- Format: NTSC
- Language: Russian
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
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Criterion Collection: Solaris [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Released in 1972, Solaris is Andrei Tarkovsky's third feature and his most far-reaching examination of human perceptions and failings. It's often compared to Kubrick's 2001, but although both bring a metaphysical dimension to bear on space exploration, Solaris has a claustrophobic intensity which grips the attention over spans of typically Tarkovskian stasis. Donatas Banionis is sympathetic as the cosmonaut sent to investigate disappearances on the space station orbiting the planet Solaris, only to be confronted by his past in the guise of his dead wife, magnetically portrayed by Natalya Bondarchuk. The ending is either a revelation or a conceit, depending on your viewpoint.
On the DVD: Solaris reproduces impressively on DVD in widescreen--which is really essential here--and Eduard Artemiev's ambient score comes over with pristine clarity. There are over-dubs in English and French, plus subtitles in 12 languages. An extensive stills gallery, detailed filmographies for cast and crew, and comprehensive biographies of Tarkovsky and author Stanislaw Lem are valuable extras, as are the interviews with Bondarchuk and Tarkovsky's sister and an amusing 1970s promo-film for Banionis. It would have been better had the film been presented complete on one disc, instead of stretched over two. Even so, the overall package does justice to a powerful and disturbing masterpiece. --Richard Whitehouse -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: DVD.
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I wish I had saved my money for the Criterion version.
I only wish that I had
Can be genuinely described as "art". Very slow in parts, but it's not plot or dialogue driven, more mood and "emotionally intelligent".
Tries to portray grief, guilt, self-reconciliation through non-verbal imaging, very successfully. The scene where Hari (the heroine) first appears is still one of the most stunning pieces of cinematography I've ever seen. I first saw the film in the eighties and thought it brilliant then, but now it seems even better. No one could get away with making a film like this any more.
Tarkovsky wanted to make a personal film about his mother, but had to make do with the `safe' option of Stanisław Lem's science fiction novel Solaris.Read more ›
Sadly, Tarkovsky's best-known movie is not nearly well-known enough. This is not a "Star Trek" style narrative where there is a problem to be solved -- It's a quiet, contemplative sci-fi movie that uses an alien planet as the backdrop for one man's wounded soul to be healed. You may need to watch it a few times to fully absorb its meaning, but its beauty and sorrow are enough to pull you in.
Solaris is a distant water planet, whose ocean seems to be an intelligent life form. There is a human space station orbiting it for scientific study, but the mission really hasn't gone very far, mainly because almost all the crew has had meltdowns or hallucinations. Troubled psychologist Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis) is being sent to Solaris to determine whether the mission should continue.
But when he arrives, he finds that the space station is falling apart, and his friend Dr. Gibarian (Sos Sargsyan) has committed suicide. The two remaining scientists, Dr. Snaut (Jüri Järvet) and Dr. Sartorius (Anatoliy Solonitsyn), are strangely unwilling to talk to Kris -- and they seem to be hiding living creatures on the space station. When Kris' wife Hari (Natalya Bondarchuk) -- who committed suicide years ago -- appears, he begins to realize what Solaris truly is.
Technically speaking, "Solaris" is a science fiction movie. After all, everything that happens centers on an intelligent water-planet, an alien intelligence that can only communicate through creating replicas so perfect that they don't know they aren't human.Read more ›
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Beware if renting this dsic from Lovefilm. No subtitles, despite them being available on the menu and turned on.Published 6 days ago by N
A film that makes you think about science, life and human relationships. It was very interesting to read about the arguments between the author and the film director, I think for a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Deppy
Best SF movie ever,in my opinion.It may be a little ponderous at times,but having seen the movie and read the book,it seems faithful to me,although a Russian friend of mine who... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Music Lover
I don't want to talk about the movie since we all know that it's a masterpiece a god of cinema.
I just want to talk about the sound issue only. Read more