Review: Arrow’s Return Of The Killer Tomatoes Blu-ray / DVD is an Enjoyable Presentation of the Oddball Cult Film

It’s mathematically impossible for me to hate anything with John Astin in it, which is probably why I have fond memories of watching Return of the Killer Tomatoes a handful of times as a kid. Revisiting it now as an adult with Arrow Video’s recent Blu-ray/DVD release, Return doesn’t really hold up as the hilarious farce I remembered it as, but despite some uneven jokes, for the most part it is still pretty entertaining and feels like the best Troma movie the Zucker brothers never made.

Released nearly ten years after its notorious predecessor, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, the sequel introduces a world in which the titular vegetables have now been outlawed after the “Great War” that pitted humans against their oversized tomato foes, forcing new generations to adapt to a tomato-free lifestyle. That doesn’t sit well with Professor Gangreen (John Astin, who would
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June 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Return Of The Killer Tomatoes

June is ending on a quiet note for horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, as we only have six titles coming our way on June 28th.

Blue Underground has shown some love to two cult classics with their Blu-ray double feature of Circus of Fear and Five Golden Dragons, and Arrow Video is resurrecting another cult classic (albeit one that is a bit more recent) with their Return of the Killer Tomatoes Special Edition Blu-ray.

Other notable titles being released this Tuesday include Alien Strain, Shark Exorcist, Forgotten Tales, and Hotel Inferno.

Alien Strain (Mti Home Video, DVD)

After his girlfriend vanishes without a trace on a camping trip, he quickly goes from witness to suspect. Now, a year later, she returns to the very spot from which she was taken, but not like she was before.

Circus of Fear/Five Golden Dragons Double Feature (Blue Underground, Blu-ray)

Circus Of Fear
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The Bottom Shelf: Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, He Never Died

Nick Aldwinckle Aug 10, 2016

Blood Bath, The Beast With 1,000,000 Eyes and Return Of The Killer Tomatoes: it's our latest DVD and Blu-ray round-up...

Britain is in a state of turmoil, with Brexit, political leadership spinning out of control and social media civil war already underway. As such, it has perhaps never been a more appropriate time for a release of John De Bello and Stephen Peace’s 1988 meditation on the path towards peace and racial tolerance, Return Of The Killer Tomatoes, out on Arrow Bluray.

Set ten years after the events of the Great Tomato War, as depicted in uncompromising detail in De Bello and Peace’s earlier epic, Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes, tomatoes – following the mutant, sentient, strain responsible for the deaths of many citizens – are now outlawed in the Us. As with all the best banned items, killer tomatoes have now gone underground, with a thriving black market
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Blu-ray Review – Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)

Return of the Killer Tomatoes, 1988.

Directed by John De Bello.

Starring Anthony Starke, George Clooney, Karen Mistal, John Astin, Steve Lundquist, Michael Villani, Rick Rockwell, J. Stephen Peace and Charlie Jones.


Mad scientist Professor Gangreen is at it again as he prepares a new tomato army disguised as humans to take over the world. No, really…

It’s always fun to take a peek back at the early career of a current A-lister and the pre-superstar works of George Clooney are some of the most enjoyable to visit, especially as the man himself doesn’t appear to be ashamed of what he had to appear in to get noticed, unlike some (asking Renée Zellweger to sign a copy of Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation just to see the reaction ranks very high on the bucket list). Whether it’s the funny-for-all-the-wrong-reasons turd that is Combat Academy or the
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Awfully Good: Return of the Killer Tomatoes with George Clooney

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Before he was a Money Monster, let's revisit what George Clooney used to have to do for cash. Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988) Director: John De Bello Stars: George Clooney, Anthony Starke, Karen Mistal   An evil scientist discovers a way to use music to turn tomatoes in to human super soldiers, and only George Clooney and some guy no one remembers can stop him. ... Read More...
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"Arrow Video" (Us) June 2016 Releases

Take a look @ the June 2016 home video releases from cult movie specialists Arrow Video Us, via Mvd Entertainment Group, including "Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 2 on Blu-ray + DVD, June 14, "Suture" on Blu-ray + DVD, June 21 and "Return Of The Killer Tomatoes" on Blu-ray, June 28:

"Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 2" available June 14, 2016, includes three classic films from directors Buichi Saito ("Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril"), Ko Nakahira ("Crazed Fruit") and Haruyasu Noguchi.

In Saito's "Tokyo Mighty Guy" : "...Akira Kobayashi stars as 'Jiro' , a chef who opens a restaurant in the busy 'Ginza' district. His culinary skills and dashing good looks bring in the women as well as unwanted trouble, while an explosive political scandal builds around his girlfriend's business.

In Nakashira's "Danger Pays", actor Joe Shishido ("Massacre Gun", "Retaliation") stars in a crime caper about counterfeiting: 

"...when one billion yen goes Awol, 'Joe the Ace' (Shishido) spies an opportunity to get rich quick,
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Round-Up: Return Of The Killer Tomatoes Blu-ray, Moving Hazard Gameplay Trailer, K-shop Screening Details

Starring George Clooney and his rad mullet, Return of the Killer Tomatoes is coming to Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Arrow Video in the U.K. on June 27th and on Blu-ray in the U.S. on June 28th. Also: a Moving Hazard gameplay trailer and festival screening details for K-Shop.

Return of the Killer Tomatoes: From Arrow Video: “New UK/Us Title: Return of the Killer Tomatoes (Arrow Video) Blu-ray in the U.S. and Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD in the UK.

UK Release Date: 27 June 2016

Us Release Date: 28 June 2016

Region: Ab

The Vegetables Of Doom!

The killer tomatoes are back! But this time around, they’re going to have to contend with late ’80s George Clooney and his wicked mullet… Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Nope, it’s Return of the Killer Tomatoes!

Ten years on from the Great Tomato War, mankind lives in
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Why Not a space flower?: Six Killer Movie Plants

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By Alison Willmore

For the many ill-wishers out there, the most disappointing thing about M. Night Shyamalan's environmental thriller "The Happening" wasn't that it was a failure, but that it wasn't a spectacular failure. Critics went in with their long knives out, only to leave shrugging that they've seen worse. Having made $59 million in theaters, it's not even the box office bomb some expected after "Lady in the Water." All in all, "The Happening" is actually pretty successful, considering it's a serious horror film about trees... that kill! In honor of that dubious designation, here's a look at the spotty history of films about murderous botanic life that have preceded it.

Killer tomatoes

Film: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

Directed by John De Bello

M.O.: Produce that, for no apparent reason, become massive and murderous.

De Bello's broad comedy mocked B-movie conventions while bearing its reported $90,000 budget like a badge of honor.
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