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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (Widescreen)
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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!
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!
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.
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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I loved seeing MST3K come to Blu-ray for the first time. I also enjoyed having the bonus features included, such as the making of the movie and outtakes. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Daniel Hillstead
Pretty much just another episode of the t.v. series but still good. This one DID have higher production value for the host segments which was cool i guess. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Justin
I have to admit I bought this film mainly for the extras which were great... The film does look good on both DVD and Blu Ray. And I do think the Movie is very good. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JM
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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
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
I don't know what you "collect," but your ignorance regarding the M.O. of most major home video distributors is mind-boggling.
Nov 23, 2009 by RB | See all 5 posts
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