6. Family Relations
7. Truth
8. City of the Future
9. Bonfire
10. Lift-Off
11. Solaris
12. Gibarian's Message
13. Sartorius
14. Snaut
15. Kris' Visitor
16. Escape Pod
17. Contact
18. Hari II
19. "The Door Opens the Other Way"
20. Sartorius' Laboratory
21. Home Movie
22. An Encephalogram
23. Hari's Story
24. The Library
25. "Hunters in the Snow"
26. 30 Seconds of Weightlessness
27. Liquid Oxygen
28. "I'm Afraid"
29. Kris' Wounds
30. Letter From Hari
31. The Meaning of Life
32. The House
33. Color Bars
1. Tarkovsky's Collaborations
2. Donatas Banionis
3. The Soviet Film Bureaucracy
4. The Issue of Special Effects
5. Narrative Consistency
6. Tarkovsky & His Parents
7. Moral Knowledge
8. Russian & Western Audiences
9. Clues
10. Stanislaw Lem's Novel, "Solaris"
11. Yuri Yarvet
12. The Sets: Kris' & Gibarian's Rooms
13. Sculpted Time
14. Sos Sarkisian
15. Color vs. Black & White
16. Kris' Reasons
17. How Could Hari Know?
18. "Islands of Memory"
19. The Ocean's Motives
20. Hari's Humanity
21. A Dysfunctional Family
22. Color & Texture
23. Natalya Bondarchuk
24. Western Culture
25. Bach & Breughel
26. Levitation as a Motif
27. Hari's Writhing
28. "Solaris" as Science Fiction
29. Ambiguity
30. Film Stocks
31. Big Issues
32. Questions & Possible Answers
33. Color Bars

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Solaris 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
KubrickerJM More than 1 year ago
Masterpiece. Wish they'd put out STALKER.
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