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8.7 3 10
FanFix August 14, 2012 3242
(Updated: September 13, 2012)
Review by spicediver — May 17, 2011 @ 8:36 am

This edit is superb.

Engaging storytelling through editing and technically very well put together.

I’ve seen Steven Sordeberg’s 2002 adpation of the novel about 6 or 7 times. I adore that film.

Tarkovsky’s adpation I’ve only seen once, in a small inner city arthouse theaterette with beanbags and mattresses where, for the first and only time in my life, I fell asleep in a cinema. For about 30 minutes I think.

Maybe I can blame the beanbags, but we all know that many viewers find the film torturously slow. I found the original cut full of good ideas and with a good cast, but with too much pretentious dialogue and too much arty but pointless padding. It’s a ripe candidate for a shorter version, created by an editor without Tarkovsky looking over his shoulder.

Well done Brumous – you’ve transformed the film. It’s a milestone sci-fi flick despite its flaws and now you’ve removed many of those flaws. No sci-fi fan now as any excuse not give Solaris at least one viewing.

10/10 from me.
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