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RiffTrax Shorts Volume 2 - from the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000! (2009)

Michael J. Nelson , Kevin Murphy , Various  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026KJP7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Remember the instructional films your teachers used to show you whenever they wanted to sneak out for a smoke, or just nap in the back of the classroom? They're back! Only this time, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax.com are there to exact revenge with their signature brand of hilarious running commentary!

Yes, from the authoritarian 40's right up to the groovy, do-whatever-you-want 70's, they were there, lecturing, hectoring and always, always insisting that you practice proper hygiene. Includes nine complete shorts, from the bizarre monkey themed safety film One Got Fat, the caffeinated Beat generation frenzy of Coffee House Rendezvous, and the brutal self assessment that comes with Are You Popular? Wheel in the A/V cart, close the shades, turn off the lights and laugh along with master riffers Mike, Kevin and Bill. It's like spending the evening with your funniest friends!


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Are you a Mr. Bungle?" June 22, 2009
Format:DVD
Rifftrax is a spin-off or sequel to "Mystery Science Theater 3000" where three of the writers/performers from that show sell both mp3 files of movie mocking commentaries (which you sync up manually with the big studio's DVD release) and straight-to-DVD features where the commentary has already been synchronised up with a movie (usually a low-budget, public domain film) . I have found the feature length Rifftraxs to be hit-or-miss; some of them are great, but others leave me a little cold.

However, this is the second release they have made of commentaries over old industrial training shorts. These short films are a hold-over from the old MST3k days, and the shorts they tackled oftentimes resulted in producing some of their funniest material. Where would MST3k history be without Mr. B. Natural, Coily the Spring Sprite or a Date With Your Family?

And like Rifftrax's first volume of short films, the riffers do a great job of selecting nutty, bizarre material and interspersing quips, puns and observations into the already full sea of non sequiturs and nonsense.

Due to a variety of circumstances, I had actually previously viewed some of these short features in their original unmolested form before Rifftrax had added their commentary. So not only was I looking forward to watching their take on these, I also knew exactly how goofy, confusing and strange some of their starting material was.

This single DVD collection puts together nine short films which had previously been for sale via the Rifftrax website.

1) ONE GOT FAT. A bicycle safety film in which the protagonists are small children wearing disturbing, distorted ape masks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More MST please... January 17, 2010
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I have been a fan of MST 3000 since the very start, I miss the show so I continue to look for new material. The only bothersome thing is that the audio track of the movie goes way down (you can't really hear it) while the talk. I like to hear the movie at the same time while they have their input. This did not happen during MST movies so I don't know what the deal is.
Still fun to watch though...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not much to say.... December 27, 2013
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You already know who they area and what they do... you are already a fan... go on... get it. Word.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun with a slight problem... October 27, 2009
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After a very entertaining first volume of short films, Rifftrax delivers a second round of educations shorts with funny commentary by Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy. I was looking forward to this volume, especially after seeing a clip from "One Got Fat".

One Got Fat - This short is about has disturbing as was hinted by the clip. Children with monkey masks riding bicycles into danger. Most of them are killed or injured in some way. All the while a narrator explains away the horror and pain. Lots of material for the riffers to work with and it keeps them quipping away the whole time. One of the highlights of the disc.
5 out of 5 stars

Lunchroom Manners - After some school children watch a puppet show featuring a dunderhead Mr. Bungle, they decide to do everything in their power to avoid becoming him. At first it seems harmless, but after a while we begin to wonder if Mr. Bungle is plaguing their minds. Another very funny short with lots to work with.
4 out of 5 stars

Each Child is Different - This one actually has a sound idea at its heart. It encourages teachers to understand that a child may have other factors affecting their performance in school. But the execution comes across harsh and bleak. Most of the children used as examples lead depressing and dead end lives. As it gets more tragic the funnier it gets. Kind of a mixed bag though. If you laughed at some of the more dark MST3K shorts (Last Clear Chance or Days of Our Years), you'll enjoy this. Others might find this too dark.
3 out of 5 stars

Why Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast/Petaluma Chicken - Words can't really describe this one. The first half is 70's and seems to have a narrator asking Cathy why she won't eat breakfast.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rifftrax give George some more beans... September 3, 2009
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Rifftrax Shorts Vol. 2

Another collection of 9 riff-tastic shorts from former MST3K and current Rifftrax performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. Most deal with improving the manners of American youth and health practices and like the first volume is very entertaining for the riff lover in all of us.

Highlights start with "Lunchroom Manners", a short featured on Pee-Wee Herman's HBO special back in the '80's. It's very funny stuff but I was surprised that Mike, Kevin, & Bill missed some obvious targets, listen for the narrator's line "...and he knew what else he wanted." and see just what the boys overlooked. "Each Child is Different", which shows children with different problems at home gets a prime blasting from the Rifftrax trio. The line "Give George some more beans" is right up there with MST3K classic phrase "Watch out for Snakes!" from "Eegah". Few shorts are more weird than "Coffee House Rendezvous", which promotes establishing "coffee clubs" on college campuses for the betterment of the students. Coffee, bad music, and lots of smoking probably didn't convince a lot of university presidents of the idea, but it is funny stuff.

"One Got Fat", narrated by Everett Edward Horton, famous for the "Fractured Fairy Tales" on the Rocky 'n Bullwinkle Show is a pretty tough one to sit through despite some decent riffing. I guess seeing children in disturbing monkey masks will do that. "Are You Popular" has the strobed look of a Youtube video on dial-up. And "Safety: Harm Hides at Home" is pure 70's pain, seemingly influenced by that Saturday morning fave "Isis".

My favorite riff happens at the end of the "Cathy" short from Bill, "Stop the projector? Why didn't we do that four minutes ago?"

The DVD itself is pretty bare bones with no extras, but should be expected for the 10 buck price tag. Let us hope that the Rifftrax trio keeps putting out more winners like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE breaking into THESE shorts!
RiffTrax shorts always make me laugh til tears are falling down my face...this is NOT an exception! My stomach was hurting so hard after this video, I felt like I did 30 minutes... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Beth Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must-have for any MST3K fan!
Published 1 month ago by bigdcowgal
5.0 out of 5 stars Can they get any funnier?
I don't know - but I want them to keep going!

These are all funny - and bizarre in that someone actually made them in the first place and people watched them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands down one of the very best shorts collections!!
If you are a big fan of Mike Nelson and the guys, you are in for a real treat! this collection of shorts is one of the very best -my sister and I could not stop laughing! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deidre Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but has some issues.
Not quite as good as MST3K shorts but still funny. There were audio issues, as others have mentioned. I noticed that Harm Hides At Home and Are You Popular? Read more
Published 24 months ago by Scratch Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Dare to Be Bored
My husband and I had been fans of Mystery Science Theater, but after 10 unbearable minutes, we had to put this DVD to sleep. Read more
Published on June 6, 2011 by skye alexander
2.0 out of 5 stars Better Rifftrax DVDs Out There
Like other reviewers before me, I had an issue with the sound on this particular DVD. This is the first ever MST3K or Rifftrax product where I had such an issue. Read more
Published on September 27, 2010 by theboombody
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME - Get it!
I LOVE THIS DVD. This is now my favorite DVD in my MST3K Collection - and that's saying a lot because I'm a long-time MST3K fan with a large collection of their DVDs! Read more
Published on April 5, 2010 by E. E. Easter
4.0 out of 5 stars What's with the giant spoon?
The shorts the guys chose for this DVD were obvious condidates for the MST3K-like treatment. Some of these are such strange films that without the commentary they would be almost... Read more
Published on August 16, 2009 by James D. Crabtree
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