Bruce Dern stars as the caretaker of a greenhouse located on a group of space stations that are sent into orbit. The Earth has been stripped clean of foliage, and the greenhouse contains the last remaining greenery from the planet. Dern's staff includes three human beings and a trio of endearing robots named Huey, Dewey, and Louie. When word arrives, from the powers that be, that the greenhouse is to be destroyed (the space station is more valuable to man when hauling cargo and not "preserving the ecology of the universe"), Dern decides to ignore the order. He also decides to go it alone, "circle the wagons" with his robots, and fend off all outside attempts to eliminate his ecological paradise. Special-effects maven Douglas Trumbull directs, Michael Cimino was one of the screenwriters, and Peter "PDQ Bach" Schickele wrote the musical score.~Hal Erickson
Brand new 2k restoration from the orginal camera negative, approved by Director Douglas Trumbull and Produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation
Original lossless mono audio
Optional English Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary by critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw
Original audio commentary by Douglas Trumbull and actor Bruce Dern
Isolated music and effects track
No Turning Back, a new interview with film music historian Jeff Bond on the film's score
First Run, a new visual essay by writer and filmmaker Jon Spira exploring the evolution of Silent Running's screenplay
The Making of Silent Running, an archival 1972 on-set documentary
Silent Running by Douglas Trumbull and Douglas Trumbull: Then and Now, two archival interviews with the film's Director
A Conversation with Bruce Dern, an archival interview with the film's lead actor
Extensive behind-the-scenes gallery
Reversibles sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Arik Roper
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great release of 70's sci-fi
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
A wonderful blu-ray of a very distinctive 70's sci-fi movie. Beautifully crafted with a fantastic performance by Bruce Dern. Best transfer of this movie you will find anywhere. Throw out your old blurays and DVDs. this is the one to own., Has some nice special features too. Also worth noting... the film is often referenced for its environmental themes and if you are into that sort of thing its there, but if you are not dont let it scare you away, What the main character does in the name of what he believes in is clearly observed in a critical way. And that is what makes the story more interesting than just another "save the environment" movie. See it for the tone, feel, and for the love of sci-fi.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A better than average 1970's message movie
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
A better than average 1970's message movie with Bruce Dern delivering a solid solo performance.
Very good story plot about a botanist who free the last surviving forest in space with only a drone to care for it, rather than to follow orders and destroy it. I would of have this a 5 star rating if only he had let his damage drone go free with the other one.
I purchased this one because it's an oldie but goody that I could finally get on bluray. It is a unique and (at least for me) memorable 1970's sci-fi film. It isn't high budget but it is enjoyable. If you're looking for laser shoot-em up space adventure this isn't it. It has an interesting message and begs the question what would you do if you were in the main characters place. It comes across a little hokey at times but I think that's part of it's charm.