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5.0 out of 5 stars Four more solid episodes of the funniest show in TV history!, August 30, 2007
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This review is from: The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 12 (The Rebel Set / Secret Agent Super Dragon / The Starfighters / Parts: The Clonus Horror) (DVD)
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. The only reason to watch this film is to see Mike and the `Bots riff away at it. You may, however, learn some agricultural terms you hadn't heard before, like "corn detasseler". Future Congressman Robert Dornan stars. He was later banned from the US Capitol and the House of Representatives in 1997 for a loud verbal attack on another House Member while Congress was in session. Get your "poopie suit" on for this one and jump in!

This weird, somewhat clever, but low-budget and depressing film from 1979 actually has some name actors in it: Keenan Wynn, Peter Graves (he was in several MST3K films and apparently attended the University of Minnesota), and Dick Sargent. It was remade without permission as the "The Island" in 2005, sparking a well-deserved lawsuit by the original filmmaker. The story involves a bunch of selfish rich guys using a secret cloning program to produce spare parts to improve the length and quality of their own lives. The clones are treated as disposable organ banks. The story is really, really dark! Never fear, the crew at MST3K lighten it up quite a bit. Movie sign!

Extra features on this set include:
Original Movie Theatrical Trailers
MST3K Video Jukebox, Vol. 3
An interview with The Rebel Set star Don Sullivan
MST Hour "Jack Perkins" bumpers for The Rebel Set
An interview with director Robert Fiveson, director of Parts: The Clonus Horror
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Initial post: Sep 8, 2007 4:39:26 PM PDT
Though surely a review from the company who is producing the video items, it is dead on the review.

Three of the provided show's episodes are rated as good by me, personally, which is all but The Rebel Set. The Revel Set was nothing out of the ordinary but still a good show in comparison to other comedy shows out there.

I'm especially happy to see Secret Agent Super Dragon ("More like Secret Agent Super Rude"), which is in my top 20 episodes of all time, primarily due to some of the best commentary in an MST3K show.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2007 8:07:53 PM PDT
Valnastar says:
Just in case the comment above regarding the review being written by a Rhino employee was not facetious, let me assure you I have absolutely no connection with Rhino Video or anyone connected to the production of these MST3K DVDs. I just happen to be a rabid MST3K fan ("MSTie") as well as a movie buff and I've seen every network episode of the MST3K many times over. Oh, and thanks for saying the review was "dead on". Much appreciated!

I do have one personal interest in seeing these DVDs sell well. I am hoping that eventually Rhino will make every episode of MST3K available commercially or as near to every episode as they can get. Rhino please keep them coming! How about Lost Continent, Human Duplicators, Being From Another Planet, Outlaw (of Gor) and many others? Please press them and we'll buy them!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2007 6:00:29 PM PDT
G.N. says:
What I want to know is are Volume 12's episodes in the public domain as well as Volume 11's?

Posted on Oct 11, 2007 8:32:36 AM PDT
S. Radler says:
"Weird, somewhat clever, but low-budget and depressing" -- what a dead-on description of "Parts: The Clonus Horror"! If nothing else, this film willl show you how truly horrendous the clothing styles were in the '70s. And remember, never store your combustibles and your old people together!!

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 5:27:59 PM PDT
W. Kunert says:
This is one of the best-written and most informative MST3K DVD reviews I've ever read. Nicely done.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2007 5:38:33 PM PDT
Valnastar says:
Thank you very much!

Posted on Feb 4, 2008 9:42:14 AM PST
And, may I put in a plea for The Norwegian 'The North Wind"? I am dry and parched without it.
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