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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

  • Sculpting Time - The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection [Blu-ray]Sculpting Time - The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection | Blu Ray | (11/12/2017) from £49.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Disc 1 Ivan's Childhood 1962 Russian and German with English subtitles Running time: 94 mins Black and white 1.33:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 2 Andrei Rublev 1966 Russian, Italian and Tatar with English subtitles Running time: 178 mins Black and white 2.35:1 LPCM 2.0 > Disc 3 Solaris 1972 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 166 mins Black and white/ colour 2.35:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 4 Mirror 1973 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 105 mins Black and white/ colour 1.37:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 5 Stalker 1979 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 162 mins Black and white/colour 1.33:1 LPCM Dual mono Disc 6 Nostalgia 1983 Russian and Italian with English subtitles Running time: 125 mins Black and white/ colour 1.66:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 7 The Sacrifice 1986 English, Swedish and French with English subtitles Running time: 148 mins Audio commentary Colour 1.66:1 LPCM mono

  • Sculpting Time - The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection [DVD]Sculpting Time - The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection | DVD | (11/12/2017) from £38.49   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Disc 1 Ivan's Childhood 1962 Russian and German with English subtitles Running time: 94 mins Black and white 1.33:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 2 Andrei Rublev 1966 Russian, Italian and Tatar with English subtitles Running time: 178 mins Black and white 2.35:1 LPCM 2.0 > Disc 3 Solaris 1972 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 166 mins Black and white/ colour 2.35:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 4 Mirror 1973 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 105 mins Black and white/ colour 1.37:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 5 Stalker 1979 Russian with English subtitles Running time: 162 mins Black and white/colour 1.33:1 LPCM Dual mono Disc 6 Nostalgia 1983 Russian and Italian with English subtitles Running time: 125 mins Black and white/ colour 1.66:1 LPCM 2.0 Disc 7 The Sacrifice 1986 English, Swedish and French with English subtitles Running time: 148 mins Audio commentary Colour 1.66:1 LPCM mono

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