Of The Killer Tomatoes
(1978/MVD Rewind Collection Blu-ray w/DVD)/Chasing
(2017/Well Go Blu-ray w/DVD)/Legend
Of The Naga Pearls
(2017/Well Go Blu-ray)/Pulp
(1972/United Artists/MGM/MVD Visual/Arrow Blu-ray + DVD editions)/Red
(2012/MVD Visual/Unearthed Films Blu-ray)/Kill
Order (2017/RLJ DVD)/True
Love Ways (2014/MVD
Visual DVD)/Valley Of
B+ & B-/B+/A/B & B-/B/B-/B/C Sound: B+ &
B-/B+/B+/B-/B/B-/B/C Extras: B/D/D/B/C+/D/D/D Films:
next set of genre films include a few howlers and an underrated
John De Bello's cult classic (kinda musical) comedy Attack of the
Killer Tomatoes (1978) is a B-Movie cult classic and is now
finally getting some justice on Blu-ray disc as the debut disc in the
new MVD Rewind Collection.
the spirit of the Vestron Collector's Series from Lionsgate, the MVD
Rewind Collection will be giving us some cult classic titles that may
have been forgotten by the general public, but not by hardcore cult
movie fans. Released already is D.O.A.: A Right of Passage
and the next title in the series that (I personally am highly
anticipating) is The Return of Swamp Thing (1989), which is
coming out under the label next and that we hope to cover here as
a spoof of B-Movies and low budget sci-fi films (it mentions
Hitchcock's The Birds by name in the opening crawl), Attack
of the Killer Tomatoes centers around tomatoes that have mutated,
multiplied, gone bad and started to kill. It's up to a group of
scientists to combat these deadly vegetables before they wipe out
film stars Stephen Peace, Sharon Taylor, Costa Dillion, Eric
Christmas, and Jack Riley.
4K restoration of Tomatoes is no doubt the best that the film
has ever looked and features a nice sound mix as well. Presented in
its original 1.85:1 windscreen aspect ratio and Original 2.0 Mono
Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray), the set includes both the
1080p Blu-ray and the standard definition DVD as well. Colors are
vibrant and even with stunning detail throughout the film, which is
surprising due to the film's age and limited initial budget. This is
a nice preservation for sure.
commentary from writer/director John DeBello, writer/co-star Steve
Peace and "creator" Costa Dillon
scenes in standard definition
of a Legend" offers several interviews, including comments
from John DeBello, Costa Dillon, film critic Kevin Thomas, fans Kevin
Sharp and Bruce Vilanch (the late Hollywood comedy writer), future
Tomatoes man John Astin and actors Steve Peace, Jack Riley,
and D.J. Sullivan
and Burn" is a discussion about the famous helicopter crash
that could have killed everyone because the pilot was late on his
Foul" is about the San Diego Chicken (!!!) and his role in
the climatic tomato stomping ending
Tomatomania" is a random set of interviews with random
people on the streets of Hollywood about the movie
Are They Now?" updates us what the cast and crew have been
up to over the past couple of decades
Told You So!" takes a 'deep' look at the conspiracy of
silence surrounding the real-life horror of killer tomatoes
They Accept Traveler's Checks in Babusuland" (the original
8mm short that inspired Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, with
optional audio commentary)
theatrical trailer in standard definition
fold out poster
slightly dated, low budget Killer Tomatoes is campy, silly,
slapstick fun and is a film that you will either love or hate
depending on your sense of humor. I would compare it to films like
Airplane or a Mel Brooks film in terms of humor, though
obviously not in the budget range that those films were in. If you
are a fan already and then you will definitely want to pick this
notoriously bad movie up for the presentation and extras alone.
the sequel, try this link...
on the a real-life story drug kingpin, Jason Kwan and Jing Wong's
Chasing The Dragon
(2017) takes us to Hong Kong circa 1963, controlled by
the mob and the corrupt police. Gangster Legendary drug kingpin
Crippled Ho (Donnie Yen) and Chief Detective Rock (Andy Lau) both
started out as rookies but together they took control of Hong Kong
drug trade and carve out the rules for themselves. Ho takes over the
gangs and controls the drug trade while Rock keeps the police in line
and turns a blind eye. Together, the bring out the golden age of
Hong Kong, but when corrupt British officer and forces starts moving
on their territory, will Ho and Rock still be able to hold on to
Ho controls the drug trade and keeps control between all the gangs
and keeps drugs away from the civilians, Rock controls the police,
the bribes and anyone who steps out of line. Together they become
wealth men and bring profit to the city, but both them are under
pressure and control from an enemy that unites them, corrupt British
officers who only care about power and profit. As the years go by,
can they protect each other when from a greater threat ...themselves?
film was like a Hollywood (or even indie) movie of the American drug
trade/culture with gangsters, drugs and corrupt cops of the 60s
...except with Chinese characters. Donnie Yen and Andy Lau plays a
masterful story of the good and bad cop with a drug lord, while
Western culture brought civilization to the world, it also influence
the drug trade into foreign countries.
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is a well-shot
HD production that has its dark shots, but never overdoes it. The
Cantonese DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless track is well mixed
and presented, playing better than the English dub version, with a
better soundfield, even if more of the Cantonese was (re)done in
post-production than expected.
include trailers if you count them, but such a well made film
ago, The Winged People once existed peacefully with the humans, but
the humans eventually destroyed their kingdom and Winged People lost
their wings. Now, the surviving Winged People seek the legendary
Naga Pearls to restore their power and get their vengeance. However,
fate of the humans and the Winged people fall into the hands of Ni
Kongkong, a street thief. Along with a constable and a mysterious
mercenary, they end up in a race to save the kingdom in Cheung Tan's
Legend Of The Naga Pearls (2017).
Kongkong is a master thief and find himself wanted both by the humans
and the Winged People when he actually gets his hands on the
Legendary Naga Pearl, it is said the Pearl has the power to restore
the Winged People to their former glory. He is joined by a female
constable, Raven and mysterious man named Harley. Turns out Raven is
the fallen princess of the Winged Tribe and Harley is the spoiled
Royal Crown Prince. Unknown to even himself, Ni Kongkong is also a
direct descendant of the legendary hero that once helped defeat the
Winged Tribe. Now, together they must stop Vlad a mad Winged Warrior
and his armies, who will stop at nothing to get the Naga Pearl to get
his revenge on mankind.
was an action filled fantasy movie, a blend of Lord of the Rings
and Pirates of the Caribbean mixed with Chinese fantasy, an
epic adventure to save the world with a group of mismatch misfits and
outcasts. This one works well.
1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer is an HD shoot
with the expected CGI work, but has some softness, partly from style
and works as intended. The Mandarin DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1
lossless mix is also impressively recorded and mixed, so the
combination tends to be very effective.
once again include only trailers when we should get more.
Caine stars in Pulp (1972) which is a British Spy/Thriller/
Comedy that gets the grand home video presentation courtesy of Arrow
Video. Directed by the original Get Carter Director Mike
Hodges (later of the 1980 Flash Gordon), producer Michael
Klinger, and of course star Caine, the oddball crime flick is a
little dated, but still remains a lot of fun.
also stars Mickey Rooney, Lionel Stander, Lizabeth Scott, and Nadia
Cassini to name a few.
stars as Mickey King, who is a pulp novelist known for such notable
Erotic works as My Gun is Long and The Organ Grinder,
but when he gets hired to write an autobiography about a celebrity
(Rooney) he ends up getting mixed in with the Gangster world...
putting his life in jeopardy! Along the way he meets many beautiful
women, dodges bullets, and charms the socks out of everyone he comes
film is presented in 1.85 X 1: 1080p on the Blu-ray with a restored
video master supervised by Director of Photography Ousama Rawi that
saves the film, recaptures its dark color schemes and the DeLuxe
color meant to be on the overcast side. That same master is used on
the anamorphically enhanced, standard definition widescreen, having
only slight compression issues with lossy Dolby Digital 1.0 mono mix,
that sound is PCM Mono on the Blu-ray. The soundmaster shows its
age, but its as good as it will likely ever get. The Blu-ray is the
version to get but the new DVD still looks better than previous
releases (and better than the video master used for the older DVD we
covered years ago) despite being on that aged format.
new Interview with Mike Hodges
new Interview with Ousama Rawi
new Interview with John Glen
new Interview with Tony Klinger
you like British crime thrillers or spy or noir gumshoe detective
parodies, then you may want to check out Pulp, especially in this
nice new release. It's funny to look at this and think of Caine's
role as Austin Powers' father in Goldmember as this could
easily be a prequel to that film.
should also be noted that the film is needling two major U.K. TV
successes that barely played on U.S. TV. Lord Lew Grade's ITC
production company had massive international success with Roger Moore
as The Saint through the 1960s and they were trying to match
that with a series of other action shows, including Department S,
a spy show that was imitating the final Linda Thorson/Tara King
episodes of the British TV spy classic The Avengers in the
late 1960s. The hit included the great actor Peter Wyngarde (who
just passed away at age 90) as Jason King, a spy who also wrote hit
novels and was inspired by Caine's turn in the 1965 classic The
Ipcress File that itself led to two sequels.
that series was winding down, the makers decided on a spin-off simply
entitled Jason King (both series reviewed elsewhere on this
site) and it was also a hit, only cut short by a scandal Wyngarde
unfortunately found himself in. The credits of Pulp and
Caine's character's very similar name have fun with that success and
for a while early in Pulp, the script baits the viewer into
thinking this film might be a sly sed-up of those shows, down to some
similar situations, but that's eventually abandoned but is amusing
just the same.
well, one of the very best BritPop bands on the 1990s named
themselves Pulp and it is not a coincidence. For more about the
film, try our coverage of that earlier DVD...
'Body Horror' drug horror movies are your thing, then you'll want to
check out the new grotesque release from Unearthed, Red Krokodil
(2012), a film that's sure to make you gag. Featuring one of the
best nose peels seen on film, this stomach turner is directed by
Domiziano Chistophard (House of Flesh Mannequins) and stars
Valerio Cassa, Viktor Karam, and Brock Madson.
new drug, Krokodil, infects the mind of a man (Madson) who is hauled
up in a post nuclear infected city near Chernobyl. The film is
essentially one big acid trip as Madson's body begins to deteriorate
due to the drugs where trippy hallucinations and thematic symbolism
on 1080p Blu-ray with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a nice
sounding English LPCM 2.0 track, the film looks and sounds fine for
the format. The film is a bit on the low budget side, but has plenty
of interesting surrealism that's captured fine on the disc.
1 and 2
the special effects work and some of the ideas are interesting,
ultimately this is just another drug movie for the books and nothing
too original or unique.
Order (2017) is a comic book-like action film that centers around
a young boy who was a test subject who was given supernatural butt
kicking abilities. Directed by James Mark and starring Chris Mark,
Alan Mouse, Denis Akiyama, and Jessica Clement to name a few, this
kinetic action thriller will satisfy fans of films like Push
(2009), TV's Dark Angel, or the Wolverine films. They should
have went a bit more violent (like a hard R with more blood and guts
ala Kill Bill) to differentiate it a bit more as it seems a
bit too derivative of those films at times but oh well.
by visions of a horrific past, David Lee (Mark) becomes a target as
armed attackers who come looking for him. When his classroom is
attacked, David's eyes turn blue and he unleashes a taste of these
abilities to startling effect. David soon realizes that he must
discover a way to harness this power as his loved ones become targets
as well... but is David the only one of these superhuman test
subjects that exist? Who is behind it?
in anamorphically enhanced,
standard definition with a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, the film looks fine for the aging DVD format,
but stands up to expectations. Details are a bit muddier on close
ups than they would be on Blu-ray, but the film is shot nice and was
mixed pretty nice as well. No digital copy.
line: nothing new narratively but there are some fun sequences here
that may Kill Order worth a watch, though it may only be one
German thriller True Love Ways (2014) is a black and white low
budget film about a girl whose caught in a game of cat and mouse when
her recent ex-boyfriend crafts a bizarre plan to win her back.
Written and directed by Switzerland born filmmaker Mathieu Seller
(Stefanie's Present), the film finds new life on DVD from MVD
Love Ways stars David C. Bunners, Kai Michael Muller, Anna
Hausburg, Michael Greiling, and Margarita Ruhl.
a recurring and haunting dream Severine (Hausburg) decides she needs
to get away from her boyfriend Tom for a couple of days. The couple
haven't been getting along too well lately and it seems like the
relationship is on the outs. Desperate, Tom (Muller) makes a deal
with a man he meets at a bar: Severine will be kidnapped. Tom
rescues her from the clutches of the kidnappers, and will become her
savior. However, what Tom does not know is that his new made friend
has a different plan with Severine. Faced with violent criminals and
her own primal fears, Severine doesn't have the reaction to the
situation that Tom was hoping.
film is presented in anamorphically
enhanced standard definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect
ratio and a 2.1 lossy German Dolby Digital sound mix and English
subs. The film has interesting sound design and a creepy soundtrack
that is on point.
interesting film and story, it could be an interesting film to be
remade for an American audience.
is a disgraced paleontologist after she was arrested on government
lands and the government stole her dig and sent her to jail, but
after finding fossil of a possible complete Tyrannosaurus Rex, maybe
in the Bad Lands North Dakota, she risks it all to help start over
her life in Dan Gasler's Valley
Of Bones (2017).
thing is, the claim of the find is a meth addict named Wes McCoy with
a huge debt and cartel ties, so he wants to use the dig to pay off
his debts to the cartel, and Anna will have to decide what is more
important to her, the bones ...or her son's life. Now, along with
her former brother-in-law and son, she find herself on the chance of
a lifetime, will she finally have chance to redeem herself and in the
eyes of her son? Even years after getting out of jail, Anna is
estranged from her own son and wants to redeem herself in the
scientific community. So when the dig of lifetime passes her way,
she thinks the fame and fortune can make up for her lack of being a
good mother, but can she be sure?
Reeser, Rhys Coiro and Steven Molony lead the cast.
was a pretty simple movie with familiar themes, kind of like a wild
west story, but instead of a gold mine and bandits it is dinosaur
bones and a drug addict. In the end, it is a moral story, the story
of a reluctant mother in how she learns there are things more
important than her reputation, history, fame or fortune, but does
that make this sexist? You'll have to see for yourself.
anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image (shot on an Arri Alexa) and
lossy Dolby Digital sound are on the soft side and require patience
in viewing at times.
are no extras.
Nicholas Sheffo (Pulp
Blu-ray), Ricky Chiang (Well Go, Valley)