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SKU 220193667
UPC 715515083614
UPC 14 00715515083614
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Cult Film
Essential Cinema
Space Exploration
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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
Quote "Knowledge is only valid when it is based on morality"--Berton (Vladislav Dvorzhetsky to Kelvin (Donatas Banionis)
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
Uncut "[D]eeply innovative....By Tarkovsky standards, accessible. By any standards, a brooding beauty." 03/01/2005 p.130
Andrei Tarkovsky
Donatas Banionis
Cast & Crew
Natalya Bondarchuk - Star
Donatas Banionis - Star
Sos Sarkissian - Star
Anatoli Solonitsyn - Star
Vladislav Dvorzhetsky - Star
Yuri Jarvet - Star
J.S. Bach - Additional Music/Songs
Friedrich Gorenstein - Screenwriter
Stanislaw Lem - Story
Edward Artemyev - Composer
Andrei Tarkovsky - Screenwriter
Vadim Yusov - Director of Photography
Andrei Tarkovsky - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1972
UPC 00715515083614
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 166 minutes
Color B&W and Color
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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