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An MST quality assortment!

  • Mar 24, 2003
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 like quite the right word.). If anything, the collection may be -- as one of the institutional reviews put it -- a little "Mike-centric." But the volume two collection balances this out by including two Joel-era episodes.

The magic of DVD technology brings many other interesting benefits to this collection, including complete, uncut versions of the original films without the benefit of "Shadowrama" technology. But the real value, of course, is far more in the MST riffing than in the films themselves. So pop up the popcorn and settle in for a long weekend of great entertainment. Even this many years after the show's final season, an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is still really hard to beat.

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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 ...

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: November 12, 2002
Runtime: 675 minutes
Studio: Rhino Theatrical
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