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DVD Review: Suburbia

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As part of their Roger Corman retrospective, Shout! Factory is releasing Penelope Speeris' Suburbia this week, an exploration of punk rock culture in a futuristic wasteland. The film follows two young runaways who end up staying at the local punk rock crash pad. The storyline revolves around this ragtag band of outsiders self-dubbed "The Rejected" ("TR") who are "bound together by tragedy and punk rock" and their clash with the local townsfolk. Classic. Just replace the Big Wheels and skateboards with Harleys and you have The Wild Angels.

Really, who better to make this movie than Corman, king of teens gone wild? When one of the local concerned citizens insists, "We’re talking about a bunch of sickos, mental rejects running wild in the streets” it's pure Blackboard Jungle.

The movie's singular voice of reason, a local cop who is also the stepdad of one of The Rejected responds, "Were talking about kids like yours ...and mine." It's timeless. The "Citizens Against Crime" are gun-toting rednecks out to clean up the neighborhood.

In an interesting pairing, Corman chose Penelope Speeris to write and direct the film after watching The Decline of Western Civilization, possibly the most accurate documentary of the Los Angeles hardcore punk scene.