Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIII
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CHOOSE YOUR OWN MST3K ADVENTURE!
You purchase the latest collection of episodes from the beloved TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Now you are forced to endure four of cinema’s crimes against humanity. If you think you can take on low-rent gangsters and seedy nightclubs, choose Disc One. If you want to go head to head with a gigantic tarantula, choose Disc Two. If you think you can reform a bunch of 1950s juvenile delinquents, choose Disc Three. And if an old television pilot that somehow wandered into a movie theater doesn’t unnerve you, choose Disc Four.
Or choose to enjoy all of these adventures, because your sherpas are some of the funniest people and robots ever created. The plots meander, the characters mystify you, and the filmmaking upsets you. But you laugh all the way through, so any way you turn, you’ve made the right choice.
Earth Vs. The Spider
Teen-Age Crime Wave
Agent For H.A.R.M.
Special Features Include:
-Beatnick Blues: Investigating Daddy-O
-This Movie Has Legs: Looking Back At Earth Vs. The Spider
-Film It Again, Sam: The Katzman Chronicles
-Tommy Cook: From Jungle Boy to Teenage Jungle
-Peter Mark Richman: In H.A.R.M.'s Way
-MST Hour Wraps
-4 Exclusive Mini-Posters by Artist Steve Vance
Top customer reviews
"Earth vs. The Spider" is typical Bert I. Gordon giant monster fare with some really old teenagers in love set against a ridiculous huge arachnid. I always love when MST3K takes on big dumb monsters, and here the results are fantastic. It's equal parts entertaining and ridiculous, which makes for a perfectly balanced episode. "Agent For H.A.R.M." is a science fiction meets cold war spy thriller that was clearly influenced by the Bond films, though it is hilariously off the mark. Where any James Bond film would have a well-defined supervillain and an amazing master plan, here a lunatic is threatening the US food supply with alien spores. The film has less action than "Daddy-O", a couple of clunky uncool gadgets, and a hero with a gray strip down his hair giving the impression more of an impassioned skunk than a debonair ladies' man. Highlighted are ridiculous plot twists and some severely bad acting, making it a favorite of the set. And don’t dare ask what "H.A.R.M." stands for!
Much like other offerings, Shout has added a lot of valuable extras for each of the films, like the "MST Hour" wraps, and a mini-documentary on some aspect of each movie: "Film it Again Sam: The Katzman Chronicles" was my favorite, particularly the references to "The Giant Claw" a film that should have been an MST3K episode if any movie ever deserved it. This is a great set and I have no reservations about giving it five stars!
307- DADDY-O with short: ALPHABET ANTICS
This 1958 black-and-white film stars Dick Contino, Sandra Giles, Bruno VeSota. A drag race between part-time truck driver and singer "Daddy-O" Phil (Contino) and Jana (Giles) results in Phil losing his license. His new job at a night club turns out to be about more than just singing, his sinister new boss (VeSota) operates a drug ring. Phil and Jana team up to uncover the truth and take the bad guys down. There's a musical number in the movie during which Phil wears he pants very high and his belt buckle off center. In classic MST3K fashion, these two little oddities are turned into an entire hilarious musical host segment as Joel and the 'Bots perform "Hike Your Pants Up". It's worth watching for that alone, but it's a great episode from beginning to end. The 1951 short, "Alphabet Antics", was aimed at very young children and the riffing throughout that is also terrific.
313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER with short: USING YOUR VOICE
This episode also uses a 1958 black-and-white film, but this one is a classic Bert I. Gordon creature-on-the-loose film about a giant spider. A young girl's father fails to come home one night so she goes searching for him in a cavern with the help of her boyfriend. They discover the giant spider, flee, and then return with the sheriff and others to the cave and kill the giant spider, or so everyone thinks. The spider is apparently merely stunned and so storing it in the school gymnasium turns out to be a really bad idea when it wakes up during a garage band rehearsal and goes on a rampage through the town. This fantastic riffing on the fun monster film is preceded by one of the best and most referenced shorts ever used on MST3K, Using Your Voice, made in 1950. This is the famous "lip and tongue action" short from Centron that was still getting call-back jokes made about it in MST3K episodes far down the road and it is not to be missed. Another great episode from beginning to end.
522- TEEN-AGE CRIME WAVE
A fairly dark 1955 black-and-white film about juvenile delinquency seemingly meant to scare people about that growing problem. It probably worked at least a little bit, because there's little to like about this film or the characters in it. A girl is falsely convicted of being an accessory to a robbery, then gets sprung from jail with the real culprit by the latter's evil boyfriend. The two criminals take the innocent girl with them to a farmhouse where they hide from the police and terrorize the family within. Sounds like fun, doesn't it? It's also really slow during the middle portion. The riffing is okay while the host segments do brighten the whole thing up at least a little bit. Mentos commercials were all over Comedy Central at the time this aired so there's a host segment making fun of those spots. It's a fair episode.
815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
Made in 1966, this is the only color film in this collection. A bland secret agent in a yellow cardigan has to protect a scientist who has created a deadly biological agent. Meanwhile, the secret agent becomes romantically involved with the scientist's young, sexy niece. It's another cheap James Bond wannabe film from a period filled with bad Bond imitations. This one is duller and sillier than a lot of them. The show's host segments all tie together as Mike Nelson is put on trial for "crimes against the universe" and those are the standout elements of this episode. This is the first episode directed by Mike Nelson and the first episode where Pat Brantseg does the voice of Gypsy. It's a fair, but fun episode.
· Beatnick Blues: Investigating Daddy-O
· This Movie Has Legs: Looking Back At Earth Vs. The Spider
· Film It Again, Sam: The Katzman Chronicles
· Tommy Cook: From Jungle Boy To Teenage Jungle
· Peter Mark Richman: In H.A.R.M.’s Way
· MST Hour Wraps
· Theatrical Trailers