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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 4 (Girl in Gold Boots / Hamlet [1961] / Overdrawn at the Memory Bank / Space Mutiny) (1988)

Raul Julia , Reb Brown , David Winters , Douglas Williams  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Raul Julia, Reb Brown, John Phillip Law, James Ryan, Cameron Mitchell
  • Directors: David Winters, Douglas Williams, Franz Peter Wirth, Koji Ota, Neal Sundstrom
  • Writers: Akihiro Watanabe, Art Names
  • 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: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Rhino Theatrical
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 380 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TAYWA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,764 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 4 (Girl in Gold Boots / Hamlet [1961] / Overdrawn at the Memory Bank / Space Mutiny)" on IMDb

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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 great episodes, 2 pretty good ones. February 26, 2004
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This fourth collection of episodes from the classic TV comedy show, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (which, if you don't already know, is the program where a silhouette of a man and his two robots sitting in theater seat provide running comedic commentary to rotten movies), contains four episodes from the later seasons that appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel. That means Mike Nelson is the host, Billy Corbett is doing Crow's voice instead of Trace Beaulieu, and Pearl Forrester is now the evil scientist holding the crew of the Satellite of Love hostage.
The early DVD collections were all focused on the Comedy Central years of MST3K, so this is a nice shift in Rhino's marketing. Some fans aren't fond of the host segments in these later years, but there are some occasional funny ones. The riffing, however, is as good as ever, and has changed to an angry, sarcastic style different than the Joel and early Mike years. I love both styles, but some fans prefer one or the other. Just be aware that in this package you're getting a full-assault of the later, Sci-Fi Channel episodes. (Rhino is about release another package of Sci-Fi Channel episodes, after which I hope they'll return to some of the early seasons to maintain balance.)
Of the four episodes on this collection, two are superb, while the others are entertaining but more average. Here's what you'll find:
GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS: A really sleazy `go-go' film from the late 60s with some disturbing similarities to "Showgirls" (except it's better). Sleazy `elf boy' picks up a girl in a greasy spoon restaurant with the promise of making her a dancer in Los Angeles at the club where his drug-addled sister works.
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279 of 307 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of my favorite episodes ever... November 6, 2003
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I knew there would be at least a few reviews that dismissed the SciFi era in favor of the Comedy Central years. The arguments seem to center around the host segments, which, in my opinion, are hardly the most important part of the show. Yes, one gets to feel some attachment to the characters, but the premise of MST3K is people making fun of bad movies, and in my opinion the SciFi era represents the pinnacle of Best Brains' comic writing.
First, I must admit that I didn't have Comedy Central until the ascendancy of South Park forced my cable provider to add it. We did, however, have the SciFi channel, for whatever reason. So I had to wait until the SciFi channel picked up MST3K before I could watch the show. So my association with MST3K consists primarily of these three years, though I have watched a number of the CC-era episodes now.
There are really two different periods. Joel and Mike offered two kinds of humor. Joel--sleepy-eyed, laid-back Joel--was capable of the most intellectual, wise commentary, but it was generally reserved for the host segments. The skewering of the films was relatively friendly--even when the film was as punishing as "Manos: the Hands of Fate." Joel was the class clown who made fun of the teacher's presentation, but in a way that let the teacher know he didn't really mean any harm. The pop culture references in the Joel era tended to be somewhat dated and very geared toward a baby-boomer audience.
But the "Mike" era changed that. Slowly, by degrees, the commentary began to sharpen to a razor edge. The references became more contemporary. The sarcasm was amped up, and this was probably what turned a lot of former MSTies off. The films were no longer joshed; they were skewered.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars are you ready to laugh? October 11, 2005
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What do insanely funny people in Minnesota do in there spare time? Mystery Science Theater is one of the results, and here are four very entertainingly awful "experiments:"

Girl in Gold Boots: This one has everything - bad lighting, bad acting, really bad editing, and a purplexing storyline: wannabe dancer Michele leaves her abusive dad at "Eat" (the restaurant they run) and hops a ride with Buz, the greasy dope-dealer who says he'll get her a job in a "groovy Hollywood nightclub." Along the way, they pick up Critter, a folksy gentleman who bears a strange resemblence to Paul Rudd. This movie features bad 60's music, terrible dancing, and some of the ugliest men you'll find in L.A.

Hamlet: I feel a duty to advise you to stay away from this if you find Shakespeare boring. But it's easier to understand Mike and the 'bot's zingers about this dubbed German version of the greatest drama of all time. Funniest of all is Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" speech. If you can get through this, kudos to you.

Overdrawn at the Memory Bank: I know I still love Raul Julia (Gomez of the Addams Family), but I hate his decision to star in this made-for-PBS-film about a man rebelling against his futuristic workplace. While trapped in a computer. Watch this one a couple of times and it'll become one of your favorites. Enjoy the guys' jokes about Julia's obsession with Casablanca (yes, the classic movie) as it plays out inside the computer.

Space Mutiny: This is a must-see for diehard MST3K fans. A soggy Star Wars rip-off, this is a great example to aspiring filmmakers what NOT to do. Some of MST3K's best jokes are here, including an ongoing rambling list to rename the movie's muscular "hero" (i.e., "Butch Deadlift," "Punch Rockgroin"). The funniest (unintentional) character? Kalgon, the head mutiner, with greased-back hair and a widow's peak drawn on his forehead.

All in all, one of my funnier collections. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars MST3K, Volume 4
I've wanted this set of movies for ages. I kept waiting for the price to come down, but it became clear that would never happen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Beammeuplori
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer on MST3K
The Volume 4 Collection is a must have for any serious collector of the MST3K DVDs. I'll get the negatives out of the way. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Eric McNaughton
5.0 out of 5 stars MST3K Volume 4
Of course my favorite episode in this set is Girl in Gold Boots. It is so nice to have these DVD's since they took MST3K off the air and don't do re-runs. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, but more good than bad.
This is one of the few sets that is kind of a mixed bag of good and bad to me, course since its MST3K its always more often than not fun. Read more
Published on July 11, 2011 by Jonnathan Ritland
5.0 out of 5 stars "Trick or Treat for nipples!"
I originally found out about MST3k while it was in its final couple of years on the Sci-Fi channel, so I differ from some fans in that I really don't think the SciFi episodes are... Read more
Published on April 9, 2011 by Otto Correct
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST BUY!
I'm gonna put this as simple as possible...If you're a fan of MST3K you HAVE to buy this collection simply for SPACE MUTINY! Read more
Published on March 22, 2011 by Laney50w
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
We have several of these collections and this is by far one of the funniest! It is hard to believe these movies were made but the MST cast makes them well worth watching! Read more
Published on January 12, 2011 by tmcnam
4.0 out of 5 stars MST3K - always a win
Space Mutiny is one of my fav MST3K episodes ever. I do wish it had been available on its own, but I can hardly complain when I can get 3 more episodes. As always, hilarity ensues.
Published on December 17, 2010 by Jenny Beckstead
4.0 out of 5 stars arkiemom
This is a pretty good MST collection. We LOVE Space Mutiny, which is the reason I bought this particular collection. Read more
Published on July 6, 2010 by Gina S.H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection, worth buying.
If you like MST3K, this collection is not to be missed for one episode: Space Mutiny. It is by far one of their best ever, easily in my top 5. Do not miss this one. Read more
Published on July 2, 2010 by Luke Floch
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