Bad Taste by Mike Minett, Pete O'Herne, Terry Potter | 13131165791 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Bad Taste

Bad Taste

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Cast: Mike Minett, Pete O'Herne, Terry Potter

     
 

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Anchor Bay's special edition package of Bad Taste delivers the gruesome goods in a manner that is guaranteed to please director Peter Jackson's cult following. Its anamorphically enhanced widescreen image is occasionally grainy due to the film's 16 mm origins, but its sharpness and rich color put all previous video editions of the film to shame. This DVD also

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Anchor Bay's special edition package of Bad Taste delivers the gruesome goods in a manner that is guaranteed to please director Peter Jackson's cult following. Its anamorphically enhanced widescreen image is occasionally grainy due to the film's 16 mm origins, but its sharpness and rich color put all previous video editions of the film to shame. This DVD also benefits from an effective Dolby Surround 2.0 sound remix (a DTS version of the mix is also included for those with high-end audio equipment). In either case, the new mixes add plenty of oomph to both the music and the splattery sound effects. In terms of extras, this disc includes the original theatrical trailer and a well-researched text biography of Peter Jackson. Fans might be disappointed by the lack of a commentary track but the disc's producers make up for this deficiency with a bonus disc entitled Good Taste Made Bad Taste. This short documentary, originally produced for New Zealand television, provides a wealth of information for budding Jackson fanatics. Highlights of this short include insights into the film's budget-conscious special effects techniques and interviews with a young Peter Jackson and his parents. The DVD package is rounded with a nice full-color insert booklet containing new interviews with three of the cast members. All in all, Anchor Bay's special edition DVD of Bad Taste is a treat for Peter Jackson fans and well worth the extra cost for anyone interested in his work.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Daniel Craft
Long before New Zealander Peter Jackson brought J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings to life in 2001, the director garnered a cult following with his 1987 debut, Bad Taste, which is easily one of the most outrageous, gory, and jaw-dropping alien fright films ever. The story follows agents of the Astro Invasion Defence Service -- a.k.a. the Boys, one played by Jackson himself -- who are dispatched to investigate a possible alien invasion. The Boys soon find themselves battling an all-out, gross-out war against beings set on adding mankind to the menu in their intergalactic fast-food chain. As in Jackson's 1992 zombie masterpiece, Dead Alive, the plot serves simply an excuse for an ever-escalating series of slapstick and gory set pieces. Jackson flexes his effects muscles with imagination: Heads are severed and exploded, characters perform brain surgery on themselves, and tons of blood and guts are loosed across the screen in what seems like a never-ending torrent. It's perfect viewing for any fan of the mayhem humor of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series. Shot over the course of four years with a minuscule budget, Bad Taste was semi-improvised, an effective approach that complements the film's anarchic wit and renegade style.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
As exhausting and demanding a test of the gag reflex as any film ever committed to celluloid, Peter Jackson's low-budget, amazingly resourceful portrayal of mankind a la carte is a series of kinetically realized chunk-blowing vignettes that endlessly assault the viewer at such a hyperactive pace that it's nearly impossible to draw a breath, much less take a moment to laugh at the revoltingly hilarious exploits. Sheep are blown to oblivion with rocket launchers, steaming alien vomit is consumed as a delicacy, legions of sledgehammer-toting, human-hungry aliens taunt and torture the heroes, and an entire Victorian home launches into space -- all for a fraction of the budget of the most minimalist independent film of recent years and with ten times the energy. Though Jackson would repeatedly revisit similar nauseating territory to similar effect and success, he would captivate viewers six years later with Heavenly Creatures, his moving and hauntingly sensitive retelling of New Zealand's infamous Parker-Hulme murders.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2001
UPC:
0013131165791
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.66:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Featurette: "Good Taste Made Bad Taste"; Theatrical Trailer; Peter Jackson bio

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Jackson Derek/Robert
Mike Minett Frank/3rd Class Alien
Pete O'Herne Barry/3rd Class Alien
Terry Potter Ozzy/3rd Class Alien
Craig Smith Giles/3rd Class Alien
Doug Wren Lord Crumb, Alien Leader
Dean Lawrie Third Class Alien/Alien Leader SPFX Double
Peter Vere-Jones Alien Leader
Ken Hammon Third Class Alien
Michael Gooch Third Class Alien
Laurie Yarrall Third Class Alien
Costa Botes Third Class Alien
John Nelson 3rd Class Alien
Grant Taylor 3rd Class Alien
Tony Hiles 3rd Class Alien
Mark Jackson 3rd Class Alien

Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Makeup,Producer,Screenwriter,Special Effects
Ken Hammon Screenwriter
Tony Hiles Consultant/advisor,Screenwriter
Michelle Scullion Score Composer
Jamie Selkirk Editor

Scene Index

Disc #2 -- Bad Taste
1. Program Start/Brain Blaster (Main Titles) [5:30]
2. Extraterrestrial Psychos [3:00]
3. Ozzy and Frank [3:13]
4. "Time For Talkies" [5:22]
5. Armed and Dangerous [2:48]
6. Sledgehammer Assault [4:33]
7. Bad News [3:00]
8. Blood Feast [4:16]
9. "We've Got Trouble" [2:38]
10. In the Pot [2:45]
11. Brain Dead [3:07]
12. "The Bastards Have Landed" [2:23]
13. Cleaning House [4:06]
14. Bowl of Puke [4:10]
15. Search and Destroy [1:06]
16. Killing Field [4:29]
17. Attack of the Chef [3:11]
18. Squashed! [3:59]
19. Machete Massacre [3:12]
20. Aliens on the Warpath [2:34]
21. Heavy Artillery [3:30]
22. Kill 'Em All! [3:39]
23. Blast-Off [3:33]
24. "I'm Comin' to Get You Bastards" [:11]
25. End Credits [:26]

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