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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 12 (The Rebel Set / Secret Agent Super Dragon / The Starfighters / Parts: The Clonus Horror)
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4. Parts: The Clonus Horror
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Episode 419- THE REBEL SET (with short: JOHNNY AT THE FAIR)
In this amusing episode from season 4, Edward Platt (The Chief on Get Smart!) is a criminal mastermind who concocts a heist using some desperate young men from his local pool of beatniks in this 1959 caper film. His scheme also involves eliminating his help after the job so that he can keep all the loot for himself. Don Sullivan, who played Chase Winstead in Giant Gila Monster ("I sing whenever I sing", an MST3K fan favorite) also stars. The short, Johnny At The Fair is hilarious! The short and the main feature in this episode are both black and white. All the other episodes in this set use color films.
Episode 504- SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON
MST3K has a fine day making fun of this film, a crummy James Bond wannabe made in Italy in 1966. The original title is "New York chiama Superdrago". The beautiful Marisa Mell who was also in Diabolik (MST3K's final episode!) is in this film. Watch out for the poisoned chewing gum and other "clever" spy gimmicks.
Episode 612- THE STARFIGHTERS
Nothing actually happens in this 1964 film that looks more like a dull documentary than an actual piece of cinema. There's not much of a story, not much action and no great scenes of F-104 Starfighters doing anything spectacular in the way of aviation moves.Read more ›
"The Rebel Set" is a poorly done crime film turned to a good-but-not-great episode from the fourth season. It's mostly chuckle-worthy, but the real laugh-out-loud moments come from the chase towards the end of the film ("The heist is ended. Go in peace.") 7.5/10
Much better is "Secret Agent Super Dragon" a James Bond knock-off that adds great fodder for Joel and the Bots. I love the so-called action sequences ("Oh good, an action sequence...and it's over.") 9/10
What can one say about "The Starfighters"? A flight film where nothing ever happens. It's the weakest episode in this set, but still pretty good, overall. I like the host segments where Crow is trying to call tech support. 7/10
Finally, we get to "Parts: The Clonus Horror", easily one of the strongest episodes of the Sci-Fi channel era. The jokes are really funny and the fact that this movie isn't too bad makes it more worth watching. Yes, it's plagued by a horrendous amount of Biography references, but there are still some great jokes scattered throughout, running at a pretty constant rate 9.5/10
In addition, there's some solid bonus material. For starters, we get theatrical trailers and another compilation of musical host segments. Also, there's a 15-minute interview with "Rebel Set" star Don Sullivan, which incidentally didn't catch my interest.Read more ›
This apparently is the final box set of MST3k DVDs from Rhino (not counting the re-release of Volume 10) before they hand over the reigns to "Shout! Factory". And for their last offering, they've given us a very solid set, splitting its four episodes evenly between Joel-hosted episodes and Mike-hosted episodes.
THE REBEL SET
This film is about Edward Platt (Maxwell Smart's Chief) as the head of a gang of thieves. With his superior intelligence, he has concocted a brilliant heist and has assembled a bunch of bad guys to enact his bidding. His bidding involves a fairly convoluted plan with multiple train journeys, fake police disguises, armored car hold-ups, etc.
For me, one of the funniest running gags was the in-theater argument over whether one of the characters is portrayed by Merritt Stone (by the way, Tom Servo is right: the conductor is played by Gene Roth of ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES fame, not Merritt Stone). The discussion spills out into the final moments where the episode ends with a stupefied TV's Frank franticly flipping back and forth through multiple stacks of film guides trying to figure out which B-movie actor is which. Ah, how difficult it was in those days before the Internet Movie Database.
SECRET AGENT SUPER DRAGON
SASD is one of those kinds of films that was made for MST3k. It's an Italian spy film that's not totally unlike a cheaply made James Bond rip-off. It's the story of a secret government agent who's pulled out of retirement for one final mission. Not only has one of his former colleagues been murdered by an international crime ring, but there's a plot to poison untold millions with tainted chewing gum.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have always been a huge fan and these are a great collectionPublished 10 months ago by Mary Jane Norman
If you love MST3K, you can't go wrong with any of their collection. I have 5 or 6 of their collections now, and I can always watch one of the movies when there is nothing good on... Read morePublished 15 months ago by carl s
"The Starfighters" has nothing to do with Japanese TV or science fiction; it's a plotless, pointless 1964 snoozefest about Air Force pilots, starring future Congressman Bob Dornan. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Roochak
Loved this set especially Parts the clonus horror episodePublished 19 months ago by Denver Gearring
What can I possibly say about MST3K? It's hysterically funny, it's smart, and I can't get enough. I'm thrilled with this collection!Published on March 3, 2014 by Beammeuplori
Bought this sometime ago but just getting around to reviewing it. I thought I had done it already.
All boxed sets have received 5 stars simply because of the riffing,... Read more
I actually think the Rebel Set isn't that bad of a movie. It has the Chief, disguised as a priest, so that's a winner right there. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Jetpack
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