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directed by John De Bello
USA 1988

 

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 fear of another uprising by the waxy red menace. Meanwhile, Professor Gangreen played with gusto by the legendary John Astin from TV's The Addams Family sets out to pursue his own evil ends by creating a burgeoning army of tomato militia men (who, somewhat conveniently, look just like regular men).

Following on from the 1978 cult classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Return of the Killer Tomatoes came armed with a healthy sense of its own ridiculousness and would expand upon a franchise that now comprises four films, two TV series and a video game. So what are you waiting for? Make Return of the Killer Tomatoes one of your five-a-day now!

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Theatrical Release: 22 April 1988 (USA)

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Comparison:

Anchor Bay - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Arrow - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Anchor Bay Screen Caps!

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Also being released by Arrow in the UK on Blu-ray:

Distribution

Anchor Bay

Region 1 - NTSC

Arrow
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:38:12 1:38:09.925
Video

1.33:1 open-matte Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.7 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,732,818,598 bytes

Feature: 25,841,866,752 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

 

Anchor Bay

 

Bitrate:

 

Arrow Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Commentary:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles none English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay

Aspect Ratio:
Open Matte 1.33:1

Edition Details:
•  Theatrical Trailer (4:3; 2:15)

DVD Release Date: 2 April 2002
Amaray

Chapters 24
 

Release Information:
Studio: Arrow

 

Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 31,732,818,598 bytes

Feature: 25,841,866,752 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello
• Brand new interview with star Anthony Starke (17:24)

• Stills Gallery (2:28)

• TV Spot (0:31)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:15)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
• Fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver
 

Blu-ray Release Date: June 27th, 2016
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters: 12

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Arrow - Region FREE Blu-rays July 2016': This is the another Arrow Blu-ray release that is being simultaneously released in both region 'A' (US) and 'B' (UK). It is the exact same package on both sides of the pond but there are minor cosmetic differences on the disc labels and sleeve to do with differing copyright info and barcodes, ex. the US release doesn't have BBFC logos.'

Obviously the Arrow Blu-ray has a significant improvement over the open-matte SD captures as evidence by looking at the matched captures. You can also see the amount of information missing from the 1.85:1 Blu-ray to the Open-Matte DVD.

Audio is linear PCM and also, presumably, superior to the lossy SD. The Arrow offers optional English (SDH) subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is region FREE.

Arrow add extras including a new feature-length audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello and a new, 17-minute, interview with star Anthony Starke. There is also a stills gallery, TV Spot and original theatrical trailer and the package has a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin and a fully-illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver.

Arrow again show their thoroughness in digital production with a complete and competent package for this late 80's throwaway. If you find yourself drifting to moods to watch films of this ilk for a fun movie night - this Blu-ray is the way to go!

 -Gary Tooze

 


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Also being released by Arrow in the UK on Blu-ray:

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Arrow
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Blu-ray

 

 


 




 

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