Bad Taste DVD

Bad Taste - 1987

Wingnut Films - 88 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # 018619077085; 013131165890; 013131165791; 018619077085; 3259190269095; 4038637151808; 5709624008502; 5050582281705
Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 8436558196414

Cast: Pete O'Herne, Peter Jackson, Craig Smith, Terry Potter, Mike Minett, Doug Wren
Music: Michelle Scullion; Editors: Peter Jackson, Jamie Selkirk; Consultant Producer: Tony Hiles; Producer and Director: Peter Jackson.

Aliens in humanoid form land near a seaside town called Kai Horo - their craft disguised as an old mansion - and slaughter the inhabitants, packing the pieces into cardboard boxes for sending as samples to an inter-galactic fast food chain. A passing charity collector is captured alive for seasoning as a special feast. The government sends public servants - in the form of a unit of the Internal Affairs Department - to investigate the aliens and deal with them. Location shots mostly around Makara, Pukerua Bay and Porirua. You might compare the U.S. cover art (on the left) with the original art used on the CD cover (below).

Censor Rating: R16 - Review Rating: B-

Bad Taste trailer
Official MP4 Trailer


Available in PAL, NTSC videos and DVD. New PAL copies cost about $20nz or 10#. New NTSC copies are available from various U.S. and Canadian sources for about $15us.

Universal Australia has a Collector's Edition R4 PAL disc that is presented 16:9 enhanced widescreen with dolby digital 5.1audio. Extras include: The documentary 'Good Taste Made Bad Taste'; a slide show by Peter Jackson; News clips; audio commentary track with Peter O'Herne, Terry Potter, Mike Minett and Craig Smith; Audio Interview with composer, Michelle Scullion; Photo Gallery and Theatrical Trailer. It sells for about $20au or $25nz.

There is an R1 NTSC DVD Limited Edition two-disc set from Anchor Bay that includes: English closed captions, theatrical trailer, Peter Jackson bio the Tony Hines 25 min. documentary, "Good Taste Made Bad Taste" and a booklet, "Chattin' With 'The Boys'", interviews with Pete O'Herne, Mike Minett and Craig Smith. It is a 1.66:1 presentation, enhanced for 16x9. Sound options - dts-es 6.1, dolby digital surround 5.1ex, dolby surrounnd 2.0. The set sells new for about $20us. The New Zealand set is much the same as the Anchor Bay set and sells for about $40nz.
There is a Norwegian R2 PAL 4-disc set, "The Peter Jackson Boxset", which contains Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Braindead and Forgotten Silver. All have their original English soundtrack, plus optional Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Norgegian subtitles. New sets been spotted at ebay selling for about 15# from UK sources.
There is a blu-ray version from Spanish sources under the title of 'Mal Gusto'. It is an all-regions disc presented 1.76:1 with Spoken English DTS-HD 2.0 or Spanish DD 2.0 tracks, plus subtitle options in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The 25 minute Tony Hines documentary 'Good Taste Made Bad Taste' is the only extra. It is in English with forced Spanish subtitles. May be hard to locate, but try

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'Good Taste made Bad Taste' The complete documentary - video download in two parts.

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Hamish Towgood's UnOfficial Bad Taste Site

"Bad Taste ... was shot on 16mm negative, using 100 foot loads! I think the weekly pay packet from (Peter Jackson's) newspaper lithography job (there's another defunct technology) went on buying film and processing. 100 feet of 16mm = approx 2 Minutes 40 seconds, give or take." - Costa Botes


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