Ground control has been receiving strange transmissions from the three
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, legendary
Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky creates a brilliantly original science
fiction epic that challenges our preconceived notions of love, truth,
and humanity itself.
DVD - The Criterion Collection
- New digital transfer, enhanced for widescreen televisions
- Audio essay by Tarkovsky scholars Vida Johnson and Graham Petrie,
co-authors of "The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue"
- New and improved English subtitle translation
- Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
- Nine deleted and alternate scenes
- Video interviews with lead actress Natalya Bondarchuk, cinematographer
Vadim Yusov, art director Mikhail Romadin, and composer Eduard Artemyev
- Documentary excerpt with Solaris author Stanislaw Lem
- Widescreen anamorphic format
Solaris is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1.
This new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine
from a 35mm low-contrast print, made from the original negative. The
soundtrack was mastered from a 35mm optical soundtrack positive. To
further enhance the image, the MTI Digital Restoration System was used
to remove thousands of instances of dirt, debris, and scratches. The
soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit; audio restoration tools were used
to reduce clicks, pops, hiss, and crackle.
Roger Ebert's essay on this DVD Classic.
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Color and Black & White
Running time: 169 minutes
Language: Russian (with English subtitles)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction