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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DE1G2Y

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. Kyle on July 2 2007
Format: DVD
I first saw this on late-night television in the early 70's, and it has remained one of my favourite movies of all time. In addition to "2001: A Space Odyssey", I believe that it is one of the best space movies ever made. Like "2001", the special effects (models in those days) still hold up very well, amazing considering the budget. Even "Star Wars" with a much higher budget looks no better. Many reviews point out their dislike for the pace of the film, the music, or the 'hippie' message. If anything, I thought these to be strengths, and very relevant today. 35 years after the making of this movie, we are finally starting to truly be concerned about our Earth's ability to survive, even more than the green revolution of the 70's, and I have continued to re-play this movie regularly for its ultimately positive message, despite a typical 70's downer story and ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Parke on May 22 2004
Format: DVD
I recently purchased this DVD, and viewed the film again after a break of many years.
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael R Gates on June 29 2004
Format: DVD
On an overtechnologized and defoliated Earth of the future, the ecosystem has been carelessly destroyed by humans and the only remaining wilderness environs are grudgingly looked after by astronauts on massive domed spaceships. The vitamins, minerals, and such required to sustain human life can be easily synthesized in laboratories, so the folks on Earth are becoming increasingly apathetic about the need to sustain the circumgyrating greenhouses. When the inevitable order to scrap the project and destroy the orbiting flora and fauna finally comes through, Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern), the only astronaut in the project who truly cares about the plants and animals, violently rebels and places upon himself the responsibility of protecting the last vestiges of Earth's non-human life. But just how far will he go to ensure that he's successful in his self-imposed calling?
1972's SILENT RUNNING marks the directorial debut of FX wizard Douglas Trumbull, probably best known for his FX work on Stanley Kubrick's 1968 sci-fi epic 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Though the skeleton was given flesh by writers Deric Washburn , Michael Cimino, and Steven Bochco, the underlying structure of the plot is Trumbull's. In light of his work with Kubrick, it is interesting that Trumbull would come up with an idea such as that for SILENT RUNNING, as it makes it seem as if he felt that the only way he could demonstrate that he is more than just an FX man was to create a film that is the thematic opposite of the one featuring his best known FX work.
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By G. Edmonson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 24 2015
Format: Blu-ray
"Silent Running" (1972) was directed by Douglas Trumbull who was the special effects supervisor on "2001: A Space Odyssey". The film is about a group of workers on board a space craft which contains the last specimens of plant life from Earth. Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern) is one of the caretakers of the forests located in the greenhouse-like geodesic domes. When the message comes across that they are to to destroy the greenhouses and return the freighters to commercial service Freeman turns on his fellow workers who are detonating the greenhouses. Lowell escapes with one freighter and a greenhouse into outer space with his only companions being three maintenance robots. Lowell gradually descends into insanity as the freighter drifts out into space. This ecologically minded film was made on a shoestring budget of one million dollars but looks surprisingly accomplished with most of the filming taking place on board an old aircraft carrier.

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.
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