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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 12 (The Rebel Set / Secret Agent Super Dragon / The Starfighters / Parts: The Clonus Horror) (1988)

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 , Various  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mystery Science Theatre 3000
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Rhino Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VJE1NW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 12 (The Rebel Set / Secret Agent Super Dragon / The Starfighters / Parts: The Clonus Horror)" on IMDb

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Mystery Science 12 isa Collection of 12 never before released episodes of the Cult Comedy Series and is recommended inthe treatment of boredom.
1. The Rebel Set
2. Secret Agent Super Dragon
3. The Star Fighters
4. Parts: The Clonus Horror

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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
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MST3K Volume 12 contains four more episodes of the beloved cow-town puppet show, two with Joel Hodgson as host and two with Mike Nelson in the jumpsuit. Three are from the Comedy Central years while one is from the first season at the Sci-Fi Channel. This is a load of fun that may not be in print for long if issues with the rights over the films used in the show crop up, so order now before it's too late!

Episode 419- THE REBEL SET (with short: JOHNNY AT THE FAIR)
In this amusing episode from season 4, Edward Platt (The Chief on Get Smart!) is a criminal mastermind who concocts a heist using some desperate young men from his local pool of beatniks in this 1959 caper film. His scheme also involves eliminating his help after the job so that he can keep all the loot for himself. Don Sullivan, who played Chase Winstead in Giant Gila Monster ("I sing whenever I sing", an MST3K fan favorite) also stars. The short, Johnny At The Fair is hilarious! The short and the main feature in this episode are both black and white. All the other episodes in this set use color films.

MST3K has a fine day making fun of this film, a crummy James Bond wannabe made in Italy in 1966. The original title is "New York chiama Superdrago". The beautiful Marisa Mell who was also in Diabolik (MST3K's final episode!) is in this film. Watch out for the poisoned chewing gum and other "clever" spy gimmicks.

Nothing actually happens in this 1964 film that looks more like a dull documentary than an actual piece of cinema. There's not much of a story, not much action and no great scenes of F-104 Starfighters doing anything spectacular in the way of aviation moves.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's college, lighten up." November 6, 2007
By G.N.
After releasing a set of public domain episodes, it seems that Rhino has gone back to purchasing licenses to copyrighted MST episodes. The purchased episode in this set is PARTS: THE CLONUS HORROR, a Sci-Fi Channel effort which incidentally is the reason to pick up this set. Along with that we get two lesser-known Joel offerings and a Mike/CC era episode as well.

"The Rebel Set" is a poorly done crime film turned to a good-but-not-great episode from the fourth season. It's mostly chuckle-worthy, but the real laugh-out-loud moments come from the chase towards the end of the film ("The heist is ended. Go in peace.") 7.5/10

Much better is "Secret Agent Super Dragon" a James Bond knock-off that adds great fodder for Joel and the Bots. I love the so-called action sequences ("Oh good, an action sequence...and it's over.") 9/10

What can one say about "The Starfighters"? A flight film where nothing ever happens. It's the weakest episode in this set, but still pretty good, overall. I like the host segments where Crow is trying to call tech support. 7/10

Finally, we get to "Parts: The Clonus Horror", easily one of the strongest episodes of the Sci-Fi channel era. The jokes are really funny and the fact that this movie isn't too bad makes it more worth watching. Yes, it's plagued by a horrendous amount of Biography references, but there are still some great jokes scattered throughout, running at a pretty constant rate 9.5/10

In addition, there's some solid bonus material. For starters, we get theatrical trailers and another compilation of musical host segments. Also, there's a 15-minute interview with "Rebel Set" star Don Sullivan, which incidentally didn't catch my interest.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy all the MST you can. September 11, 2007
I am so glad to see them put out a new set of movies. I have not seen some of these since they first aired. This is a set that I would buy because like with all of Rhinos' MST3K releases, you never know when they will be pulled off of the market. I would make it an early Christmas present for any Mstie out there. I also think that if anything buy it for Parts: The Clonus Horror because it is one of the most awesome ones. A little note to Rhino: please,please try to put out some more lost gems like Attack of the Eye Creatures, Outlaw, The Magic Sword, The Day the Earth Froze and Jack Frost.
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Opening Credits (Beginning Remarks):

This apparently is the final box set of MST3k DVDs from Rhino (not counting the re-release of Volume 10) before they hand over the reigns to "Shout! Factory". And for their last offering, they've given us a very solid set, splitting its four episodes evenly between Joel-hosted episodes and Mike-hosted episodes.


This film is about Edward Platt (Maxwell Smart's Chief) as the head of a gang of thieves. With his superior intelligence, he has concocted a brilliant heist and has assembled a bunch of bad guys to enact his bidding. His bidding involves a fairly convoluted plan with multiple train journeys, fake police disguises, armored car hold-ups, etc.

For me, one of the funniest running gags was the in-theater argument over whether one of the characters is portrayed by Merritt Stone (by the way, Tom Servo is right: the conductor is played by Gene Roth of ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES fame, not Merritt Stone). The discussion spills out into the final moments where the episode ends with a stupefied TV's Frank franticly flipping back and forth through multiple stacks of film guides trying to figure out which B-movie actor is which. Ah, how difficult it was in those days before the Internet Movie Database.


SASD is one of those kinds of films that was made for MST3k. It's an Italian spy film that's not totally unlike a cheaply made James Bond rip-off. It's the story of a secret government agent who's pulled out of retirement for one final mission. Not only has one of his former colleagues been murdered by an international crime ring, but there's a plot to poison untold millions with tainted chewing gum.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars MST3K, Volume 12
What can I possibly say about MST3K? It's hysterically funny, it's smart, and I can't get enough. I'm thrilled with this collection!
Published 7 months ago by Beammeuplori
5.0 out of 5 stars Bomb movies. World class riffing
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already.

All boxed sets have received 5 stars simply because of the riffing,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
4.0 out of 5 stars Get it for the songs
I actually think the Rebel Set isn't that bad of a movie. It has the Chief, disguised as a priest, so that's a winner right there. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jetpack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Mst3k is a favorite of our family. Item was just as described. Quick shipping. Perfect condition. One of our favorite 4 sets of movies.
Published 19 months ago by Nicole S
3.0 out of 5 stars Richard Harrison Does It Better
In 1964 when "Goldfinger" was a hit with my classmates, I was 11 years old. That's very young for all the boys in Sacred Heart School to be reading Ian Fleming. Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by V. Risoli
2.0 out of 5 stars James Bond goes bowling?
This movie is fairly mediocre despite a great female cast, a capable lead, and a goofy but ok sidekick. Decent villain. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by MK
1.0 out of 5 stars Secret Agent Super Bore
"Secret Agent, Super Dragon" saw itself as competition for Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray].... Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by Amaranth
4.0 out of 5 stars Unhinge the World with Psychotropic Chewing Gum!!
[SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON - (1966) - Directed by Calvin J. Padgett] Ray Danton stars as retired agent 'Super Dragon' and is reluctantly recruited for a final mission by the... Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by 4-Legged Defender
5.0 out of 5 stars MST3K Volume 12
Got this set to add to the collection. Parts: The Clonus Horror is definately the best movie in this set. The 2nd Darren Stephens (Bewitched) is one of the main characters. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by JJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Never can go wrong with MST3K
Episode 419: The Rebel Set with short Johnny At The Fair
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Published on August 22, 2011 by Jonnathan Ritland
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