Blu-Ray Review: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (MVD)

"One of the Five Best Movie Titles of All Time!"
~ USA Today

by robotGEEK

Does this legendary cult classic really need an introduction? If you're reading this, chances are that you've already seen this, because honestly, who hasn't? It's a classic! And it has every right to be. What began as a short film in 1976 that then became a full length feature 2 years later in 1978, would ultimately create a franchise and spawn 3 sequels throughout the 80's and 90's. A beloved franchise I might add. One that, despite it's utterly ridiculous concept, has a fan base that continues to grow and grow, which brings us to this brand new 4K restoration courtesy of MVD Entertainment.

This new 2-Disc release, with a killer new transfer also boasts an insane amount of extra content for the die-hard Tomatoes! fans to dig into that includes new commentary, interviews, deleted scenes and in-depth discussions (some of them serious, others tongue-in-cheek) about various aspects of the films production, legacy and cult status. Let's dig in.

Bonus Materials

  • 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)

MVD Entertainment did a bang-up job on this release, and they're slowly making a name for themselves in the Cult Cinema on Blu-Ray movement. In fact, they have a brand new Lionheart Blu-Ray release coming soon that I'm really excited about.

The extra content, most of them surprisingly short (good thing there's a lot of them), are a hoot to dig through and very fun. One of the best things about them is listening to writer/director John DeBello, who wrote and directed all of the Killer Tomatoes! movies, discuss his experiences and some fun trivia regarding all things Killer Tomatoes!. You also get his original short that inspired the full-length feature as well as a retro style slipcover and poster. The transfer itself is incredible, bringing out the bold colors of the 70's in all their grainy glory. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! has never, ever looked this good.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! is available now wherever Blu-Rays are sold and from any of your favorite online retailers for an average price point of $20-$30, depending on the retailer. Regardless, it's a Must-Buy. No doubt.

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