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Soylent Green [Blu-ray] (1973)

Charlton Heston , Edward G. Robinson , Richard Fleischer  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (675 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (675 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00466HNG8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Soylent Green [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

- Commentary by Richard Fleisher and Leigh Taylor-Young
- 2 Vintage Featurettes: A Look at the World of Soylent Green and MGM’s Tribute to Edward G. Robinson’s 101st Film
- Theatrical Trailer

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Soylent Green is landmark screen science-fiction, a riveting entertainment and a cautionary tale that holds a mirror to a tomorrow rife with ecological disaster. Working well again in the futuristic genre following Planet of the Apes and The Omega Man, action titan Charlton Heston portrays Thorn, a detective prowling the dank streets of a polluted, overpopulated Big Apple gone rotten in 2022. He’s trailing a murderer – and the trail leads to a stunning discovery. Vividly realized, Soylent Green's world gains its power not just from its special effects but from its heart – a human dimension magnified by the performance of legendary Edward G. Robinson in his moving screen farewell.

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282 of 301 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time Top 100 Films February 15, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Soylent Green (Richard Fleischer, 1973)

So what's the difference between schlock and one of the 100 best films ever made? Sometimes, I'll admit, it's a pretty blurry line. That's the case with this gem from the Richard Fleischer stable, a tale of a New York City with a population of forty million and a food supply that comes in little squares of red, yellow, and green.

Thorn (Heston) chews scenery. Roth (Edward G. Robinson) spends his life moaning about how things were better in the seventies. (If only they knew.) The two of them try to get through their lives scavenging from the rich, like everyone else in New York. They have an edge, with Thorn being a cop who treats corruption like a confortable pair of undershorts. A high society murder tips Thorn off that all may not be well with Soylent, the company that makes the majority of the world's food supply, and Thorn and Roth start digging deeper deapite warnings from the victim's old bodyguard (Stephen Young) and Thorn's lieutanant (Brock Peters). The production values are strictly seventies, and it's great to poke fun at various things in the film ("my god, it's 2022 and they're still listening to bad lounge music?"). And yet there's something undefinable about this film that propels it from the realm of bad seventies science-fiction exploitation into the realm of true genius. What that thing is, I don't know; when I figure it out, I'll tell you. But something clicked. Heston's patented god-guns-and-guts character is perfect for the role. Robinson actually looks convincing salivating over a stick of celery. And somehow the movie's last lines are delivered convincingly. It's incredible. Whatever magic they managed to make with this one, Hollywood needs to make more of it. **** 1/2
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109 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic! October 16, 2008
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In the year 2022, the greenhouse effect has poisoned the Earth. The world is grossly overpopulated and there are practically no natural food sources left. Vendors in the street markets sell Soylent Red and Soylent yellow (made from soybeans), but the Government controls and hands out rations of Soylent Green on Tuesdays. Supposedly made from high-energy plankton, Soylent Green is often in short supply for the high demand. People stand in food lines all day waiting for water and processed foodstuffs. Real food is unheard of.

Detective Robert Thorn (Charlton Heston) lives in a tiny, seedy apartment with his "book", Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson). A "book" is like an assistant, picking and assigning cases and performing research. To reach the streets, he must step over the dozens of homeless bodies camped out on the stairs of the apartment. Sol assigns Thorn the homicide case of William R. Simonson (Joseph Cotton). Simonson lives in a posh apartment complex complete with "furniture", which includes a woman. His "furniture's" name is Shirl. Shirl and Simonson's bodyguard Tab Fielding (Chuck Conners) were out shopping when the murder occurred inside the apartment. (Check out Shirl's "new" video game)

The murder is a puzzle to Thorn, who believes Simonson wasn't just murdered but assassinated. He steals two books from Simonson and has Sol research them. (He also steals real food, booze, soap, a towel, paper, and pencils - items not available to the general public) When Thorn finds out Simonson was the director of Soylent and friend to Governor Santini, his chief attempts to pull him off the case and close it. But there's too much mystery surrounding the murder, and Thorn refuses to give up until he solves the puzzle of Simonson and the secrets of Soylent.
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling and terrifying vision of the future. September 21, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Soylent Green is one of those films that, as soon as I saw it, I wondered where had it been all my life? I though it was great, and made a point of telling all my friends about it.
It's based on Harry Harrison's book "Make Room, Make Room!", which is itself half story/half documentary about over-population and environmental damage. The film uses the environmental disaster the world has become, and the resultant starvation, as a kind of backdrop, while the main story, it seems, is simply about a murder being investigated by Charlton Heston.
The film very cleverly shows you all the realities of living in that bleak world by the way Heston brilliantly takes all sorts of terrible situations totally in his stride. As he leaves his apartment, he has to step over people sleeping on the steps; the air outside is murky and has a faint green glow; even though he's a detective, he sometimes has to get involved in food riot control and only has a helmet for protection; he has to recharge his apartment's batteries using a bicycle; his watch keeps breaking, but no-one is making new ones anymore. Similar small touches abound throughout the film, and taken together have a deep impact on you as you think about them after the film.
Edward G. Robinson, in his last performance, plays Heston's partner, whose speciality is information and where to get it. He's an old man, and, finally, despair at the state of the world gets to him. His ultimate fate, the murder that Heston is investigating, and the environmental hell all around them, are all brought together right at the end, in a gripping finale. As the horrible truth dawns upon Heston, he cries out the answer: a four word phrase that encapsulates the horror of the world all about them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect theory
This movie made me nervous about our future, because it's actually occurring to all human beings who do not have homes to go to. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Todd L. Corbett
5.0 out of 5 stars great blueray copy
This movie is great prophetic adventure in to what can / will happen to our world if we continue to use up our natural resouces in a search for Energy and Wealth.... Read more
Published 5 days ago by roy l. parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Possible picture of the near future
Paints a possible accurate picture of the near future with runaway climate changes and runaway population. It makes you think about changing current policies
Published 5 days ago by Robert Carithers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
My husband loves this movie. He has watches it several times through out his life and he always enjoys it.
Published 6 days ago by Jeri L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heston at his best
Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson are the main characters. It was in their future when people were starving from over population. Read more
Published 6 days ago by William Dakota
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck
Hard to watch. Depressing and poorly done. It was made in the seventies but a story of the future in 2022. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Katie Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars Will this be us in the future?
One can only hope that the world with all of it's problems, that this won't happen to us as a nation.
Published 13 days ago by Glenn Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Future Glimpse?
This is truly a Classic!
Especially in the sense that the theme is still contemporary and plausible.
Therefore prophetic then and even now-
Published 13 days ago by John Burke
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...chuck at his prime
Interesting 1970's retrospective, using dystopian future genre. Acting, a bit ham-fisted. Action sequences not likely to impress today's special effects-spoiled audiences.
Published 14 days ago by terry emmert
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
This was a great deal and I have watched it multiple times. I love this movie. It is ahead of its time.
Published 15 days ago by Markkhu
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Differences btwn 2003 & 2007 versions of "Soylent Green"?
Amen, brother (or sister). And now it looks like there's a 2008 one! Or is there? Cover looks the same, but Amazon has it listed in addition to this one. Talk about a terrible way to organize this stuff.
Apr 14, 2010 by Chazzz |  See all 2 posts
Blu-Ray aspect ratio
Wait and see. Amazon is frequently wrong on details like that. Classic b&w films are listed as color, aspect ratios are listed incorrectly, etc.

Don't worry about it -- I'm sure it will be presented in it's original format.
Mar 14, 2011 by Charlie |  See all 2 posts
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