- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 24, 2011
- Originally Released: 1972
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Disc 1
- Audio Commentary by Andrei Tarkovsky Scholars Vida Johnson and Graham Petrie
- Disc Two
- 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
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Knowledge is only valid when it is based on morality"
- Berton (Vladislav Dvorzhetsky to Kelvin (Donatas Banionis)
Cannes 1972 -
Los Angeles Times - 11/22/2002
"...Beautiful and astonishing....SOLARIS is a dazzlingly imaginative work with awesome production values and special effects..."
Box Office - 01/01/2003
"...A conscious, calculated effort by one of the cinema's deepest thinkers to tackle a wide variety of philosophical concerns....A uniquely dazzling display of its maker's cinematic virtuosity..."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/22/2002
"...Stunningly beautiful....[An] hypnotic meditation on guilt, human intelligence, and the nature of man's soul..."
Uncut - 03/01/2005
"[D]eeply innovative....By Tarkovsky standards, accessible. By any standards, a brooding beauty."
Wall Street Journal - 08/01/2013
"A cosmonaut is sent on a mission to a distant space station, but the voyage that concerns us takes place inside the recesses of his brain, and soul."
In Andrei Tarkovsky's SOLARIS, a scientist travels to the mysterious planet Solaris in order to investigate the failure of an earlier mission. When his long-dead wife appears on the space station, he realizes that the planet has the power to perceive human desires and make them a reality.
Cult Film |
Essential Cinema |
Space Exploration |
- SOLARIS is based on the novel by Stanislav Lem.
- Among their 35 demands for cuts on SOLARIS, the Russian censors made comments like "remove the concept of God" and "remove the scenes where Kris is walking with his pants off."
- Tarkovsky had wanted to make an autobiographical film but every script he submitted to the Soviet officials was rejected, so he finally settled with Solaris, as the censors deemed science fiction a safe genre aimed towards the youth and incapable of harboring subversive elements.
- Tarkovsky had wanted to cast Swedish actress Bibi Andersson in the role of Hari.
- Tarkovsky saw Stanley Kubrick's 2001 and disliked it, thinking it cold and sterile and relying too much on technology. He then set out to make SOLARIS its opposite.