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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection - Volume 12: (The Rebel Set / Secret Agent Super Dragon / The Starfighters / Parts: The Clonus Horror)
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Mystery Science 12 isa Collection of 12 never before released episodes of the Cult Comedy Series and is recommended inthe treatment of boredom.
1. The Rebel Set
2. Secret Agent Super Dragon
3. The Star Fighters
4. Parts: The Clonus Horror
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"The Rebel Set" is a pretty good 1959 heist picture with the riffing front-loaded onto the movie's opening (and completely gratuitous) "beatnik" scenes. A coffee shop owner-slash-criminal mastermind ropes three losers into helping him pull off an armored car robbery.
"Secret Agent Super Dragon" is a low budget James Bond ripoff so tedious, it makes "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" look like an action movie, and "Parts: the Clonus Horror" is a 1979 thriller in which a clone is hunted after escaping from an organ-harvesting ranch.
A good collection, then, certainly worth acquiring for "The Starfighters."
This isn't a bad volume, but if you're just starting out filling up your MST3K collection, I might recommend springing for a different one first - this collection is a little hit-and-miss.
- The Rebel Set: A crime film that produces a few good laughs, but nothing very noteworthy. The episode is worth watching, but probably won't stick with you for very long.
- Secret Agent Super Dragon: An amusing James Bond knock-off film, this film isn't terribly fun to watch, but the riffs are solidly amusing - just don't try to make sense of the plot! Probably my favorite part of this episode is when Joel and the bots write, perform, and riff their own music based on the movie.
- The Starfighters: Ugh, I'm not sure what to say about this one. Almost nothing happens in this movie - a huge portion of the film is just planes being refueled. I vaguely remember the MST3K crew saying once that the only reason they did this film was because they had nothing better to do that week, but unfortunately, nothing makes this tedious episode worth owning - it's almost painful watching Mike and the bots struggle through this episode.
- Parts, The Clonus Horror: Reminiscent of the modern The Island, this episode is quite good - Peter Graves is featured in the cast of the movie of the week, and Mike and the bots manage to milk out about 300 references to the Biography Channel - all of them hilarious. This episode is really the selling point of this volume, and pretty much carries the entire volume single handedly.
~ Ana Mardoll
Experiment #1 in this set is The Rebel Set, which has Edward Platt (The Chief from Get Smart) recrujting some beatniks to commit a robbery. It's kind of like Reservoir Dogs without the good writing or acting. In addition, this one comes with the short subject Johnny at the Fair, which makes you appreciate the lack of short subjects before today's movies.
Experiment #2 is Secret Agent Super Dragon, a miserable James Bond knockoff. The best that can be said about it is it's better than Experiment #3, The Starfighters. You'd think with a title like that, it'd be a sci-fi movie, but instead it's a movie about a jet fighter called the Starfighter. With long segments of airplanes flying to easy listening music and no plot or suspense, this movie gives Manos a run for its money for worst movie honors. The pity is that it pretty much did in the career of Bob Dornan the actor, forcing the country to endure Bob Dornan the congressman.
Experiment #4 is Parts: The Clonus Horror. The plot deals with a secret institution that raises clones for parts for important people; when one man escapes (the guy who played "Chet" on Emergency!), the secrecy is threatened. If this sounds a lot like the plot of the recent movie The Island, this is no coincidence. An extra feature with the Parts director discusses the lawsuit that resulted from the rather obvious plot theft. Interestingly, the MST3K playing of Parts helped raise awareness of the similarities.
As usual, this is an excellent set to pick up and no MST3K fan will be disappointed by these episodes. Keep them coming!
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