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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 3 (The Atomic Brain / The Sidehackers / The Unearthly / Shorts, Vol. 2) (1988)

Joel Hodgson , Michael J. Nelson , Boris Petroff , Gus Trikonis  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Marjorie Eaton
  • Directors: Boris Petroff, Gus Trikonis, Jack Pollexfen, Jim Mallon, Joseph V. Mascelli
  • Writers: Bridget Jones, Colleen Henjum, Dean Dillman Jr.
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, 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: April 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 429 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDI5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 3 (The Atomic Brain / The Sidehackers / The Unearthly / Shorts, Vol. 2)" on IMDb

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Four disc box set of the cult series, collected together for the first time on DVD. Join Joel Hodgson and Mike Nelson as they peruse some of Hollywood's least-known films, featuring some of the best/worst (delete according to taste) B Movies in the history of cinema! Included here are the episodes THE ATOMIC BRAIN, THE UNEARTHLY, THE SIDEHACKERS, and more! Included films with and without the MST3K commentary.

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145 of 147 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Giving Bad Movies What They Deserve April 20, 2003
They could have given MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER VOLUME 3 the subheading of "Shorts", as there are more short films on offer here than in any previous box set, and most likely any future releases simply won't contain as many as there are here. There are nine short features here, six from the Shorts Vol. 2 disc, and three more scattered throughout the other three discs. I love the heckling that the MST3k crew give to those short packets of hilarity. While some films are able to transcend their time, the short films are intrinsically tied to the sillier aspects of decades past.
Here are some quick comments on each of the discs:
THE ATOMIC BRAIN: This is a film from that era of bad science fiction films where filmmakers put the word "atomic" in front of any dubious sounding scientific technobabble, hoping that this would somehow make the whole endeavor appear to be more scientific. In this film, a mad atomic scientist attempts to harness the power of the atom to atomically put an old woman's atomic brain into the atomic body of a young, sassy, atomic blonde. Features the short film WHAT ABOUT JUVENILE DELINQUENCY?, which only provokes me to wonder, "Well, what about it?"
THE UNEARTHLY: More scientists here. This time they're trying to insert a new gland into human bodies so that people will live forever. Or something. If the back of the DVD box hadn't told me that this was a horror flick, I really wouldn't have noticed. Maybe someone forgot that "horror" and "boring" are different things. Also features the shorts, POSTURE PALS (teaches kids to mock the posture of their peers), and APPRECIATING OUR PARENTS (teaches kids to obey). Strangely, every film in this episode seemed to be filmed in Blue and White, rather than Black and White.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
In case you're new to the world of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (MST3K for short, that's what us fans -- "Misties" -- call it), this is the famous TV show where a silhouette of a man and two robots in theater seats provide running commentary for some of the worst movies ever made. The ninety-minute episodes are scattered with sketches and songs and amount to some of the smartest, most pop-culture savvy, side-splitting comedy ever made.
This is Rhino's third MST3K collection of four DVDs. It's a bit weaker than the first two volumes (as well the next two), and probably not the greatest place to start if you're new to the show, but it's still hilarious stuff and worth four stars. It has three episodes from widely separated seasons, and a fourth disc that's a compilation of short subjects from various episodes.
Two episodes feature Joel Hodgson as the host. The first one is from extremely early in the second season, when MST3K first started to air on Comedy Central and the writers and performers were still developing the show's style. The second Joel episode comes from the late days of the excellent third season. The third DVD features Mike Nelson as host, late in the fifth season soon after he replaced Joel; he's very fresh and still learning the ropes of being host. The Shorts on the last DVD are brief films that the MST3K boys would sometimes make fun of before the movie. Originally, they watched episodes of old movie serials, but when those became tiresome, they turned to educational, commercial, and industrial filmstrips (you know, those annoying things you had to watch at school assemblies in sixth grade?). They contain some of the funniest riffing in the series, and are favorites of the fans.
Here's what's in this collection:
THE ATOMIC BRAIN. Episode #518.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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Rhino seems to be in somewhat of a hurry these days, releasing the latest MST3000 collection a scant two months after the release of the last collection. Usually they release new episodes at a leisurely pace, but who's complaining? Certainly not myself; I can't get enough of MST on DVD.
This collection contains nothing that was not previously released on video. As there still remain a few video "stragglers" out there, such as "The Gunslinger" and Shorts, Vol. 3," I would expect these to be part of the next collection.
Here is what you'll find in this volume:
* Episode 202- THE SIDEHACKERS (a really lousy motorcycle actioner, made watchable only through the presence of Joel and company.)
* Episode 320- THE UNEARTHLY (with shorts: Posture Pals and Appreciating Our Parents). John Carradine is an evil scientist. Tor Johnson is his helper. For all Tor Johnson fanatics everywhere. This contains Tor's memorable line, "Time for to go to bed."
* Episode 518- THE ATOMIC BRAIN (with short: What About Juvenile Delinquency?) Wonderful nonsense made even better by the MST crew. Imagine a mad scientist (no, not Dr. Forrester) placing the brain of a woman inside a cat. Has to bee sen to be fully appreciated.
*MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER: THE SHORTS, VOLUME 2 (featuring Catching Trouble, What To Do On A Date, Last Clear Chance, A Day At The Fair, Keeping Clean & Neat and The Days of Our Years). I always loved the shorts, as there was far more funny wise cracking - being that the shorts only lasted 10-15 minutes, not enough time to wear the gang down. These are also included in their own volume as a subtle remainder that you won't see the accompanying feature film in a future collection, mostly due to rights disputes. Check your handy MST Episode Guide to see what you'll be missing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Most Solid MST3K Collection - Essential Only For...
I can't say I'm a big fan of the series' "biker flick" episodes, or of the series' first two seasons. Read more
Published on February 1, 2010 by Erik Morton
4.0 out of 5 stars Some classic fare torn up for the fun of it
I got this down off the shelf recently and enjoyed reminiscing about the first time I watched these DVD's and enjoyed laughing again at the hilarious comments the MST3K crew lets... Read more
Published on August 3, 2008 by Eric C. Sedensky
4.0 out of 5 stars You really can't go wrong with mst3k
Really if your here than you already know about these shows, and the third set doesn't fail to entertain.

I enjoy having Mike and Joel on the same dvd sets. Read more
Published on May 2, 2008 by Scott M. Bowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Silly a Big Fan here!
Good stuff, mindless silliness and you can see how much fun they had doing this.
Published on April 1, 2008 by Stuart Floyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Science Fan
My son and I are huge fans of the Mystery Science Theater Collection. I have started to get the collection as Christmas gifts for my son. We spend a day watching and laughing. Read more
Published on December 25, 2007 by Sci Fi Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show, good price
Any review of Mystery Science Theater 3000 written by me is boilerplate. MST3K was one of the funniest and most intelligent TV series ever to inhabit the ether. Read more
Published on April 11, 2007 by asimov
4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but nearly worth it!
Love this series too much to not get this and all the rest, but would appreciate more episodes per box.... Read more
Published on January 4, 2007 by Denine Heinemann
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Witty and just a bit (the good kind of ) Stupid!
This is a classic show! I used to watch these as a kid on the SciFi channel and they are just as funny now that I am an adult! Read more
Published on August 7, 2006 by B. McCarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad, but in a good way!
(Warning: contains spoiler about one of the movies)

I've never met a MST3K collection I didn't like, and this one is no exception. Read more
Published on March 17, 2005 by S. Radler
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could've been...
This set contains episodes with Joel and Mike, so that's definately a plus. I don't think one's better than the other, I think it varies on what movie they are making fun of. Read more
Published on February 16, 2004 by Tom Servo
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