Solaris – Criterion [DVD] (1972) *LIKE NEW*

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Solaris – Criterion [DVD] (1972) *LIKE NEW*


A 1972 Soviet science fiction film based on Stanisław Lem’s novel of the same name published in 1961. The film was co-written and directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The film is a meditative psychological drama occurring mostly aboard a space station orbiting the fictional planet Solaris. The scientific mission has stalled because the skeleton crew of three scientists have fallen into separate emotional crises. Psychologist Kris Kelvin travels to the Solaris space station to evaluate the situation only to encounter the same mysterious phenomena as the others.

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  • DISC ONE: 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
  • DISC TWO: 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
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Soviet film poster
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
Produced by Viacheslav Tarasov
Written by
Based on Solaris
by Stanisław Lem
Music by Eduard Artemyev
Cinematography Vadim Yusov
Edited by Lyudmila Feiginova
Distributed by Mosfilm
Release date
Running time
166 minutes
Country Soviet Union
  • Russian
  • German
Budget SUR 1,000,000 (about $829,000 in 1972 USD)

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Weight 1.0 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 1.0 × 7.5 in


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In loyalty to the novel’s complex and slow-paced narrative, Tarkovsky wanted to bring a new emotional and intellectual depth to the genre, viewing most of western science fiction as shallow. The ideas which Tarkovsky tried to express in this film are further developed in Stalker (1979).

The critically successful Solaris features Natalya Bondarchuk (Hari), Donatas Banionis (Kris Kelvin), Jüri Järvet (Dr. Snaut), Vladislav Dvorzhetsky (Henri Berton), Nikolai Grinko (Kris Kelvin’s Father), Olga Barnet(Kris Kelvin’s Mother), Anatoli Solonitsyn (Dr. Sartorius), and Sos Sargsyan (Dr. Gibarian); the music is by Johann Sebastian Bach and Eduard Artemyev. At the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, it won the Grand Prix Spécial du Jury, the FIPRESCI prize and was nominated for the Palme d’Or. The film is often cited as one of the greatest science fiction films in the history of cinema.