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  • Actors: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone
  • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FMGO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,666 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features

  • Feature length audio commentary by Producer James Cameron and Director Steve Soderbergh (sound Dolby 2.0)
  • HBO behind the scenes special
  • Solaris: Behind the Planet feature
  • Script
  • Animated menus

DVD Technical Information:

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (16 x 9 Widescreen)
  • Sound Quality: Dolby 5.1
  • Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired
  • Running time: 99 minutes

Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
A recently widowed psychologist receives a strange message telling him to travel to the space station Solaris which is studying a spatial phenomena. People from the crew's memories begin appearing and interacting with them, including the psychologist's dead wife. The people appearing don't know they were created by the phenomena and think they are the "real" people interacting with the people they know on Solaris.

An unusual and ostensibly science fiction film, this is really a meditation on grieving, loss, regret and desire. It's about how the choices we make shape our futures and the one thing we can never let go of is the things we can't change but would give anything to be able to. It's about the crippling effect of losing a loved one, and blaming yourself.

Well this film is kind of weird - perhaps because it was so different to what was expected - and I have to admit that I almost nodded off once or twice while I watched it, such was the slowness and laid-back mood of it all. It's worth seeing for Natascha McElhone's eyes though, they are enough to keep any man wide awake. Hints of at least three other sci-fi movies here - 2001 A Space Odyssey, Alien and Event Horizon, and not as good as any of them but ultimately they should not be compared with them. It's kind of odd that it was made at all, was one of my reactions; my better half and I looked at each other at the end and shrugged as if to say, 'Huh?' Confusing at times, boring for the rest of the time, overall pretty much a waste of time. Useful vehicle for the two leading players and little more. Clearly a divider of opinions, one that you will either like a lot or very little.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
Excellent film exploring the idea of what we are and if anything we see , feel or experience is real. It takes place on a space station orbiting the weird planet "Solaris". Strange occurrences on the space station have been causing concern leading to the rescue expedition headed by George Clooney's character. At the end of the film you'll probable question your own idea of reality.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
This is a film with not much in the way of resolution but lots of possibilities as to what we are, when we are, and where we are. Set in a space station orbiting the planet Solaris there are plenty of odd happenings as the crew begin to react to something. Given that the film concerns our imaginations and ability to manufacture memories you will not be surprised to find it is hard to determine what is "real" or even what "real" might be. If you like a firm end to a film you'll be spitting nails over this one, if you like to build your own resolution (though one is suggested) then I think you'll enjoy it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. WISE on 24 Dec. 2005
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It should be noted that this film is far from your average Sci-Fi, so in that respect if your a Sci-Fi fan you will not get what you expect & will prehaps be dissappointed.
I'm not a Steven Soderberg fan, espically when i look at oceans 11 and 12, nor am i a George Clooney fan either. This film was different, intriguing and beautiful. It was wonderfully shot, and i was captivated by the cuts, and particualrly aware of how awesome the sound was.
Natascha McElhone who has never really made an impression on me that much before, she was always that woman in Ronin in my mind but even she really grabbed me in this, and felt i really saw the beauty that george's character initial saw.
It is a thought provoking film about life and people, with a sci-fi back drop instead of a sci-fi plot. It was really an unexpected suprise, and a pleasent one at that.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lixma on 18 Mar. 2006
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While Solaris is inevitably labelled Sci-Fi its core themes are distinctly human. Loss, regret and the realization that memory tends to simplify events, people and places. While the original film allows the viewer to muse on the overall, Soderbergh's take focuses on the main protagonist's (Clooney) experience with the strange 'planet'. With only a standard 90 minutes to play with the director has done a good job of explaining the power Solaris wields without having to constantly remind us with new and more bizarre consequences (and special effects).
The visuals sway from the ethereal (Solaris), austere (Earth) and utilitarian (Space Station). On the commentary track, Soderbergh tells us he wanted Solaris to have a 'synaptic' quality to it and the effect is beautiful. Cliff Martinez's score, too, will follow you around for months.
As for the cast, Clooney is excellent as ever. While his performance doesn't require histrionics he makes believable a shrink thrown into a situation where his vocational skills are rendered useless by minds becoming matter. Natascha McElhone is charged with an incredibly difficult role. Her character on Earth is confident, sexy, playful, remote and ultimately suicidal; on Solaris she has to play whatever Clooney's character has in mind...hard work, but admirably done. It's unfortunate that in one weak scene of un-necessary exposition the focus is on McElhone but it's a fault of the screen-writer, not her. Jeremy Davies' Snow is perhaps the character that deserved more attention than was given. Considering his unique 'situation' it would have been worth an extra half hour to explore it. Viola Davis is okay but ultimately pointless.
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