Blu-ray Disc - 2011 | Russian
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Adapted from a Stanislaw Lem novel. Ground control has been receiving strange transmissions from the three remaining residents of theSolaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is sent to investigate, he experiences the strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his own consciousness.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, c2011
Edition: Blu-ray special ed
ISBN: 9781604653854
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (167 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book


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Mar 13, 2018

Here's a relevant and true-to-life story that completely validates and justifies my low opinion of 1972's "Solaris".

Of course - As we all know - "Solaris" (the film) was adapted to the screen by director, Andre Tarkovsky from Sci-Fi writer, Stanislaw Lem's 1961 novel of the same name.

So - As the story goes - After a 6-month collaboration - Lem and Tarkovsky's work together ended in a nasty and bitter conflict over unwarranted changes and additions that Tarkovsky was making to the original story.

When interviewed about the split - Lem angrily claimed that Tarkovsky had turned his novel into a flimsy and shallow outer space soap opera.

"He was moving in the opposite direction from my book!" Lem stated.... In other words - Tarkovsky's film ruined the whole essence and philosophical flow of Lem's book.

And, after seeing this grossly over-rated disappointment for myself - I couldn't agree more with Lem in his utter outrage towards Tarkovsky and his precious, little picture.

Jan 18, 2018

This was a great film - much better than the George Clooney remake. Very well acted with a great story.

Nov 16, 2017

One of the Masterpieces of film >> sculpted in time by Tarkovsky. Is love eternal or a fleeting illusion ?? I love this film ~ 420

Jul 05, 2017

More an exploration of inner than of outer space, Tarkovsky's eerie mystic parable is given substance by the filmmaker's boldly original grasp of film language and the remarkable performances by all the principals.

Apr 30, 2017

Monumental !!!!

Jan 30, 2017

Wow! This Andrey Tarkovsky's movie is amazing! One of the best science fictions films! Natalya Bondarchuk is beautiful! A bit different from the book of Stanislaw Lem, but I like movie more!

Jun 10, 2016

One of the masterpieces of science fiction filmmaking- just a beautiful, mesmerizing, thought provoking film.

Jun 09, 2016

Poor Andrei! When author Stanislaw Lem saw this film he hated it and scathingly criticized everything about it. Given the budgetary and other restrictions under which Tarkovskii had to work, I consider it a masterpiece. Tarkovskii himself regarded Solaris as his least successful film, but never explained exactly why he felt that way. In the early 1970's the original subtitled cinema release was withdrawn and replaced by an absolutely awful version overdubbed in English by some language institute in Paris. At the time of this writing (July 2017) a newly restored copy of the film is available to art-house theaters. The worst insult Solaris suffered was when Steven Soderberg decided to do a remake. At first I was enthused with the idea of a new director taking advantage of CGI and a more substantial budget, because Lem's mimoids, symmetriads, asymmetriads and other phenomena of the planet Solaris would present an amazing challenge for modern state-of-the-art film making and special effects technology. Alas, Soderberg produced a muddled and uninspired mess. (On it's release I recall a well known female film critic who quipped "the only thing worth seeing in this movie was George Clooney's gorgeous naked butt".

Marinetti May 02, 2016

Amazing film- it asks serious questions about the nature of consciousness and ultimately, what it means to be human.

Jan 20, 2016

About as much about sci-fi as Citizen Kane is about the newspaper business. But if you'd like to find out something about the persistence of human emotion and memory, this is the place to go

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