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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XX

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Sit back, when you’re not doubled over with laughter, that is for four classic episodes of this hilarious Peabody Award winning series. Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo and your host Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson) are back to riff on your . . . erm . . . favorite movies and television series of yesteryear with all the TLC only the Satellite of Love crew can deliver. And for this XXth volume of the outstanding, groundbreaking series, we’re making it a very special Mystery Science Theater 3000 Joel-bilee! And you’re on the guest list! Titles included in this set: Project Moonbase, Master Ninja I, Master Ninja II & The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad.

Special Features

New Introduction By Trace Beaulieu

Brand-New Interview With Master Ninja Star, Bill McKinney

Tom Servo Vs. Tom Servo 2010 Dragon*Con Panel

Exploring The Look Of MST3K With Director Of Photography, Jeff Stonehouse

Mystery Science Theater Hour Wraps

Product Details

  • Actors: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson
  • Directors: Kevin Murphy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G7XCS0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This set is a departure from other recent 4-disc releases in that all four episodes are from the Comedy Central era of the show and all four episodes feature show creator and original host Joel Hodgson, most recently of Cinematic Titanic fame. Again, Shout! Factory has compiled four really strong episodes for a MSTie-must-have set!

* 109- PROJECT MOONBASE (with shorts: Commando Cody, parts 7 & 8)
This 1953 space exploration film was co-written by famed SF author Robert Heinlein. It's set in 1970 when the United States supposedly wants to build a moon base. Three astronauts, two men and a woman, are sent to explore the moon. One of the men is revealed to be a spy who endangers the mission and the free world. Unintentional comedy ensues, especially how the movie cheerfully resolves itself. As if the dated attitudes toward men and women working together in space aren't hilarious enough, we have two Radar Men From The Moon shorts featuring Commando Cody. This is a terrific and hilarious Season One effort and I'm looking forward to having a great commercial DVD release for it.

Master Ninja is an edited version of episodes from the 1984 TV series "The Master" featuring Lee Van Cleef and Timothy Van Pattern. Lee Van Cleef plays a veteran who became a ninja master while living in Japan after the Korean War. Timothy Van Patten is his unlikely apprentice. These particular episodes also feature Shô Kosugi and a young Demi Moore. This MST3K episode also features the quite memorable musical gag, "Master Ninja Theme Song!" The "film" is an odd mix of fine movie actors and young aspiring newer actors in a fairly mediocre TV series. There's plenty of action and goofiness for MST3K to make fun of and that they do here extremely well. Well worth a look.
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Coming out in March 2011 is the latest installment of MST3K - Volume 20 delivered to us from Shout Factory who continue to impress with the episodes selected - in this set we have all Joel episodes
EPISODE 109 - PROJECT MOONBASE -this is a sci fi yarn about the Earth building bases on the Moon in the year 1970 - but there is a spy aboard. At this point in Season 1 things were really starting to take shape to where they were heading..This is a fun episode which happened to be on the bottom of the Rhino Poll -in fact it was the very bottom.
Now for the 2 surprise episodes - these episodes were so popular that they moved 2 Mike Nelson episodes to future volumes
EPISODES 322 & 324 MASTER NINJA 1 & 2 - for those of you who have not seen these movies via MST3K style - you are in for a treat - these are great episodes to showcase Joel for those that have only or mainly seen Mike episodes - they are both vastly popular and highly underrated.A lot of fans felt the 3rd Season peaked or ended with Santa Claus Conquers the Martians - but these Master Ninja gems which are post Santa are also really awesome episodes. Both are TV movies originally called The Master with Lee Van Cleef & Timothy Van Patten - Basically the shows are - the Pilot episode of the Master + 1 ( MST3K episode 322). This contains the now very famous Master Ninja Theme Song from Joel & the Bots & 324 has 2 more 1 hour episodes made to look like a movie - one has to do with a cannery - the other is a mafia hostage type situation with spies, ninjas and a talky blond lady. Listen to Joel and bots bury Van Patten big time.. Lee Van Cleef as a Ninja has to be seen to be believed. These are the 1st MST3K experiments that were TV movies to hit the Volumes .
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I honestly don't know how they choose the episodes for these Mystery Science Theater 3000 box sets -- it seems like they set a hamster loose on the titles, and chose the ones that the hamster tried to eat.

But you gotta admit, there is some small connection between the episodes in "Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XX" -- they're all Joel, all the time. The collection is still small and expensive, but the episodes here are lots of fun, with a splattering of bad ninja TV movies, boring science fiction, and a lame Russian fantasy movie.

First there's an episode from the early days. After the invention exchange ("I think you could bruise a child's tender psyche." "THANK YOU"), the Mads sentence Joel and the bots a tedious, obnoxiously sexist movie called "Project Moonbase." Basically two men and a woman are sent on a rocket to an orbital space station, only to have one of the guys turn out to be a spy. It's a lot less exciting than it sounds.

Then there's "Master Ninja" and "Master Ninja 2," a pair of horrible TV movies made out of old TV episodes sandwiched together. Basically some old white guy who was trained as a ninja travels around with an annoying teenager, and they defend the commonfolk against evil. And occasionally, against other ninjas (actual Asian ones).

And after the usual hijinks for the Mads and the Satellite of Love folk (chin-underwear!), there's "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad," about a seemingly insane man who is obsessed with bringing happiness to the masses. As he goes off in search of the bluebird of happiness, he shamelessly leeches off a sea nymph and leaves his girlfriend to stand on a rooftop for six years.
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