"Actor: Andrei Tarkovsky"

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  • Solaris [DVD]Solaris | DVD | (08/08/2016) from £8.49   |  Saving you £7.50 (88.34%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Released in 1972, Solaris is Andrei Tarkovsky's third feature and his most far-reaching examination of human perceptions and failings. It's often compared to Kubrick's 2001, but although both bring a metaphysical dimension to bear on space exploration, Solaris has a claustrophobic intensity which grips the attention over spans of typically Tarkovskian stasis. Donatas Banionis is sympathetic as the cosmonaut sent to investigate disappearances on the space station orbiting the planet Solaris, only to be confronted by his past in the guise of his dead wife, magnetically portrayed by Natalya Bondarchuk. The ending is either a revelation or a conceit, depending on your viewpoint. On the DVD: Solaris reproduces impressively on DVD in widescreen--which is really essential here--and Eduard Artemiev's ambient score comes over with pristine clarity. There are over-dubs in English and French, plus subtitles in 12 languages. An extensive stills gallery, detailed filmographies for cast and crew, and comprehensive biographies of Tarkovsky and author Stanislaw Lem are valuable extras, as are the interviews with Bondarchuk and Tarkovsky's sister and an amusing 1970s promo-film for Banionis. It would have been better had the film been presented complete on one disc, instead of stretched over two. Even so, the overall package does justice to a powerful and disturbing masterpiece. --Richard Whitehouse

  • Solaris [Blu-ray]Solaris | Blu Ray | (08/08/2016) from £10.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (81.89%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Released in 1972, Solaris is Andrei Tarkovsky's third feature and his most far-reaching examination of human perceptions and failings. It's often compared to Kubrick's 2001, but although both bring a metaphysical dimension to bear on space exploration, Solaris has a claustrophobic intensity which grips the attention over spans of typically Tarkovskian stasis. Donatas Banionis is sympathetic as the cosmonaut sent to investigate disappearances on the space station orbiting the planet Solaris, only to be confronted by his past in the guise of his dead wife, magnetically portrayed by Natalya Bondarchuk. The ending is either a revelation or a conceit, depending on your viewpoint. On the DVD: Solaris reproduces impressively on DVD in widescreen--which is really essential here--and Eduard Artemiev's ambient score comes over with pristine clarity. There are over-dubs in English and French, plus subtitles in 12 languages. An extensive stills gallery, detailed filmographies for cast and crew, and comprehensive biographies of Tarkovsky and author Stanislaw Lem are valuable extras, as are the interviews with Bondarchuk and Tarkovsky's sister and an amusing 1970s promo-film for Banionis. It would have been better had the film been presented complete on one disc, instead of stretched over two. Even so, the overall package does justice to a powerful and disturbing masterpiece. --Richard Whitehouse

  • Moscow Elegy-Alexander SokuroMoscow Elegy-Alexander Sokuro | DVD | (01/08/2008) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Moscow Elegy is a part of the Elegy series created by our team at the Leningrad State Documentary Productions LSDF. The films in this series have in common an ""elegiac mood"" Moscow Elegy was originally intended to mark Tarkovsky's 50th birthday. But disagreements within the Soviet Professional Union of Cinematographers about the style and content of the film forced us to suspend production for a long time and the film was only completed after his death. This ""birthday gift"" was to be a dramatic event in my cinema career. ""The film is perception of the personality of the great film-maker and his destiny in the context of History. Let me add that our task was to create a special human approach towards the memory and personality of Tarkovsky. We attempted to treat the footage in a tender and caring way with kindness. We were not trying to embrace all aspects of Tarkovsky's life and work. We are speaking only about what he has left in his Motherland and what was going on during those years in the West where he had had to work."" Alexander Sokurov

  • The Andrei Tarkovsky CompanionThe Andrei Tarkovsky Companion | DVD | (28/05/2007) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Documentary profiling one of the leading lights of world cinema; Andrei Tarkovsky the Russian director of thought-provoking classics such as ""Solaris"" ""Stalker"" and ""Ivan's Childhood"".

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