Professor Gangreen (John Astin) and his evil killer tomatoes are back with yet another attempt to take over the world. This time, the mad scientist and his hapless assistant Igor are spreading their message by running a trashy TV daytime talk show out of their base on Crystal Mountain (kinda like Crystal Lake, geddit? Cue Friday the 13th parody). Investigating are a clueless hardboiled cop and the oh-so-hot tomatologist.
It is astonishing that a one-joke title spawned an ent…re feature film, let alone a franchise, and this was not to be the last in the series. The humour by now shows the heavy influence of the Abrahams/Zucker team (Airplane, The Naked Gun), but with only the occasional whiff of genuine wit. Mostly, this is tired silliness.
The sound is in 2.0, and is adequate to the job of providing a nice, loud mix to the music, and there is an acceptable degree of surround sound effects. The dialogue, however, is very problematic, sounding as if the bass and treble knobs were being fooled around with by a chimp in the studio. There is some distortion, and the sound quality varies from muzzy to harsh and back again.
Fullscreen and bringing back memories of the DTV VHS days of the early 90s, the picture has good colours, though some of the blacks could be stronger. There is some grain visible as well, but edge enhancement isn’t a problem.
A few trailers, and that’s it. The menu is basic.
Mildly funny. Sometimes. If you’re in a very forgiving mood.
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