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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 75 (Aug 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis & Ulrich Tukur

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Steven Soderbergh and producer James Cameron, a 13-minute HBO making of special, an 18-minute Solaris: Behind The Planet featurette, a step-through on-screen original screenplay, and trailers.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2008468
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Sexuality/nudity, brief language and thematic elements
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 98
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/29/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Steven Soderbergh
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Story Synopsis:
Based on the book by Stanislaw Lem, Solaris has previously been on the big screen with the Russian versian directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Aboard a distant space station orbiting a mysterious planet, a goup of terrified astronauts are experiencing a host of strange phenomena. When psychologist Chris Kelvin (Clooney) arrives to investigate, and interrogate the crew to find out what has happened, he is faced with a power that puts his sanity to the ultimate test. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits incredibly intriguing images that are richly saturated with bold colors that contrast the deepest blacks. Images are sharp and nicely detailed, with excellent contrast and shadow delineation. The bright lighting on the space station provides an isolating, sterile atmosphere, while blue hues contribute a cold feeling that is visually contrasted by the warm browns and golds in the visions that eventually haunt Chris Kelvin. There is virtually no edge enhancement worth mentioning, but minor pixelization is detected. A candidate for D-VHS

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