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Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXVII

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There may be no finer (and certainly no funnier) meditation on monsters than this collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000. As food for thought, we are served subterranean slime people, a giant praying mantis, Soviet spies and, perhaps the most terrifying of all, enormous teenagers from the disturbing menu of America’s twisted psyche. Battling these Goliaths for us with their slingshots of sass and silliness are Joel, Mike and their robot henchmen Tom Servo and Crow. The monsters are gruesome and the movies even more so, but the riffs are risible and retaliatory, proving definitively that revenge is actually a dish best served funny.

Titles Include:

The Slime People

Rocket Attack U.S.A.

Village Of The Giants

The Deadly Mantis

Consider this 27th voyage with the Satellite of Love as a tour down Mystery Science Theater 3000's memory lane, as it features some of the earliest episodes from the Peabody Award-winning satire series, as well as entries from its later incarnation on the Sci-Fi (now SyFy) Channel, all of which make their DVD debut with this four-disc set. The poverty-struck creature feature The Slime People (1963) is culled from the show's debut season (1989-1990) on The Comedy Channel (prior to its merger with Ha!, which resulted in the formation of Comedy Central), and if the riffing and interstitial skits lack the rapid-fire, stream-of-consciousness quality on which MST3K made its name, those elements have clearly jelled by the time series creator/original host Joel Hodgson and the talented writers/cast members tackled the deeply paranoid Cold War thriller Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1961) in its second season. Season five's take on Village of the Giants (1965), director Bert I. Gordon's rock-and-roll version of H.G. Wells's The Food of the Gods, is a standout experiment thanks to a terrific string of host segments in which mad scientist Dr. Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) decides to replace his affable henchman, TV's Frank (Frank Conniff), with the hideous goatherd Torgo (played by head writer turned host Michael J. Nelson) from the infamous Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966). And the inept big-bug goof The Deadly Mantis (1958), from the show's eighth season and first on The Sci-Fi Channel, shows the durability of its formula in the face of numerous cast and format changes, including the departure of Beaulieu and arrival of Bill Corbett as the new voice of Crow T. Robot and Mary Jo Pehl's Pearl Forrester assuming the main villain role. The scope of the "experiments" makes Volume XXVII a worthy addition to any MST3K devotee's collection, while the supplemental features extend the deluxe treatment afforded to the show by Shout Factory's releases.

Chief among the extras is another installment of Life After MST3K, which focuses on Trace Beaulieu's multi-hyphenate experiences as actor (Freaks and Geeks), children's book author, comic book creator, and TV writer (America's Funniest Home Videos), as well as his reunion with fellow MST3K vets in Cinematic Titanic. The genre documentarians at Ballyhoo Motion Pictures do typically excellent work with Chasing Rosebud: The Cinematic Life of William Alland, which traces the Deadly Mantis producer's trajectory from membership in Orson Welles's Mercury Theater (he played the reporter in Citizen Kane) to overseeing It Came from Outer Space (1953), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Tarantula (1955), and many other '50s science fiction favorites for Universal. Short interviews with Slime People star Judith Morton and Village of the Giants' Joy Harmon (Cool Hand Luke, 1967) underscore their good-natured dismay at being remembered for such absurd pictures, while trailers for Mantis, Slime People, and Giants round out the set. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

• Interview with The Slime People Star Judith (Morton) Fraser

• Chasing Rosebud: The Cinematic Life Of William Alland

• Life After MST3K: Trace Beaulieu

• Introduction By Mary Jo Pehl

• 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.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C7E3E6E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Valnastar VINE VOICE on April 5, 2013
Format: DVD
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection Volume XXVII features three episodes from the Comedy Central era of the show and one from the Sci-Fi Channel era. Two episodes feature show creator Joel Hodgson as host and two feature head writer Mike Nelson as host. These are four solid episodes and three of the feature films used are low budget science fiction, the core film genre of the show, though personally I think the incredibly low budget cold war propaganda film makes for the strongest episode of the four. This is another solid set with a wide variety of episodes spanning the history of the show from seasons 1, 2, 5 and 8.

Los Angeles is invaded by an army of subterranean monsters in this black-and-white film from 1963. A pilot, a scientist with his two daughters and a marine fight to retake the city. It's silly fun with cheap costumes, lots of smoke effects, and a very low budget look all around. 1940s star Robert Hutton both stars in and directs this mist-shrouded film. MST3K host segments focus both on the ridiculous nature of the Commando Cody short and of the feature film. I personally like this one a lot, maybe because I enjoy these kinds of silly monster movies from the period so much and because I think they worked very well for MST3K. Good riffing makes for a good solid effort in just the eighth network episode of the show.

This black-and-white 1961 cold war propaganda film comes shortly after the launch of Sputnik, so the premise revolves around the Soviets gathering data from it to launch a nuclear missile against the US.
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I'm officially tossing my hat in the ring for an early MST3k volume review, as I've already pre-ordered this one and have recently re-watched 3 of the 4 episodes. Why did I pre-order it? "The Deadly Mantis" was one of the very first episodes of MST3k I ever saw, watching it on the Sci-Fi channel at the tender age of 10, so this set already has me with its sentimental/nostalgic value. EDIT: Now that I actually *have* it, I'll give you my full review, complete with bonus features, etc.

Here's the episode breakdown:

THE SLIME PEOPLE: A film predating C.H.U.D. that features reptilian type creatures coming up from underground and causing trouble for the surface dwellers. A scientist, his two daughters, some reporter guy, and a marine named Cal that apparently is played by Conan O'Brien's older brother get caught in an invasion by the Slime People, some gross monsters that live underground and put out a bunch of fog that surrounds L.A., turns to stone, then creates a barrier so the fog can sustain the Slime People's life. While this idea did have some interesting possibilities, including a story structure that, in the first act at least, seemed a bit like an earlier prototype of Night of The Living Dead (a group of people trapped in a building surrounded by an unstoppable, unknowable menace) the movie eventually peters out into a bunch of dull chasing and fight scenes in some California hills with a bunch of fog overlay so no one is supposed to notice that a bunch of stuff *isn't* really happening.
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The movies, as usual, are horrible. And this set is no exception. The riffing is, as usual, really good. Some of the quips are hit or miss, but 99.9999% hit the mark and run anywhere from a guffaw to fall on the floor hilarious. The extras are pretty good and give some background to the movies and the stars of MST3K.

And again, Shout Factory has done an outstanding job of the lead-ins and cover art. If you are an MST3K fan (as I am - and you must be if you are here), the purchase of this set is a foregone conclusion. If you are just starting to discover MST3k, welcome - and hit the "buy" button. Then, sit back and enjoy the madness that the rest of us have been telling people about for years!
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By Woodshop Man on September 10, 2015
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If you end up enjoying just one movie out of the four on any of the MST3K sets, then it's well worth it.
On this one it's "The Deadly Mantis". Actually a good 1950's Sci-Fi, and the gang is again at their best.
"Village of the Giants" is a typical teenage drive-in movie, and I probably won't watch that one again.
"Rocket Attack U.S.A." is fairly good just because of the state of mind people were in at that period in our history.
"The Slime People" was a REALLY low budget film of the early 60's, and pretty bad, but the guys get in a lot of good jabs, so that's one I'll watch again also.
In all, I have six MST3K sets. They still entertain even after many viewings.
This is not the best IMHO (I really like "The Lost Continent" with Cesar Romero-I have the MST3K set and the original 1951 movie), but it's good.
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