Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition [Limited-Edition Collector's Tin]
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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved Mystery Science Theater 3000, you are invited to enjoy four never-before-released episodes as well as two long-out-of-print bonus episodes that marked the seismic transition that occurred when Joel passed the torch on to Mike. A new look back at the history of the show helps us blow out the candles on a cake that only gets sweeter with time.
Titles Include: Moon Zero Two, The Day The Earth Froze, The Leech Woman & Gorgo. Plus a bonus disc with a double feature of classic episodes: Mitchell and The Brain That Wouldnt Die!
For completists, the return of these two fan favorites to the home video fold is a genuine treat, but the extensive featurettes are equally valuable in terms of presenting a glimpse of the series as a whole. The genre documentary company Ballyhoo Motion Pictures does a typically stellar job with the three-part Return to Eden Prairie, which traces the history of MST3K from Hodgson's early concepts through its early execution on Minneapolis-St. Paul's KTMA and transition to the Comedy Channel and later Comedy Central. Most of the main writer-performers, including Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, and Kevin Murphy, as well as producer Jim Mallon and prop designers Jef Maynard, Patrick Brantseg, and Beez McKeever, provide their own perspective, which is buttressed by extensive on-camera and behind-the-scenes footage from the KTMA era. Ballyhoo is also behind the short but sweet Last Ride of Joel Robinson, which details the various ideas behind and final execution of Hodgson's last episode, and the Ninth Wonder of the World, a fairly lengthy and laugh-free look at the making of Gorgo that details, among other facts, director Eugene Lourie's work on Chaplin's Limelight and the fast-and-loose careers of the King Brothers, who produced the film. Writer Mary Jo Pehl--the once-and-future Pearl Forrester--is profiled in a new Life After MST3K interview, while historian Constantine Nasr does his best to explain the curious, genre-bending Moon Zero Two and the influence of Stanley Kubrick upon the final product. Mike Nelson's wrap-arounds for The MST Hour's broadcast of Day the Earth Froze, a brief but amusing tribute from Leonard Maltin, and a high-camp interview with Brain actress Marilyn Neilson round out the major featurettes, which are accompanied by theatrical trailers for four of the six pictures. --Paul Gaita
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MOON ZERO TWO, Episode 111
James Olson and Catherine Von Schell star in this 1969 UK color science fiction film that is really just an old western about miners set in outer space. A group of criminals want to salvage a valuable asteroid by crashing it into the moon and the only place to do it unobserved is on another miner's claim, so they dispose of the miner. They hire a salvage team (headed by Olson) to get them the asteroid, but unknown to them the missing miner's sister (Schell) hires the same salvage team to help her find her brother. It's kind of a fun and lively movie with great sixties style music. Years later Catherine Schell would drop the "Von" from her stage name. Host segments include a moon landing pageant and Crow and Tom fight over the women in the movie in zero gravity. This is a rather enjoyable episode with a quite watchable movie.
THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE (with short: HERE COMES THE CIRCUS), Episode 422
This 1959 color Russian-Finnish movie is based on the Finnish folk tales set down in the Kalevala by Elias Lonrot and the original title was "Sampo". A sampo is a magic forge that produces salt, flour and gold. Apparently editors in the 1960s thought the Finnish folk tale was confusing to Western audiences so they chopped so much out of the film that it makes virtually no sense at all.Read more ›
The mad and evil scientist, Dr. Clayton Forrester, has created an evil little scheme that is bound to give him world domination... but first thing's first. He plans to torment Mike Nelson and the robots by sending them a real stinker of a film to watch called, "This Island Earth." He is convinced that this movie will drive them insane. And since the guys cannot control when the movie begins or ends, they are forced to witness the true horror that is this awful movie that has a lobster creature dressed in slacks. Will this be the ultimate cheese that breaks the boys' spirits? You'll find out once you begin this hilarious movie.
The movie isn't all that different from the regular show, which is a major plus. Sure, there is a little bit of a plot going on that concerns Dr. Forrester's plan for global domination, but there's always a side story like that going on in each of the episodes. The movie may look a little more professional than the show, but that's the only difference. We still see the three silhouettes wisecrack and mock their way through the awful movie. Their delivery is always constant and right on target. In fact, you're bound to catch something new that you didn't catch the first time around when you watch it again.Read more ›
So with only 2 weeks till the 25th Anniversary limited edition tin ships, with 5 dvd's 4 previously unreleased episodes and 2 bonus episodes, Joel's last episode 512 "Mitchel" and Mike's first episode 513 "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" long, long time out of print from Rhino/Best Brains and the four episodes, "Moon Zero Two", "The Day The Earth Froze", "The Leech Woman" and "Gorgo", "Gorgo" which was pulled after the second showing due to copy-write infringement but somehow Shout-Factory was able to get the rights to release it. It's an English Godzilla and it is an incredible episode. I have the best quality fan copies out there of all the unreleased episodes and all the volumes that have been released 1-27 and all the single dvd releases including 512 "Mitchel" and 513 "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" and I can tell you from experience that the Shout-Factory releases are of amazing quality that far exceeds even the best fan copies.Read more ›
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I bought this today at Target without that really "cool" collectors tin that it comes in for $25. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jason A. Burgess
It's hard to believe that Mystery Science Theater 3000 is this old, but it also goes to show how classic comedy ages well while the trendy comes and goes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert I. Hedges
The off-beat humor in these films is great. The movies are so bad, but the jokes the characters crack are hilarious!Published 12 months ago by Ray
This was a xmas present for my wife. She really really loved it and actually I liked it too. I found it a little more funny than the TV series. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Wood Man
Five stars overall, and a sixth-star for the long out-of-print "Mitchell."Published 14 months ago by jason hansa
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I believe the limited edition version in the collector's tin is sold out everywhere, but you can still get the standard edition (all the same DVDs and bonus features, just not in the tin) directly from Shout Factory's website.
Jan 18, 2014 by T. Anderson | See all 5 posts