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

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  • Actors: David Miller, George Wilson, Sharon Taylor, J. Stephen Peace, Ernie Meyers
  • Directors: John De Bello
  • Writers: J. Stephen Peace, John De Bello, Costa Dillon, Rick Rockwell
  • Producers: J. Stephen Peace, John De Bello, Mark L. Rosen
  • Format: Collector's Edition, 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner Music
  • Release Date: Sept. 23 2003
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000B1OEP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,443 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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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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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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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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?

This is a high budget film but they pocketed most of the money so it would not be pretentious. It was filmed in San Diego, California; this will soon become the location of the avocado jungle of death. Many great actors wanted to play the main parts but they were turned down so that they would not out shine the tomatoes; David Miller got the position of Mason Dixon

This film is so innovative that you will see the themes used over again in many movies to come such as "Mars Attacks." Notice how real the media interviews are; they look just like what you see on TV News today, as they brow beat the victim. And how many times have you see the use of sophisticated music to squelch the savage beasts?

While watching this film a co-watcher took advantage of the situation and snuck up behind to roll tomatoes past me.

Return of the Killer Tomatoes!
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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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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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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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