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Solaris (1972)

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky     Starring: Donatas Banionis
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Format: DVD
Sku: 220193667
UPC: 715515083614
UPC 14: 00715515083614
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
SOLARIS, director Andrei Tarkovsky's science fiction cult classic, presents an uncompromisingly unique and poetic meditation on space travel and its physical and existential ramifications. When a long-standing Russian space station hovering above the planet Solaris begins to report strange phenomena, Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis), an eager and intrepid cosmonaut, departs for the station in order to investigate. Warned by former Solaris specialists that the planet presents incomprehensible obstacles, Kelvin is nevertheless secure in his mission. However, the minute he steps foot onto the haunted and desolate space station, everything changes. Kelvin learns that of the three members left on board, one has killed himself and the remaining two have seemingly become schizophrenic recluses. When Kelvin's dead ex-wife appears out of the shadows, the reports that Solaris is a thinking being capable of reading human minds and materializing their desires and memories are proven true. As Kelvin joins the rest of the crew in a seemingly life-or-death struggle to understand this phenomena, Tarkovsky crafts a mind-altering earthbound space odyssey. Filled with visions of humanity versus itself, SOLARIS takes the philosophical investigations of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY to extravagant lengths and offers no answers except this: The only frontier humanity has yet to conquer is that of its own existence.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image/sphe
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/24/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 166 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1972
Video UPC UPC: 00715515083614
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W and Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Natalya Bondarchuk
Video Cast Info Donatas Banionis
Video Cast Info Sos Sarkissian
Video Cast Info Anatoli Solonitsyn
Video Cast Info Vladislav Dvorzhetsky
Video Cast Info Yuri Jarvet
Video Cast Info J.S. Bach - Additional Music/Songs
Video Cast Info Friedrich Gorenstein - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Stanislaw Lem - Story
Video Cast Info Edward Artemyev - Composer
Video Cast Info Andrei Tarkovsky - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Vadim Yusov - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Andrei Tarkovsky - Director
Plot Summary
In Andrei Tarkovsky's SOLARIS, a scientist travels to the mysterious planet Solaris in order to investigate the failure of an earlier mission. When his long-dead wife appears on the space station, he realizes that the planet has the power to perceive human desires and make them a reality.

Memorable Quotes

"Knowledge is only valid when it is based on morality"----Berton (Vladislav Dvorzhetsky to Kelvin (Donatas Banionis)

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"...Beautiful and astonishing....SOLARIS is a dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects..." 11/22/2002 p.C12

Box Office
"...A conscious, calculated effort by one of the cinema's deepest thinkers to tackle a wide variety of philosophical concerns....A uniquely dazzling display of its maker's cinematic virtuosity..." 01/01/2003 p.57

Entertainment Weekly
"...Stunningly beautiful....[An] hypnotic meditation on guilt, human intelligence, and the nature of man's soul..." 11/22/2002 p.59

"[D]eeply innovative....By Tarkovsky standards, accessible. By any standards, a brooding beauty." 03/01/2005 p.130

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