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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (Widescreen) (1996)

Michael J. Nelson , Trace Beaulieu , Jim Mallon  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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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 (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013527KC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,952 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (Widescreen)" on IMDb

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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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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!

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! The return to DVD! January 30, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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91 of 102 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in print and long overdue. A MSTie must have! January 30, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The MST Treatment Saves Another Cheesy Sci-Fi Movie! January 7, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
"Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie" is the big screen version of the once-popular Comedy Central (later Sci-Fi Network) series. In the series, Mike (or Joel) and his robot pals Gypsy, Tom Servo, and Crow make running wisecracks while watching awful sci-fi movies beamed up to them by the evil Dr. Forrester (Trace Beaulieu, who also voices Crow). In the big screen version, Mike and the 'bots take on Universal's "This Island Earth" with hilarious results!
One of the best reasons for owning this movie is that it is able to overcome many of the technical limitations placed on TV series (such as the motions of the robots, for instance). This provides a more intimate and interesting portrayal of the lives that the crew lead on the Satellite of Love.
If you are deciding whether to watch or buy this movie, please PLEASE ignore the Amazon.com review written by Miles Bethany. It's painfully apparent that he has never seen this movie from the fact that he continually refers to someone named "Jim". There's no character named Jim on the show (although Jim Mallon does the voice of Gypsy). He's clearly referring to either Joel or Mike, but in any event Miles Bethany ought to be fired for this if he's on Amazon's payroll!
Once you watch this movie, you'll hunger for episodes of the series if you've never seen it. Fortunately, the Sci-Fi Network Episodes are not yet available. They're not as funny as any of the early episodes and tend to get a little overindulgent. Additionally, Beaulieu left the series before it got picked up by Sci-Fi, and the actor who replaced him transformed the rather cute, insecure Crow into a character that I grew to dislike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was the best and I have waited for years for this to ...
This was the best and I have waited for years for this to come out in DVD form. I've almost the tape version and needed to replace it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Brad Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome DVD, great price, and immediate delivery! A++
Published 7 days ago by Don Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great addition to any MST3K fan's collection!
Published 13 days ago by bigdcowgal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't stop laughing!
Published 18 days ago by Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Best. MST3k. Ever.
I proudly count myself as a diehard fan of the MST3K franchise, and have purchased several sets of the dvd's from the show. Read more
Published 1 month ago by drumdad
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So happy to see this on BluRay with extras! Perfect!
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Eckert
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great concept!
I laughed all the way through this. What a great concept!
Published 1 month ago by mtnlaurell
4.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Movie So Much I Bought It Twice!
As a movie itself, it holds the test of time. I already had a copy on DVD and only bought the blu-ray for the bonus features (of which I expected more). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phreak9mm
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery science movie
Great movie, dated tho, mAny kids won't get some of the jokes (Peruvian soccer teams, michael Skype), but funny all the same.
Published 1 month ago by l dubya
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for MSTies!
I have been a long time fan of the show and always wanted to own a copy of the movie on DVD and glad to get the opportunity! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rico
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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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