ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES: New 4k Restoration to Blu-ray in January
File this under “shit we never thought we’d see”. I first stumbled upon John DeBello’s improbable and indomitable cult item on a video store shelf as a kid, rented it with hard-earned allowance money, and was confounded. Twenty-five-plus years later I still couldn’t tell you if it’s any damn good. But good or no, the forebear of the world’s least likely monster media franchise (four movies, a cartoon, video games, and so on) is getting a proper 4k facelift, which will see home video release in special edition Blu-ray in January as part of MVD’s newly established Rewind Collection.
UFOs! Bigfoot! Communists! The government has swiftly dealt with many a crisis… But can it survive the diabolical ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES? Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the supermarket, you’re face to face with terror so bold, so frightening it has never been seen on-screen before or since (not until the sequel, anyway).
After a series of bizarre and increasingly horrific attacks from pulpy, red, seeded fruit, Mason Dixon (David Miller) finds himself leading a ”crack” team of specialists to save the planet. But will they be quick enough to save everyone? To save you?
You can’t run! You can’t swim! There’s nowhere to hide! THE KILLER TOMATOES ARE EVERYWHERE!
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
- Newly remastered 4K digital transfer of the film
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature (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 (SD)
- Seven featurettes: ”Legacy of a Legend” (14:13, SD) is a collection of interviews, including comments from John DeBello, Costa Dillon, film critic Kevin Thomas, fans Kevin Sharp and Bruce Vilanch, future Tomatoes mainstay John Astin and actors Steve Peace, Jack Riley, and D.J. Sullivan – ”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
- ”Gone with the Babusuland” (the original 8mm short that inspired Attack of the Killer Tomatoes) (with optional audio commentary) (32:28, SD)
- ”Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” (the original 8mm short film) (with optional audio commentary) (17:35, SD)
- Production design photo gallery
- Collectible Poster
- Radio Spots
- Original Theatrical Trailer (SD)
- Easter eggs
While it’s bizarre to see the likes of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes get the disc-of-the-year treatment, you know I can’t resist. Watch your back, little Timmy. Tomatoes drops January 23rd, and preorders are up now at Amazon and elsewhere.