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Chief among the extras is another installment of Life After MST3K, which focuses on Trace Beaulieu's multi-hyphenate experiences as actor (Freaks and Geeks), children's book author, comic book creator, and TV writer (America's Funniest Home Videos), as well as his reunion with fellow MST3K vets in Cinematic Titanic. The genre documentarians at Ballyhoo Motion Pictures do typically excellent work with Chasing Rosebud: The Cinematic Life of William Alland, which traces the Deadly Mantis producer's trajectory from membership in Orson Welles's Mercury Theater (he played the reporter in Citizen Kane) to overseeing It Came from Outer Space (1953), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Tarantula (1955), and many other '50s science fiction favorites for Universal. Short interviews with Slime People star Judith Morton and Village of the Giants' Joy Harmon (Cool Hand Luke, 1967) underscore their good-natured dismay at being remembered for such absurd pictures, while trailers for Mantis, Slime People, and Giants round out the set. --Paul Gaita
• Chasing Rosebud: The Cinematic Life Of William Alland
• Life After MST3K: Trace Beaulieu
• Introduction By Mary Jo Pehl
• Original Trailers
• 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance
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108- THE SLIME PEOPLE with short: COMMANDO CODY PT 6
Los Angeles is invaded by an army of subterranean monsters in this black-and-white film from 1963. A pilot, a scientist with his two daughters and a marine fight to retake the city. It's silly fun with cheap costumes, lots of smoke effects, and a very low budget look all around. 1940s star Robert Hutton both stars in and directs this mist-shrouded film. MST3K host segments focus both on the ridiculous nature of the Commando Cody short and of the feature film. I personally like this one a lot, maybe because I enjoy these kinds of silly monster movies from the period so much and because I think they worked very well for MST3K. Good riffing makes for a good solid effort in just the eighth network episode of the show.
205- ROCKET ATTACK USA with short: THE PHANTOM CREEPS PT 2
This black-and-white 1961 cold war propaganda film comes shortly after the launch of Sputnik, so the premise revolves around the Soviets gathering data from it to launch a nuclear missile against the US.Read more ›
Here's the episode breakdown:
THE SLIME PEOPLE: A film predating C.H.U.D. that features reptilian type creatures coming up from underground and causing trouble for the surface dwellers. A scientist, his two daughters, some reporter guy, and a marine named Cal that apparently is played by Conan O'Brien's older brother get caught in an invasion by the Slime People, some gross monsters that live underground and put out a bunch of fog that surrounds L.A., turns to stone, then creates a barrier so the fog can sustain the Slime People's life. While this idea did have some interesting possibilities, including a story structure that, in the first act at least, seemed a bit like an earlier prototype of Night of The Living Dead (a group of people trapped in a building surrounded by an unstoppable, unknowable menace) the movie eventually peters out into a bunch of dull chasing and fight scenes in some California hills with a bunch of fog overlay so no one is supposed to notice that a bunch of stuff *isn't* really happening.Read more ›
And again, Shout Factory has done an outstanding job of the lead-ins and cover art. If you are an MST3K fan (as I am - and you must be if you are here), the purchase of this set is a foregone conclusion. If you are just starting to discover MST3k, welcome - and hit the "buy" button. Then, sit back and enjoy the madness that the rest of us have been telling people about for years!
My favorite film in this volume is "Village Of The Giants" (1965), directed by Mr. BIG himself, Bert I. Gordon. When asked what he wants for breakfast, big man about town Fred (Beau Bridges) good-naturedly replies "Sheriff, on toast." What a kidder! If you think Beau is a good actor, just wait until you see him dance. My only complaint is that, because of time constraints, they cut out Freddy 'Boom Boom' Cannon's performance of the song "Little Bitty Corrine." The final film is "The Deadly Mantis" (1957), another giant insect film from the fabulous fifties. Those type of movies really bug me, especially with lines like the following. "In all the kingdom of the living, there is no more deadly or voracious creature than the Preying Mantis." I wonder if Ed Wood was an uncredited script writer on that movie. I hope Shout Factory has enough movies left to keep releasing more Mystery Science Theater 3000 volumes as good as this one.
P.S. - On November 3, 2013, I saw Cinematic Titanic's presentation of "The Doll Squad" at the Wilbur Theater in Boston.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Mystery Science Theatre yes this is hilarious I've since ordered three more all a trip plan to add more to my collection.Published 4 months ago by Wendy Carter
If you end up enjoying just one movie out of the four on any of the MST3K sets, then it's well worth it.
On this one it's "The Deadly Mantis". Read more
This is the one MST3k DVD I really wanted. The set includes the episode "Village of the Giants," a cult classic starring 60s pin-up Joy Harmon who provides an interview... Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Uchtman
arrived in excellent condition. We're looking forward to watching them soon.Published 9 months ago by L. Mudrak
I simply do not have enough time to tell you how much goodness is within ANYTHING done by The Mystery Science Theater 3000 people. Go check out Cinematic Titanic, or Rifftrax. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Reilly
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