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The blu-ray looks fine though there are numerous specks of dust throughout that haven't been cleaned up. Special features include a 49 minute making of featurette, a conversation with Bruce Dern, and a couple of Douglas Trumbull vignettes about Silent Running and his time in the film industry.
There is little if anything of a critical nature that I could add to the excellent comments of darkgenius (see below). I did not see the character of Freeman Lowell as quite the fanatic that he did - which surprised me, because that *is* how I remembered him from my previous viewings, many years ago. If we lived in the ecologically monstrous era of the film, yet saw with the vision of a man of today (as Lowell does), I imagine many of us would exhibit more outrage than he does. In fact, I think the indifference of his co-workers astonishes - or perhaps appalls - me more than Lowell's personal involvement.
This is a very moving film. Evil is usually depicted in film in much more immediate and dramatic manifestations than one usually encounters in real life. CS Lewis has made the observation that all evil is ultimately banal. Indeed, true evil often passes before us completely unnoticed as such - in the civil servant who shows a bias for someone of her own race; in the policeman who gets joy out of bullying members of the public; in landlords and banks that use ignorance and intimidation to exact unwarranted concessions from a dispirited public; and so on.
In Silent Running, the last forests on Earth have been shot into space. There is no room for them anymore, but they are being preserved. Anyone of mature years knows how this kind of thing would come about in real life, and how it would end.Read more ›
"Silent Running" is a pro-environment film, and thus captures the flavor of the era of the Late '60's and early '70's. After nuclear pollution, the United States took the surviving plants and put them on space freighters with the intent to re-foliate the sick planet.
Freeman Lowell (a symbolic name, if there ever was one), is the only person who really cares abut the plant and the importance they hold for humanity. I think the very young Bruce Dern really captures the essence of the man. However, Freeman Lowell, the character, remains an enigma to me. He is passionate about plants, but once the funding is lost, and the order is given to destroy the plants, he goes crazy. Dern plays Lowell much like Gregory Peck played Captain Ahab: all eye-rolling and strange inflection in the voices. Is Lowell a green messiah, or is he really the Unabomber in the s1st Century?
In order to save some of plants, Lowell kills the rest of his crewmates, and manages to treat the plants with the help of the three drones, or robots. Once again, I ma getting an eco-terrorist message from this movie. Once again, I feel like I am watching the Unabomber.
For a good environmental move, I would recommend the classic Star Trek IV: The Voyage home. This is the whale one, and, of course, takes place in San Francisco. The environment gets saved without any homicide, which is really the way we should go about solving the problem.
Lastly, there is two problems of plausibility. If all the plants are removed from the earth, what is filling their nitch in the ecosystem? What is replenishing the oxygen and stopping the erosion?Read more ›
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hippies in space...still a relevant story and for the time top notch effectsPublished 3 months ago by John C.
Silent Running looks surprisingly good for 1972. The sets are excellent and really sell the idea that you're on a giant space freighter. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steve G
Shipped and arrived with no problems. A classic that was beyond its time when it first came out.Published 7 months ago by David M. Draege