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This four-disc set, bundled together in an appropriately cheesy but charming package that sports pop-up-book-styled artwork, compiles four episodes of the Peabody Award-winning comedy series. The "experiments" in question (Bloodlust,Catalina Caper,The Creeping Terror, andThe Skydivers) aren't necessarilyMST3K's finest hours--they don't hold a candle to the show's takes onThe Magic Sword,The Atomic Brain, andThe Brain That Wouldn't Die. But the barrage of verbal zingers and pop-culture references slung by hosts Joel Hodgson and Mike Nelson and their puppet pals Crow and Tom Servo are still quite funny, and should please both longtime fans and science fiction aficionados who don't take too much umbrage at having their beloved movies heckled.

The Collection is decidedly Mike-centric, with The Creeping Terror, Bloodlust, and The Skydivers all culled from his reign during the sixth season. Series creator Joel Hodgson's participation is relegated to season 2's Catalina Caper, a fan favorite that at one time was pulled from circulation over rights issues. As with most of Rhino's MST3K DVDs, each disc is dual-sided, with one side devoted to the original, uncut version of each film, and the other given over to the "MSTied" version. Theatrical trailers for each movie round out the remainder of the supplemental features. Given the size of this presentation, it might have been interesting to include some interviews with the show's writers and performers (Comedy Central once ran a passable special about the series), but fans will still appreciate having these four episodes together, each providing a wealth of laugh-out-loud moments. --Paul Gaita

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CastJoel Hodgson, Mike Nelson
Genre:  Sci-Fi, Fantasy
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
DVD Release Date:  November 12, 2002
Runtime:  675 minutes
Studio:  Rhino Theatrical
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Whoever at Rhino decided to package these four MST episodes into one DVD collection did a really nice job, because they comprise an excellent cross-section of the show: one from the early years (I've said in other Amazon.com reviews that I think seasons 3 and 4 were probably the best of the show's entire run) plus some from the later Comedy Central years; bad horror films combined with a bad comedy film and one that's just, well, bad (how *would* you classify "The Skydivers"? "Drama" doesn't seem …
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