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Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition [Limited-Edition Collector's Tin]

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A man and his puppets in space watching cheesy movies…sounds crazy, no? But here on the Satellite of Love, you might say each one of us is a captive audience, watching gifted writers and performers try to make sense of it all without losing their minds. Why do we continue to treasure this oddball TV series? That can be answered in one word: funny!

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the beloved Mystery Science Theater 3000, you are invited to enjoy four never-before-released episodes as well as two long-out-of-print bonus episodes that marked the seismic transition that occurred when Joel passed the torch on to Mike. A new look back at the history of the show helps us blow out the candles on a cake that only gets sweeter with time.
Titles Include: Moon Zero Two, The Day The Earth Froze, The Leech Woman & Gorgo. Plus a bonus disc with a double feature of classic episodes: Mitchell and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die!


Has it really been a quarter century since Mystery Science Theater 3000 made its debut on television? The quirky comedy series--one part kids' puppet show, one part Saturday afternoon creature feature, and a whole lot of smart, razor-sharp comedy--not only helped to validate the undeniable pleasure of poking fun at lousy movies, but also brought a fresh, pop culture-driven perspective that has been adopted and adapted by dozens of subsequent programs, comedy troupes, websites, and even series creator Joel Hodgson's Cinematic Titanic and head writer/host Mike Nelson's Rifftrax. The 25th Anniversary Edition set, which arrives in a five-disc, limited-edition tin, presents five of the Peabody Award-winning series' most memorable episodes, as well as several substantive retrospective featurettes that trace MST3K's progress from humble public access programming to a cult favorite for viewers and critics alike. Six experiments in all are featured on the set, four of which have never been released on home video, including one of the show's best, the delirious Russian/Finnish fantasy The Day the Earth Froze from season four, which made the word Sampo a household term among MiSTies. The rest of the set comprises the Hammer sci-fi feature Moon Zero Two, from MST3K's debut season, as well as the black-and-white monster chiller The Leech Woman and the UK giant monster rally Gorgo, both culled from the show's final seasons on air. As a bonus, two long-out-of-print episodes--Mitchell, which marked the end of Hodgson's tenure on the show, and the creepy-sleazy Brain That Wouldn't Die, which kicked off the Mike Nelson era--are presented as a double feature on the fifth disc.

For completists, the return of these two fan favorites to the home video fold is a genuine treat, but the extensive featurettes are equally valuable in terms of presenting a glimpse of the series as a whole. The genre documentary company Ballyhoo Motion Pictures does a typically stellar job with the three-part Return to Eden Prairie, which traces the history of MST3K from Hodgson's early concepts through its early execution on Minneapolis-St. Paul's KTMA and transition to the Comedy Channel and later Comedy Central. Most of the main writer-performers, including Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, and Kevin Murphy, as well as producer Jim Mallon and prop designers Jef Maynard, Patrick Brantseg, and Beez McKeever, provide their own perspective, which is buttressed by extensive on-camera and behind-the-scenes footage from the KTMA era. Ballyhoo is also behind the short but sweet Last Ride of Joel Robinson, which details the various ideas behind and final execution of Hodgson's last episode, and the Ninth Wonder of the World, a fairly lengthy and laugh-free look at the making of Gorgo that details, among other facts, director Eugene Lourie's work on Chaplin's Limelight and the fast-and-loose careers of the King Brothers, who produced the film. Writer Mary Jo Pehl--the once-and-future Pearl Forrester--is profiled in a new Life After MST3K interview, while historian Constantine Nasr does his best to explain the curious, genre-bending Moon Zero Two and the influence of Stanley Kubrick upon the final product. Mike Nelson's wrap-arounds for The MST Hour's broadcast of Day the Earth Froze, a brief but amusing tribute from Leonard Maltin, and a high-camp interview with Brain actress Marilyn Neilson round out the major featurettes, which are accompanied by theatrical trailers for four of the six pictures. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

• 3-Part Documentary Return To Eden Prairie: 25 Years Of Mystery Science Theater 3000

• Ninth Wonder Of The World: The Making Of Gorgo (MST3K Edition)

• Last Flight Of Joel Robinson

• Life After MST3K: Mary Jo Pehl

• Interview with “Brain” performer Marilyn Neilson

• “Moon Zero Two” Intro by Hammer Films Historian Constantine Nasr

• MST Hour Wraps

• Leonard Maltin Explains Something

• Original Trailers

• 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance

Product Details

  • Actors: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett
  • Directors: Kevin Murphy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Valnastar VINE VOICE on August 16, 2013
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This set contains two episodes with show creator Joel Hodgson as host and two with head-writer Mike Nelson as host. The former are from the Comedy Central era of the show while the latter are from the Sci-Fi Channel era. These are four solid episodes that fans thought might never be on DVD, so Shout! Factory has again done an excellent job of securing the rights to the films to ensure fans can add these to their collection.

MOON ZERO TWO, Episode 111
James Olson and Catherine Von Schell star in this 1969 UK color science fiction film that is really just an old western about miners set in outer space. A group of criminals want to salvage a valuable asteroid by crashing it into the moon and the only place to do it unobserved is on another miner's claim, so they dispose of the miner. They hire a salvage team (headed by Olson) to get them the asteroid, but unknown to them the missing miner's sister (Schell) hires the same salvage team to help her find her brother. It's kind of a fun and lively movie with great sixties style music. Years later Catherine Schell would drop the "Von" from her stage name. Host segments include a moon landing pageant and Crow and Tom fight over the women in the movie in zero gravity. This is a rather enjoyable episode with a quite watchable movie.

This 1959 color Russian-Finnish movie is based on the Finnish folk tales set down in the Kalevala by Elias Lonrot and the original title was "Sampo". A sampo is a magic forge that produces salt, flour and gold. Apparently editors in the 1960s thought the Finnish folk tale was confusing to Western audiences so they chopped so much out of the film that it makes virtually no sense at all.
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Of all the movies given the MST3K treatment, "The Day the Earth Froze" was hands down my absolute favorite, so I was frustrated that it hadn't turned up on any of the DVD releases...until now. And how appropriate that it's being included on the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition. Long before I discovered the fascination of Finland and Finnish culture, I was laughing until my sides ached while watching Joel and the 'bots skewer this movie. I can't wait to hear them singing "He's a loser" about Lemminkainen while using bad Scandinavian accents for much of the commentary. Do I remember the other three movies on this collection? Yeah, vaguely, and they'll be worth viewing. But the day I can pop "The Day the Earth Froze" in my disc player and blissfully join in the commentary a la Rocky Horror Picture Show will be a very good day, frozen or not!
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The popular TV show that revolves around a man and his two robots heckling horrible movies in space has found its way on film (very hard to find, but it's there!). "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie" gives you the rare opportunity of enjoying a bad movie as Mike and the robots are there to help you through it with their wisecracking and flawless delivery. It's true that anyone can heckle a bad movie... but very few can do it as good as these guys can.

The mad and evil scientist, Dr. Clayton Forrester, has created an evil little scheme that is bound to give him world domination... but first thing's first. He plans to torment Mike Nelson and the robots by sending them a real stinker of a film to watch called, "This Island Earth." He is convinced that this movie will drive them insane. And since the guys cannot control when the movie begins or ends, they are forced to witness the true horror that is this awful movie that has a lobster creature dressed in slacks. Will this be the ultimate cheese that breaks the boys' spirits? You'll find out once you begin this hilarious movie.

The movie isn't all that different from the regular show, which is a major plus. Sure, there is a little bit of a plot going on that concerns Dr. Forrester's plan for global domination, but there's always a side story like that going on in each of the episodes. The movie may look a little more professional than the show, but that's the only difference. We still see the three silhouettes wisecrack and mock their way through the awful movie. Their delivery is always constant and right on target. In fact, you're bound to catch something new that you didn't catch the first time around when you watch it again.
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First off please don't be swayed by non informative reviews based on price alone and personal opinion about said price. If you go to the shout-factory site you will see that the suggested retail price of this release is the same as previously released limited editions, $64.99. You alone can decide if the cost is worth the product you get, I will say that if you order from Amazon you will be spared the $8 shipping charges and that bonus content in included in the tin and not "available only" from Shout-factory like the last 2 bonus discs.

So with only 2 weeks till the 25th Anniversary limited edition tin ships, with 5 dvd's 4 previously unreleased episodes and 2 bonus episodes, Joel's last episode 512 "Mitchel" and Mike's first episode 513 "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" long, long time out of print from Rhino/Best Brains and the four episodes, "Moon Zero Two", "The Day The Earth Froze", "The Leech Woman" and "Gorgo", "Gorgo" which was pulled after the second showing due to copy-write infringement but somehow Shout-Factory was able to get the rights to release it. It's an English Godzilla and it is an incredible episode. I have the best quality fan copies out there of all the unreleased episodes and all the volumes that have been released 1-27 and all the single dvd releases including 512 "Mitchel" and 513 "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" and I can tell you from experience that the Shout-Factory releases are of amazing quality that far exceeds even the best fan copies.
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