Kurt Vonnegut's works didn't easily lend themselves to film and TV adaptation, but various attempts were made, most famously the stoner favorite "Slaughterhouse Five." The writer died Wednesday at 84. "So it goes." Here's a list of what's out there on DVD:
"Slaughterhouse Five" (Universal) and "Slaughterhouse Five" (Image): Highest-profile film based on Vonnegut's books. Time travel and alien abductions, oh my. The 1972 film was directed by George Roy Hill. Won a few awards, including the Jury Prize at Cannes. The Image DVD is out of print and going for about $50 in the used market.
"Mother Night": Tale of a U.S. spy who worked propaganda for the Nazis, from director Keith Gordon ("The Chocolate War").
"Who Am I This Time?": Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon in Jonthan Demme's romantic comedy about small-town actors. From "American Playhouse." (Tip from reader CMB -- "You left out the best one.")
"Charlie Rose": Vonnegut is interviewed by the one of TV's most literate hosts. With other guests. From fall 1999.
"Kurt Vonnegut's Welcome to the Monkey House": The award-winning Showtime series that Vonnegut hosted. You'll have to search around for a copy until someone rush releases it.
"1 Giant Leap": A head-spinning loop of words, music and images from around the world. Vonnegut is one of the wise men.
"Brooklyn Bridge": Vonnegut is one of the voices in this soulful PBS documentary from Ken Burns. A DVD well worth viewing for any reason.
"Back to School": With Rodney Dangerfield. Really.