After six seasons of sublime, nerdy fun on television, the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 took to the big screen in 1996 for its deliriously funny takedown of the 1955 alien invasion epic This Island Earth.
Evil scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester explains the premise at the start: in his quest for world domination, he devises a scheme to subject the human race to the worst movies ever made. He tests his plan on Mike Nelson, the sole human aboard an Earth-orbiting space station known as the Satellite of Love. But our hero and his two robot sidekicks turn a lemon into a much funnier lemon by showering This Island Earth with wisecracks, ridicule and general silliness. The human race may never be rid of cheesy movies, but when the critics are this nutty, who cares?
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Factory sealed DVD
Mystery & Thrillers
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I didn't have the Comedy Central channel on my cable system until after "Mystery Science Theater 3000" had their annual Thanksgiving Day marathons, so my fond memories of the show don't include watching it on Thanksgiving. The bonus features included in this volume regarding the marathons were lengthy and very informative, especially "Undercooked & Overstuffed: Inside The Turkey Day Marathon," and "Bumper To Bumper: Turkey Day Through The Years." In addition, the collectible tin the special edition comes in is one of the best ones ever released.
"Jungle Goddess" is a movie that would never be made now, because of its stereotypical depiction of African natives. Other than starring George Reeves, who played Superman on television, it was a pretty standard jungle movie. Fortunately, the blonde playing the jungle goddess was hot! "The Screaming Skull" is my favorite film in this volume. The suspense in the film built very slowly, but was greatly aided by the constant...
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 VOL 31 episodes have been announced. Its Turkey Day Special Edition part two, with a free collector's tin. Unlike Volume XVI, which has the famous 1995 Thanksgiving feast in Deep 13, with Mr. B Natural, Pitch, Kitten with a whip, etc, the only reason why these four episodes were chosen for this Thanksgiving edition, was they are "all turkeys". (Puny... Humph) Overall, SHOUT! is back to their normal formula of two Joel experiments, and two Mike.
JUNGLE GODDESS (with Phantom Creeps Pt.1) EPISODE 203 We start out with the beginning of the PHANTOM CREEPS serial, staring Bela Lugosi as a mad scientist. Since parts 2 and 3 have already been released on VOLs 27 and 11, its nice to have the whole story. In the prologue, Joel and the Bots play hide and seek with the universal mystery of Oneness. The invention exchange has Joel inventing a remote control saw, so if you mess up, you're not in danger. The Mads chop off Frank's head, and fuse it...
Not much in the way of bonus features for this re-release of the 2003 Rhino set. It'll be closed captioned, as all Shout Factory MST3K sets seem to've been since volume XXX, and this set will include the MST Hour wraps for "Cave Dwellers" and "Pod People." Other'n that, you'll get exactly the same thing you got in the Rhino set: three movies and a shorts compilation.
POD PEOPLE (episode #303): So why are the opening and closing credits of the French-Spanish co-production POD PEOPLE (1983) superimposed over (blurry) footage from Don Dohler's Baltimore-based, direct-to-video Z-movie, THE GALAXY INVADER (1985)? Blame the outfit that re-released POD PEOPLE in 1990, the original American distributor having gone belly up in 1985 after its CEO disappeared, along with a million dollars of the company's money. As for the movie itself, it's one of the most risible things ever to appear on the series, an attempt to cross a low-budget, shooting-gallery-type horror...
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