Solaris Solaris

Solaris

Andrei Tarkovsky

 
Solaris (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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

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.

Disc 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

Film Essays

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Solaris: Inner Space

By Phillip Lopate May 24, 2011

Andrei Tarkovsky belongs to that handful of filmmakers (Dreyer, Bresson, Vigo, Tati) who, with a small, concentrated body of work, created a universe. Though he made only seven features, . . . Read more »

Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Tarkovsky’s Space Odyssey in Oklahoma City

September 14, 2017

Andrei Tarkovsky brings his austere aesthetic and metaphysical concerns to space in his epic Solaris, playing this week at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Read more »


On Five


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Did You See This?

August 26, 2016

Last weekend, in conjunction with his new album, Blonde, musician and noted cinephile Frank Ocean released a limited-edition zine titled Boys Don’t Cry, which featured a list of his favorite . . . Read more »


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Did You See This?

April 22, 2016

Writer Harold Schechter shares a list of five true-crime films that encapsulate the essence of fear—including collection favorites In Cold Blood, The Honeymoon Killers, and Badlands—in the . . . Read more »


Clippings

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​The Timeless Costumes of Solaris

October 21, 2015

A new book examines the distinct clothing worn in Andrei Tarkovsky’s films. Read more »


Photo Galleries


Big Screen


Photo Galleries


One Scene

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One Scene: Solaris

By Panos Cosmatos May 25, 2011

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Film Essays

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Solaris: Inner Space

By Phillip Lopate May 24, 2011

Andrei Tarkovsky belongs to that handful of filmmakers (Dreyer, Bresson, Vigo, Tati) who, with a small, concentrated body of work, created a universe. Though he made only seven features, . . . Read more »


News

Harvard Honors Seventies Sci-Fi

June 18, 2010

Some of the greatest science fiction films of all time were made in the 1970s—and we’re not talking about Star Wars. This weekend, the Harvard Film Archive begins a ten-day tribute to some of . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

The Clone Returns Home: Solaris-ishness . . .

By Michael Atkinson June 16, 2009

In Tempo di viaggio (1983), the doodle Andrei Tarkovsky and Tonino Guerra made for Italian TV as they prepped Nostalghia, the great struggling Russian answers a question about genre films by . . . Read more »

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