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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 10 (Godzilla vs. Megalon / Swamp Diamonds / Teen-Age Strangler / The Giant Spider Invasion) (1988)

Katsuhiko Sasaki , Hiroyuki Kawase , Ben Parker , Bill Rebane  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu
  • Directors: Ben Parker, Bill Rebane, Jun Fukuda, Roger Corman
  • Writers: Joel Hodgson, Jun Fukuda, Clark Davis, David Stern
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Rhino Theatrical
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GIXED6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,097 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 10 (Godzilla vs. Megalon / Swamp Diamonds / Teen-Age Strangler / The Giant Spider Invasion)" on IMDb

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Four never-before-released episodes of the incomparably funny TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Episodes include: Godzilla vs. Megalon, Swamp Diamonds, Teen-Age Strangler, and The Giant Spider Invasion.

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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful
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The latest MST3K 4-disc set contains a good variety of episodes from seasons 2, 5 and 8. Two episodes feature Joel Hodgson as host and two have Mike Nelson as host. Three episodes are from the Comedy Central years while one is from the first season on the Sci-Fi Channel. Here is a synopsis of each episode:

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad movies, great set January 7, 2007
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Once there was a time when bad movies didn't necessarily disappear but found a new life. That new life was called Mystery Science Theater 3000, and it refined to an art what many had done for years: make fun of bottom-of-the-barrel films.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars and it ain't even out yet August 8, 2006
By owlberg
This MST3K collection is already primed to be one of the best yet, primarily for the inclusion of one of my all-time-favorite episodes (Godzilla v. Megalon, aka Jet Jaguar) and one of the top 10 MST3Ks ever: Season Eight's Giant Spider Invasion.

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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More MST3K! What could be better??? July 14, 2006
These 4 eps:Godzilla vs.Megalon,Swamp Diamonds,Teenage Strangler and Giant Spider Invasion are some of the best from different seasons,so I'm excited when it comes out!Glad to know there are extras on this set and I hope in future volumes there will be more extras in each one...Thanks Rhino! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
love it
Published 23 days ago by mario o gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great set....
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
Published on July 17, 2011 by Jonnathan Ritland
2.0 out of 5 stars Godzilla Vs Megalon NOT included?!
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 more
Published on July 28, 2010 by Jonathan Estep
5.0 out of 5 stars The best set in my opinion and its out of print forever
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
Published on December 15, 2008 by D. Steigman
1.0 out of 5 stars Failed to deliver
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 more
Published on May 1, 2008 by Mark J. Callais Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A fan all the way
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 Stuart Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars V. 10 release coming
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 more
Published on January 9, 2008 by Kenneth E. Cober
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good set
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 more
Published on December 25, 2007 by Adam Kath
5.0 out of 5 stars Despite the recall of this set...
...Netflix still openly offers it for rent. You might be best served renting each of the discs through them in order to experience the Rhino-exclusive extras instead of paying... Read more
Published on November 1, 2007 by Gary T. Duvall
5.0 out of 5 stars I truly hope you didn't wait too long for these classics
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is without a doubt the greatest television show of all time. I have been buying these Rhino DVD collections since they began releasing them and... Read more
Published on August 24, 2007 by Darrell R. Brasher
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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
Discontinued?
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 Vincent Averello |  See all 4 posts
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