Selected on: June 9, 2003
From Gizmonics Institute to You, With Love: We've got dozens of DVDs' worth of classic Mystery Science Theater, the brilliant series which once upon a time aired on Comedy Central (nee Comedy Channel) and the SciFi Channel, before the Satellite of Love finally ceased transmissions in 1999. First hosted by the deadpan genius Joel Hodgson before giving way to the equally Midwestern-ly wonderful Mike Nelson, both always accompanied by their faithful, wisecracking robot companions Tom Servo and Crow (and don't forget Gypsy and Cambot), these poor fellas' pain - watching cheesy movies - was always our gain.
Those with short attention spans will particularly appreciate the painfully hilarious shorts collections, which teach you how to go on a date, what good home ec can do for your life (not much, but hey, this was the 50s), and all the cruel fun you can have snagging wild animals and locking
them up in ramshackle zoos.
Then there are all the cinematic nuggets unveiled for your viewing pleasure (or torture), from Eegah! featuring future Bond villain Richard Kiel as a bumbling caveman who terrorizes Palm Springs (really), to Cave Dwellers, which features one-time Tarzan stiff Miles O'Keefe (Q: "How much o'keefe is in this movie anyway?" "Miles") as Ator, a hang-gliding warrior; from the ungodly Unearthly to the indescribably hilariously bad Manos the Hands of Fate - the Satellite of Love gang will not only get you through these films, they'll make you want to come back for more... "deep hurting." Push the button, Frank. -- by Craig Phillips
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