The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 5 (Boggy Creek II / Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders / Time Chasers / The Touch of Satan)
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(This is the second collection in a row of Sci-Fi Channel episodes. Although some of these episodes are hilarious, I hope Rhino turns to some of the early seasons in later collections to keep balance.)
Disc 2 has a great extra: a half-hour interview with Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy (who wrote for the show for all ten seasons, and played Tom Servo for nine). The interview covers the show's origin, history, and the process of making an episode. Both men are incredibly funny and have a great time reliving memories. For fans, this interview makes the collection a must-have on its own. (As with the last collection, Mike Nelson also does a brief intro to each episode.)
The episodes all good, and one is fantastic:
BOGGY CREEK II: AND THE LEGEND CONTINUES. Episode #1006. This 1983 movie is actually the third Boggy Creek flick. Since the producer of the first film had no involvement in the first sequel, he ignored it an declared this "Boggy Creek II.Read more ›
In addition to Mike Nelson's all-new introductions that run before each episode, this DVD set also includes an interview with Nelson and Kevin "Tom Servo" Murphy (it's on the second disc, but you wouldn't know that from looking on the box). There probably isn't anything here that fans don't already know about, but it's fun to hear those two discussing everything from taping the opening-door sequences to what they've been up to since the series ended. After name-checking rec.arts.tv.mst3k.misc, they offer some stories about the network executives who just didn't "get" the series. I've heard them complain before, but I still laughed when they talked about the suit who suggested that they run complicated multi-story-spanning plot-arcs in an attempt to bring in and retain viewers. Yeah, that's exactly why people watched the show.
Here are some comments on each of the four episodes:
BOGGY CREEK II: AND THE LEGEND CONTINUES. I'm a little ashamed to say, but I kind of liked this movie. Well, pieces of it anyway. Certainly not the poop flashback. Or the skinny, shirtless, son-of-the-director-getting-a-movie-role guy. Well, anyway, this is the movie that did for Arkansas what GIANT SPIDER INVASION did for Wisconsin.Read more ›
"Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues" turns Bigfoot into a good old boy from the Arkansas swamps. My favorite character is played by Jimmy Clem, a 400 plus pound hillbilly who wears bib overalls but doesn't wear a shirt. "I'm immodest, tee-hee," Crow intones in a Southern accent. He contrasts nicely with the main character's son Chuck Pierce, a scrawny kid who goes shirtless for most of the movie. When Chuck knocks on the door of a house, Crow asks, "Can I borrow a cup of shirt?" The best actor in the movie is the Boggy Creek creature.
"Merlin's Shop Of Mystical Wonders" is a horror movie disguised as a family friendly film. In the first of two stories, a meddlesome cat is roasted by a fire-breathing, wanna-be wizard. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of casting spells is dragon breath! In the second story, an evil toy monkey is stolen from Merlin's shop. Some dumb kid ends up getting it for a birthday present. The evil monkey starts a fire in the garage, which kills the kid's dog. This film was not endorsed by PETA! As the monkey gets stronger, the kid almost gets hit by a car while riding his bike, and his father almost gets killed when he buries the monkey. Merlin provides much needed comic relief, as he spends most of this story asking people if they've seen his monkey!
"Time Chasers" is the funniest film of the four. Filmed on a shoestring budget in beautiful Rutland, Vermont, the no-name cast makes a valiant attempt to convince the audience that they're traveling through time.Read more ›
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I have a few boxes sets but this is my favorite mst3k i love each one of these movies i recommend to any fan of mst3k enjoy!Published 9 months ago by serina
Got exactly what I expected from the description. My kid loves it and so do I. Made a Merry Xmas for us both.Published on January 12, 2014 by Elizabeth E. Theodorou
This MST3K set boldly answers the question "What if Ernest Borgnine was Peter Falk and Merlin was Stephen King? Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Kevin J. Loria
Ohhhh...how many hours have we spent laughing at these DVDs???? Too many!
Boggy Creek is our All Time Favorite MST3K episode of all time. It's sooo funny. Read more
Boggy Creek 2 is the main reason I got this set. The movie itself isn't particularly painful, but it certainly isn't a good film. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Sugar Magnolia
I bought this set strictly for The Legend of Boggy Creek 2 DVD. It may not be the best MST3K episode, but for some reason I never grow tired of watching it. Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Mark A. Randall
This is an excellent box set. All of the movies are terrible! However, the riffing is top notch. The Touch of Satan has always been one of my favorites and Time Chasers was the... Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by JeffPorcaroFan
This is yet another solid box set from Mike and the bots. I don't know how many times I watched Time Chasers and was rolling on the floor!! Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Dustin Danner
This had three of my MST3K favorites. Touch of Satan was also good but it would have been a perfect collection if the fourth movie had been either Hobgoblins or Prince of Space! Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by Lincoln Hall
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