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Return Of The Killer Tomatoes (1988/MVD Visual/Arrow Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B- Film: C+

The 1988 John De Bello directed B-Horror/Comedy sequel Return of the Killer Tomatoes gets the deluxe Blu-ray treatment, thanks to our friends at Arrow. Loaded with extras and an impressive transfer, the film looks and sounds better than ever and that's after some rough-looking and sounding releases. Using elements of Weird Science and The Blob, the film has terrible (on purpose) low budget special effects, decent performances, and a surprisingly intelligent screenplay. While some elements are a little dated, I still found the film to be pretty funny and some scenes even reminiscent of Mel Brooks-style comedy. The film stars a young George Clooney, John Astin, Michael Villani, Karen M Waldron, and Anthony Starke.

Set ten years after the original Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, mad scientist Professor Gangreen is preparing for the second coming of the Great Tomato Uprising, in which music converted tomatoes into human form to war against the mankind that once defeated them. A pizza delivery man Chad Finletter (Starke) must save the world when he becomes entangled with a beautiful tomato-girl Tara (Waldron) who has a hidden agenda of her own.

About halfway through the film, things start to get very over the top and ridiculous where a scene stops and cuts away to the camera crew, where the Director claims that in order to keep the film going, they will need to raise more money. Clooney decides that product placement is the key and shortly after ninjas appear, crooked gangsters, and an extremely outlandish climax that is silly and dumb but in a fun way.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 ratio and the original 2.0 Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM), the sound and picture are up to standards with the format. There's a little grain in the transfer, but that's to be expected with an older low budget film and it was shot on cheaper film stock.

Special Features include...

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

If you're fan of the film, then you certainly won't want to miss this great release.

- James Lockhart



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