Speaking of horror-comedies and things returning, Return of the Killer Tomatoes was also recently released to Blu-ray, this time by the US chapter of Arrow Video. I know, you’re thinking to yourself “Return of the Killer Tomatoes, really?” Yes, really, and honestly, it deserves every inch of the Criterion-like treatment that Arrow Video gives their releases. It’s not a great movie, and it definitely doesn’t retain a lot of the novelty established by the original, but it features a very young and sex-starved George Clooney, and even though it recycles a lot of footage, it’s actually a pretty fun time. It’s not up there with Return of the Living Dead, but it has a fan base, of which I am a member.
Say what you want about the movie, love it or hate it, but this is one impressive Blu-ray release, by any standards. Not only is it a new transfer, from a 2k restoration of original film elements, but it also comes with a few pieces of bonus content, including a new commentary with the director, a couple of featurettes, and several other goodies. The film itself looks and sounds gorgeous, and while it is crystal clear in its picture quality, the uncompressed sound is no schlub either. Overall, this is the definitive release of Return of the Killer Tomatoes. If you feel like such a thing should be available on your shelves, you can purchase with confidence with Arrow. They give you the best bang for your buck.
Return Of The Killer Tomatoes [Blu-ray] (June 28)The Vegetables Of Doom!
The killer tomatoes are back! But this time around, they’re going to have to contend with late ’80s George Clooney and his wicked mullet… Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Nope, it’s Return of the Killer Tomatoes!
Ten years on from the Great Tomato War, mankind lives in fear of another uprising by the waxy red menace. Meanwhile, Professor Gangreen – played with gusto by John Astin from TV’s The Addams Family – sets out to pursue his own evil ends by creating a burgeoning army of tomato militia men (who, somewhat conveniently, look just like regular men).
Following on from the 1978 cult classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Return of the Killer Tomatoes came armed with a healthy sense of its own ridiculousness and would expand upon a franchise that now comprises four films, two TV series and a video game. So what are you waiting for? Make Return of the Killer Tomatoes one of your five-a-day now!
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
– Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello
– Brand new interview with star Anthony Starke
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
– Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver