Solaris

Ground control has been receiving mysterious transmissions from the three remaining residents of the Solaris space station. When cosmonaut and psychologist Kris Kelvin is dispatched to investigate, he experiences the same strange phenomena that afflict the Solaris crew, sending him on a voyage into the darkest recesses of his consciousness. With Solaris, the legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic that challenges our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.

Film Info

  • Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Soviet Union
  • 1972
  • 166 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Russian
  • Spine #164

Special Features

  • New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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
  • New subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Phillip Lopate and an appreciation by director Akira Kurosawa

New cover by Sam Smith

Purchase Options

On backorder, available Nov 9, 2018

Special Features

  • New, high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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
  • New subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Phillip Lopate and an appreciation by director Akira Kurosawa

New cover by Sam Smith

Solaris
Cast
Natalya Bondarchuk
Hari
Donatas Banionis
Kris Kelvin
Yuri Yarvet
Snaut
Vladislav Dvorzhetsky
Berton
Nikolai Grinko
Kris's father
Anatoly Solonitsyn
Sartorius
Credits
Director
Andrei Tarkovsky
Screenplay
Fridrikh Gorenshtein
Screenplay
Andrei Tarkovsky
From the novel by
Stanislaw Lem
Cinematography
Vadim Yusov
Art direction
Mikhail Romadin
Music
Eduard Artemyev
Sound
Symyon Litvinov

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