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Solaris [DVD] [Widescreen Version]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2007983

  • Credits
    George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis, Ulrich Tukur
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Visually handsome in an austere way..."
    New York Times

    "...Clooney does a convincing job....Davies is also strong....Soderbergh does a fine job of creating a moody atmosphere of pervasive anxiety..."
    USA Today

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

    "...Sleekly austere....McElhone is certainly someone to pine for -- there are depths to her apple-cheeked sculptural beauty..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...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..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...A uniquely dazzling display of its maker's cinematic virtuosity..."
    Box Office

    "...Technically superb and features a strong serious performance by George Clooney..."
    Variety

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