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Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Wild World of Batwoman (1988)

Bob Arbogast , Richard Banks (III)  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Arbogast, Richard Banks (III), Steve Brodie, Francis Bryan, Steve Conte
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino Theatrical
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056VOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Wild World of Batwoman" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A mad scientist attempts to drive his captive, Mike Nelson, insane by forcing him to watch B-Movies. This episode's feature is "The Wild World of Batwoman" (1966, 70min.) - Batwoman struggles to help her recover a mad scientist's invention, an atomic bomb hearing aid, before the evil villian, Rat Fink, can use it for his own personal agenda.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ARGH! May 23, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The MST3k guys do their usual wonderful job of taking an unwatchable movie and making it some of the best entertainment that you'll ever see. The film is absolutely ridiculous and it can't seem to figure out if it wants to be scary, serious, funny or hip. It ends up, of course, not being any of these things.
GASP as a scientist creates an atomic-powered hearing aid! THRILL as the same footage of the villain Rat Fink (yes, the main villain's name is Rat Fink) is used over and over again! SCREAM as the scantily clad extras dance awkwardly with each other (one wonders if they were paid per wiggle)! Where exactly this film went wrong is a question that one could spend many hours pondering, but it's much more fun to just sit back, relax, and watch Mike and the bots suffer through THE WILD WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN.
This episode also featured the short film, CHEATING. This is perhaps the epitome of every 50's educational short film ever made. To sum it up in words would not do justice to its sheer horribleness. It could cause death by laughter all by itself, but in the hands of the crew of the Satellite of Love, it becomes positively dangerous.
Note: For the very brave, the DVD version of this film also comes with the regular, un-MST3Ked version of the film. I do not recommend activating this feature without a parent, guardian or medical worker present.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing out loud June 6, 2001
Ever notice that you don't really laugh out loud when you're alone? Well, while sitting on the couch alone on a Sunday afternoon, this movie made me laugh until I hurt. Give the MST3K folks a movie with no plot and horrible acting and they'll turn it into on of the funniest things you've ever seen.
The (supposed) plot: scientist builds atomic hearing aid - Rat Fink and his agents steal it - Batwoman and her clan of scantily clad Batgirls save the day. Trashy? Yes. Awful? Yes. Entertaining? Absolutely.
Coupled with the "Cheating" short, this is one of the best episodes of MST3K I've seen. The typically unpredictable combination of obscure cultural references and Ye Olde Scatological Humour can cater to all of your comic sensibilities and leave you exhausted and begging for more.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll destroy Miracle Ear and rule the world! June 9, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A guy dressed as a Mexican wrestler plots world domination by stealing a nuclear hearing aid so he can listen in on telephone conversations. Our only line of defense is Batwoman and her legion of skimpy-dressed, go-go dancing Batgirls equiped with assault rifles. That's the plot. I'm not joking. Throw in a wacky professor, a hunchback, a Chinese speaking ghost, and footage "borrowed" from "The Mole People," and you got yourself one bad movie. A truly disturbing scene is where the professor kisses the hunchback good-bye just before the nuclear explosion...which everyone somehow survives??? Anyway just watch it, you'll laugh untill you cry, because it hurts oh so much.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible movie, wonderfully skewered February 5, 2001
It often seems that, the worse the movie, the better the kibitzing from the MST3K crew. That's certainly the case with this movie, which is beyond god-awful, but Mike and the 'bots have been inspired to rise to the occasion by giving it the verbal pantsing it so richly deserves.
This DVD also contains the short film "Cheating" (with some hilarious host segments revolving around Crow cheating on an essay) and, for the masochistic, the full-length, uncut "Wild World of Batwoman" without the MST comments.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "And it will pad the film immensely!" June 1, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I think this may be the best MST3K I've seen yet. It had a neat short with an actual plot, continuing skits (and an interesting character bit during the opening credits; "You can't have popcorn in the theater!"), and a movie that almost transcends the definition of MST3K fodder. What's amazing is that, if treated seriously, the scenarios might have worked! Mike complains about Ratfink's lack of focus, but what's better than a super-villain with RANGE, as seen in Ratfink's multi-tasking: steal the atomic hearing aid, perfect the duplication process, spike your enemies with dancing serum, breed your mole-monsters with your archenemy's aides and exploit the ancient city. And check out Batwoman's variety, too: high-tech, seances, AND a go-go girl squad? What was going through the filmmaker's mind when he threw all this together? It's too bad he didn't have MORE stuff to splice in! And who IS Batwoman and what's her history with Ratfink? What's the secret of her quasi-vampire secret society of super-girls? And what WAS the deal with the horseshoe? En media res is always nice, but this movie demands a prequel. Mike and the Bots keep up with this zaniness quite well with an above-average collection of quips ("Sir, are you sure you have the right office?" "Simpson, eh?" "I will BRING YOU DOWN, Johnny!" "What's the story, morning glory..." "You don't care about my lunch at all, do you? You know it's there and you deliberately sit on it!" "Jello shot, ma'am?" "What about the hearing aid, am I crazy, wasn't that the plot! "). The only thing I couldn't understand is why no one commented on Professor Neon's remarkable resemblance to Dr. Forrester!
"You've made some powerful enemies, son."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This episode will never be very high on a list of fan favorites but genuinely enjoy it and have watched both the MST 3K and the original versons with equal pleasure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SLAPPYWAG1
3.0 out of 5 stars mst3k
One of the more boring episodes but still pretty funny. Joel was funny but I always had a crush on Mike and thought he had a better schtik. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lena
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bitter, Bitter Pill Indeed...
WILD WORLD OF BATWOMAN is a completely plot-free, brain-rendering / soul-immolating experience. This is a Jerry Warren (TEENAGE ZOMBIES, INCREDIBLE PETRIFIED WORLD, FRANKENSTEIN... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars cool
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is something new to me. But it is fun. It is a movie, a bad one with a couple of guys riffing it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cazbaz
5.0 out of 5 stars MST3K: The Wild World of Batwoman(1966)
In 1966, director Jerry Warren made a rip-off of the campy Batman TV show. DC Comics sued him and he re-released the film as 'She Was a Hippy Vampire'. Read more
Published on May 28, 2011 by Jorge A. Zarco
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is one of my top 5 favorite MST3K episodes. Why? Because the movie is so incredibly funny. That Batwoman has a mask that covers nearly her whole face, so she expresses no... Read more
Published on January 6, 2011 by B7
1.0 out of 5 stars Aristotle's opinion is good enough for me
In his Poetics, Aristotle intentionally made no mention of The Wild World of Batwoman. Who am I to gainsay his opinion, 20+ centuries later?
Published on June 26, 2010 by David Govett
4.0 out of 5 stars EEEND! EEEEEEND!
MST3K: Wild World of Batwoman / B000056VOO

Currently, this movie is the page quote for the TV Tropes entry of "Ending Fatigue", and it definitely fits. Read more
Published on June 5, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A great episode Hearing aid the size of....
If you are a MSTIE you will love this episode.

Very funny. A Mike episode. And, glad they put this 1 on an individual DVD. Read more
Published on June 4, 2010 by mskrisclark
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see! Great "bad" movie -
This is a great DVD - I love the Mystery Science 3000 version, as well as the regular version to watch. Katherine Victor is great, this movie is a classic "camp" DVD!
Published on February 28, 2010 by Dennis J. Faulkner
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