Jan 032021

Silent Running comes to Blu-ray through Arrow Video and stars venerable actor Bruce Dern and comes with new video and audio transfers alongside a good selection of bonus material.


Silent Running

Genre(s): Science Fiction
Arrow Video | G – 90 min. – $39.95 | November 17, 2020

Date Published: 01/03/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Douglas Trumbull
Writer(s): Deric Washburn & Mike Cimino and Steve Bochco (written by)
Cast: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint

Features: Commentaries, Interviews, Gallery, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 49.65 GB
Total Bitrate: 40.95 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Arrow Video provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


After the end of all botanical life on Earth, ecologist Freeman Lowell (BRUCE DERN) maintains a greenhouse on a space station in order to preserve various plants for future generations. Assisted by three robots and a small human crew, Lowell rebels when he is ordered to destroy the greenhouse in favor of carrying cargo, a decision that puts him at odds with everyone but his mechanical companions. Lowell and his robots are forced to do anything necessary to keep their invaluable greenery alive.



This release comes with a matted slip cover and inside a booklet. The interior sleeve is reversible revealing the film’s original poster artwork. The Blu-ray contains a fair amount of bonus material, a mix of old and new interviews and commentaries.

Audio Commentaries:

  • Critics Kim Newman and Barry Forshaw
  • Director Douglas Trumbull & Actor Bruce Dern

No Turning Back (13:48) — Music Historian Jeff Bond on the film’s score.

First Run (14:03) — Visual Essay with writer-director Joe Spira exploring the evolution of the film’s screenplay.

The Making of Silent Running (49:17) — On-set featurette from 1972 with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.

Silent Running by Douglas Trumbull (39:09) and Douglas Trumbull: Then and Now (4:52) are two archival interviews with the film’s director.

A Conversation with Bruce Dern (10:57) is an archive interview with the lead actor.

Also includes the Theatrical Trailer (2:58) and a Behind-the-Scenes Gallery.


VIDEO – 4¾/5

Per the notes in the booklet, Silent Running comes to Blu-ray with a new 1080p high-definition transfer, taken from the original 35mm camera negative and then scanned in 4K resolution, following a new grading and 2K restoration, approved by Douglas Trumbull. There’s no mention what, if any, clean-up work was done so I assume the negative was well preserved and nothing major was done. As for the transfer itself, another home-run job done by Arrow, detail is very well done, the natural film grain is still present and I did not notice any major or apparent damage, like specs, scratches or other film damage.

AUDIO – 4½/5

The disc comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 track, more than suitable for a movie that is either quiet or just dialogue, which does come through with fine clarity and crispness, no hisses, pops or other aural ailments.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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