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Solaris - Am I Alone on This One?


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#1 of 37 OFFLINE   Todd McF

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Posted March 26 2004 - 09:08 AM

Watched the remake of Solaris last night. I did not see the original but I knew the plot basics.

I thought the movie was really great. I can't believe how little attention it has gotten. Where are the DVD reviews? I'm shocked noone here did a review. What a shame, its a great looking disk. Some shots are a bit soft (I'm using a Front Projection DLP) but the FX shots are simply incredible.

I went in thinking I'd fall asleep at least twice trying to watch it, but that was not the case.

Great score too BTW.

What a shame the film is ignored! Don't flame me, but I'd put it up there with Gattica.

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#2 of 37 OFFLINE   Jack Johnson

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Posted March 26 2004 - 09:41 AM

Yep, criminally ignored.

A terrific film, with many stylistic nods to Stanley Kubrick. It's an existential idea movie, which explains its failure with today's audiences.

I'd just feel so much better about things if a film like this could succeed now and then...



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#3 of 37 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted March 26 2004 - 09:49 AM

Gorgeous to look at, with a great soundtrack, and a complete mindjob of a story. I love it Posted Image It certainly deserved to be a hit.
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#4 of 37 OFFLINE   Todd McF

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Posted March 26 2004 - 09:55 AM

Yeah,

I came here and TheDigitalBits looking for the DVD review and found that people took the time to look at Scooby Doo, the Flintstones, and Dawn of the Dead but no Solaris? Oh well. Beautiful disk.

RottenTomatoes rates it at a respectable 64%. Better than most for such an ignored film.

Maybe if Jerry Bruckheimer had produced it.....

#5 of 37 OFFLINE   Jake Johnson

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Posted March 26 2004 - 09:55 AM

I'm with you. This movie is great, and deserves to get much more attention than it has. I would kill for a SE of this with Soderbergh's original cut and some more extras. I was really hoping for something in the way of an hour-long documentary on this. Maybe someday...Criterion? Solaris 1972/Solaris 2002. Like The Killers dvd set. That would be a bucketfull of zest right there.
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#6 of 37 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted March 26 2004 - 10:06 AM

For some reason, this movie didn't stick with me at all. I just saw it a couple of months ago, and I can't remember a THING about it -- not even whether I liked it or not!

I remember more about the original version, which I saw about 15 years ago. Go figure. . .
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#7 of 37 OFFLINE   ChrisBEA

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Posted March 26 2004 - 11:18 AM

I loved it too, was well shot, acted, story was involving and bizarre. Really something you need to wrap your mind around. I need to get the original now...

#8 of 37 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted March 26 2004 - 11:31 AM

I enjoyed it too and recommend it to anyone interested in "old school sci-fi" without big 'splosions and the like. The only trivial thing that bugs me is Clooney's improper (and unsafe) vegetable cutting technique. Hello! Are you TRYING to sever a digit?
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#9 of 37 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted March 26 2004 - 11:35 AM

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What a shame the film is ignored!

It isn't. There's a multi-page discussion thread in the Movies forum. As for the DVD, I believe it came out around the time the current HTF panel of reviewers was being assembled. That led to a gap in DVD reviews. But members supplied their comments in this thread.

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#10 of 37 OFFLINE   Ray H

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Posted March 26 2004 - 12:38 PM

I just saw this for the second time last month. Very good movie. I really enjoyed it.
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#11 of 37 OFFLINE   Osato

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Posted March 26 2004 - 02:14 PM

I intended to watch the original first, but found the remake used and picked it up. I agree that this film deserved more attention then it was given. Great dvd and yeah, the music score rocked!!!

Recommended!!

#12 of 37 OFFLINE   Matt_P

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Posted March 26 2004 - 03:16 PM

Count me in on this one, too. I've been singing this film's praises for a long time. If you notice, I started the initial thread on this DVD (see Michael's link).

Great film. Brilliant score by Cliff Martinez.

Nice to see others discovering this gem.

#13 of 37 OFFLINE   David_Blackwell

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Posted March 26 2004 - 03:56 PM

I like SOLARIS. The Russian version is interesting, but it is slow in a hypnotic way (wrote an article/review on that movie in addition to a DVD review later on for my site). The new version is interesting because it is a new adaptation of the Stanislaw Lem novel while being also a remake of the Russian movie. I want the SE of the new SOLARIS so bad.

The thing that gets me is that I heard of a third version of SOLARIS over at the forums for a great SOLARIS site taht doesn't exist anymore (and i have no idea of what the forum address is). Supposedly there was a TV adaptation based on the Polish sci-fi novel made for Polish TV in the 1960s. Alas there isn't that much info on whether said poster was telling the truth (since there isn't any info on the internet to back up the existence of third version of SOLARIS). However I give some leeway since every movie or TV show isn't listed on the internet (and some may not have that much info on them).

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#14 of 37 OFFLINE   Robert Spalding

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Posted March 26 2004 - 04:12 PM

I loved this movie too. Saw a movie with the girl from this called, "Laurel Canyon" that I quite enjoyed too.

#15 of 37 OFFLINE   Jeff Swearingen

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Posted March 26 2004 - 04:38 PM

I've seen (and own) them both. The remake is much clearer to follow, but left me disappointed once I compared it to the Tarkovsky original. I've watched the original three or four times (it takes that many to really begin to appreciate it). The biggest criticism that I've read is the 1972 is very slow moving. Honestly, after rewatching it I'd almost prefer it move a bit slower...to let the sensations completely overwhelm the viewer. '72 is just full of wonder and awe once you see it...and emotion. They were present in the remake, but not so much.

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Posted March 26 2004 - 04:41 PM

This is one of those movies that I saw and loved, but none of my friends liked it at all. I was kind of shocked that almost everyone around me hated the film!

#17 of 37 OFFLINE   Craig Beam

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Posted March 26 2004 - 04:51 PM

Absolutely loved it... everything about it. Just sublime. And that music! I've owned the soundtrack for well over a year, and I still listen to it several nights a week as I drift off to sleep.

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Posted March 26 2004 - 05:13 PM

I like it too. Unfortunately, in the Best three Worst three Need three thread, somebody tagged Solaris as one of my three worst!

The '72 version is on my wish list.

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Posted March 26 2004 - 05:48 PM

There is also a Solaris Review Thread

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#20 of 37 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted March 26 2004 - 06:58 PM

maybe i am alone on thisone, i hated it. ive seen the original many times and love it.
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in the Best three Worst three Need three thread, somebody tagged Solaris as one of my three worst!
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