- Number of Discs: 3
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 23, 2005
- Originally Released: 1960
- Label: First Run Features
- 3-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- (Unspecified) - German
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Newsreels
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Additional Text: Historical Essays
- Photo Galleries
- DEFA Sci-Fi Trailer Gallery
Disc 1: THE SILENT STAR
Disc 2: IN THE DUST OF THE STARS
Disc 3: EOLOMEA
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 08/23/2005
"It's an interesting and entertaining lot, ranging from the relative sobriety of the 1960 Polish co-production THE SILENT STAR...to the screaming camp of IN THE DUST OF THE STARS."
The East German-based DEFA film studio produced three great sci-fi films in the 1970s, which are collected on this set.
THE SILENT STAR: Eight curious scientists in the far-future year 1985 try to find the source and meaning of a message disc from the planet Venus. Based on "The Astronauts" by the great Stanislaw Lem (SOLARIS), this SF curio also boasts a multinational cast, as well as beautiful photography and production design. Though Lem disowned the film, it stands on its own rather well and is probably one of the best SF films from the fifties.
EOLOMEA: A thoughtful science-fiction film that springs from the infamous DEFA studio, EOLOMEA was filmed just a few years after Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY captured cinemagoers imaginations. The title refers to a message received from space by citizens still on earth. As they puzzle over what "eolomea" could mean, eight space craft go missing and a vast space station breaks off all communication. Although the special effects are a little creaky, the search for the missing vessels makes for absorbing viewing, and encompasses a broad range of familiar sci-fi themes; fans of genre classics such as Tarkovsky's SOLARIS and Douglas Trumbull's SILENT RUNNING should find much to love here.
IN THE DUST OF THE STARS: A retro '70s vision of the future, IN THE DUST OF THE STARS was made by the DEFA film studio. A radio signal attracts a team of astronauts to a mysterious planet. Once there, they are warmly welcomed by an alien race, but are soon suspicious of what is really occurring on this strange land. Although it looks dated now, IN THE DUST OF THE STARS carries a certain period charm, with the bearded space explorers resembling those in John Carpenter's amusing 1974 space romp DARK STAR.
Description by First Run Features Home Video:
Newly remastered and packed with fascinating bonus materials, THE DEFA SCI-FI COLLECTION features three seminal works from the legendary DEFA film studio: The Silent Star, Eolomea and In the Dust of the Stars. Always provocative, hugely influential and highly entertaining, these mind-bending stories of space exploration, alien races and utopian dreams (or nightmares) are finally available, unaltered and unedited, in all their space-age glory.
THE SILENT STAR (95 minutes, color, 1960)
In this celebrated sci-fi classic, a mysterious object from outer space is found in the Gobi desert. An international expedition, dispatched to Venus to decipher the message it contains, discovers it is a d eclaration of war - on Earth! The first sci-fi film made in East Germany by the legendary DEFA film studio, The Silent Star is a masterpiece in story, art and set design, and technology and was the forerunner of 2001: A Space Odyssey and, later, Contact. Based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem (who also wrote Solaris) and made during the U.S./U.S.S.R. space race set off by the Sputnik launch, The Silent Star is now finally available unedited and unaltered in this digitally remastered version.
IN THE DUST OF THE STARS (95 minutes, color, 1976)
After a six year voyage from Earth provoked by an urgent message for help, the spaceship Cyrno and her crew arrive on the planet TEM 4 ready for action. But the 'Temers' deny having sent the message. Before departing, one of the crewman discovers something mysterious going on under the surface of TEM 4. This groovy 70's sci-fi classic, replete with space age costumes, liberal social mores, and a socialist utopian undercurrent, is an enjoyable gem from the legendary DEFA East German film studio. Newly remastered, this version presents the original, unedited film in all its glory.
EOLOMEA (80 minutes, color, 1972)
A mysterious message - "Eolomea" - is received on Earth from a sector of space. Within three days, eight cargo ships disappear from the sector, and an space station goes silent. What is Eolomea - and who on Earth knows about it' With shades of Tarkovsky, Kubrick, and even Jess Franco, this striking sci-fi classic from the legendary DEFA film studio features a spectacular space exploration plot grounded in realism - the scientists drink and swear, the bureaucrats get in the way, and the space stations are reminiscent of MIR.
Outer Space |
Sci-Fi / Horror / Fantasy |
Space Exploration |
Space Travel |