The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 10 (Godzilla vs. Megalon / Swamp Diamonds / Teen-Age Strangler / The Giant Spider Invasion)
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212- GODZILLA VS. MEGALON
This extremely silly Toho picture from 1973 is a blast whether you love or loathe Godzilla movies. Its original Japanese title is Gojira tai Megaro. It is simply goofy beyond belief! The people of Seatopia, who live under the ocean, decide that it's time they controlled the surface world as well, launching an all out assault on surface dwelling humans. Their main instrument of destruction is Megalon, a large monster with big spike-like arms and a star-shaped projection on his head. Godzilla comes to the rescue, assisted by a man-made robot named Jet Jaguar that can change its size to become gigantic. Together, Godzilla and Jet Jaguar teach Megalon and the Seatopians a lesson they'll not soon forget.
This is a GREAT episode and includes some of the BEST host segments ever, including the "Rex Dart, Eskimo Spy" sketch, the `Bots get new arms sketch, the `Bots argue over whose monster is the "coolest" sketch, and the HILARIOUS translation of the Jet Jaguar fight song during the final host segment. The scene of Godzilla dropkicking as if flying through the air during the opening titles in later seasons of the show comes from this episode. This is a must-see episode!
503- SWAMP DIAMONDS (plus short: WHAT TO DO ON A DATE)
This is a 1955 Roger Corman "classic" starring Beverly Garland and Mike "Touch" Connors before his fame with Mannix.Read more ›
For those unfamiliar with MST3K, the premise is that an innocent man, Joel Robinson, has been shot into space by a mad scientist, whose sadistic experiment is to subject Joel to bad movies and see how long it takes for him to snap. Joel is smart enough to construct some robot friends, in particular Tom Servo (who looks something like a living gumball machine) and Crow T. Robot (who looks something like a robotic crow). This trio watches the movies together and maintain Joel's sanity by mocking the films. Later, Joel would be replaced by Mike Nelson, but the concept remained the same.
The four movies in the tenth collection are another set of really rotten films:
Godzilla vs. Megalon is pretty awful, even by Godzilla movie standards. When nuclear tests disrupt the undersea kingdom of Seatopia, it retaliates by sending oversized cockroach Megalon to destroy the surface world. When opposed by robot Jet Jaguar (at least that's what it sounds like), another monster joins Megalon, while Jet Jaguar is allied with Godzilla. What follows is a tag-team wrestling match with four monsters. At least Godzilla vs. Megalon has the excuse of being an obvious kids' movie. The others in the set have no such justification.
Swamp Diamonds is an early Roger Corman film. I'm willing to admit that Corman is not as bad a moviemaker as some say (his Poe movies are typically good), but this is one of the movies that cemented his "bad" reputation.Read more ›
The latter is one of the most tragically awful things ever slapped onto celluloid, and Mike-n-bots are in PHENOMENAL form on this one. The presence of Alan "the Skipper from Gilligan" Hale, Jr., his sister Barbara "Della Street from Perry Mason" Hale, and Steve "Lucky from The Wizard of Speed and Time" Brodie as main protagonists provides a wealth of ridicule fodder, due primarily to their utterly generic handling of utterly generic dialogue in utterly generic scenes.
Add to the above the aggressively repulsive hick characters that populate the "diamond-n-spider-meteorite" storyline, and a wildly lame titular monster, and you have all the ingredients for some of the most inspired heckling ever to issue forth from the First Row.
The riffs on this one are classic, from "Packers???" to "Johnny Crappleseed" to "PUDDING!!!!" to "Don't act with your tongue, Alan...". Giant Spider Invasion lives in the same lofty environment that houses Mitchell, The Clonus Horror, Wild World of Batwoman, Manhunt in Space, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Attack of the Eye Creatures, Hamlet, The Screaming Skull, Pod People, It Conquered the World, and Manos: Hands of Fate. Grab this one with confidence... it's one of the MST3K keepers.
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In TEEN-AGE STRANGLER, aka TERROR IN THE NIGHT (1964), a serial killer stalks the streets of Huntington, West Virginia, while the kids at the malt shop rock out to an... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Roochak
Episode 212: Godzilla vs. Megalon
Its Godzilla, what more do u need? With the MST crew very little cause we have the land of Seatopia, that causes a quake and releases the... Read more
So I bought this solely to get the Godzilla flick. I receive it and the other movies advertised are the same, but instead of Godzilla vs. Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by Jonathan Estep
Volume 10 if you can afford it is to me the best volume. 2 Mike & 2 Joel shows plus a great mix of movies
SWAMP DIAMONDS - EPISODE 503 is a decent episode, this is one that... Read more
I was exstatic when this boxset came in the mail. I had wanted it for a while. Much to my surprise, when I opened it up, it was discless. All that was sent to me was the box. Read morePublished on May 1, 2008 by Mark J. Callais Jr.
Wouldn't miss owning any of their compilations. just good ole dorky fun and some great awful films! Keep them coming!Published on April 1, 2008 by skf1965
Word is that Rhino is re-releasing volume 10 in February with the Godzilla movie replaced by the ever-classic "Giant Gila Monster." And "GGM" is to be released as a separate disc. Read morePublished on January 9, 2008 by Kenneth E. Cober
Another good set of MST3K episodes that range across both the Joel and Mike eras AND actual extras send it home. The real stand-out of course is Godzilla vs. Read morePublished on December 25, 2007 by Adam Kath
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|Which MST collection...???||
In my opinion, Volume 4 is the best--but it's strictly Mike-centric (which isn't a problem). Otherwise, 5 takes a close second.
Nov 7, 2006 by Jason C. Garza | See all 7 posts
|Best episodes: Godzilla vs. Megalon||
I liked it, too!
Jet Jaguar, the most transparently amusing Ultra Man rip off in history, is a laugh all by himself.
And the J.J. Fight Song translation will have you in tears, it's so funny.
Easily, one of the best of the Joel Era.
Sep 29, 2006 by Michael A. Mccullough | See all 4 posts
Satellite News (http://www.mst3kinfo.com/) has no new info besides the recall being a "rumor and saying it does not effect the release date of set 11. It is still available at some retail outlets, if you look though. Most web stores had to pull it, I think, but B&Ms are pretty slow to do... Read More
Jan 10, 2007 by C. Gordon | See all 5 posts
|Is "Godzilla vs. Megalon" shown without MST3K commentary?||
No, it can't
Jun 20, 2007 by Vince Averello | See all 4 posts
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