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- Format: Blu-ray
- SKU: AV300
- UPC: 760137414780
- Street Date: 11/17/20
- PreBook Date: 10/13/20
- Label: Arrow Video »
- Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy
- Run Time: 90 mins
- Number of Discs: 1
- Audio: STEREO
- Year of Production: 1972
- Region Code: 0
- Box Lot: 0
- Territory: US
- Language: English
Cast & Crew
- Actor: Bruce Dern
- Director: Douglas Trumbull
- Director: Douglas Trumbull
The Day The Last Flower Dies on Earth This Incredible Mission Began!
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In 1968, visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (The Andromeda Strain, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) contributed to the ground-breaking special photographic effects of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Four years later, he stamped his own indelible mark on the science fiction genre with his mesmerising directorial debut - Silent Running. In the not-so-distant future, Earth is barren of all flora and fauna, with what remains of the planet's former ecosystems preserved aboard a fleet of greenhouses orbiting in space. When the crews are ordered to destroy the remaining specimens, one botanist, Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern, The 'Burbs), rebels and flees towards Saturn in a desperate bid to preserve his own little piece of Earth that was, accompanied only by the ship's three service robots. Featuring a captivating central performance by Dern, visual effects that rival anything in 2001 and a powerful ecological message, Silent Running is a haunting and prescient sci-fi classic that resonates even more strongly today than it did at the time of its original release.
- Brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, approved by director Douglas Trumbull and produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
- High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ presentation
- Original lossless mono audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary by critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw
- Original audio commentary by Douglas Trumbull and actor Bruce Dern
- Isolated music and effects track
- No Turning Back, a new interview with film music historian Jeff Bond on the film’s score
- First Run, a new visual essay by writer and filmmaker Jon Spira exploring the evolution of Silent Running’s screenplay
- The Making of Silent Running, an archival 1972 on-set documentary
- Silent Running by Douglas Trumbull and Douglas Trumbull: Then and Now, two archival interviews with the film’s director
- A Conversation with Bruce Dern, an archival interview with the film’s lead actor
- Theatrical trailer
- Extensive behind-the-scenes gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Arik Roper
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Barry Forshaw and Peter Tonguette
- Ranked in many top ten sci-fi lists
- Predicted modern climate change concerns
- Influenced Star Wars
- Referenced in Iron Man 2, Ready Player One, WALL-E, Battlestar Galactica, and Metal Gear Solid
Four Stars (out of Four)... [Bruce] Dern is a very good, subtle actor.
A solid and well-disciplined first film. The spaceries really are impressive and the movie is an ingenious family entertainment which offers something to think about.
—Los Angeles Times
Just because Silent Running was a product of its time doesn't mean it doesn't have something to say to us these days, as well. The film offers a handsome production design, and Bruce Dern gives one of his most memorable performances as the wonderfully named Freeman Lowell. Technical merits are solid and the supplementary package very well done and enjoyable. Recommended.
Arrow Video certainly ups the ante here, giving us a presentation of Silent Running that’s been given careful attention. With a quality transfer and extras, it’s definitely the kind of treatment that a film of its calibre deserves. Highly recommended.
—The Digital Bits
Trumbull’s sci-fi fable is both an exploration of environmental issues and the effects of isolation on human beings. Arrow Video presents Silent Running in a new 2K restoration that looks superb, a very definite step above Universal’s earlier Blu-ray release.
Douglas Trumbull's 1972 sci-fi film is a fascinating and seemingly incongruent mixture of tones and ideas. It's a space saga in which you can plainly see the origins of "Star Wars," "Alien," and "Moon" - and most directly, "Mystery Science Theater 3000," dealing as it does with a lone man on a space station who mostly communicates with a pair of robots. But it's also an environmentalist screed, a rare slab of hippie sci-fi, complete with Joan Baez needle drops and a Bruce Dern performance that goes from mild and sensitive to wildly unhinged. The effects remain stunning, even after all these years, and Arrow's new restoration gives them their deserved shine.