Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes (1978) (Special Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes (1978) (Special Edition) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: John De Bello
Starring: David Miller, George Wilson, Sharon Taylor
Rated: PG/Region O/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from MVD Rewind

UFOs! Bigfoot! Communists! The government has swiftly dealt with many a crisis… But can it survive the diabolical ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES? Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the supermarket, you’re face to face with terror so bold, so frightening it has never been seen on-screen before or since (not until the sequel, anyway). After a series of bizarre and increasingly horrific attacks from pulpy, red, seeded fruit, Mason Dixon (David Miller) finds himself leading a “crack” team of specialists to save the planet. But will they be quick enough to save everyone? To save you? You can’t run! You can’t swim! There’s nowhere to hide! THE KILLER TOMATOES ARE EVERYWHERE!

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes might be the most Troma-ish none-Troma movie I’ve ever run across. Very much a movie that is in on the joke of how bad it is and hamming it up every minute it gets, it isn’t a movie that everyone will enjoy. I can tolerate it and I find it to be a good movie to watch in a crowd of friends, but even I will admit that this isn’t a movie I want to go to very often. But don’t feel bad about me saying that because I feel the same way about its sequels. Still, MVD’s Rewind Collection has brought us this infamous film in a very nice looking transfer and packed with extras. This is a great release for an OKAY movie. If you do enjoy this movie a whole lot or just want an obscure title with a great release you’ll find more than enough extras to keep you busy outside the film.

As for the film, we’ve got tomatoes of all shapes and sizes running around killing people while just about any random thing that can happen does happen. We also take the time every now and again through the chaos for a song. So, it’s part rediculous-part musical in a lot of ways. It’s hard not to have a laugh at what we see on the screen but outside a crazy title and cheap effects, you won’t find a whole lot of substance to this one. I realize it isn’t that kind of film but I’d have loved to have actually gotten some gore to go along with the madness. Instead, you basically get a comedic horror version of The Naked Gun. I know some will love that and some do, but others might be wanting a little something different than what we get. Still, can’t say a bad thing about the actual release. Great stuff from MVD for a movie that’s a little subpar.

Extras

– Newly remastered 4K digital transfer of the film
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of film (1.85:1)
– Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Audio commentary from writer/director John DeBello, writer/co-star Steve Peace, and ‘creator’ Costa Dillon
– 3 Deleted Scenes
– ‘Legacy of a Legend’ (SD,14:13) is a collection of interviews, featuring John DeBello, Costa Dillon, film critic Kevin Thomas, John Astin, Steve Peace, Jack Riley, and D.J. Sullivan and more!
– ‘Crash and Burn’ (3:40, SD) is a discussion about the famous helicopter crash that could have killed everyone because the pilot was late on his cue
– ‘Famous Foul’ (2:21, SD) is about the San Diego Chicken and his role in the climatic tomato stomping ending
– “Killer Tomatomania’ (4:33, SD) is a smattering of interviews with random people on the streets of Hollywood about the movie
– ‘Where Are They Now?’ (2:51, SD) fills viewers in on what the cast and crew have been up to over the past couple of decades,
– ‘We Told You So!’ (3:07, SD) takes a hard-hitting look at the conspiracy of silence surrounding the real-life horror of killer tomatoes
– “Slated for Success” (1:57, SD) featuring Killer Tomato Slate Girl
– “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” (the original 8mm short film) (with optional audio commentary) (17:35, SD)
– ‘Gone with the Babusuland’ (the original 8mm short that inspired Attack of the Killer Tomatoes) (with optional audio commentary) (32:28, SD)
– Original theatrical trailer (SD)
– Production design photo gallery
– Radio spots
– Easter Eggs
– Collectible Poster
– Limited Edition Retro ‘Video Store Style’ Slipcover / O-Card (First Pressing Only)

Quality of Transfer: 94%