Solaris 1972
Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris is a visually hypnotic, deeply affecting story of conscience, love, and reconciliation. The film opens with a view of a lake, as seaweed undulate beneath the current. The camera then pans to reveal a pensive psychologist, Dr. Kris Kelvin (Donatas Banionis), out for an afternoon stroll at his estranged father’s country house. Kelvin has been writing a highly influential report for the Solaristics board in response to the strange data being transmitted to ground control by the three remaining cosmonauts aboard the orbiting space station: Dr. Snouth (Yuri Yarvet), Dr. Sartorius (Anatoli Solonitsyn), and Dr. Gibarian (Sos Sarkisyan). The Solaris program is at a crossroads, and Kelvin has been appointed to visit the crew, report on their mental health, and recommend a course of action to the agency. On the day before his flight, a former cosmonaut, Berton (Vladislav Dvozhetsky), his father’s personal friend and colleague, visits him. Years earlier, Berton was sent on a search and rescue mission for a missing cosmonaut, and had a first-hand encounter with the bizarre metamorphosis of the Solaris ocean. Despite Berton’s impassioned pleas not to stifle the exploration of the unknown, Kelvin is unmoved, believing that human emotion has no bearing in the search for Truth, and raises the possibility of, not only abandoning the Solaris mission, but irradiating the turbulent ocean in order to destroy its inexplicable activity. Upon arriving at the space station, Kelvin is greeted with apathy and evasion, along with the tragic news of Gibarian’s suicide. A videotaped message shows a frail, disheveled Gibarian driven to despair by tormented visions of a lost loved one, and a profound sense of isolation. After a restless night’s sleep, Kelvin begins to realize the validity of Berton and the crew’s seeming hallucinations after his dead wife, Hari (Natalya Bondarchuk), mysteriously reappears on the station.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky (as Andrey Tarkovskiy)
Cast: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Juri Jarvet, Vladislav Dvorzhetskiy, Nikolay Grinko, Anatoliy Solonitsyn
Country: Soviet Union
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Solaris (1972) Criterion Collection 2011 Edition
BD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 02:46:54 | 44.6 Gb + 15 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English


Commentary - an audio commentary with film scholars Vida Johnson and Graham Petrie, coautors of The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue. The commentary was recorded exclusively for Criterion in 2002 and also appears on their DVD release of Solaris.

Deleted and Alternate Scenes - a gallery of various sequences which were part of the film's original version, but were cut by director Andrei Tarkovsky when Solaris was prepared for the Cannes Film Festival. For years, the original version of the film was kept in the Russian film archive Gosfilmofond. In Russian, with optional English subtitles. (25 min, 1080i).

Natalya Bondarchuk - the daughter of legendary Soviet director Sergei Bondarchuk (War and Peace) recalls her first encounter with director Andrei Tarkovsky, her work with director Larisa Shepitko, and her contribution to Solaris. The actress also discusses the Russian director's legacy. In Russian, with optional English subtitles. (33 min, 1080i).

Vadim Yusov - legendary cinematographer Vadim Yusov, who worked with director Andrei Tarkovsky on The Steamroller and the Violin, Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, and Solaris, discusses his relationship and collaborations with the Russian director. In Russian, with optional English subtitles. (34 min, 1080i).

Mikhail Romadin - production designer Mikhail Romadin recalls his work on Andrei Rublev and later on Solaris. In Russian, with optional English subtitles. (17 min, 1080i).

Eduard Artemyev - director Andrei Tarkovsky did not want a conventional music score for Solaris; rather, he wanted a collection of sounds that imitated nature's sounds. Eduard Artemyev recalls how the film's unique electronic soundtrack came to exist. (22 min, 1080i).

Stanislaw Lem - an excerpt from a Polish television documentary, which discusses Stanislaw Lem's best-selling novel and the writer's attitude towards director Andrei Tarkovsky's film. In Polish, with optional English subtitles. (5 min, 1080i).

Solaris (1972) Artificial Eye
BD50 + BD25 | 1080p AVC | 02:46:32 | 46.7 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English


Andrei Tarkovsky's Metaphysical Dream Zone: An Introduction By Mary Wild - a short video introduction to Solaris and Andrei Tarkovsky's unique body of work by film psychoanalyst Mary Wild. In English, not subtitled. (3 min).

Andrei Tarkovsky's Metaphysical Dream Zone - Part 3: Solaris - in this video piece, Mary Wild discusses the manner in which hyperreality and reality/the real are treated in Solaris, Stanislaw Lem's novel and its focus on human and technological values, Andrei Tarkovsky's interest in the metaphysical and the manner in which it is conveyed in Solaris, the interactions between the two sexes in the film, etc. In English, not subtitled. (14 min).

Interview with N. Bondarchuk - in this archival video interview, Natalya Bondarchuk, daughter of legendary Soviet director Sergei Bondarchuk (War and Peace), discusses the screening and success of Solaris at the Cannes Film Festival, the character she plays in the film (Hari), Andrei Tarkovsky's directing methods, etc. In Russian, with optional English subtitles. (6 min).

Master From a Little City: Donatas Banionis Featurette - this archival featurette takes a closer look at the life and legacy of actor Donatas Banionis (Kris). Included in the featurette are clips from films and an archival interview with the late actor. In Russian, with optional English subtitles. (11 min).

Solaris (1972) Working Version
DVD9 | PAL | 02:57:58 | 7.45 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English


• The episodes which do not exist in the working version due to different takes and angles (with English subtitles)

• Trailer which consists from the shots not included in both versions of the movie (Russian, English, French Audio, with English subtitles)

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