Download A Christmas Classic... Of Sorts...
If you're struggling to find some last-minute gifts, here's one that's inexpensive, novel, and is as close as your computer. You may recall an earlier post I wrote about Cinematic Titanic, a project that brings together five Mystery Science Theater 3000 alums to again riff on bad movies. Last week I was lucky enough to get into one of five sold-out live performances here in Chicago, and it was excellent. The show had even more energy than the old MST3K, and we got to see that the cast are still at the top of their game.
There are more live shows to come in the new year, but you can enjoy the lousy movies and the flinging of countless barbs per hour at home right now. Cinematic Titanic has DVDs that you can download and burn from their website. Perhaps the most infamous among them is "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" which you can download for ten bucks. This wrong-headed film was a classic experiment on the original MST3K, but in this release the CT crew re-visit and re-riff the flick with all new jokes.
The downloads include art you can print right onto the disc, so you can give something that looks a little classier than a back-alley DVD-R. So for a couple bucks you can give a gift you can be sure that few people on your list have already seen. Or burn a copy to bring along to watch with the family. Just make sure to put it in the DVD player as soon as possible - before you are unable to dislodge yourself from the couch after dinner. Laughter's got to be good for the digestion, right?