Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 4 (Girl in Gold Boots / Hamlet  / Overdrawn at the Memory Bank / Space Mutiny)
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The early DVD collections were all focused on the Comedy Central years of MST3K, so this is a nice shift in Rhino's marketing. Some fans aren't fond of the host segments in these later years, but there are some occasional funny ones. The riffing, however, is as good as ever, and has changed to an angry, sarcastic style different than the Joel and early Mike years. I love both styles, but some fans prefer one or the other. Just be aware that in this package you're getting a full-assault of the later, Sci-Fi Channel episodes. (Rhino is about release another package of Sci-Fi Channel episodes, after which I hope they'll return to some of the early seasons to maintain balance.)
Of the four episodes on this collection, two are superb, while the others are entertaining but more average. Here's what you'll find:
GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS: A really sleazy `go-go' film from the late 60s with some disturbing similarities to "Showgirls" (except it's better). Sleazy `elf boy' picks up a girl in a greasy spoon restaurant with the promise of making her a dancer in Los Angeles at the club where his drug-addled sister works.Read more ›
First, I must admit that I didn't have Comedy Central until the ascendancy of South Park forced my cable provider to add it. We did, however, have the SciFi channel, for whatever reason. So I had to wait until the SciFi channel picked up MST3K before I could watch the show. So my association with MST3K consists primarily of these three years, though I have watched a number of the CC-era episodes now.
There are really two different periods. Joel and Mike offered two kinds of humor. Joel--sleepy-eyed, laid-back Joel--was capable of the most intellectual, wise commentary, but it was generally reserved for the host segments. The skewering of the films was relatively friendly--even when the film was as punishing as "Manos: the Hands of Fate." Joel was the class clown who made fun of the teacher's presentation, but in a way that let the teacher know he didn't really mean any harm. The pop culture references in the Joel era tended to be somewhat dated and very geared toward a baby-boomer audience.
But the "Mike" era changed that. Slowly, by degrees, the commentary began to sharpen to a razor edge. The references became more contemporary. The sarcasm was amped up, and this was probably what turned a lot of former MSTies off. The films were no longer joshed; they were skewered.Read more ›
Girl in Gold Boots: This one has everything - bad lighting, bad acting, really bad editing, and a purplexing storyline: wannabe dancer Michele leaves her abusive dad at "Eat" (the restaurant they run) and hops a ride with Buz, the greasy dope-dealer who says he'll get her a job in a "groovy Hollywood nightclub." Along the way, they pick up Critter, a folksy gentleman who bears a strange resemblence to Paul Rudd. This movie features bad 60's music, terrible dancing, and some of the ugliest men you'll find in L.A.
Hamlet: I feel a duty to advise you to stay away from this if you find Shakespeare boring. But it's easier to understand Mike and the 'bot's zingers about this dubbed German version of the greatest drama of all time. Funniest of all is Hamlet's famous "To be or not to be" speech. If you can get through this, kudos to you.
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank: I know I still love Raul Julia (Gomez of the Addams Family), but I hate his decision to star in this made-for-PBS-film about a man rebelling against his futuristic workplace. While trapped in a computer. Watch this one a couple of times and it'll become one of your favorites. Enjoy the guys' jokes about Julia's obsession with Casablanca (yes, the classic movie) as it plays out inside the computer.
Space Mutiny: This is a must-see for diehard MST3K fans. A soggy Star Wars rip-off, this is a great example to aspiring filmmakers what NOT to do. Some of MST3K's best jokes are here, including an ongoing rambling list to rename the movie's muscular "hero" (i.e., "Butch Deadlift," "Punch Rockgroin"). The funniest (unintentional) character? Kalgon, the head mutiner, with greased-back hair and a widow's peak drawn on his forehead.
All in all, one of my funnier collections. Enjoy!
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space mutiny is, of course, an all-time favorite, i couldn't possibly contest that. i think i've fallen asleep several times during overdrawn at the memory bank, not because of a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by griffin
Worth it JUST for Space Mutiny, which is one of the funniest episodes of MST3K I have EVER seen. It's my go-to episode for introducing people to the series. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michelle Pierce
I've wanted this set of movies for ages. I kept waiting for the price to come down, but it became clear that would never happen. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Beammeuplori
The Volume 4 Collection is a must have for any serious collector of the MST3K DVDs. I'll get the negatives out of the way. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Eric McNaughton
Of course my favorite episode in this set is Girl in Gold Boots. It is so nice to have these DVD's since they took MST3K off the air and don't do re-runs. Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by JJ
This is one of the few sets that is kind of a mixed bag of good and bad to me, course since its MST3K its always more often than not fun. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Jonnathan Ritland
I originally found out about MST3k while it was in its final couple of years on the Sci-Fi channel, so I differ from some fans in that I really don't think the SciFi episodes are... Read morePublished on April 9, 2011 by Otto Correct
I'm gonna put this as simple as possible...If you're a fan of MST3K you HAVE to buy this collection simply for SPACE MUTINY! Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Laney50w
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