Monday, October 01, 2007

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode 319: War of the Colossal Beast

I felt it was time to post a new episode of the best television show ever made in which a man and his robot sidekicks watch and relentlessly heckle bad old movies. This is Joel Robinson, Thomas Servo and Crow Theodore Robot and their take on the 1958 film War of the Colossal Breast. Wait, make that Colossal Beast. War of the Colossal Beast is Bert I. Gordon's follow up to Bert I. Gordon's 1957 film The Amazing Colossal Man. It's the same 60-foot tall character in both films, Lt. Col. Glenn Manning, but somewhere between the two films Glenn loses an eye and most of the right side of his face, so I guess that's enough to elevate him to "Beast" status.

This episode features what is arguably the weirdest short of the entire series. A stunningly bizarre and confusing oddity that goes by the name of Mr. B Natural. This short film tells the story of Buzz, a kid who I'd place at around 12 years old, who is kind of, well, a sad, weird loser. He wants to fit in with the cool kids in his class but his general twitchy awkwardness prevents him from doing so. One day he is visited by a musical note in human form/CONN trumpet salesperson called Mr. B Natural. Get it? What makes this short weird is that this "Mr." B Natural character is very clearly a woman. And what a spritely little dingbat of a woman she is. Prancing around in a tight little Peter Pan type getup, acting suspiciously chipper the whole time for no apparent reason. She's also very clearly completely deranged. She's one of the only people I can think of that I find both unbearably annoying and genuinely terrifying at the same time. There's actually a lengthy piece about the short on Wikipedia if you want to learn more. And I think you do.

I actually made two different covers for this one. Same exact cover apart from the front cover images. I made one with the awesome poster and one from a still. I know some people like the ones with images from the film and some people (like myself) prefer the way the ones using poster art look. If anyone needs these in higher quality let me know and I can upload them somewhere, the original JPEGs are over 3 MB so I didn't want to upload images that size on here.

Split over 2 parts (both about 350MB) and uploaded to MegaUpload. You will need both parts to watch the episode.


Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thanks.

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Thanks! My torrent of Bert's The Cyclops (of which War Of The Colossal Beast is basically an expanded remake) is up at Demonoid, if anyone wantee...

Anonymous said...

My son usually UTubes'em but it's great to be able to give him the occasional AVI.

Thanks for posting - Greatly appreciated.

- Megaupload is great - Links stay linked for much longer than Rapidshare - but it is so slow. I have an account yet I only get a fifth of the download speed of Rapidshare :(

Donovans Brain said...

Awesome! One of my favorites. I love the Bert I. Gordon episodes with the always bombastic (in a fun way) ALBERT GLASSER music. Terrific job on the cover art.

I've been trying to nab episodes through torrents for the past month. I just watched the cheesy 80's post apocalyptic CITY LIMITS with Robbie Benson and James Earl Jones. What a riot and I noticed mega producer Dean Devlin(of Independencce Day) co-starred and a camera assistant by the name of Peter Deming was in the credits. I have a hunch its the same Deming as the DP on Lynch's LOST HIGHWAY.

Wendel said...

Here is an odd thing for you.
Link #2 of your download is dead due to inactivity.

Link #1 and #3 work fine, but link #2 is dead.

People are continuing to download 1 & 3, but not 2???

Could you please reload link 2 and thank you for a great site.

phelpster said...

Wendel - I got the episode back up. But I had to redo the whole thing, so you'll need to download everything again to watch the episode. Sorry about that, but there's only 2 parts now so I hope that works for you.

Wendel said...

Absolutely no need to apologize.
I thank you for replacing it any way you wished. These are great files and I hope you post more.
Thank you again,



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