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Sit back, when you’re not doubled over with laughter, that is for four classic episodes of this hilarious Peabody Award winning series. Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo and your host Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson) are back to riff on your . . . erm . . . favorite movies and television series of yesteryear with all the TLC only the Satellite of Love crew can deliver. And for this XXth volume of the outstanding, groundbreaking series, we’re making it a very special Mystery Science Theater 3000 Joel-bilee! And you’re on the guest list! Titles included in this set: Project Moonbase, Master Ninja I, Master Ninja II & The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad.

Special Features

New Introduction By Trace Beaulieu

Brand-New Interview With Master Ninja Star, Bill McKinney

Tom Servo Vs. Tom Servo 2010 Dragon*Con Panel

Exploring The Look Of MST3K With Director Of Photography, Jeff Stonehouse

Mystery Science Theater Hour Wraps

Product Details

  • Actors: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson
  • Directors: Kevin Murphy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G7XCS0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Valnastar VINE VOICE on December 14, 2010
Format: DVD
This set is a departure from other recent 4-disc releases in that all four episodes are from the Comedy Central era of the show and all four episodes feature show creator and original host Joel Hodgson, most recently of Cinematic Titanic fame. Again, Shout! Factory has compiled four really strong episodes for a MSTie-must-have set!

* 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.

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.
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Coming out in March 2011 is the latest installment of MST3K - Volume 20 delivered to us from Shout Factory who continue to impress with the episodes selected - in this set we have all Joel episodes
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 .
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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.


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.
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