Solaris [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1972]

  • SKU: 19123356
  • Release Date: 05/24/2011
  • Rating: PG

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Disc 1
    • Audio Commentary by Andrei Tarkovsky Scholars Vida Johnson and Graham Petrie
    • Disc Two
    • 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


    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, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Natalya Bondarchuk
      Natalya Bondarchuk - Khari
    • Jüri Järvet
      Jüri Järvet - Snauth
    • Donatas Banionis
      Donatas Banionis - Kris Kelvin
    • Anatoli Solonitsin
      Anatoli Solonitsin - Sartorius
    • Vladislav Dvorzhetsky
      Vladislav Dvorzhetsky - Burton

    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A good, slow paced Sci-Fi film.

      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good classic sci fi

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Solaris blu ray visuals, picture quality and sound was a pleasant upgrade from my old DVD copy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic sci fi

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I own the DVD. This bluray version looks and sounds way better. Worth the purchase upgrade.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This 1972 classic is a must see for anyone serious about movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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