Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXV
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Extras on the four-disc set, all produced by genre documentary specialists Ballyhoo Motion Pictures, echo the top-notch supplemental features found on most of Shout! Factory's MST3K releases: Jack Arnold at Universal is a serious and scholarly overview of the director's efforts for the studio, which included not only Revenge of the Creature but also such classics as The Incredible Shrinking Man and It Came from Outer Space. J. Elvis Weinstein (Dr. Larry Erhardt) and Bill Corbett, who voiced Crow T. Robot in seasons 8 to 10 while also playing the Observer/"Brain Guy," are showcased in two lengthy Life After MST3K retrospectives, while Hodgson and Nelson introduce two episodes apiece. The introductions also provide a wealth of behind-the-scenes information, from Hodgson's recollection of the show's chaotic early days and his fondness for his final season on the show to Nelson discussing the show's move to the Sci-Fi Channel and the format changes imposed on the series by the network. --Paul Gaita
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110- ROBOT HOLOCAUST with short: COMMANDO CODY PT 9 (partial)
This Italian/USA 1986 color science fiction film shot in New York stars absolutely no one you have ever heard of, but you'll remember Angelika Jager as Valaria long after you see it. For every latter day MSTie who has ever wondered why all the "you and your daughter are doomed" comments in episodes post season one of the show this will solve the mystery for you. A hero named "Neo" (a few years before The Matrix was made) tries to help a scientist's daughter free him and other slaves from the clutches of the evil Dark One ("da-gwan" the way Valaria pronounces it). They "have to get to the power station" (another oft used MST call-back line) to do it. Comedy ensues with only a little bit of it being intentional.Read more ›
Enough of my ranting, how is this set? Pretty good! Here's my episode by episode breakdown:
ROBOT HOLOCAUST: This season one entry is probably the best episode I've seen of that season thus far. After a rather pointless (though thankfully cut short) segment of Commando Cody, we're treated to a movie from the mid 80's that was used on MST3k only a few years later, ROBOT HOLOCAUST tells the tale of a plucky, mismatched gang of post-apocalypse character cliches and their travels to "the Power Station" to take on "the Dark One" who apparently rules the area after "the robot holocaust in '33" knocked humanity off their perch as rulers of the planet. Aiding the Dark One is Valaria, one of the funniest movie villians ever to grace an MST episode. I assume the girl playing Valaria was a European super model who tried to break into the acting world without any actual acting training or experience. Valaria, beautiful though she is, talks in a truly ridiculous accent, sounding like the girl from that "Wharwilf" episode doing a Chirstopher Walken impression.Read more ›
Before sharing my thoughts on this set, I would like to make a plea to folks who post tongue-in-cheek but still malicious reviews of sets that they have not watched. For the love of all the cheesy but beloved shows out there, please refrain from getting a laugh at the literal expense of both fans of vintage cult favorites and the studio that produces them. No one is making a fortune from these overall labors of love,and they deserve at least at honest reviews.
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These good folks have provided great previously abandoned shows such as later seasons of "Barney Miller," "All in the Family," and "The Larry Sanders Show." I would also not be surprised if they ultimately release "The Bob Newhart Show" S5 and S6.
I truly advocate free speech and respect the right of anyone to share negative thoughts about a DVD set after he or she has watched it. Doing so beforehand is simply childish and perhaps more harmful than realized.
I will say as well that (as my slamming of "Magic Mike" proves) my reviews are always honest, and that MST 3K sets are the ONLY DVD sets that I have bought right when they came out to ensure that I received one.
Returning to the review, Volume XXV truly is one of my favorite of all 25 MST 3K DVD sets. The four films show the series' true range by including the juvenile delinquent melodrama "Kitten With a Whip," the horribly low-budget action-adventure drama "Operation Double 007" a.k.a.Read more ›
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Although these aren't my favorite episodes, it is still classic MST3K. And now that it's coming back for at least one season, it's awesome to look back on the old episodes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by taylor
Have all 33 available sets so far. Loved it when it was on.Published 3 months ago by Kimberly P. Hall
one can never go wrong with mst3k, yet I must confess to preferring mike and crow 2. this has everything I love--baseball references, nerd stuff, etc. Read morePublished 9 months ago by j jacobs