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Soylent Green Is People! New DVD Releases for November 27

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Considering that a lot of people are gearing up to do their holiday shopping, this week's list of releases doesn't hold much promise. Of the major theatrical releases making their way to a home theater near you, we have another SNL offering in Hot Rod (with Andy Samberg), Waitress, starring Keri Russell (and directed by Adrienne Shelley, who was tragically murdered shortly before her film was accepted at the Sundance Film Festival), and Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean's Holiday.

I'm not inclined to put any of these in my Netflix queue this week: I'm definitely not in the target demographic for one, another sounds a bit too saccharine for my taste, and I've seen Mr. Bean before and I'm not quite sure why people find him funny.

So what is there on the list that's slightly out of the mainstream that you or I might find appealing?

Futurama fans (and I count myself among them) will be glad for the release of Bender's Big Score, a full-length feature starring the crew we've all come to know and love. This is supposedly the first of four such features, and according to the description from Amazon, the box is full of extra goodies, including feature commentary from series creator Matt Groening, writers Ken Keeler and David X. Cohen, director Dwayne Carey-Hill, and cast members Billy West (Fry), DiMaggio, and Phil LaMarr. This looks like a very nice gift to put under someone's tree.

The Criterion Collection once again comes through for the more serious cinephiles with a release of Akira Kurosawa's 1948 Drunken Angel, which was heralded as his breakthrough film. This post-war release is also notable for bringing noted actor Toshiro Mifune to the forefront. If this ought to be on your shopping list, you should take note of the fact that it ships from Amazon within one to three weeks.

Facets Multimedia brings together a collection of 16 shorts and feature films representative of Britain's Free Cinema movement, aptly titled Free Cinema. The movement, which flowered in the 1950s and presaged social realism in film, held that the medium should be a tool for self-expression and serve as a catalyst for social change. This collection was selected by the British Film Institute and should be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about the evolution of modern cinema.

Warner Home Video has re-released two 1970s sci-fi staples: Soylent Green (1973) and Logan's Run (1976). These look to be fairly bare bones releases, but if you're into the genre (or the era, for that matter) and don't already have these in your collection, now's as good a time as any to snap them up. Having seen both of them during their respective theatrical runs (and several times since then on TV), I can say that they both seem a bit dated, but they've earned their place in history. Soylent green is people, people.

And in the continuing saga of season three of Battlestar Galactica… no release date yet. But I'm being patient.

Maybe you'll find something in this week's long list that appeals to you. Have a look:

2007 World Series: Colorado Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox – (2007)
3 Ballets By P.I. Tchaikovsky – (2007)
60 Minutes – Here Come The Millennials (November 11, 2007) – (2007)
60 Minutes – Insanity on Death Row (November 11, 2007) – (2007)
60 Minutes – Superbug (November 11, 2007) – (2007)
Ace Drummond 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1936)
Adventures of Champion 1 (B&W) – (1955)
Adventures of Champion 2 (B&W) – (1955)
Adventures of Smilin' Jack 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W) – (1943)
Ah! My Goddess – Season 1 Complete Collection – (2005)
An Angel in Krakow (Aniol w Krakowie) – (2003)
Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Unrated) [HD DVD] – (2004)
Bad Boys – (1983)
Battle for Olympia 2000 – (2007)
Battle for Olympia 2001 – (2007)
Bluebeard – (1972)
Bratz – (2007)
Buccaneers 5 (B&W) – (1956)
Buccaneers 6 (B&W) – (1956)
Bungalow – (2002)
Burn 'Em Uo Barnes 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1934)
Caesar the Conqueror (Col) – (1963)
California (B&W) – (1963)
Christmas Family Tragedy, A – (2007)
Cry Blood Apache (Col) – (1970)
Danzon – (1991)
Day X – (2006)
Dick Tracey 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1937)
Doing Time for Patsy Cline – (1997)
Don Winslow of the Navy 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1942)
Drunken Angel – Criterion Collection – (1959)
East Side Kids Classics Triple Feature (Spooks Run Wild/Bowery Blitzkrieg/Smart Alecks) – (1941)
Eli's Coming – (1996)
Elvis: Blue Suede Collection (Jailhouse Rock/Viva Las Vegas/It Happened at the World's Fair / Kissin' Cousins/Girl Happy/Live a Little, Love a Little/Elvis: That's the Way It Is/This Is Elvis)
End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream, The – (2004)
Escort Girl (B&W) – (1941)
Far from Poland – (1984)
Feedback – (2006)
First Snow – (2007)
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe 1 & 2 (2pc) – (1940)
Free Cinema
Futurama – Bender's Big Score – (2007)
Gang Busters 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1942)
Glass Fleet, Vol. 2 (Uncut)
Golfers Platinum Collection (3pc)
Great Alaskan Mystery 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1941)
Great Wall of China Concert, The – (2006)
Green Archer 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1940)
Guy X – (2005)
Happy Days – The Third Season – (1974)
Heimat, Vol. 3: A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings – (2004)
Hitler's Jewish Soldiers – (2006)
Horror Classics Triple Feature (Bloody Pit of Horror/Horrors of Spider Island/Nightmare Castle)
Hot Fuzz (3-Disc Collector's Edition) – (2007)
Hot Rod – (2007)
Hot Rod [HD DVD] – (2007)
I Conquer the Sea (B&W) – (1936)
I Know Who Killed Me – (2007)
I Know Who Killed Me [Blu-ray] – (2007)
In the Winter Dark – (1998)
Johnny Yuma (Col) – (1967)
Judy Garland Christmas Show – (2007)
Junior G-Men 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1940)
Junior G-Men of the Air 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1942)
Last Frontier 1-12 (B&W) – (1932)
Laverne & Shirley – The Third Season – (1976)
Leyendas del Cine Mexicano, Vol. 3
List of Lovers – (1995)
Listening, The – (2006)
Little American (Silent) (B&W)
Logan's Run – (1976)
Look Alive – (2007)
Lost Jungle 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1934)
Maria and Napoleon – (1966)
Metal Blade 25th Anniversary Live – (2007)
Midnight Movie Collection 2
Mojave Phone Booth – (2007)
Mork & Mindy – The Third Season – (1978)
Mr. Bean's Holiday – (2007)
Mr. Bean's Holiday [HD DVD] – (2007)
My Brother's Keeper: An Edgy, New Indie Drama Series – Volume II
Nam Jun Paik: Lessons from the Video Master – (2006)
Namesake, The – (2006)
Night of the Fools & Gypsy Vampire's Revenge
O.C., The – Complete Series Collection
Old School (Unrated) [HD DVD] – (2003)
Omega Man [HD DVD], The – (1971)
Omega Man, The [Blu-ray] – (1971)
Our Hitler – (1977)
Outer Space Classics Triple Feature (Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet/Assignment: Outer Space/Warning from Space)
Outland – (1981)
Paprika – (2006)
Paprika [Blu-ray] – (2006)
Phantom Creeps 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1939)
PIGS – (2007)
Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive 3 – (2007)
Psychopathic: The Videos – (2007)
Radar Men From the Moon 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1952)
Range Defenders & Wild Horse Rodeo (B&W) – (1937)
Return of Chandu 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1934)
Return to Never Land (Pixie-Powered Edition) – (2002)
River Niger (Col) – (1976)
Science Fiction Monster Classics Triple Feature (Gammera The Invincible/Night of the Blood Beast/Attack of The Giant Leeches) – (1965)
Sea Raiders 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1941)
Shadow of Chinatown 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1936)
Sherlock Holmes Classics Triple Feature (Murder at the Baskervilles/A Study in Scarlet/Dressed to Kill)
Sing Sing Nights (B&W) – (1935)
Skinwalkers – (2007)
Soylent Green – (1973)
Spice World – (1998)
Stalin by Those Who Knew Him – (1989)
Standing Stone – (2007)
Super Mario Bros: 2 Pack Movie/King (2pc)
Susana – (1951)
Three Musketeers 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1933)
Thunder in Desert & Son of Oklahoma (B&W)
Today I Hang (B&W) – (1942)
Trail of Vengenance (B&W) – (1937)
Treasure Island Kids: The Pirates of Treasure Island – (2004)
Undersea Kingdom 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1936)
Vietnam Long Time Coming – (1998)
Village Romance, A – (2006)
Vitus (Widescreen Edition) – (2006)
Waitress – (2007)
Westerns Classics Triple Feature (Roy Rogers with Dale Evans/The Lone Ranger/Riders of The Whistling Pines) – (1949)
Whisper – (2007)
Whispering Shadow 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1933)
Who's Your Caddy? – (2007)
Wiener Blut (Viennese Blood) (Sub Dol) – (2007)
Winter Kills – (1979)
Wish Gone Amiss (Cory in the House / Hannah Montana / The Suite Life of Zack and Cody)
WWII – The Secret Life of Adolf Hitler/Smashing The Reich – (1958)
Zorro Rides Again 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1937)
Zorro's Black Whip 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1944)
Zorro's Fighting Legion 1 & 2 (2pc) (B&W Comp) – (1939)

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  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    As far as BSG goes, unrated Razor comes next week. I have it and it is really good, also includes the broadcast version that premiered last Saturday.

  • http://blogcritics.org/video Lisa McKay

    I trust we’ll see a Razor review before too long then, Chris?

  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    I am hoping so….

  • http://redneckzombie.com/ Smith

    Good update! Funny comic about soylent green:
    Little Green Wafers – It’s People!