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Silent Running (1972) 2K Blu-ray: Environmental sci-fi

Arrow Video (USA) is set to release director Douglas Trumbull’s engaging classic sci-fi, Silent Running (1972) on 2K Blu-ray. Stars Bruce Dern.

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.

Silent Running (1972) — Photo
Image courtesy IMDB

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.

Visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (notable for his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner and Close Encounters of the Third Kind), made his directorial debut with this eco-themed sci-fi classic

Andrew L. Urban — Urban Cinefile

Release date: November 17, 2020
Genre: Sci-fi

DirectorDouglas Trumbull
CastBruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin
Production Year1972
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Run Time89 minutes
FormatsColor / 2K / 1.85:1
StudioArrow Video (USA)

Special features

NEW 2K RESTORATION from the original camera negative, approved by director Douglas Trumbull and produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
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

Silent Running (1972) trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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