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The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark (2007)

Film Crew , Mike Nelson  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Film Crew, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vivendi
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N2HDIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,138 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark" on IMDb

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MiSTies rejoice! Three of the brilliantly cracked minds behind the Peabody Award-winning comedy program Mystery Science Theater 3000 have reunited for The Film Crew, a DVD-only series that provides a similar skewering to some uproariously bad B-movies. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy (the voice of MST3K's Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (who replaced Trace Beaulieu as Crow T. Robot) are the Film Crew--three affable guys who've been hired by a jovial yet clueless billionaire to provide "commentary" for atrocious films. Of course, the Crew's "commentary" is more cutting than informative, and for the most part, the guys' jabs are as smart and pop culture-savvy as the ones on MST3K, and it certainly helps that their target, a miserable 1968 slice of sexploitation starring a youthful Rue (The Golden Girls) McClanahan, is nothing short of atrocious. Parents should probably note that the gags are a little more "adult" than the ones on MST3K, but for the most part, this is harmless-- if hilarious--stuff. The disc's sole extra is an amusing poem by Corbett which extolls the virtues of lunch in verse. --Paul Gaita

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Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett—three of the brilliantly insane minds behind the cult classic TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000—finally reunite to unleash their warped sense of humor on the cinema of yesteryear as The Film Crew. Charged with the task of giving all movies their own commentary tracks, the Film Crew valiantly steps forward to tackle the best of the worst, starting with Hollywood After Dark.Rue McClanahan (Golden Girls) stars in this drama from 1968 as a young actress attempting to make her Hollywood debut, who falls into the seedy underworld of stripping when she’s exploited by her unsavory producers.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
After 11 years and 199 episodes, Mystery Science Theater 3000 officially closed their theater doors and ceased their disparaging commentary of disparage-worthy old films. But apparently, you can take the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 out of their title, but you can't take the... whatever, the MST3K guys (that's a hip acronym as all hip things need these days) are back in a new setting: they are now called The Film Crew. Back to their old shenanigans, if bashing movies can be qualified as a shenanigan, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, and Mike Nelson are ready to get down to business: the business of mocking movies.

Their first release is Hollywood After Dark, a poorly made 1968 black and white film about a depressed loner who gets roped into assisting some strip-club owning gangsters with a seaside robbery. In the meantime, he also falls for a "stripper with a heart of gold", who just happens to be a younger Rue McClannahan from TV's Golden Girls. Clearly, there's plenty of joke fodder here, and the guys make ample use of it.

Starting with an introduction to the basic premise of the film crew, the guys describe themselves not as moochers of old films, but as "value added resellers increasing profits for people who aren't us." Their task, assigned to them by their boss, Bob Honcho, who calls them and talks to them over speakerphone, is to provide a commentary track for every film in Hollywood that doesn't currently have one. Their first task, sent to them in a package marked "URGENT" is Hollywood After Dark. The guys pop it in and the fun begins.

The film is desperately bad, obviously a clunker even 40 years ago when it was made.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MST3K fans rejoice! July 8, 2007
Format:DVD
Remember the TV show Mystery Science Theatre 3000? I do, I love that show. Seeing a man and two of his robot pals doing commentary on the worst movies made it a wonderful experience. Although I missed its run on Comedy Central, I did watch it a lot when it aired on the Sci-Fi channel. Normally I wouldn't waste my time with old low budget science fiction films; But when the Mystery Science Theatre crew provide the commentary, I can't resist. I stay glued to the TV listening and laughing at all the jokes. Thanks to Shout! Factory, us MST3K fans can rejoice and laugh some more. Three of the brilliantly cracked minds behind the Peabody Award-winning comedy program have reunited for The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark, a DVD-only series that provides a similar skewering to some uproariously bad B-movies. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett join together once again to bring us excellent commentary. The Film Crew are three affable guys who've been hired by a jovial yet clueless billionaire to provide commentary tracks for atrocious films.

They're job is to provide commentary for old movies that don't have a commentary track already. Of course, they have to be really bad movies. This new DVD is definitely worth watching, because it's really funny. To our amazement, the Crew's "commentary" is more cutting than informative (surprising isn't it?). The Film Crew's first target is a miserable 1968 slice of sexploitation starring a youthful Rue (The Golden Girls) McClanahan (quite atrocious). The Film is called Hollywood After Dark (aka Walk the Angry Beach), and man is it a terrible film. It's one that I actually recommend staying away from. That is unless you want to ruin 74 minutes of your time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give it more stars March 31, 2008
Format:DVD
Beauty is in the eye- etc. etc., but I've got to say I'm a bit amazed at all the 5 star reviews here. I think I have about every mst3k since the first year and have watched many of them multiple times. I don't think this piece is in the same league. Mike is good, the others ok, but the whole format is disruptive and irritating. And something about the robots always allowed them to be extremely critical without coming across as nasty, an advantage they lose here. This is passable entertainment, and I'm not saying don't waste your money if you are totally jonesing for some new mst3k- but it's going to be about equivalent to giving the Marlboro man a nicotine patch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars We've got "Film Crew" sign! March 26, 2008
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I haven't been keeping up with what Mike Nelson and company have been concocting over at their RiffTrax project, so these Film Crew DVDs are my first exposure to the televisual movie mocking that some of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 alumni have been up to. For anyone who doesn't know (though I doubt anyone is on a purchase page for a Film Crew DVD without any knowledge of this), MST3k ran for years on basic cable as a guy and his two robot friends who were trapped on a satellite in space and forced to watch the worst movies ever made. Their only hope of remaining sane was to make as many jokes as possible.

The premise of the Film Crew is slightly different, although the end result is the same. Three guys (Mike Nelson, who played Mike Nelson on MST3k; Kevin Murphy who voiced Tom Servo; and Bill Corbett who voiced Crow T. Robot) work at a DVD-authoring factory. Their boss, Bob Honcho, wants DVD commentaries on every disc he releases and so forces his three employees to record a voice-track over the on-screen action. Unlike the traditional DVD commentary, the annotations provided by The Film Crew consist not of insightful behind-the-scenes information, but rather sarcastic comments, hilarious jokes and mocking observations.

The first movie in The Film Crew series is a 1968 flick called HOLLYWOOD AFTER DARK which stars a stripping Rue McClanahan. Yes, you read that correctly: Rue McClanahan of the Golden Girls plays a stripper.

Yikes. And you wondered if MST3k had already found all the really bad films.

The movie features quite a lot of the stripping that goes on at Rue McClanahan's strip joint. The other portion of the plot involves a weedy guy (Rue McClanahan's love interest) getting involved in some sort of heist.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the movie just sucks too much to save.
Mike, Kevin and Bill are great as usual but Hollywood After Dark itself is really hard to watch. If you're a fan, then you're probably familiar with MST3K's Hamlet. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Greg Frangipane
5.0 out of 5 stars SatireFan
Excellent 5 Stars Love these old movies riffed over Super Funny from the Mystery Science Theater guys Keep them coming
Published 3 months ago by David W Dodd
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow I wish I hade more episodes
Hello everybody in old mst3000 land it Shawn g well well this one is very old school seedy va voom va voom
Hollywood after veary dark I would say hahahahahahahahah ... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shawn g
4.0 out of 5 stars old friends
this was like visiting old friends....just like mystery science theatre without the whole space thing....it was really great watching a movie with these guys again.... Read more
Published 16 months ago by mrs.pennyapple
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!...but try Cinematic Titanic as well!!
The output is great if not stellar, but to be fair, you can't separate the talents that were writing the original scripts for Joel/Mike and the bots without losing some of the... Read more
Published on December 27, 2009 by Tom
4.0 out of 5 stars The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark... Keep the lights off.
The Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark: 7 out of 10: Since the cancellation of the beloved Mystery Science Theater 3000 (greatest show ever), fans have been waiting for a... Read more
Published on October 23, 2009 by Julian Kennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Script writing with a magnetic poetry kit
I'm a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, but I was a little late to the Film Crew party. I heard about the series back when it was announced but for some reason it flew under my... Read more
Published on June 1, 2009 by Roman Martel
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't they make more!????!!!!
Again. Why didn't more get made!? Probably because nobody bought these I am a guessing...sigh.
Published on January 27, 2009 by T. Coleman
2.0 out of 5 stars Sub-par outing from folks who can do better
After MST3K, Mike Nelson and company needed something to do. And after 10 years of a steady Mystery Science Paycheck, they needed something to put food on the table as well. Read more
Published on September 9, 2008 by Brian A. Schar
2.0 out of 5 stars MST junkie
The film crew, at least gives MST lovers an extra couple movies to watch. The movie is scary bad, which does make it hard to watch even with The Crew making fun of it. Read more
Published on May 25, 2008 by C. Pipher III
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