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Silent Running: Limited Edition - Masters Of Cinema (Blu-ray)

Released on 14 November 2011

Featuring: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts & Ron Rifkin

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: Universal Suitable for All

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Three years after helping to achieve some of the most amazing imagery in cinema history with 2001: A Space Odyssey, special effects maestro Douglas Trumbull made an auspicious directorial debut at age 29 with the environmentally themed science fiction classic Silent Running.

In the distant future, plant life on our planet is extinct. Remaining specimens are cultivated in vast greenhouse-like domes orbiting in space. Bruce Dern (Marnie, Coming Home, The 'burbs, Monster) stars as Freeman Lowell, dedicated botanist aboard the "Valley Forge", awaiting the call to refoliate Earth - despite the scorn of his crewmates. When an order comes to instead destroy the domes and return home, Lowell takes matters into his own hands, beginning a long and lonely voyage into the unknown.

With its remarkable special effects (especially the robot drones Huey, Dewey, and Louie); glorious score (including songs performed by Joan Baez); memorable sound effects (created by Joseph Byrd from the cult band The United States of America); a screenplay co-written by Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter) and Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues), and an impassioned central performance from Dern, Silent Running remains a uniquely contemplative and haunting adventure that continues to make hippies of young children, even today.
  • New high-definition master in its original aspect ratio
  • A host of extras to be announced nearer the release date
  • PLUS: A lavish booklet featuring rare production imagery, and more!

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Could people please just comment on the quality of the Bluray, if somebody is reading the review, it's pretty certain that they have seen the film and know what it's about. I don't care what your thoughts are on the film, just on the picture and sound quality

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This is one of my all time favourite films. Truely beautiful and at times haunting, the final scenes coupled with the song that is played always makes me cry! Yes it has an eco meaning but perhaps the message of the film is something we may face in the future...pause for thought!

 Silent Running - Classic

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At last a blu ray release. One of the best films of the 70s, that gets better with each viewing. Bruce Dern has never been better.

 Cult Classic SciFi

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It calls back a time when there were flowers all over the Earth... and there were valleys. And there were plains of tall green grass that you could lie down in - you could go to sleep in. And there were blue skies, and there was fresh air... and there were things growing all over the place, not just in some domed enclosures blasted some millions of miles out in to space.......................
This film was ahead of its time in story, touching on global warming etc, only the Joan Baez songs date it but somehow and at the the same time they add a haunting charm to it. Cleverly made as well, as you would expect from Douglas Trumbull.

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ActorsBruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint, Mark Persons, Steven Brown, Cheryl Sparks & Larry Whisenhunt
DirectorDouglas Trumbull
CertificateUniversal Suitable for All
Year1971
ScreenWidescreen 1.85:1
LanguagesEnglish
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired
Closed CaptionsYes
Duration1 hour and 30 minutes (approx)