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Solaris [DVD Boxset] [Criterion Collection; 2-Disc Set; Widescreen]

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  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.

    Cannes Jury Prize 1972

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SOL070

  • Credits
    Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk, Yuri Jarvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetsky, Anatoli Solonitsyn, Anatoli Solonitzin, Anatoli Solonitsin, Sos Sarkissian, Sos Sarkisyan
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Beautiful and astonishing....SOLARIS is a dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...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..."
    Box Office

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

    "[D]eeply innovative....By Tarkovsky standards, accessible. By any standards, a brooding beauty."

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