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Peter Jackson's Bad Taste

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  • Actors: Terry Potter, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith, Mike Minett, Peter Jackson
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Ken Hammon, Tony Hiles
  • Producers: Peter Jackson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Unidisc Music
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004Z1GI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,794 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Could a title be any more direct? New Zealand maverick Peter Jackson made a splash (well, more of a splatter) with this film debut, a slapstick gross-out comedy about an alien fast-food franchise that turns a small town into a cheap source of meat. All that stands in the extraterrestrials' way is the Alien Investigation Defense Service (yes, it's a tasteless gag), a bunch of would-be Rambos who take on the aliens with axes, rocket launchers, and chainsaws. Jackson mines vomit jokes, dismembered corpses, and brain-spattering gore for over-the-top laughs and succeeds with inventive low-budget effects, crack timing, and sheer exuberance. Not bad for a film made on weekends with homemade props and a bunch of energetic mates. Jackson topped himself a few years later with the even more outrageous and hilarious bloody gut-buster Dead Alive.

The limited-edition two-disc set also includes the documentary featurette "Good Taste Made Bad Taste," a revealing "making of" shot at the time of production and featuring behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson's home-made special effects, and a 16-page booklet with cast interviews. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
This movie is too much fun. This is schlock of the highest caliber. Peter Jackson's considerable talent is on full display in his debut feature film. The camera work and the editing are amazing. The physical schtick is impeccably timed and photographed. Despite the nothing budget, the technical aspects of this movie are outstanding.
Peter Jackson stars as Derreck(sp?), the sadistic, snivling scientist whose four man government agency, the Alien Investigation Defense Service, has been called upon to thwart a hostile alien invasion of a small backwoods town. Jackson's Derreck is revolting and charasmatic at the same time - a truly original anti-hero. The aliens are actually employees of an intergalactic fast food chain that has just begun marketing human meat - and it is evidently delicious. Can our four heroes save the relief worker (con artist) and foil the aliens' evil plan?
There are some great gags in this movie including a Monty Pythonesque exploding sheep and a recurring joke involving Peter Jackson's character's cerebellum continually falling out, being trodden upon, and then being stuffed back in.
This is an extremely enjoyable movie. For optimal enjoyment, watch it with plenty of alchohol and a couple of friends.
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Format: DVD
After the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it was pretty much inevitable that director Peter Jackson's old classics would be released to DVD. Already available in a plain, single disc edition, DVD wonder Anchor Bay has re-released Jackson's Bad Taste in a limited 2-disc DVD pack.
Bad Taste was a sensation it was released, and it is a major cult film now. Peter Jackson's 1987 debut picture finds four alienbusters coming to a New Zealand town, where the discover the town overtaken by aliens. Of course, these aren't your everyday Sigourney Weaver aliens. Un-uh. These guys are part of the intergalatic food chain Crumb's Crunchy Delights, and all they want is some major human flesh to chew on. Hmmm ...
Being Jackson's debut, the film obviously can't meet up to later hits like Braindead (a.k.a. Dead Alive) and Lord of the Rings, but there's some talent in here yet. It seems like a backyard picture, and I suppose that's one of the reasons it's so popular. What I do know is that it's gory, entertaining, and the most digusting film I've ever seen. [7/10]
Anchor Bay has done a terrific remastering job. There isn't any grain anywhere. A flawless work. [10/10]
As all the voices in the film were dubbed after shooting, many times the words didn't meet the mouth movements. Well, Anchor Bay has - somehow - fixed this problem with its lovely DD 5.1 remix. No problem here. [10/10]
Well, if you consider the fact that it's a Limited Edition (of 50,000) an extra, then we got that here. Anchor Bay's double-disc set includes a Peter Jackson bio, the film's trailer, and a very good documentary about the film: "Good Taste Made Bad Taste". I think fans of the film will be pleased.
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In celebration of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING joining the 11 Oscar Club (11 is the most Oscars won by a movie; BEN HUR and TITANIC hold this distinction as well), among them Best Director for Peter Jackson, I purchased his directorial debut BAD TASTE yesterday and watched it this morning. I must say, everyone who knows Jackson by his incredible endeavor of bringing the blueprint for the fantasy genre to life (it was well worth the wait and the effort IMHO) are going to be in for quite a shock when they see what he did before LORD OF THE RINGS!
BAD TASTE is a horror/comedy in the tradition of the EVIL DEAD movies, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, and RE-ANIMATOR; a quartet of commandos set up for alien activity take on an alien fast food restaurant chain whose specialty is human flesh! Along the way, the leader Derek ("I'm a Derek. Dereks don't run.") quite literally loses his brain after a nasty fall, a charity collector becomes part of the menu, heads splatter, guns go off, a sheep is blown to bits, and vomit is consumed ("I think the gruel is ready.")
BAD TASTE is the most cartoonish of the horror/comedy wave of the mid-1980's; it's like Looney Tunes with a Grand Guignol sensibility. This movie is like THE A-TEAM on acid; just imagine if those guys ever had to face alien invaders! But what appeals to me about BAD TASTE is the simplicity of the story and the execution; the special effects and the one-liners are the stars of this movie and the script and the plot are thin enough to accomodate the smirking attitude of the whole movie. A short film that slowly became something much more (an international cult classic), Peter Jackson's BAD TASTE is extremely recommended for cult horror enthusiasts, gorehounds and low-budget buffs alike!
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I must admit, Peter Jackson's earlier films (Dead-Alive, The Frightners, and Meet the Feebles) made me cautious about seeing The Lord of the Rings. Not everyone can make Citizen Kane or Blood Simple the first time. Bad Taste is a lot like El Mariachi in how it makes you wonder just how much money do you need to make a movie? If you watch the movie as a "serious" sci-fi horror film, then you'll hate it, as people have. Bad Taste is sick, yes, but it's odd how in the ways the Evil Dead movies are made, on the surface as horror movies, but actual comedies. The special effects are corny and the dialogue could have been written by a ten year old and most of the actors look like rejects from a garage band, but that's the whole idea. Bad Taste was the training wheels. LOTR is the Tour de France. Peter Jackson has grown and for what it's worth, Bad Taste will always be the movie that got him going. Gross-out humor doesn't always have to be about flatulence. How about eating brains?! The scene of Derek (PJ) torturing alien Robert (PJ again) is cleverly done.
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