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Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXII (Space Travelers, Hercules, Radar Secret Service & San Francisco International
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They were four total strangers, with nothing in common, except themselves.
A space drama, a sword and sandals epic, a 50s spy film and a TV pilot about an airport. Before the experiment was over, they broke the rules and made us cringe in ways we never dreamed possible. In this 32nd collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel, Mike, Tom Servo and Crow spend detention aboard the Satellite of Love with a breakfast club of cheesy movies. To our everlasting good fortune, though, they endure the punishment by delivering a steady stream of wisecracks, and its definitely some kind of wonderful.
Dear Dr. Forrester, you see these movies as you want to see them, in simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what our space captives found out is that each one of them has bad acting, a sloppy script, questionable direction and some music. We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice eight hours of our time for whatever it was we did wrong. Thank you, we had a blast.
Radar Secret Service
San Francisco International
Top customer reviews
Hercules: The dubbing is, of course, pretty bad. Storyline? Well, I guess there is one - if by storyline they mean having Mr. Reeves run around flexing his muscles. The riffing and skits, of course are first class.
Radar Secret Service: You just have to watch it to believe it. I watched it a couple of times and am gobsmacked how people could have thought this was a good idea. This is one that really didn't need the riffing to be hilarious - unintentionally of course. But the SOL crew make it even funnier.
San Francisco International: I was laughing just looking at the fashion. And the set for the inside of the jets - we could only wish they were that big with that much leg room. At least we know where they got the idea for the Airplane comedies.
Watch these if you dare! Be prepared to be bowled from laughing.
I cannot wait for the next set to come out! Keep up the great work, SHOUT!
Space Travelers, episode 401
Originally titled Marooned, this retitled version from Film Ventures was the first episode of season four. It's a 1969 color film with an all-star cast including Gregory Peck, Gene Hackman, James Franciscus, Richard Crenna and David Jansen, yet it's a fairly dull film with lots of stock footage shots. The riffing on this one is terrific and is punctuated throughout by Crow (Trace Beaulieu) doing a killer Gregory Peck impression to deliver many of his jokes. The host segments are all winners in this one too. Fantastic jokes throughout along with an MST3K rarity, a major motion picture. Don't miss it!
Hercules, episode 502
This 1958 color film starring Steve Reeves started the sword-and-sandal craze by Italian film makers and it's certainly better than most of the knock-offs that followed including its own direct sequel, Hercules Unchained which was also done on MST3K. Hercules arrives in Iolcus and falls in love with King Pelias' daughter, Iole. To win her Hercules must complete a series of tasks including joining Jason on the voyage of the Argo. Though it was episode 502 it actually aired first at the beginning of season five. Like all the Hercules films done on the show it's fun and more action packed than the sequel, though cuts were made for time meaning that sometimes the continuity of the movie suffers a bit. Highlights include Crow's one-man show of the Match Game and the updated constellations sketch.
San Francisco International, episode 614
A 1970 TV movie starring Pernell Roberts, Clu Gulager, Van Johnson, Tab Hunter and David Hartman, it's a fair TV knock-off of the Airport theatrical series of films that was also a pilot for a TV series. Pernell Roberts was replaced by Lloyd Bridges when the show became a series. This melodramatic movie has both a main plot about thieves and a subplot about a kid in crisis in a stolen plane. It's just as exciting as it sounds. Host segments focus on an Urkel running gag for some reason and Torgo makes an appearance too.
Radar Secret Service, episode 520
This is a 1950 black-and-white crime drama produced by Robert Lippert (Lost Continent, Rocketship XM, Jungle Goddess, King Dinosaur) so you know you are in for a low-budget film with lots of padding. The film is so dull the Mad Scientists dub the effect of it as "Hypno-helio-static-stasis", a successor to "Deep Hurting". The plot focuses on G-men tracking a stolen uranium shipment. You'll recognize at least one actor in the film, Sid Melton (The Danny Thomas Hour, Green Acres and a lot more), he was the comic relief in Lost Continent. It's quite a bit duller than the other Lippert films used on the show, but the short, Last Clear Chance, about railroad safety is a lot of fun. The host segment making fun of the short, "Why don't they look?", is definitely an episode highlight.
- New Introductions by Frank Conniff
- Barnum of Baltimore: The Early Films of Joesph E. Levine
- Marooned: A Forgotten Odyssey
- A Brief History of Satellite News
- MST-UK with Trace and Frank
- Theatrical Trailers
- 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance
Most recent customer reviews
Hercules is a stand out MST. The Match Game skit is brilliant for Crow.
Radar Secret Service - another great one.Read more