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

4.1 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews

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Movie Description Music, comedy and spoof horror are all combined in this uniquely low-budget attack on conventional horror movies. When a high-level government experiment goes terribly awry a group of giant, mutated tomatoes roll through suburbia on a spree of mayhem and murder. Credits Cast: Bill Priester, Jack Riley Details Edition: Special Collector's Edition Notes DVD Features: Region 1 Keep Case Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo - English Additional Release Material: Audio Commentary Deleted Scenes Featurettes

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Anderson, Don Birch, Eric Christmas, Tom Coleman, Art K. Koustik
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Rhino Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000B1OEP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

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By A Customer on June 29, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
What so many people don't realize is that Attack of the Killer Tomatoes was made to be bad. It was written as a cheesy satirie of a silly genre of films. I think it achieved that. The expectations were met. There are two classic scenes: The Japanese scientist being dubbed and the slow speed car chase. They both stand out in my mind. A bit of trivia: The helicopter crash early in the movie was real. They didn't plan on it crashing, but got it on film. Nobody was hurt, but the helicopter was obviously destroyed. Jack Riley (the future Mr. Carlin on the Bob Newhart Show) was in it when it crashed.
Finally: The guy in the Arab outfit in the final scene was me. I wonder why my career didn't take off after that? Oh, well.
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This movie is a classic goofball flick: you'll love it or hate it. I love it!
I am mainly writing this as a warning about the "Director's Cut" version of the film that Disney released. Viewers should be warned, this is not good! It's true that a cut scene or two is added back in...but the payoff isn't worth the price. The movie is interrupted several times for comments from the director!!!!! And they cut out the Advertising song!!!!! ("They sell, they buy, and only I know why!") Try to find a full copy, the restored scene is feeble, and isn't worth the interruptions and loss of the terrible, terrible song.
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No sense in making fun of the script - the plot couldn't possibly work. No sense making fun of the special effects - you can see the wheels on some of the tomatoes. No sense making fun of the music - it'll only come back to haunt you in the late hours.

Somehow the over the top kitsch makes this movie a classic. You have to laugh. And watch it again and laugh some more. And watch it again making up drinking games as you go. No wonder it's become a cult classic.

Not a classic quality movie, but a prime example of excellence in the B-cult genre.
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This movie was designed to make fun of every monster movie, every horror movie, every bad B-movie ever made. Along with the tons of humor there are also some serious messages about journalism, commercialism, and politics. But mostly it is about giant tomatoes, song and dance numbers, old fashion cars and characters nobody cares about.

You'll never look the same way at a fruit again. No wonder it had so many movie AND cartoon spin offs. Great theme song!
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The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (AotKT) is an absolutely hilarious, cheesy, awful (in a good way) movie that makes it fun to watch. The humor comes before similarly classified "bad" movies such as Airplane, but the style works quite well. It takes a seemingly ridiculous ideas of killer tomatoes and makes it into an over-the-top adventure. Many people will probably call it stupid. I'd agree, but that's what makes the entire film hilarious to watch if you share this kind of humor.

For those trying to decide between the two editions, the "25th Anniversary" edition contains no extras, except for the trailer. I'm glad I went for the the "Special colletor's edition," because it's full of lots of good things:

-A duplicate of the original movie poster, 15" by 21"
-Commentary on the movie (with John DeBello, Steve Peace, and Costa Dillon)
-The original 8mm AotKT film (with commentary)
-The 8mm film that inspired the AotKT film
-Sing-Alongs for all of the songs in the movie
-Deleted scenes (with commentary)
-Interviews with the cast and crew, exploring the legacy behind the movies
-"Where are they now?" featurette
-Tomato trivia, information on props and production design

Altogether, it's a pretty nice package that fits onto one disc. I wasn't expecting the poster to be included, which I thought was a really nice touch, and even had it framed. I'd highly recommend this for any AotKT fan.
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By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This has got to be the most bizarre movie I've ever seen, and believe me, I've seen a lot of weirdos. Tomatoes the size of minivans terrorizing the country. I could probably have single-handedly paid all costs for this movie- gives a new meaning to the term "low budget". The director and producer each had about fifteen roles, appeared to have recruited the cast out of their friends and relatives, and must have taken bad hallucinogens while eating a Caesar salad as small children. The movie was deservedly given bad ratings by the reviewers, yet this is the main part of its charm- watch it, laugh, and then groan at the same time. This is such a stinker it's zillions of times more enjoyable than most serious movies given great reviews.
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I bought this movie as a gift for my oldest son. His soccer team in grade school (late 70's) was "Killer Tomatoes." One of the gentlemen who made this movie sponsored his team, and the boys were ecstatic. The gift was a nostalgic one.
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This review is for the Special Collector's Edition. All versions seem crammed into this one review page, not all are equal.
There are three kinds of people in the world, those who know how to count, and those who don't.
Or is it two kinds, those who like Killer Tomato movies and those who don't? Let's go with that one. If you're the kind who does, you know who you are. If not, go back to chuckling at your romantic "comedy". The rest of you, pay attention. You know you need a copy of this gem. THIS is the copy you need.
In this lovely box you receive 1 Killer Tomato DVD packed with more extras than I ever expected, including commentaries, behind the scenes, two college films leading up to Tomatoes, including a surprisingly good early version, Where are they now featurette, sing a long, deleted scenes and even more. Also included is a CD soundtrack and mini poster. If you're buying used, I'd check with the seller to make sure those are included. The movie itself rates 4 stars, but the amount of features and the love for the product evident here easily pushes it up to 5. It ranks as my third favorite in the series, but don't get the idea that it's a lesser film for that, Returns and Eat France just strike me as slightly funnier. This movie was ahead of it's time, and suffers a little for having nothing else to draw inspiration from. Future films refined the comic timing, making for a better experience. But I do love the unpolished look of the movie, and the theme song is perhaps the catchiest out there. If you're a Tomato fan, this is the copy of the film you need.
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