Based on a novel by Stanislaw Lem, Solaris centers on widowed psychologist Kris Kelvin (Donata Banionis), who is sent to a space station orbiting a water-dominated planet called Solaris to investigate the mysterious death of a doctor, as well as the mental problems plaguing the dwindling number of cosmonauts on the station. Finding the remaining crew to be behaving oddly and aloof, Kelvin is more than surprised when he meets his seven-years-dead wife Khari (Natalya Bondarchuk) on the station. It quickly becomes apparent that Solaris possesses something that brings out repressed memories and obsessions within the cosmonauts on the space station, leaving Kelvin to question his perception of reality. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, Solaris was remade by Steven Soderbergh in 2002.~Matthew Tobey
Audio Commentary by Andrei Tarkovsky Scholars Vida Johnson and Graham Petrie
Nine Deleted and Alternate Scenes
Video Interviews with Actress Natalya Bondarchuk, Cinematographer Vadim Yusov, Art Director Mikhail Romadin, and Composer Eduard Artemyev
Excerpt from a Documentary about Stanislaw Lem, the Author of the Film's source novel
Plus: a Booklet featuring an Essay by Critic Phillip Lopate and an Appreciation by Director Akira Kurosawa
I enjoyed the film Solaris quite a bit. The pacing feels a bit like 2001: A Space Odyssey, but Solaris does not have the same experimental film feel. The quality of the Blu-Ray is excellent. Everything looks great and sounds great. The opening scene looks beautiful. Im not a DVD extras person so I can't say much there. I love the packaging and disc art, they are among the best in my Blu-Ray collection. I also appreciate that Criterion manufactures/prints their films in the USA, a small, but nice touch. Be sure to check out the 2003 remake with George Clooney.