Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos The Hands Of Fate
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The two-disc Manos special edition includes both the original 1993 MST3K episode and the film minus the riffing, as well as a number of solid extras. Chief among these is Hotel Torgo, a terrific 2004 documentary that reveals the disastrous creation and release of Manos through an interview with a garrulous surviving cast member (Bernie Rosenbaum, one half of the "makeout couple") and visits to the original locations. Hodgson, Beaulieu, Conniff, and Mary Jo Pehl revisit their own tribulations with Torgo in Group Therapy, an amusing interview segment that examines the show's love-hate relationship with Manos. Both halves of Hired!, complete with riffing (though without Hired! The Musical, a hilarious song-and-dance spoof featured in MST3K's take on Bride of the Monster), are also included, as is a new feature short, Jam Handy to the Rescue, which looks at the production company responsible for Hired! in an educational film spoof starring and written by Larry Blamire (The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra). A brief interview with Hodgson on MST3K's long history of skewering short films and the original wraparounds from the syndicated Mystery Science Theater Hour round out this stellar, MSTie-must-have set. --Paul Gaita
MST3K short “Hired!” Parts 1 and 2 together for the first time
Mystery Science Theater Hour wraps
Brand-new “Jam Handy and You!” featurette
"Hotel Torgo” (30-minute making-of doc.)
Top Customer Reviews
Manos: Hands of Fate is a movie that is barely about anything, but here's a synopsis of what little story there is to it. A family of three, husband, wife and young daughter plus their little dog are looking for their vacation hotel. After an interminable driving sequence that goes nowhere, they end up in the middle of nowhere at a strange house run by a bizarre caretaker named, Torgo. The family makes the fateful decision to stay there for the night in spite of warnings from Torgo that "The Master would not approve." Their vacation kind of takes a downward turn from there!
Extra features on this new Shout! Factory release include:
Disc One: The classic MST3K episode plus
- A featurette called, "Group Therapy", in which Joel, Trace, Frank & Mary Jo relive the horror.
- The MST3K Hour wraps.
- The original unMSTed movie.
- "Jam Handy To the Rescue!" A Daniel Griffith/Ballyhoo Production featurette (written by and starring Larry Blamire).
- Parts I and II of the short "Hired!"
- "My (Educational) Short Life," an Interview with Joel Hodgson.
- "Hotel Torgo".
- An exclusive mini-poster by artist Steve Vance.
Manos is the most inept film out there, rivaling Creeping Terror, Beast of Yucca Flats in pure ineptitude. This also is one of the best episodes of MST3K - the jokes, the segments (Joel as Manos !) are hilarious. MST3K has given Manos all new heights of popularity ..it is the Citizen Kane of Bad Films..
Now as far as this release goes, it is packed with all new bonus features as reported on both the Satellite News and TV shows on DVD..
* Disc one will feature the classic MST3K episode, a featurette-"Group Therapy: Wherein Joel, Trace, Frank & Mary Jo relive the horror"-and the MST3K Hour wraps.
* Disc two will feature the original unMSTed movie, "Jam Handy To the Rescue!" A Daniel Griffith/Ballyhoo Production featurette (written by and starring Larry Blamire), BOTH parts of the short "Hired!" "My (Educational) Short Life," an Interview with Joel Hodgson and-wait for it-"Hotel Torgo". Also includes an exclusive mini-poster by artist Steve Vance.
Yes we get both versions of Manos on this disc...Ive seen Manos uncut and wrote a review about it already...there are a few shocking (sort of) moments that were cut for the film..
The question is "Do I get this version - I already have 2 copies of Manos"
Many are on the fence due to the two previous releases..Obviously the new bonus features make it difficult for those of us who own the previous releases..Read more ›
On the Satellite of Love, Joel experiments with a module that causes all the bots to worship him -- and of course, once he removes it, they go right back to normal. Then comes the invention exchange, which is about as surreal as you'd expect, and then some.
Then the guys go into the theater for "Manos, The Hands of Fate"... and yes, that comma SHOULD be a colon, but isn't. After being treated to a horrible short film about "prospects," they are launched into the worst movie in the world: after a few hours of "driving" footage and some cop-related red herrings, a very boring all-American family arrives at a weird out-of-the-way house, occupied only by the knobby-kneed Torgo.
Amazingly, Torgo's creepy tics and constant babbling about "the Master" doesn't tip the family off that something weird might be going on in this place. And of course, eventually the bots begin to go insane from the sheer ineptitude of it all -- "Hey look, there's a field! And another field! And another field!" "Oh yes, it's very scenic. It's just like a scene from... "Manos, the Hands of Fate!". Cue Tom's hysterical sobs.
Well, what can I say about the movie? It is a dusty, tedious, grotesquely dull lump of fossilized excrement and I can barely believe it was actually released in even one theater.Read more ›
The brilliance of this episode is the fact that Joel and the bots often seem as bewhildered as the audience watching this cinematic abortion. Long periods of "hmm..." "uh..." and "wha..." seem to space this film from begining to end. You know it's bad when the best riffs come from just repeating the title in an incredulous voice.
Do yourself a favor. Sit back, grab a cold drink and enjoy one of the weirdest things ever put to celluloid. The master wants you to!
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In this reviewer's humble opinion, the is the best MST3K episode available. Joel, Crow, and Tom Servo are at the top of their games in "Manos, the Hands of Fate". Read morePublished 4 days ago by coachtim
This movie is glorious and horrible.
While this is the kind of movie that is only viewed drunk at 2am after some idiot you're not sure why you're friends with says, "You... Read more
All hail MANOS, the worst movie ever made that was actually meant to be a "good" movie. It was made on a bet, and that guy lost. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tony P
I like it for what it is ... it isn't Shakespeare, it's an old B-horror movie!!
"Manos the hands of fate" is easily one of the dumbest movies you can ever sit... Read more
Oh man, this was one of the funniest experiences of my life. Could not stop laughing out loud.Published 8 months ago by Music Lover in Omaha
So funny. So much better than the Riff Trax stuff Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett have been doing lately.Published 10 months ago by Tess