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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (Special Collector's Edition)

David Miller , George Wilson , John De Bello    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Movies with "wacky" titles are almost never any good, and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! was intentionally made to be an instant golden turkey. Despite that, and the grade-Z production values, this is a regularly funny film. You need to be a fan of the kind of low-budget horror movie it's spoofing, and you need to be very forgiving of the technical ineptness and frequent clunkers, but it works. The story? Well, tomatoes attack, basically. Jack Riley and the San Diego Chicken are in it, and that genuinely alarming helicopter crash you see in an early scene was a real accident. Seen now, the whole ratty affair brings back agreeable memories of the circa-1978 college-movie/midnight-cinema era, when seeing this film was virtually unavoidable. The sequel, Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (with a young George Clooney), is actually an even funnier film. Director John De Bello would continue to squeeze the Tomatoes franchise for years to come. --Robert Horton

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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING!!! Sept. 23 2003
Fans of the original cut of this movie will want to steer clear. This is the awful director's cut that was released by Buena Vista. There are some scenes from that not in it, but there are some that are. Most prominent and annoying are the sound FX and dubbed voices from that release which completely ruin the movie. Nowhere on the package or DVD itself does it say this is the director's cut but I can assure that is what it is. Releasing the director's cut of this beloved movie is one of the worst decisions ever in DVD history and whoever had the bright idea to do this should be shunned. Teach them a lesson by refusing to buy this edition. If I had known ahead of time this was the director's cut I would have turned my back on this release instead of anticipating it. Now, here I am halfway through the movie and full of rage. Shame upon John Debello, shame.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Made to Be Bad and It Succeeds! Oct. 14 2003
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was an attempt to make the worst movie of all times (the hoped to beat Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space). It is hard to tell which is worse, but there is a certain appeal to Tomatoes (and not just the wonderful theme song).
A genetic experiment gets out of hand and tomatoes turn on humans. The government wants to keep things quiet so the hire Mason Dixon to lead the investigation. But soon the tomatoes are everywhere and the army seems powerless to stop them.
The end of the film mas seem familiar to a larger-budget invasion film (I won't tell you which, but they did it in Tomatoes first). According to the credits, the scene contains "Every nutcase in San Diego." Even the San Diego Chicken makes an appearance (and he was really big at the time).
The whole film is full of gags (visual and spoken) in a way that makes one believe that the movie spawned the Airplane franchise. A favorite is when the dubbed Japanese scientist accidently knocks a picture of the USS Arizona into a fish tank. When the giant tomatoes attack, look for the stage hands pushing them from behind.
Just remember that this film is intended to be bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a perfect DVD release...but close Sept. 30 2003
Call me sad, but I've been a fan of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes ever since I saw the last half of it on Elvira when I was a pre-teen. It was one of the first pre-recorded videos I bought. I've probably seen the film at least 20 times. So, needless to say, I was quite happy when I saw that the film was going to be released on DVD.
Like many, I was disappointed that the original version of the film was not on the disc. No, this is not the "director's cut" that was released by Buena Vista several years ago. It's a new cut that retains the overdubs and sound effects of the director's cut, while restoring the Mindmaker song. However, for some strange reason, a scene of Lois Fairchild being yelled at by her boss is missing from this version. Oh well, in any version this film is a fun waste of time if you don't take it seriously (and with that title how could you).
The DVD extras are great. The commentary is entertaining but I wish they would have said something about the several different versions of the film. The two super-8 short films are a hoot to watch and show the creative process that lead to the feature film. The documentaries are quite funny - and you'll be surprised by a few of the people they got to come back and talk about the film.
This would have easily rated five stars if only they had given us the option to view the original version.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who made the salad? March 19 2004
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Yes, there are movies made to be bad. The producer of this film made a wholehearted and sincere effort to make this the most appalling and repugnant movie of all time. I'm not sure of the success since I can't make comparisons; I don't usually waste my time or money viewing these types of films. Here we get to see the havoc wreaked on one of California's finest cities, San Diego. It left me to think where the Padres and Chargers would play their home games and where the Marine Corps would relocate their west coast boot training facilities if the tomatoes succeeded in destroying the city. If you are entertained by these types of flicks, you won't be disappointed by this one. Did they ever make a sequel where the tomatoes attacked Camden, New Jersey to get their revenge on the Campbell Soup Company?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! The extras are amazingly funny! Sept. 24 2003
The extras, especially the original version of the movie "Baboosa Land" are hilarious, especially when Finletter tries to come down the hill with his parachute! The DVD is a lot cleaner, and they used a few of the funnier clips of the directors cut within the oringinal (Like the scene where the guy knocks the boat off the wall), which produced the best of both movies. This movie is one of the most stupid and funny films I have ever watched. Watching it with the commentary by the creators makes you realize just how insane they are and wish that they would make another one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still good, but not as good as the original Oct. 23 2003
I hadn't heard about the director's cut, so I was stunned to see that the movie that I watched dozens of times in my youth had been changed. Missing are some of my favorite bits, like the radio dj mocking the "Giant tomatoes mean bigger pizzas" line and the character of the bland receptionist who says everything with absolutely no inflection. Bring back the original!!!
Having said that, there still are some great surreal jokes floating around. It only appeals to a certain sense of humor, but I have it so...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic!
Published 2 months ago by Shawna Ware
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i loved it thank you
Published 11 months ago by brian
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected for such a dumb premise
the movie starts out great with some script comparing the film to hitchcocks 'the birds'. and the laughter continues throughout. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2012 by Sorpse
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Lunacy
When I first saw AoKT more than 20 years ago this riff on all B-movie cliches had me convulsed with laughter. So I bought one for a senior friend as a gift. Read more
Published on July 24 2011 by Goofy Grandma
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic only because it was a first
Tomatoes gone wild consuming unsuspecting humans. Can our government find a solution before it is too late? And will that solution be worse than the red minus? Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY!
Even thought the movies plot's not that great, the film itself is so funny you can't help but love it. Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by "wdtench"
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely NOT a good/bad movie
Some movies are so bad, they are good...unintentionally. However, this movie actually tries to be funny and fails miserably. Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by Yarby
5.0 out of 5 stars i did not know this
i have the speclal collector's editon dvd of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes it is the best movie i have ever seen! Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Worst Movie Every Made - I LOVED it!
This is, without question, the WORST film I've ever seen and I LOVED it! I'm still singing "Puberty Love!" Too funny!
Published on Dec 12 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars No rotten tomatoes here!
The all-time funny cult classic is here now on DVD! "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" parodies everything from "The Birds" to "Jaws". Totally funny! Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by McHenry John
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