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Review: 'Silent Running' Another Fantastic Restoration From Arrow Video

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Nov 24, 2020
Review: 'Silent Running' Another Fantastic Restoration From Arrow Video

A classic 1972 science fiction film couldn't be more relevant in the year 2020. "Silent Running" came on the heels of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" movie with very similar visuals. Coincidentally, Douglas Trumbull, the visual effects contributor in "2001," became the director of "Silent Running."

It's the future in "Silent Running" and the Earth has become barren... without any trees, plants, or greenery left. What was salvaged of the Earth's environment is now part of a fleet of greenhouses floating in space. Freeman (Bruce Dern), an obsessed botanist on board one of the ships, doesn't get along with his three other crew members.

After Freeman flees to Saturn on a separate ship, he must learn to survive on his own with the help of three robotic drones.

For much of "Silent Running's" film time, actor Bruce Dern is by himself...it's a daring performance and one that rivals other movies with similar solo themes. Apparently, almost 20 other actors turned down the role in "Silent Running" for that very reason. The theme of economic climate change was also ahead of its time in 1972.

Arrow Video once again does a fantastic job restoring a movie almost fifty years old using a new 2k scan. There are multiple audio commentaries accompanying the film's presentation, along with a visual essay, and a vintage on-set documentary on the filming of "Silent Running."

"Silent Running" is out on Blu-ray from Arrow Video on November 24, 2020

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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