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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XX
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* 109- PROJECT MOONBASE (with shorts: Commando Cody, parts 7 & 8)
This 1953 space exploration film was co-written by famed SF author Robert Heinlein. It's set in 1970 when the United States supposedly wants to build a moon base. Three astronauts, two men and a woman, are sent to explore the moon. One of the men is revealed to be a spy who endangers the mission and the free world. Unintentional comedy ensues, especially how the movie cheerfully resolves itself. As if the dated attitudes toward men and women working together in space aren't hilarious enough, we have two Radar Men From The Moon shorts featuring Commando Cody. This is a terrific and hilarious Season One effort and I'm looking forward to having a great commercial DVD release for it.
* 322- MASTER NINJA I
Master Ninja is an edited version of episodes from the 1984 TV series "The Master" featuring Lee Van Cleef and Timothy Van Pattern. Lee Van Cleef plays a veteran who became a ninja master while living in Japan after the Korean War. Timothy Van Patten is his unlikely apprentice. These particular episodes also feature Shô Kosugi and a young Demi Moore. This MST3K episode also features the quite memorable musical gag, "Master Ninja Theme Song!" The "film" is an odd mix of fine movie actors and young aspiring newer actors in a fairly mediocre TV series. There's plenty of action and goofiness for MST3K to make fun of and that they do here extremely well. Well worth a look.Read more ›
EPISODE 109 - PROJECT MOONBASE -this is a sci fi yarn about the Earth building bases on the Moon in the year 1970 - but there is a spy aboard. At this point in Season 1 things were really starting to take shape to where they were heading..This is a fun episode which happened to be on the bottom of the Rhino Poll -in fact it was the very bottom.
Now for the 2 surprise episodes - these episodes were so popular that they moved 2 Mike Nelson episodes to future volumes
EPISODES 322 & 324 MASTER NINJA 1 & 2 - for those of you who have not seen these movies via MST3K style - you are in for a treat - these are great episodes to showcase Joel for those that have only or mainly seen Mike episodes - they are both vastly popular and highly underrated.A lot of fans felt the 3rd Season peaked or ended with Santa Claus Conquers the Martians - but these Master Ninja gems which are post Santa are also really awesome episodes. Both are TV movies originally called The Master with Lee Van Cleef & Timothy Van Patten - Basically the shows are - the Pilot episode of the Master + 1 ( MST3K episode 322). This contains the now very famous Master Ninja Theme Song from Joel & the Bots & 324 has 2 more 1 hour episodes made to look like a movie - one has to do with a cannery - the other is a mafia hostage type situation with spies, ninjas and a talky blond lady. Listen to Joel and bots bury Van Patten big time.. Lee Van Cleef as a Ninja has to be seen to be believed. These are the 1st MST3K experiments that were TV movies to hit the Volumes .Read more ›
Episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are always a pleasure, albeit one that's spiked with pain. But that's perfectly alright; part of the fun of it is the relief one feels when the crew of the Satellite of Love puncture some bloated piece of terribleness with a sharp, clever retort.
The main feature is not in and of itself the most horrible thing the Mads ever inflicted on Joel and the bots (and indirectly, on us). However, the two Commander Cody short films that open this episode are incredibly painful. I always found the Commander Cody shorts to be slow-moving and difficult to sit through. Putting two back-to-back seems like Dr. Forrestor playing a little unfair. (Apparently, the Best Brains agreed. They would eventually drop the serial without ever broadcasting its conclusion.)
PROJECT MOONBASE is very much a product of its time (the early 1950s), where it is assumed that the mere spectacle of depicting space travel is exciting enough to hold the audience's attention. People walk and sit upside-down; people put on spacesuits; people take them off again. It's actually quite tedious. Fortunately, the film provides enough riffing ammunition on its own; Joel and bots merely hit the softballs that the film serves up in the way of its laughable misogyny (the main female character's last name is literally pronounced as "Bright Eyes"), it's earnest exploration of life in zero gravity and the casting of Hayden "Dr. Bellows" Rorke.
MASTER NINJA I and II
Believe it or not, but in the mid-1980s Lee Van Cleef was cast as a ninja in a short-lived drama on ABC called "The Master". Of the thirteen episodes produced, four of them were taken and edited into two made-for-TV movies.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Titles included in this set: Project Moonbase, Master Ninja I, Master Ninja II, & The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad. These are all Joel episodes, who is my favorite host. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jessi
The last host segment portion of Master Ninja II has bad audio sync issues on my disc. Anyone else have this problem? Too bad, as the two Master Ninja flicks are outstanding.Published 5 months ago by Torpedo
i haven't had a chance to watch the whole set but from I was able to see this is a funny collection!Published 6 months ago by Joseph
Have all 33 available sets so far. Loved it when it was on.Published 8 months ago by Kimberly P. Hall
Absolute fun. Escape from the worries of the day and laugh yourself silly!Published 10 months ago by Kelly M. Brock
MST3000 is so far above any other comedy series...I can't even explain that..I love them allPublished 17 months ago by Wanda Crago