RiffTrax Shorts Volume 2 - from the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
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Yes, from the authoritarian 40's right up to the groovy, do-whatever-you-want 70's, they were there, lecturing, hectoring and always, always insisting that you practice proper hygiene. Includes nine complete shorts, from the bizarre monkey themed safety film One Got Fat, the caffeinated Beat generation frenzy of Coffee House Rendezvous, and the brutal self assessment that comes with Are You Popular? Wheel in the A/V cart, close the shades, turn off the lights and laugh along with master riffers Mike, Kevin and Bill. It's like spending the evening with your funniest friends!
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However, this is the second release they have made of commentaries over old industrial training shorts. These short films are a hold-over from the old MST3k days, and the shorts they tackled oftentimes resulted in producing some of their funniest material. Where would MST3k history be without Mr. B. Natural, Coily the Spring Sprite or a Date With Your Family?
And like Rifftrax's first volume of short films, the riffers do a great job of selecting nutty, bizarre material and interspersing quips, puns and observations into the already full sea of non sequiturs and nonsense.
Due to a variety of circumstances, I had actually previously viewed some of these short features in their original unmolested form before Rifftrax had added their commentary. So not only was I looking forward to watching their take on these, I also knew exactly how goofy, confusing and strange some of their starting material was.
This single DVD collection puts together nine short films which had previously been for sale via the Rifftrax website.
1) ONE GOT FAT. A bicycle safety film in which the protagonists are small children wearing disturbing, distorted ape masks.Read more ›
Still fun to watch though...
These are all funny - and bizarre in that someone actually made them in the first place and people watched them. The ultimate one - at least for me - was the last one - Good Health Practices. First there is the creepy relationship between a boy and his sister - at least I think it is his sister - because it takes up until about half way through the short for an adult to make an appearance. Want to know how your body is like a car exhaust? Neither did I, but they explained it anyway - much to my chagrin.
Anyway, this release is in keeping with the tradition of comic excellence that came before it. Pick this up - and happy viewing.
One Got Fat - This short is about has disturbing as was hinted by the clip. Children with monkey masks riding bicycles into danger. Most of them are killed or injured in some way. All the while a narrator explains away the horror and pain. Lots of material for the riffers to work with and it keeps them quipping away the whole time. One of the highlights of the disc.
5 out of 5 stars
Lunchroom Manners - After some school children watch a puppet show featuring a dunderhead Mr. Bungle, they decide to do everything in their power to avoid becoming him. At first it seems harmless, but after a while we begin to wonder if Mr. Bungle is plaguing their minds. Another very funny short with lots to work with.
4 out of 5 stars
Each Child is Different - This one actually has a sound idea at its heart. It encourages teachers to understand that a child may have other factors affecting their performance in school. But the execution comes across harsh and bleak. Most of the children used as examples lead depressing and dead end lives. As it gets more tragic the funnier it gets. Kind of a mixed bag though. If you laughed at some of the more dark MST3K shorts (Last Clear Chance or Days of Our Years), you'll enjoy this. Others might find this too dark.
3 out of 5 stars
Why Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast/Petaluma Chicken - Words can't really describe this one. The first half is 70's and seems to have a narrator asking Cathy why she won't eat breakfast.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Go ahead and laugh, we are miles from where anyone can hear you!Published 16 months ago by Mardi Birch
If you are a big fan of Mike Nelson and the guys, you are in for a real treat! this collection of shorts is one of the very best -my sister and I could not stop laughing! Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Deidre Ann
You already know who they area and what they do... you are already a fan... go on... get it. Word.Published on December 27, 2013 by no one give a sh!+
Not quite as good as MST3K shorts but still funny. There were audio issues, as others have mentioned. I noticed that Harm Hides At Home and Are You Popular? Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Scratch Smith
My husband and I had been fans of Mystery Science Theater, but after 10 unbearable minutes, we had to put this DVD to sleep. Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by skye alexander