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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Shorts vol. 2 back to product details

Goofy slices of Americana pie on the Satellite of Love
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written by underdog May 12, 2003 - 1:46 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Another hilarious sampling of the old short films the Satellite of Love gang was forced to watch before main features. This collection is only imperfect because as usual Rhino skimped on an MST DVD, with no extras and, like on the VHS version, only includes 6 of these shorts. But never mind, it's still easily worth a rental because the shorts that are here feature spot-on commentary by Mike and Joel and the 'bots, and are a twisted look at the scary state of US educational films in the 1950's. The shorts are as follows:

-Catching Trouble: Worth the rental right here, this disturbing short "nature" film about a man who hunts wildlife to throw in a crappy zoo would get PETA up in arms, but the commentary is perfect

-What To Do on a Date: If you yearn for the easy dating days of the 50s, you may change your mind after seeing just how insipid everyone was, at least according to this film. Weenie roasts and taffy pulls for everyone!

-Last Clear Chance: A safety film from our friends at the railroad, funny in a rural sort of way. Remember, don't let this happen to you. Don't die.

-A Day at the Fair: Yup. Uh huh. Just what it says. Lots of hogs and cows and ferris wheels and thank god the MST gang was along for the ride or you'd want to kill someone

-Keeping Clean and Neat: With Catching Trouble, probably my favorite of the shorts here. I never knew grooming children was so time consuming! Funny, and creepy in a way

-Days of Our Years: A reverend preaches against negligent behavior, or something. I'm still trying to figure what this one was about. Probably the weakest of the shorts but still worth watching.

All in all a swell collection of hilarious and disturbing little pieces of Americana. Think about it won't you? Thank you.


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