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Space Mutiny

3.4 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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Product Description

It's Hilarious...But not on purpose. One of the funniest films featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the Emmy® Award nominated show's 11-year run, Space Mutiny is a hilariously bad sci-fi epic that's guaranteed to have you in stitches. Combine a wardrobe of spandex and tinfoil; a set boasting AstroTurf® and spray-painted floor buffers; and special effects that, well, aren't so special, and you've got one of the most hysterical cheeseball movies to ever come out of the '80s. Grab your friends and have a riot with this underground cult hit!

Review

"...one of the most hilariously bad sci-fi movies ever made." --Eat My Brains

"...made for one of the funniest episodes of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' ever aired." --Epinions

"...Ludicrous to the extreme." --Monster Shack

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Product Details

  • Actors: Reb Brown, James Ryan, John Phillip Law, Cameron Mitchell, Cissy Cameron
  • Directors: David Winters
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TESV6M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
"Space Mutiny" is a classic of bad cinema. This movie gained fame as the basis of one of the best episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and you would think someone would have released the movie on its own long before now. Well, Echo Bridge Home Entertainment has rushed out this DVD and it is nothing more than the VHS version burned onto a DVD. The audio quality is poor: there are no audio options and I actually had a hard time getting the sound chanelled through my set! The video quality is awful: grainy and washed out...it looks like what it is: a cheap bootleg. In short, don't be seduced by the small pricetag and buy this garbage. I have many bootleg DVDs that are of much better quality than this. "Space Mutiny" deserves to finally be released in a Widescreen format, hopefully with the deleted scenes that are present on the cover of the VHS version. Until then, there is the VHS version and, of course, the MST3K version for you to purchase. Stay away from this poor quality DVD. It is just junk and Amazon should be ashamed of itself for continuing to stock it.
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I have to disagree with most of the other reviewers (especially those that can't spell) and unreservedly recommend Space Mutiny for everyone that loves Sci-Fi, or unintentional comedy.

The movie is supposed to take place in the bowels of a "Mother Ship" (footage stolen from "Battlestar..") filled with the third generation of refugees from a dead planet. One of the refugees, ELIJAH (snicker) KALGAN (John Philip Law) by name, decides he's sick of living on the spaceship and wants to live on a "real planet." He hatches a plot to take over the ship, sell the other occupants of the ship into slavery to "Space Pirates" and then live in luxury on a "real planet." Hence the name, "Space Mutiny." Doesn't sound too bad so far, right? Well, that's when Space Pilot DAVE RYDER (Reb Brown) enters the picture, silver lame' pants and all, and the movie starts to turn on the stink.

Space Mutiny is a rock 'em, sock 'em, sci-fi shoot 'em up filmed in an abandoned warehouse that is supposed to be the environs of the previously mentioned spaceship. Did I mention you can clearly see the windows at the top of the warehouse? Other highlights include: characters that die only to reappear later in the movie with no explanation, characters chasing each other in pimped-out floor waxers called "eliminators," Kalgan looks evil with increasingly less enthusiasm, our hero Dave Ryder routinely emits high-pitched "battle screams," unintentional nudity (don't ask), and a guest appearance by the Band's Robbie Robertson as the evil and crippled turncoat officer.

You don't have to be a "Best Brains" member to be able to make fun of this movie, and that's why it stands on its own.
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While the quote of my title comes from the MST3K guys describing the hula-disco scene (which really is startling), this is actually the original, non-MST3K version of this hilarious monstrosity. Like most viewers, I had first seen this film on "Mystery Science Theater 3000," but I wanted to see the pre-riffed version. This is it, and it is much more painful than the version with MST3K treatment.

By now just about everyone knows the general plot: evil over-actor Kalgan (John Phillip Law) starts a mutiny on a spaceship ran by Santa Claus, an Australian guy, and a bodybuilding nitwit who yells "Move!" a lot (Reb Brown.) There is a fabulously grotesque subplot about the Captain's daughter who appears in spandex despite seeming to be old enough to be Slab Bulkhead's (or whatever his name is) mother. The best scene in the movie has got to be her dancing in the nightclub with a hula hoop, an act so disgraceful that not only did it lead the MST3K guys to quip "So, in the future there's absolutely no shame," but also "She's presenting like a mandrill," both of which were spot on the money; unfortunately with this version you just have to think the commentary silently. Truly this scene will be etched into your brain for life, so be prepared.

It became evident very quickly that MST3K had edited the film down for time quite a bit, but they did so quite well, as all the extra film here is as boring as can be: it is mostly more of chasing around in the golf carts, more railing kills (where stuntmen fall off railings to their death), and a bit more exposition in which we learn that Kalgan's first name is Elijah. In other words: it is better to watch the MST3K version for yet another reason, namely brevity.
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"Space Mutiny" is a train-wreck, but the kind of train-wreck that does'nt make you wrench in agony (Catwoman), but the one you can watch time and time again and applaud it's efforts in looking as over the top and cheap as possible, from casting to sets, and even continunity (can the person behind that be legally arrested now)

THIRLL as a Woman dies, and then is miraculiously ressurected only minutes later as a scene shot before her death comes AFTER it, MARVEL at "Slab Bulkhead" Dave Ryder defends the Battlestar Gaalctica...I mean, the Southern Sun from the evil forces of the evil Kalgon and Robbie Robertson, annd SCREAM as you watch the forces of good and evil fall from UNBELVIABLE HEIGHTS from railings that infest the ship.

Bear witness to the greatest GOLF CART CHASE OF ALL TIME, (I mean "Space Buggy" chase), "Space Mutiny" is a classic that can appreciated either through MST3K or without.
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