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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (Widescreen)

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From the makers of the highly successful cult classic TV series comes Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - one of the most outrageous, most irreverent, and most hilarious big-screen spoofs ever! A mad scientist, in his quest for world domination, concocts a diabolical scheme to subject the human race to the worst movie ever made: 1955's This Island Earth. It's up to one test subject's quick wit, sharp sense of humor, and utter intolerance for cinematic garbage to foil the plans of the scientist and to save the Earth. Experience the hijinks and low jabs of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - where the worse the movie is, the better time you'll have!


The cult television show (in which a hapless space explorer and his robot pals are forced to watch and deliver a hilarious running commentary on bad movies) makes a successful transition to the big screen as Mike and the 'bots lay waste to the '50s sci-fi yarn This Island Earth (a painfully stiff would-be epic that's actually a cut above the usual MST3K fare). While ardent fans may be a little miffed that more advantage isn't taken of the expanded theatrical venue (aside from a tad more scatological humor than usual, the content here would fit in comfortably as a regular episode of the series), the nonstop, hyper-literate salvo of comedy riffs that run the gamut from references to Tommy Chong's backyard to Yes album covers more than make up for any conceptual complacency. Be prepared to laugh till it aches. --Andrew Wright

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  • Theatrical Trailer

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  • Actors: Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Jim Mallon, John Brady
  • Directors: Jim Mallon
  • Writers: Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Jim Mallon, Mary Jo Pehl
  • Producers: Jim Mallon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013527KC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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While various MST3K episodes have circulated over the internet and from companies like Rhino, the MST3K movie has long since disappeared from DVD shelves. Now, rather than rent a copy from Netflix and then "lose" it so you can keep one (or pay extravagant prices on Ebay), Universal has rereleased this great film to the delight of fans everywhere.

So what makes this different from any normal episode? Well, first of all it's set between the sixth and seventh seasons (right after the departure of TV's Frank and before Pearl joins as a regular), so Doctor F has the bad guy side all to himself. Fortunately, Trace is more than capable of making his every moment on screen a blast (there's even a funny "mini-origin" monologue that starts the film off to catch everyone up to speed). The set is finally expanded here and we get to see more of the ship finally. But, strangely enough, this is actually SHORTER than any of the episodes you see on television. This was done because the studio was afraid people who weren't familiar with the show would get bored in the theater--but of course, why would they go see it if they weren't familiar with the show in the first place?

The movie they choose to riff is "This Island Earth", which I always thought wasn't such a bad film anyway. However, Mike and the Bots do manage to squeeze in some great lines throughout. Definitely worth the time!

One small warning: they do use a few more colorful words here than they did on television. Not often by any means, but they sneak a couple in here and there.

I'm so glad we're finally seeing this gem return to DVD! Don't know what brought it on, but thank you!
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I am posting this as a counter balance to the idiot who gave this a low review simply because he doesn't like MST3K and wants THIS ISLAND EARTH released on the BluRay along with the riffed version. I am getting really tired of seeing low reviews for items BEFORE the damn things are released. I know I'm contributing to the very problem I am raging against, but I needed to even things out on this one.
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MST3K The Movie got great reviews when it was in theaters in 1996 and deservedly so. Even after the studio chopped it down to a mere 75 minutes they couldn't destroy anything this funny. Siskel and Ebert at the time raved about it, as did most fans and critics. Sadly, the DVD has been out of print in the USA for many years, so it's great that this is available again for all the MSTies who missed out on it the first time around.

The movie being "riffed" is the classic color SF film from 1955, This Island Earth, starring Rex Reason, Faith Domergue (she was also in It Came From Beneath The Sea), Russell Johnson (the Professor on Gilligan's Island), and Jeff Morrow. It's a great looking film that is reasonably entertaining and well-made. However, as the MST3K writers point out repeatedly during jokes in this film, there's still plenty to make fun of, such as futuristic looking props that don't seem to have an actual purpose, plot premise issues, and some general fantastic silliness. MST3K The Movie is a lot of fun.

Note that Frank Conniff and Joel Hodgson had both left MST3K by the time that this film was made, so the Satellite of Love (SOL) is helmed by Mike Nelson and Dr. Forrester is on his own in Deep 13. The jokes are top notch, though occasionally a bit more PG-13 than on the regular MST3K TV show. The SOL and Deep 13 sets constructed for the film are slightly more elaborate than those previously used for the TV show on Comedy Central to that point. There are even a few scenes in the SOL in more than one location! The movie does follow the same general format as the TV show, including host segments. Look for the "Manos" reference during one host segment. This DVD is recommended!
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This was a pretty good movie for 1955. The special effects, costumes, and sets are high quality. Still, they aren't immune to being made fun of, and the crew of the Satellite of Love picks up on this real quick. They mercilessly joke about the big foreheads of the people on Metalluna and the unfortunately state of the planet with the bald spot.

The MST3K movie is just like a good episode of the show, worth watching, but no noteworthy differences. It's worth having on tape too so you can watch it whenever you want. I would rather watch, "I Accuse My Parents" though.
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If you have never sat down for an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the series, you are in for a real treat. Imagine going to a midnight screening of a "B" or "C" movie with couple of your best buds, cutting-up and goofin' on weak plot points, weaker FX and questionable acting. If you can imagine all that, then add the sci-fi genre to the mix, turn your two buds into puppet robots with some stinging-sardonic wit and you've got it.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, is the post-mortem theatrical release following the series final run on Comedy Central. It is a polished presentation along with some primer origin info enough to help clue-in any newbies to the series. Mad Doctor Forester returns to throw bad movies at Mike, the temp, and his robots on the "Satellite of Love." But this time it isn't really a bad movie, so much as a retro-classic, "This Island Earth." If the title doesn't strike a cord, the crazy-bug-eyed, bulbous brained big clamp alien monster will seem familiar, at least.

The boys are on their game in this one, including Dr. F., the jokes fly fast and loose, some of which I still quote to this day. The sets are theatrical release quality, as are the edits and music. If you're a fan of the series, it will feel like the typical small screen to big screen transition, in fact, that very transition feels like an extension of the genre satire indicative of the MST3K brand, in it's classic form!

The MST3K movie has been long overdue for release, now we can add this to the increasing releases of 7 years of the original series, or you can start with this one. Either way I'd recommend it.

One down side...unlike some of the TV series DVDs, this one doesn't have both the MST3k version and the original version of the film. This DVD doesn't really have any extras at all, but I'm still happy to have it.
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MST3K: The Movie DVD extras?
MST3Kinfo.com reports that the only extra will be the MST Movie's trailer. Rather depressing, since there's at least one alternate ending out there (with Forrester being attacked by that man-ant creature from T.I.S.), and reportedly several versions with different rifftracks were filmed before... Read More
Feb 4, 2008 by Daniel J. Mccormick |  See all 2 posts
Good grief!
because the buyers know longtime,hardcore fans like ME would be shelling out that much to get it!

because the movie either got deleted or the production company just stop pressing it!
Jul 31, 2007 by paris |  See all 2 posts
This re-gawd-dam-diculous
I don't know what you "collect," but your ignorance regarding the M.O. of most major home video distributors is mind-boggling.
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