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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos The Hands Of Fate

Joel Hodgson , Kevin Murphy  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Joel Hodgson
  • Directors: Kevin Murphy
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055CP9UY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Interviews with Joel, Frank, Mary Jo and Trace

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.)


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If 1966's Manos, the Hands of Fate isn't the worst film ever made, it's certainly one of the strangest; the Texas-lensed oddity, a vanity piece for writer-producer-director-star and fertilizer salesman Hal P. Warren, concerns a family that encounters a supernatural polygamy sect after an aimless drive through the Texas desert. An obscurity to all but the most dedicated "bad" movie fans, Manos was dragged into the spotlight by Mystery Science Theater 3000, which spawned something of a cult following. The Manos set pays tribute to both the film itself and the fourth-season MST3K episode that set off the revival with an impressive collection of extras. The episode, one of the series' best, finds Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson) and the 'bots pushed to their limits to poke fun or even make sense of the picture (they are reduced to simply repeating the film's title during the endless driving sequences), and even Dr. Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) and TV's Frank (Frank Conniff) find it necessary to apologize for inflicting the film on them. Nevertheless, there are some stellar bits throughout the episode, many of which address one of the film's most unsettling aspects, the sect's twitchy, goatish henchman, Torgo: Joel and the 'bots muse on whether Torgo's weirdly oversized thighs (which, according to Manos lore, are due to his being a satyr) really make him a monster, and head writer Mike Nelson turns up in the closer as Torgo to make the world's longest pizza delivery. The episode also features the second half of the Chevrolet training film Hired!, one of MST3K's most well-loved shorts.

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

Product Description

ewton’s Third Law of Motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sure, there’s math to back that up, but the far more compelling proof is in the treatment accorded Manos The Hands Of Fate by those physicists of comedy at Mystery Science Theater 3000. Consider this legendary low point in film history, which depicts a family that gets lost en route to a vacation and stumbles into the lair of a cult. Since SoL captive Joel Robinson and his robot sidekicks Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot react to movies, it follows that this particular episode must be a glorious high point in MST3K history. This 2-DVD set celebrates a special film and the special TV show that made the film even more special. That’s why we’re calling this a special edition.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The Master wants you! This is a re-release of the most legendary of all MST3K episodes with cool new extra features. Manos: Hands Of Fate is not like other movies, you must see it to believe it, but only Joel and the 'Bots can get you through it.

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.
Disc Two:
- 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.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tres Manos ? June 18, 2011
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Shout Factory has surprised us all once again with a new edition of Manos, the Hands of Fate ..one of , if not the most famous MST3K experiment of all time.
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..
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It make me wanna pull my brains out!" June 15, 2011
Format:DVD
"Mystery Science Theater 3000" is all about digging up the worst movies possible, and relentlessly making fun of them. But Joel and the robots may have met their match in "Manos, the Hands of Fate" -- a tedious, fossilized movie with literally no redeeming characteristics at all. While the movie is too awful to even be amusing, it's kept funny by the running commentary.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Manos" the uh... hands of fate. September 9, 2012
By Blu Boy
Format:Amazon Instant Video
"Manos the hands of fate" is easily one of the dumbest movies you can ever sit through. It is unthinkable how this turd got made. Thank God it did. This is one of my top 3 favorite MST3K episodes (with Pod People and Angels Revenge). Joel and the bots had a hard time riffing on this one and it's easy to see why. The film leaves you speachless.

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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars As inept of a film as you can imagine!
Has to be one of the worst movies ever made which makes for an excellent episode of MST3K! This version comes with the original movie as well which I highly recommend viewing first... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Keith Overfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Bad Movie and Such a Great Episode
This movie is 3rd on my Top Ten list of Best Misties of all time, which is ironic because the movie is so utterly awful, it once broke my television. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Brody
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to Joel and the Bots. The movie is very hard to watch and to...
Manos: The Hands of Fate is just about the worst movie ever made, and is unwatchable in its un-MST3K form. I've tried,and I can't do it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David K. Hinson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my fave episodes
This one is worth watchin' from start to finish. The film is just that bad, it's funny on it's own and they definitely make it that much funnier. Read more
Published 1 month ago by StarbuckUnited
4.0 out of 5 stars Overhyped
The legendary status as the worst of the MST3K movies led me to expect something more or different. The movie was horrible, but the SOL came in weak, too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mike from Newark
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the epitome of funny
This is a classic Hall of Fame episode of MST3K, and this film was recently re-riffed during a rifftrax live event. Read more
Published 2 months ago by OHRedhawk
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute zenith of MST3K.
To see "Manos: The Hands of Fate" is to witness truly awe-inspiring exhibitions of cinematic ineptitude. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miles D. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars ...And God Created Manos...
MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE is one of those rare films that has an effect on the viewer's brain not unlike sand-blasting. It scrapes the wrinkles smooth! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
2.0 out of 5 stars A way to match wits with the MST 3000 crew
As with any MST 3000 movie, the movie content is not so much why you watch as to catch the comments from the MST 3000 team as the movie plays. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BD King
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Of badness. It's a minor miracle Joel and the 'bots survived with their brains reasonably intact. As the Bard of the Satellite of Love would say himself, "It Stinks."
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