Sunday, September 11, 2016

Return of the Killer Tomatoes (Arrow Video Blu-ray)

You know you’re watching the right movies when you’re kid looks at you over her laptop while playing the Sims, and asks what the fuck you are watching. She didn’t say “fuck”, but it was implied by her tone and facial expression. Furthermore she was correct in asking the question and asking it in a near obscene way. I was watching Return of the Killer Tomatoes. I proceeded to explain to her the backstory behind the original movie and the sequel. We identified 80’s iconography and stars. Even after my attempt to provide clarity and enrich her young, as of yet uncorrupted mind, she was not buying it. I was crazy, of that she was certain. After watching and enjoy Return of the Killer Tomatoes for the first time in ages, I was certain that she is correct. I’m out of my gord, but I’m pretty sure that there are more like me out there and that’s why Arrow Video gave us a handsome new release of the sequel to one of the all time baddies.

Things to love about this release:

The new cover art is very nice, but they old cover art is beautiful as well. Both are options. I’m going with nostalgia on this one, but I definitely appreciate the new artwork.

The booklet is genius and perfect and provides a “serious” look at Return, but perhaps serious in that way that a Return of the Killer Tomatoes essay might have to be. James Oliver does a great job of balancing humor with genuine scholarly insight.

The picture is Arrow beautiful. I cannot remember a time I have been upset with an Arrow transfer. Even on a movie as low brow as Return, these guys are not slouches. The transfer is beautiful, print clean and restoration appropriate without overdigitization.

The extras are a bit light. You do a get commentary and an interview as well as a trailer, but I thought there’d be more for an Arrow release, even an obscure Arrow release.

Enjoy John Astin. Enjoy George Clooney. Laugh at the perversity of the thing and be sure to cuddle your tomato friends close.

From Arrow Video:

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!

- 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

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