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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 02.14.11] news scifi

Steinslaw Lem and Andrei Tarkovsky fans rejoice! The 70s science fiction adaptation, Solaris is finally coming to high-def from the Criterion Collection and we've got art and features for ya.

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

Now if only we could get Stalker on Blu-ray... you listening Criterion?

Disc Features

* High-definition digital restoration (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)

* Audio essay by Andrei Tarkovsky scholars Vida Johnson and Graham Petrie, coauthors of The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue

* 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

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wtf (11 years ago) Reply

one of my alltime favourites. epic music.

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