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Soylent Green [DVD] [1973]

Charlton Heston , Chuck Connors    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Chuck Connors, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Leigh Taylor-Young, Edward G. Robinson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISK8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,499 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



While Soylent Green may be one of the many dystopian visions of the future, the film stands out because it's one of the few titles that addresses current environmental issues head on. Adapted from Harry Harrison's novel Make Room, Make Room, it gives us a nightmarish vision of an over-populated, polluted future on the brink of collapse--a vision that gets uncomfortably closer every year. Charlton Heston as police officer Thorn investigates a murder in between suppressing food riots and uncovers the nightmarish truth about Soylent Green, the new foodstuff being sold to the poor.

The film neatly combines police procedural with conspiracy thriller. Heston's scenes are counterpointed by more elegiac ones in which the centenarian Edward G Robinson as his friend Sol broods on the world he has outlived--his death in a euthanasia chamber is a gloriously lachrymose moment, which he plays to the hilt. Heston, too, is good as Thorn, a morally equivocal cop who loots the apartments of the victims whose deaths he investigates--he's a man just getting by in an impossible world.

On the DVD: Soylent Green on disc comes with a commentary from director Richard Fleischer, the highpoint of which is a memorable description of what it was like to work with the brilliant ailing, entirely deaf Robinson. He is joined by Leigh Taylor-Young whose work on the film as heroine led to years of serious environmentalist commitment. It has a useful contemporary making-of documentary and touching shots of Robinson's 100th birthday party with telegrams from Sinatra and others. The feature itself is presented in anamorphic widescreen with its original mono sound. --Roz Kaveney

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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recycling, when it's too late 18 Dec 2005
In a grim and ugly future, the year 2022, a venal cop (though no worse than the rest and better than most) investigates a murder. It looks like an assassination. Nothing was stolen even though the corpse was rich and his apartment opulent beyond the wildest dreams of the masses of people living in poverty on the streets below. Did some sinister power need to keep this man quiet? What didn't they want him to say? Detective Thorn (Charlton Heston) has the help of his 'book', Sol (Edward G Robinson) who, lacking any high-tech resources such as computers, consults books and his old friends at a sort of information exchange facility. Everything is in short supply except humanity. Food and water is short, accommodation, power, clothing, paper - everything - and every space is filled with the swarming, desperate masses. Thorn finds a couple of weighty tomes in the dead man's apartment and passes them to Sol who almost swoons with delight at the sight and feel of real, solid, beautifully bound books. He takes them to the exchange and he and his friends mine their resources for information. What they find is unbelievable, horrible, repellent. Sol is moved to do something extreme, both to relieve his shattered mind of the intolerable shock and to lead his friend Thorn to irrefutable proof of the terrible truth.
The film was made in 1973 and it must be one of the earliest environmentalist stories to have a go at man-made global warming. Pollution is killing the oceans. The climate has heated the land, making farming unproductive. Winter has been obliterated by the 'greenhouse effect'. The only food most people can get hold of is a kind of biscuit called 'soylent'.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The shape of things to come? 31 Aug 2006
What a fantastic film. No special effects, no gore, no gratuitous sex, just a superb plot brought to life by superb acting and great filming.

The writer's vision of the future for the earth is chilling and he is perhaps closer to an accurate prediction than he could ever have dreamed of. The revelation at the end of the film is a real shocker!
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By Gisli Jokull Gislason VINE VOICE
A bit dated but a very good movie. The basic story is a murder who dunnit set in the not so far future. But this isn't its strong side. It is a movie about a world that has squandered its resources and is crowded with overpopulation. Fresh food is only for the rich and employment for the lucky. Beautiful girls make their living as "furniture" in the houses of the rich while the common unemployed masses sleep anywhere they can. The futuristic view is very dim in a different way from Blade Runner, the world is a bright hot desert and people are obliged to live in overcrowded cities. Life is worth very little. The dialogue is very well written as well and the movie has plenty of memorable quotes. The best ones are between Det. Thorn (Charlton Heston) and Sol (Edward G. Robinson) an old man that remembers the world before the apocalypse. On a side note the main actress Leigh Taylor-Young became an active enviromentalist after playing in the movie and you will think about it too after watching it. Because even if it is a bit dated the message is still clear. Makes you think if you and I shouldn't be doing a bit more to preserve the world for future generations.

All in all a good sci-fi movie, with a well written dialogue and a horrible vison of the future. I give it 4 stars for these are all superior to the story itself, which is mostly dated. A worthy film for many reasons and worth the buy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blu-ray stunning.... BUT : 29 Dec 2011
the vocal audio was coming out of my rear speakers !?!? so I had to switch to Mono centre speaker only !?!? WHY ???
apart from that : 1. Incredible picture quality. 2. Amazing characterisations from Robinson and Heston. 3. Utterly believable. and finally 4. even with the 70s touches of soft furnishing and acting.. BRILLIANT..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into the future??? 18 July 2011
I saw this film with my friends when it was first released - about 40 years ago and I've never forgotten it - it was disturbing then and now it is even more so. There are going to be so many elderly people in the World in the future and I shall be one of them! A frightening film - I don't think I can bear to watch it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a film with a message we should all heed 4 Mar 2010
despite this being an excellent thriler, it does have a message we should all heed now before its to late, this is a nightmare vision of the furure that is just around the corner, heston plays a flawed cop that alomost wants to investigate the crime but does`nt, he seems to be out for himself taking loot from the crime scene ,just the fact that he seems amazed at what these well to do people have is strange when we take it for4 granted now, the scene where there are riots because the soylent green has run out are some of the best in the film and the crowd control is quite novel, and when sol vists the suicide booth still brings a lump to my throat every time i see it, the end is almost predictable but in a way shocking in its own way, a classic film in every way
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soylent Green 29 Mar 2010
By L. Law
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Hopefully the new format of BBC's Film magazine will include a section that highlights/reviews those films whose fans grow with time. If so, Soylent Green would surely be on this list of films to revisit. I'll let all the film buffs and enviromentalists state the technical, ethical and moral case why you should see this film. But its the performances of Charlie and Edward G that steal the show. This film is up there with In the Heat of the Night and Cool Hand Luke in conveying the sense of heat on screen. This film is the DVD equivalent of Miles Davis - Kind of Blue.
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2.0 out of 5 stars dated but i needed to know
most dated, but i ne4eded too knowq
Published 5 days ago by elsa griggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Its impact made real by the Acting of the Great Charlton Heston
A powerful emotive film that is frightening in how relevant it is to the modern day world There is a real message about this film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great film and a vision of the future.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs V Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars SOYLENT GREEN
This classic film was first released over 40 years ago. The acting by Charlton Heston and Edward G Robinson is superb, for what appears to be, a low-budget film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KeymooSaabee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by R. Ardis
5.0 out of 5 stars Always look on the bright side of life.
Been waiting to see this film for ages and hasn't been shown on UK TV for a while.

Very good price and very enjoyable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scott Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars WHATS FOR LUNCH ?
I first saw this movie years ago, its the kind of film they cant make anymore,one that makes you think.
The Blue Ray was to replace my DVD.
Published 3 months ago by JimBo 53
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a science fiction horror!!
Another of those movies I remember seeing on TV many, many, years ago! Excellent movie. Charlton Heston gives a superb performance.
Published 4 months ago by Graham Burkhill
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as I remember
Harrowing and brilliant Heston's co star was especially good - given how ill he was when making movie

The small details were A1
Published 4 months ago by topcat
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated
This film is pretentious and boring.

The acting is second-rate, and the story is preposterous. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr. D. Brand
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