It was first reported in the last week of December 2011 that Manos: The Hands of Fate, long regarded as one of the worst films ever made (if not the worst), was undergoing a complete restoration for a future re-release on home video. For years, Manos has only been available through public domain VHS and DVD editions that contained degraded transfers.
The inspiration for possibly the greatest episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 of all time, Manos is finally coming to Blu-ray from Synapse Films just in time for Halloween.
You can check out a full list of extra features, and the Blu-ray cover art here below.
The disc will boast an all-new, long-in-the-works, 2K high-definition transfer of Manos: The Hands Of Fate sourced from a pristine workprint, that cameraman Ben Solovey unearthed the offices of the film’s distributor, Emerson Films, several years ago. There will be an array of newly-created bonus features, including a special “Grindhouse” version of Manos exclusive to the Blu-ray.
Here is the full list of extras:
Audio commentary featuring Tom “The Master” Neyman and Jackey Raye “Debbie” Neyman-Jones
HANDS: THE FATE OF “MANOS” – Featurette (31 mins.)
RESTORING THE HANDS OF FATE – Featurette (7 mins.)
FELT: THE PUPPET HANDS OF FATE – Featurette (4 mins.)
[BLU-RAY ONLY BONUS] MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE – “Grindhouse” Unrestored Version
A special edition that the Master would approve! Manos: The Hands of Fate will be available on Blu-ray on October 13, 2015. No way I’m not picking this one up. In the meantime, you can check out an extensive selection of film frames and videos from here.
For your viewing enjoyment, I humbly present the complete classic Manos episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.