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Solaris (2002)

Director: Steven Soderbergh     Starring: George Clooney
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40223367
UPC: 024543079835
UPC 14: 00024543079835
Sales Rank: 3040
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There are some places man is not ready to go.
A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.

"It's a lovely, eerie film that casts an odd, rapt spell.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A mind-bender in the best sense of the word: The spell it casts follows you all the way home.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
Steven Soderbergh (OCEAN'S ELEVEN, TRAFFIC) delivers yet another inspired remake with this pensive sci-fi drama based on the book by Stanislaw Lem. Taking his cue from Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 epic of the same name, Soderbergh boldly chooses atmosphere over action, crafting a profoundly meditative work that will challenge audiences for many years to come. George Clooney plays Chris Kelvin, a therapist who is sent to a space station near the planet of Solaris in order to investigate a series of mysterious happenings. When he arrives, he finds only two surviving crew members, the hyper-strange Snow (Jeremy Davies) and ultra-paranoid Gordon (Viola Davis). Unable to make sense of their fear and confusion, Chris soon discovers the reason for their anxiety. In a seemingly implausible turn of events caused by Solaris's bizarre energy levels, Chris's deceased wife Rhea (Natascha McElhone) reappears. Fully aware that Rhea is only a figment of his memory, Chris is nonetheless unable to dismiss her due to the tragic events surrounding her death. He must somehow find a way to bid farewell to Rhea once and for all without collapsing under the weight of his own guilty conscience. Soderbergh's dream of a motion picture successfully balances philosophy with romance, telling a familiar tale of love and loss in a strikingly original way.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/10/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2007983
Video UPC UPC: 00024543079835
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info George Clooney
Video Cast Info Jeremy Davies
Video Cast Info Natascha McElhone
Video Cast Info Ulrich Tukur
Video Cast Info Viola Davis
Video Cast Info Stanislaw Lem - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Steven Soderbergh - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Steven Soderbergh - Director
Video Cast Info Steven Soderbergh - Editor
Video Cast Info Cliff Martinez - Original Music
Video Cast Info Rae Sanchini - Producer
Video Cast Info Jon Landau - Producer
Video Cast Info James Cameron - Producer
Video Cast Info Philip Messina - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Steven Soderbergh - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Visually handsome in an austere way..." 11/27/2002 p.E1

USA Today
"...Clooney does a convincing job....Davies is also strong....Soderbergh does a fine job of creating a moody atmosphere of pervasive anxiety..." 11/27/2002 p.3D

Rolling Stone
"...SOLARIS is a mind-bender in the best sense of the word: The spell it casts follows you all the way home..." 12/12/2002 p.106

Entertainment Weekly
"...Sleekly austere....McElhone is certainly someone to pine for -- there are depths to her apple-cheeked sculptural beauty..." 12/06/2002 p.69

Los Angeles Times
"...What it does most of all is reinforce Steven Soderbergh's position as Hollywood's most gifted chameleon, a filmmaker able to operate with elan in all manner of genres..." 11/27/2002 p.C1

Box Office
"...A uniquely dazzling display of its maker's cinematic virtuosity..." 01/01/2003 p.57

"...Technically superb and features a strong serious performance by George Clooney..." 11/25/2002 p.22-7

San Francisco Examiner 6 of 10
Solaris gives us Soderbergh unbound, freewheeling and self-indulgent as he follows his muse. Trouble is, very much like the space station in which most of the "action" takes places, Solaris ultimately collapses into elaborate swirls of impenetrable gas. - Joe Leydon

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
The number of "thinking" science fiction films is small, and most are produced on small budgets for start-up directors. The first-rate production values and A-list star make Solaris an exception-and a rewarding one, at that. This is the first film I have seen in a long time to make me feel some of the things I experienced while watching 2001. Solaris is neither as effective nor as ambitious as Kubrick's masterpiece, but it's still a compelling cinematic experience for those who are willing to abandon themselves to the unforced, measured rhythms of an issues-based motion picture. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
When I saw Tarkovsky's original film, I felt absorbed in it, as if it were a sponge. It was slow, mysterious, confusing, and I have never forgotten it. Soderbergh's version is more clean and spare, more easily readable, but it pays full attention to the ideas and doesn't compromise. Tarkovsky was a genius, but one who demanded great patience from his audience as he ponderously marched toward his goals. The Soderbergh version is like the same story freed from the weight of Tarkovsky's solemnity. And it evokes one of the rarest of movie emotions, ironic regret. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Clooney,George
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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