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RiffTrax Shorts Volume 2 - from the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000!

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Remember the instructional films your teachers used to show you whenever they wanted to sneak out for a smoke, or just nap in the back of the classroom? They're back! Only this time, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax.com are there to exact revenge with their signature brand of hilarious running commentary!

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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  • Actors: Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026KJP7G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,527 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Andrew McCaffrey VINE VOICE on June 22, 2009
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Rifftrax is a spin-off or sequel to "Mystery Science Theater 3000" where three of the writers/performers from that show sell both mp3 files of movie mocking commentaries (which you sync up manually with the big studio's DVD release) and straight-to-DVD features where the commentary has already been synchronised up with a movie (usually a low-budget, public domain film) . I have found the feature length Rifftraxs to be hit-or-miss; some of them are great, but others leave me a little cold.

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.
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I have been a fan of MST 3000 since the very start, I miss the show so I continue to look for new material. The only bothersome thing is that the audio track of the movie goes way down (you can't really hear it) while the talk. I like to hear the movie at the same time while they have their input. This did not happen during MST movies so I don't know what the deal is.
Still fun to watch though...
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I don't know - but I want them to keep going!

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.
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Like all rifftrax collections, some shorts are better than others, but this one has some great ones, including One Got Fat (which has nothing to do with getting fat) and super heroic safety women in, Safety: Harms Hides at Home' in which pretty much anything can kill you.
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Many people my age may remember being shown this film in a classroom. In those days we weren't allowed to even laugh at the plight of these "monkey children". Thankfully, years later, Mike Nelson and his compatriots came along to make fun of this film (if not make sense). Highly recommended.
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RiffTrax shorts always make me laugh til tears are falling down my face...this is NOT an exception! My stomach was hurting so hard after this video, I felt like I did 30 minutes of situps.I introduced my 4 kids to MST3K years ago and my 20 yr old Joey LOVE these to this day.
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After a very entertaining first volume of short films, Rifftrax delivers a second round of educations shorts with funny commentary by Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy. I was looking forward to this volume, especially after seeing a clip from "One Got Fat".

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.
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