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Space Mutiny [VHS] (1988)

Reb Brown , John Phillip Law , David Winters , Neal Sundstrom  |  R |  VHS Tape
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Reb Brown, John Phillip Law, James Ryan, Cameron Mitchell, Cisse Cameron
  • Directors: David Winters, Neal Sundstrom
  • Writers: Ian Yule, Maria Dante
  • Producers: David Winters, Debi Nethersole, Hope Holiday, John De Kock
  • Format: Color, EP, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • VHS Release Date: March 9, 1994
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302999472
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,325 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Space Mutiny" is a classic of bad cinema. This movie gained fame as the basis of one of the best episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and you would think someone would have released the movie on its own long before now. Well, Echo Bridge Home Entertainment has rushed out this DVD and it is nothing more than the VHS version burned onto a DVD. The audio quality is poor: there are no audio options and I actually had a hard time getting the sound chanelled through my set! The video quality is awful: grainy and washed out...it looks like what it is: a cheap bootleg. In short, don't be seduced by the small pricetag and buy this garbage. I have many bootleg DVDs that are of much better quality than this. "Space Mutiny" deserves to finally be released in a Widescreen format, hopefully with the deleted scenes that are present on the cover of the VHS version. Until then, there is the VHS version and, of course, the MST3K version for you to purchase. Stay away from this poor quality DVD. It is just junk and Amazon should be ashamed of itself for continuing to stock it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KALGAN! TAKE ME AWAY! May 28, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I have to disagree with most of the other reviewers (especially those that can't spell) and unreservedly recommend Space Mutiny for everyone that loves Sci-Fi, or unintentional comedy.

The movie is supposed to take place in the bowels of a "Mother Ship" (footage stolen from "Battlestar..") filled with the third generation of refugees from a dead planet. One of the refugees, ELIJAH (snicker) KALGAN (John Philip Law) by name, decides he's sick of living on the spaceship and wants to live on a "real planet." He hatches a plot to take over the ship, sell the other occupants of the ship into slavery to "Space Pirates" and then live in luxury on a "real planet." Hence the name, "Space Mutiny." Doesn't sound too bad so far, right? Well, that's when Space Pilot DAVE RYDER (Reb Brown) enters the picture, silver lame' pants and all, and the movie starts to turn on the stink.

Space Mutiny is a rock 'em, sock 'em, sci-fi shoot 'em up filmed in an abandoned warehouse that is supposed to be the environs of the previously mentioned spaceship. Did I mention you can clearly see the windows at the top of the warehouse? Other highlights include: characters that die only to reappear later in the movie with no explanation, characters chasing each other in pimped-out floor waxers called "eliminators," Kalgan looks evil with increasingly less enthusiasm, our hero Dave Ryder routinely emits high-pitched "battle screams," unintentional nudity (don't ask), and a guest appearance by the Band's Robbie Robertson as the evil and crippled turncoat officer.

You don't have to be a "Best Brains" member to be able to make fun of this movie, and that's why it stands on its own.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "In The Future There's Absolutely No Shame..." December 5, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
While the quote of my title comes from the MST3K guys describing the hula-disco scene (which really is startling), this is actually the original, non-MST3K version of this hilarious monstrosity. Like most viewers, I had first seen this film on "Mystery Science Theater 3000," but I wanted to see the pre-riffed version. This is it, and it is much more painful than the version with MST3K treatment.

By now just about everyone knows the general plot: evil over-actor Kalgan (John Phillip Law) starts a mutiny on a spaceship ran by Santa Claus, an Australian guy, and a bodybuilding nitwit who yells "Move!" a lot (Reb Brown.) There is a fabulously grotesque subplot about the Captain's daughter who appears in spandex despite seeming to be old enough to be Slab Bulkhead's (or whatever his name is) mother. The best scene in the movie has got to be her dancing in the nightclub with a hula hoop, an act so disgraceful that not only did it lead the MST3K guys to quip "So, in the future there's absolutely no shame," but also "She's presenting like a mandrill," both of which were spot on the money; unfortunately with this version you just have to think the commentary silently. Truly this scene will be etched into your brain for life, so be prepared.

It became evident very quickly that MST3K had edited the film down for time quite a bit, but they did so quite well, as all the extra film here is as boring as can be: it is mostly more of chasing around in the golf carts, more railing kills (where stuntmen fall off railings to their death), and a bit more exposition in which we learn that Kalgan's first name is Elijah. In other words: it is better to watch the MST3K version for yet another reason, namely brevity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slab Bulkhead! November 25, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"Space Mutiny" is a train-wreck, but the kind of train-wreck that does'nt make you wrench in agony (Catwoman), but the one you can watch time and time again and applaud it's efforts in looking as over the top and cheap as possible, from casting to sets, and even continunity (can the person behind that be legally arrested now)

THIRLL as a Woman dies, and then is miraculiously ressurected only minutes later as a scene shot before her death comes AFTER it, MARVEL at "Slab Bulkhead" Dave Ryder defends the Battlestar Gaalctica...I mean, the Southern Sun from the evil forces of the evil Kalgon and Robbie Robertson, annd SCREAM as you watch the forces of good and evil fall from UNBELVIABLE HEIGHTS from railings that infest the ship.

Bear witness to the greatest GOLF CART CHASE OF ALL TIME, (I mean "Space Buggy" chase), "Space Mutiny" is a classic that can appreciated either through MST3K or without.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as awful as expected.
One of the worst Sci fi movies of all time.

So I had to have a copy.

Legendarily excoriated by Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Space Mutiny has cutting edge... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Adam Canning
5.0 out of 5 stars LMAO
This is not a review, but some of you might enjoy this.

Well, I left the stunt business a loooong time back and even though I worked on numerous productions, I've never... Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by Lobster Man
5.0 out of 5 stars He ripped off her lab coat and she grabbed his metallic extension
Earlier during the week Sid stumbled upon some 90's commercial clips leaving us in a nice nostalgic state thinking of some of the best years we've had. Read more
Published on November 26, 2010 by Sid the Elf
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny low budget movie
This is one of those movies that's so bad it's funny. Space Mutiny takes place on a spaceship colony (which looks more like a factory) where stereotypical villian Kalgon (complete... Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by Josh R.
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Ridiculous To Describe
Must be seen to be believed.
A ridiculously bad film
that is strangely compelling.
You really will want to see the
whole thing although you won't
know... Read more
Published on October 7, 2009 by Veritas Veritatis
1.0 out of 5 stars That goofy laugh
I can see why Mystery Science Theater 3000 used this as one of its featured films; the acting is just over the top. Read more
Published on May 13, 2009 by Harvey Wren Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Spaced out Mutiny
This has got to be one of the worst sci-fi movies I've ever tried to watch and that's why I loved it. Read more
Published on March 3, 2009 by J. Kruer
2.0 out of 5 stars Battlestar: Galactica--the Next Generation? (Watch for the cameo...
Take a deep breath...SPACE MUTINY finally arrives on DVD!!! Since the artwork on the DVD mocks this movie mercilessly (without giving a plot summary), I'll quote from the 1989 VHS... Read more
Published on November 22, 2008 by FRED
2.0 out of 5 stars Dolts in Space
"Space Mutiny" is the infamously bad sci-fi epic filmed in apartheid-era South Africa. It manages to blend clips from the original Battlestar Galactica, a golf cart chase, a good... Read more
Published on April 13, 2008 by Amaranth
3.0 out of 5 stars This can not be watched without MST3K commentary...
In the same context that Plan 9 from Outer Space is bad and should be watched, Space Mutiny is a lesson of things NOT to do. Read more
Published on December 27, 2007 by Christopher Peruzzi
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