Before 'Battle Bots', 'The Matrix', 'The Terminator' or any of their imitators, there was Survival Research Laboratories. Founded by the visionary Mark Pauline, Survival Research Laboratories utilizes incredibly complex props and robotics to create a unique spectacle unlike anything seen before. In this Dvd collection John Reiss encapsulates the humor, terror, artistic bravado and technical genius behind the menacing machines and weaves it into a gloriously cacophonous whole. In combining the most powerful performances from the numerous Srl documentaries, this Dvd shows the development of SRL from it's earliest performance in front of a handful of people in San Francisco to grand spectacles staged for thousands in the U.S. and Europe. Required viewing for fans of the current incarnations of the robot wars phenomena, dystopian science fiction or extreme performance art.