WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Genre:Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk, Yuri Jarvet.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 2
Sound Rating: 2
Download WSR Review
Reference Systems
Critics' Composite Score:
Internet Links


DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Image Entertainment
(Catalog Number): ID2104CO
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Retail Price): $49.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 166
(Color Type): Color With Black & White Sequences
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1971
(LD Release Date): 10/01/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Andrei Tarkovsky
(Screenplay/Written By): Briedrich Gorenstein & Andrei Tarkovsky
(Story): NA
(Music): Eduard Artemev
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Mikhail Romandin
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor): L. Feiginova
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Mosfilm Studios

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris is based on the novel by Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem. The film, which won the Grand Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival has been called, “Russia’s answer to 2001.” The story is about unusual phenomena reported to be taking place on the planet Solaris. Cosmonauts on the space station on the edge of the mysterious planet have died from some connection with the convoluted surface of Solaris. The amorphous surface of the planet, an all-encompassing, dense, cloudy sea, turns out in fact to be a living entity that does not communicate directly, but rather materializes fantasies from human lives. Through hallucinations, the scientist (Donatas Banionis) called upon to investigate, delves deep into a fantasy world of his own moral conflicts. It is his moral parable that raises the films thematic ethical questions.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2,35:1 picture quality is a bit rough overall with noticeable color over-saturation, grain, and used print artifacts which detracts from otherwise very fine cinematography.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is mono with noticeable hiss, but with clear dialogue.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
Reference LaserDisc:
Collector Edition: