Out this week on DVD is Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVI
, a glorious four-DVD box set (with a Tom Servo
figurine included) featuring hilarious episodes of the space-stranded Joel, Mike and robot pals wisecracking through an endless series of bad movies. This set is just one of the all-time best, and includes "The Corpse Vanishes"
with Bela Lugosi
killing brides at their wedding ceremony and later stealing their bodies; "Warrior Of The Lost World,"
a crappy sci-fi apocalyptic tale with with a motorcycle-riding warrior fighting an evil empire; "Santa Claus,"
a goofy Mexican-made kid's movie with Santa battling Satan for children's souls, which has some of their funniest ad-libs; and my favorite, "Night Of The Blood Beast
," a Z-grade sci-fi movie from the 1950s about an astronaut actually impregnated by an alien. "I can feel it kick" the bots wisecrack. The set also has a hilarious opening short Once Upon A Honeymoon,
directed by Gower Champion
that was sponsored by a telephone company and had me falling off the couch with laughter. This set makes a perfect Christmas gift.