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click to enlarge - The Film Crew: Hollywood After - Dark (NR)  -  -  - Shout! Factory  -  - After a too-long hiatus, the original masterminds of the - long-loved Mystery Science Theater 3000 are - back, doing what they do best: making fun of some of - the worst films of all time. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy - and Bill Corbett are now called The Film Crew, a group of - guys stuck in a basement having to record DVD - commentaries against their will. First up in this - promising series is the 1968 potboiler Hollywood - After Dark, starring future Golden Girl Rue - McClanahan as a young starlet, who, after failing to - become an actress, enters the dark world of (gasp!) - stripping. As you can guess, The Film Crew has a lot of - fun here, and the whole thing's a blast to listen to  and - probably the closest we'll ever get to a true MST3K -  reunion.  Louis Fowler
  • The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark (NR)

    Shout! Factory

    After a too-long hiatus, the original masterminds of the long-loved Mystery Science Theater 3000 are back, doing what they do best: making fun of some of the worst films of all time. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett are now called The Film Crew, a group of guys stuck in a basement having to record DVD commentaries against their will. First up in this promising series is the 1968 potboiler Hollywood After Dark, starring future Golden Girl Rue McClanahan as a young starlet, who, after failing to become an actress, enters the dark world of (gasp!) stripping. As you can guess, The Film Crew has a lot of fun here, and the whole thing's a blast to listen to and probably the closest we'll ever get to a true MST3K reunion. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Zach Galifianakis: Live at the - Purple Onion (NR)  -  -  - Shout! Factory  -  - Ever since I saw him in the Comedians of Comedy -  tour, I've been a big fan of Zach Galifianakis and his - admittedly avant-garde humor. And this live DVD - captures his solo act beautifully. Granted, the uninitiated - probably won't get it (at first, at least) as Galifianakis - launches into one-liner after one-liner in a pseudo- - depressive, rambling style. Even when he's making fun of - an old guy in the audience, it's done in such a sharp, yet - confounding, manner that, if you're not laughing at the - situation, you're laughing uncomfortably because you're - not sure what to make of it. Confrontational and - different, Galifianakis' act is a nice change of pace from - the archetypical BS you see on The Tonight Show - .  Louis Fowler
  • Zach Galifianakis: Live at the Purple Onion (NR)

    Shout! Factory

    Ever since I saw him in the Comedians of Comedy tour, I've been a big fan of Zach Galifianakis and his admittedly avant-garde humor. And this live DVD captures his solo act beautifully. Granted, the uninitiated probably won't get it (at first, at least) as Galifianakis launches into one-liner after one-liner in a pseudo- depressive, rambling style. Even when he's making fun of an old guy in the audience, it's done in such a sharp, yet confounding, manner that, if you're not laughing at the situation, you're laughing uncomfortably because you're not sure what to make of it. Confrontational and different, Galifianakis' act is a nice change of pace from the archetypical BS you see on The Tonight Show . Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Splatter Farm (NR)  -  -  - Camp Motion Pictures  -  - Splatter Farm, unsurprisingly, is a horror film - set on a farm where much splattering goes on. It's part - of Camp Motion Picture's Retro '80s Horror Collection - and was shot on video in 1987 by cult horror heroes the - Polonia Brothers. And, even though they were still kids at - the time, they managed to make one of the sickest, most - demented psycho-shockers I've seen. Two brothers - (played by the directors) spend the summer with their - elderly, touchy-feely and mentally ill Aunt Lacey (Marion - Costly) and her ranch hand, who loves slicing things - open and then, um, making love to those things. Filmed - like a "shockumentary," this flick is a fun throwback to - late '80s video-store atrocities that freaked the shit out - of you. God bless you, Camp Motion Pictures.  - Louis Fowler
  • Splatter Farm (NR)

    Camp Motion Pictures

    Splatter Farm, unsurprisingly, is a horror film set on a farm where much splattering goes on. It's part of Camp Motion Picture's Retro '80s Horror Collection and was shot on video in 1987 by cult horror heroes the Polonia Brothers. And, even though they were still kids at the time, they managed to make one of the sickest, most demented psycho-shockers I've seen. Two brothers (played by the directors) spend the summer with their elderly, touchy-feely and mentally ill Aunt Lacey (Marion Costly) and her ranch hand, who loves slicing things open and then, um, making love to those things. Filmed like a "shockumentary," this flick is a fun throwback to late '80s video-store atrocities that freaked the shit out of you. God bless you, Camp Motion Pictures. Louis Fowler

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