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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXII

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Editorial Reviews

Our long cultural nightmare is over. At last, two of the most beloved and most requested episodes of the comedy phenomenon that is Mystery Science Theater 3000 are preserved on DVD. Mighty Jack and Time of the Apes were born in Japan as innocent TV series, disfigured into TV movies for American audiences, then re-purposed as fodder for glorious new entertainments. And unless you are allergic to funny, The Violent Years and The Brute Man are nothing to sneeze at either. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are four films that would never have existed if cinema had any kind of immune system. Riffing on them with extreme prejudice are Joel, Mike and their robot pals Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot. Laugh amongst yourselves.

Special Features

Trail of the Creeper: Making the Brute Man Documentary

Mystery Science Theater hour wraps

Original trailers

4 exclusive mini-posters by Artist, Steve Vance

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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005M5OS74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Valnastar VINE VOICE on September 11, 2011
Format: DVD
MST3K Volume XXII delivers two much sought after episodes from Season Three of the show plus one from Season Six and one from Season Seven. All episodes are from the Comedy Central era of the show. The two Season Three episodes feature show creator Joel Hodgson as host and the other two feature show head writer Mike Nelson as host. This set is not a collector's special edition set, it is a "normal" 4-disc boxed set release.

This 1987 color TV show from Japan was edited together to make a feature length film by the Sandy Frank company. The dubbing alone will cause uncontrollable laughter when you hear the over-excited voices and constant exclamation of each others names by the main characters. The story is a loose rip-off of the original Planet Of The Apes as a young woman and two younger children survive an earthquake through cryogenic freezing and wake up in a future ruled by iron-fisted apes with ham-handed acting and cheap looking costumes. Sure going out that day was dangerous, but Johnny doesn't care and we get a terrific host segment based solely on Johnny's brief exclamation, "I don't care!". You'll be saying "I don't care!" as a catchphrase for years after you see this episode (we still do around my home two decades after first seeing it). Catherine, Caroline and Johnny meet up with a lone human, Godo, who battles against ape oppression. There's a sub-plot about the ape general seeking revenge on Godo because he thinks Godo killed his son. The party of humans is aided by an ape child named, Pepe. There's a host segment loosely tying Inherit The Wind to the hyper-evolved apes in the movie and another exploring ape fashion. And of course, there's the Sandy Frank Song performed by Joel and the 'Bots to the delight of the viewers.
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The latest installment from Shout Factory's MST3K Volumes has 2 very much sought after movies from the Joel era and a couple of goodies from the Mike era ..
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MST3K EPISODE 306 TIME OF THE APES - In a nutshell this is a Japanese version of Planet of the Apes where a lady and two whinny kids get lost in time and wind up on a world full of Apes. It actually isnt a movie but several TV shows linked together to make it appear as a movie. This one has the famous line from Johnny "I dont care" which became a riff that was used quite a bit in this episode and others. This has the famous Sandy Frank song at the end as well. Great episode and the show reached some new heights from this. This also is the first of two episodes with TVs Frank and Dr. Forester have a man sized child to take care of

MST3K EPISODE 314 MIGHTY JACK - Another great episode which also happens to be another Japanese TV series strung together to make a "movie". Think Master Ninja and there you go. This is a sci fi , crime espionage type of "movie" with Mighty Jack facing the evil Q - with spies, more toy spaceship models making more bank turns than any other scifi movie that appeared on the show. Overall its a slow methodical pace but still fun to watch. And another song "Slow the Plot Down" This one has Joel in the opening segment wearing his old Teal/greenish jumpsuit that he wore in early Season 2 episodes.

MST3K EPISODE 610 - THE VIOLENT YEARS - An Ed Wood film ! Yes, Mike's first episode where he and the bots tackle Ed Wood - basically your typical 1950s black and white exploitation film with female gangs raping young men. We also have a short in this called "Young Man's Fancy" and another song in this set "Living in Deep 13" by TVs Frank and Dr.
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Even tho we get some great Season three episodes with this set, overall this isnt a box set that rates five stars the way the GAMERA box set is. This is a boxset that will be remembered mostly for these highlights: 1.Another ED WOOD film gets riffed 2.The release of the 1997 SCIFI channel "The Making of MST3K" half hour special 3. More season 3 releases, including TIME OF THE APES. These two episodes from Season three are both cobbled together Japanese TV series, created for the American market by Sandy Frank productions. If i could give this set FOUR AND A HALF STARS, i think that would be fair, since THE BRUTE MAN from Season 7 is neither a good film nor a good MST3K episode. TIME OF THE APES is a platant "PLANET OF THE APES" rip-off, but one of the great episodes, as is MIGHTY JAKE. (which is one of the most miserable films they ever riffed on.) Naturally, anytime you get an ED WOOD film (THE VIOLENT YEARS), you have an instant classic of kitch cinema. I'll mostly review the EXTRAS, since the other reviewers did a pretty good job with explaining the films.

1. TIME OF THE APES. (Episode 306) Based on a 26 episode Japanese TV series about a planet WHERE APES EVOLVED FROM MEN, Sandy Frank once again hacks together 80 minutes of BLAH. Ironically, the worst the film, the better the job that MST3K tends to do. As far as films goes, this has a fun, childlike kookiness to it, that's missing from the other three Episodes. Once more, we are getting EXTRAS that revolve around a series of filmed interviews with AUGUST RAGONE. (He talked about the GAMERA films last time.) Apparently filmed the same day as the GAMERA interview, August just gives a 3 minute talk about this TV show, and how it was compressed into a film.
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