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Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXV

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Since the dawn of recorded history, sacred texts have inspired intellectuals to enlighten the rest of us through their commentaries. To a certain, special kind of person (and if you’re buying this 25th collection of MST3K, pal, you’re one of them) cheesy movies are sacred texts. And who better to help us navigate the occult meanings of B-movies’ holiest scriptures than space captives Joel, Mike and their robot companions Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot? Their running commentaries allow us to laugh at inscrutable plots, painful performances and felonious filmmaking. Here, for the funniest study session you’ll ever have, are four more movies unearthed from the ancient caves of Hollywood as interpreted by the long-suffering scholars aboard the Satellite of Love. Titles include Robot Holocaust, Operation Kid Brother, Kitten With A Whip & Revenge Of The Creature.

The Satellite of Love rides again with Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXV, a four-DVD set featuring a quartet of previously unreleased experiments from the critically acclaimed cult comedy series' lengthy small-screen run. The episodes included here offer an overview of the show's history, from its first season on cable (Robot Holocaust) to the end of creator Joel Hodgson's tenure as host in season five (Operation Kid Brother) and its transitional period with head writer Mike Nelson as the new human on board (Kitten with a Whip) in season six and its occasionally awkward merger with the Sci-Fi Channel (Revenge of the Creature). The episodes vary in terms of consistency--the Euro-spy adventure Kid Brother, with Sean Connery's brother Neil as an ersatz 007, is probably the best of the lot, while Revenge struggles to balance the riffing and a new recurring storyline (imposed by the network) with Mary Jo Pehl as Pearl Forrester and Kevin Murphy in elaborate ape makeup as sidekick Dr. Bobo. But the show's calling cards--its smart, eclectic humor and barrage of pop culture references--remain razor sharp and lightning fast in all four episodes, underscoring Mystery Science Theater 3000's enduring popularity.

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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  • Actors: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Ann-Margret, John Forsythe, John Agar
  • Directors: Kevin Murphy, Tom Kincaid, Dougles Heyes, Jack Arnold
  • Format: Box set, Color, 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: December 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0096RC4X4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Valnastar VINE VOICE on September 7, 2012
Format: DVD
This set contains some must-see episodes. The earliest two episodes star show creator Joel Hodgson as host while the other two star show head writer Mike Nelson as host. Three episodes are from the Comedy Channel/Comedy Central era of the show while the last episode is from the Sci-Fi Channel period. There are numerous call-back jokes and references to Robot Holocaust in later episodes of the show including the Valaria visit on the hexfield view screen during episode 201 Rocketship X-M. If you've never seen this episode it is MSTie required viewing. Then there's the bad, really bad James Bond knock-off made in Italy using Sean Connery's brother Neil plus Lois Maxwell, Bernard Lee and other actual James Bond movie actors. Top it off with a John Forsythe and Ann Margret suspense drama and a mediocre sequel to Creature From The Black Lagoon featuring Clint Eastwood in a bit part and you've the full range of what made MST3K such a great and eclectic comedy show.

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.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful By demanding consumer on September 14, 2012
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I'm mainly compensating for the bogus 1-star review below. These are some great episodes and I am confident Shout Factory will maintain their customarily high standards when it comes to the bonus items and image quality. Many of the episodes in this set were never expected to see the light of day on DVD (or any other format for that matter) so Shout Factory gets 5 stars just for working out the legal tangles involved in bringing these to us.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Carter on October 29, 2012
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Every one of these DVDs are wonderful, but it is worth the price of the set to get "Kitten with a Whip" alone!that one is a classic that I haven't seen in years, but am looking forward to as soon as it comes out in December.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Otto Correct VINE VOICE on January 22, 2013
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This marks the very first time I did NOT buy the newest MST3k volume on good ol' Amazon. For some reason, Amazon never offered it lower than fifty bucks (unless I missed a pre-order special or something)! Usually I go to Amazon because they're very competitive with their pricing, yet for this volume even Best Buy's NORMAL price was (and at the time of writing this, still is) lower. What's up with that, Amazon? I managed to grab a copy for a great price on a certain well known internet auction site. Shame to have to take my business there when I prefer Amazon, but I'm not a rich man and paying ten bucks an episode for this show is costly enough without the price going up any higher.

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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alex S on November 27, 2012
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As a TV on DVD reviewer, I received an advance copy of this set. A more complete review can be found at

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.

I love virtually every Shout title, think that they have done a excellent job with every release, and can say that their PR staff is aces.

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.
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