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Soylent Green
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 75 (Aug 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Brock Peters, Paula Kelly & Edward G. Robinson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 2.5
DD Sound Rating: 2
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes audio commentary by director Richard Fleischer and actress Leigh Taylor-Young, an original The World Of Soylent Green featurette (10 minutes), five minutes of vintage party footage from MGM tribute to actor Edward G. Robinson

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 65052
(MPAA Rating): PG
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(Retail Price): $19.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1973
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/05/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Richard Fleischer
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
New York City, 2022. Food is in short supply. The Soylent Company is the manufacturer of nutritional synthetics such as Soylent Blue, Soylent Yellow, and Soylent Green. When William Simonson (Cotten), a rich executive in the Soylent Company is found murdered, Detective Thorn (Heston) begins investigating his death. His discovery leads him to the horrible truth behind the key ingredients found in the green delicacies. Based on a novel by Harry Harrison. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a picture with subtle dated characteristics such as a brownish tinge in the color scheme, affecting whites and fleshtones. Some of the brighter colors appear to bleed slightly, but much of the picture seems a bit subdued. Images are generally sharp, and contrast and shadow delineation are satisfying, though some scenes can be a bit soft. The source element is revealing of plenty of dirt and some film grain. Distractions, however, are minor regarding edge enhancement and pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

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