Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXVI
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Shout Factory fills out the set with a handful of extras, some more substantive than others, but all with something to hold the viewer's interest. Head writer Mike Nelson, who took over for series creator Joel Hodgson in the fifth season (and stars in three of the four episodes included here), is profiled in the newest installment of Life After MST3K. Nelson discusses his transition to host as well as his books of humorous film criticism and stint in RiffTrax, which takes an MST3K riffing approach to both mainstream and B films. Both Bert I. Gordon and The Mole People receive their own featurettes, though the former offers only a thumbnail of the prolific writer-producer-director's prolific career. Of Mushrooms and Madmen: Making the Mole People is more substantive, exploring not only its production but studio demands to add a downbeat ending for its onscreen romance between human and underground dweller for fear of miscegenation charges! Alien from L.A. director Albert Pyun talks about the film's unusual budgeting and the challenges of Ireland's stratospheric voice (he also politely hedges on giving an opinion of the show's treatment of his film), while clips of Nelson showing off respectable fencing skills while in Jack Perkins drag from The MST Hour round out the set. --Paul Gaita
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411- THE MAGIC SWORD
This 1962 color film from Bert I. Gordon is certainly one of his best and it's actually a fairly fun and well made fantasy film aimed at younger audiences. It features a fine cast including Basil Rathbone, Estelle Winwood and Gary Lockwood. Entertaining as it is on its own it still makes for a terrific and hilarious episode of MST3K. In fact the endless fantasy elements and bits of intentional humor in the film work exceedingly and surprisingly well as fodder for jokes on the Satellite Of Love. A beautiful princess (Anne Helm) is kidnapped by an evil wizard (Rathbone) and a young man (Lockwood) raised by a kind sorceress (Winwood) is determined to rescue her. There's even a quite decent looking dragon in the film. The riffing is constant, unending fun during this one and as an added bonus one of the host segments features Crow T. Robot declaring his love for Estelle Winwood in song. There's no better example than this to show that MST3K worked just as well with a decent film as it did making fun of a terrible one. I've been wanting this one on DVD for years and am excited to see it finally get released.
516- ALIEN FROM L.A.
This 1988 Golan Globus color film is a comedy action update loosely based on Jules Verne's Journey To The Center Of The Earth starring Kathy Ireland.Read more ›
Episode 802 THE MOLE PEOPLE
They're finally releasing an early Season 8 episode, from when "Big Mama" Pearl Forester, Brain Guy, and Bobo take over. Not since the beginning of season 2 has the cast changed so much. Instead of Deep 13, the show shifts to Pearl chasing the Satilite of Love, thru space and time, with a weekly serialized storyline, which became confusing over time. The second SCIFI episode is still setting up how Professor Bobo and Brain Guy joined Pearl, after the previous week discovery of why Crow's voice changed. (Not being able to follow this plot, does little to add or detract from the show's enjoyment. But--best to follow it anyway.) The film this week--A JOHN AGAR FILM!Read more ›
I was personally most excited to see "Alien From L.A.," the dreadful Golan-Globus production featuring the beautiful but squeaky-voiced non-actress Kathy Ireland in the lead role. By all accounts she is nice and upstanding person, but here she incurs the rapier wit of Mike and the bots due to her somewhat lacking performance. I loved the interview with director Albert Pyun who explained that Kathy's voice was so high that finally they just went with it and added the self-referential voice jokes at the last minute. For people who recall Kathy Ireland as the ultimate glamor model, the transformation from plain to amazing is predictably sappy yet immensely fun. This episode also features one of my favorite host segments concerning Clara Peller in her underpants. Watch for it.
I also loved "Danger!! Death Ray," a cheesy would-be Italian James Bond-esque thriller featuring super spy Bart Fargo (!) as played by Gordon Scott dealing with said death ray and tons of swarthy bad guys in Italian villas. Although the death ray itself is essentially forgotten after about the first ten minutes or so, the riffing is exceptionally strong as poor Bart does his best to make a camp classic into a contender for the Italian cinema. A particular pleasure of this episode for me is the intro in which the crazy genius who built the death ray gives a mind-bending speech about how it's only for peaceful purposes. Sadly, it's the high point of the movie.Read more ›
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get all blu ray classic sci-fi and horror movies before corps start phazing dvds and blu rays out in the near future .Published 8 months ago by ANTON PHIBES
This was a birthday gift for my sister. We both love MST3K and she was thrilled to have the set. She watched them all right away.Published 10 months ago by Jean Fuller
These pieces always make us laugh - they are silly, but funny. We have several in our library.Published 12 months ago by K. R. Phillips
Anything MST3K is happily bought with pleasure when I can afford it. All the episodes in this set and fine installment to my collection. Recommend for any fan of MST3K..Published 13 months ago by Crow T Robot