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Set offers good selection of bad movies

“Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XV” Grade B+: The latest DVD set of the always funny series includes blistering comic attacks on four bad movies: “The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy,” “The Girl in Lovers Lane,” “Zombie Nightmare” and “Racket Girls.”

It is hard to pick which is the best of the bad movies. A mad scientist who invents a robot to steal an Aztec artifact is really bad. But, the winner is “Racket Girls.” It stars female wrestlers Peaches Page, Clara Mortensen and Rita Martinez. That’s a trio made for satirical attacks.

The biggest problem with “Mystery Science Theater” when it originally aired on cable was that the humor was so rapid, many of the jokes were missed. The DVD collections allow for repeated viewing to get the full force of this comic onslaught.

“Kath & Kim: Season 1” Grade F: The only reason to pick up this DVD is if you have a collection of the worst shows in TV history. It is a strong contender to be at the top of that list.

Molly Shannon and Selma Blair play a mother and daughter who aren’t stupid enough to make this a parody and don’t deliver smart enough lines to make it funny. The bad writing is only magnified by poor acting.

The former NBC series is based on a popular Australian show. The network should be required to write letters of apology to every Australian citizen. Even that would not make up for this loser.

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at rbentley@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6355. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com/author/rick_bentley.

Also new on DVD Tuesday

“Coco Chanel”: Shirley MacLaine stars in this made-for-cable movie about the life of the famous designer.

“Knowing”:,/B Nicolas Cage stars in this story of a man who discovers numbers that predict disasters.

“Night Train”: Three strangers on a train face an ethical dilemma. Leelee Sobieski and Danny Glover star.

“Moon Machines”: The six-part documentary looks at the efforts to build the equipment needed to make the lunar landings.

“Push”: A government agency is tracking down people with special powers. Chris Evans stars.

“Third Watch: The Complete Second Season”: Coby Bell tops a solid cast in this gritty police/medical drama.

“Petticoat Junction: The Official Second Season”: Family friendly comedy TV series about the residents of the Shady Rest Hotel.

“Matlock: The Third Season”: Andy Griffith is back in the courtroom as the down-home lawyer.

“Murder She Wrote: The Complete Tenth Season”: Angela Lansbury continues to solve more crimes than write murder mysteries.

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