The DEFA Sci-Fi Collection (3-DVD)

The DEFA Sci-Fi Collection (3-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1960
  • Label: First Run Features
  • 3-Disc Set
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • (Unspecified) - German
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Interviews
    • Trailers: Newsreels
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Biographies
    • Additional Text: Historical Essays
    • Galleries:
      1. Photo Galleries
      2. 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:

Starring , , , , &
Directed by , &

Entertainment Reviews:

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."

Product Description:

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.

Source: First Run Features Home Video

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.

Plot Keywords:

Mystery | Outer Space | Sci-Fi / Horror / Fantasy | Science-Fiction | Space | Space Exploration | Space Travel | Thriller

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