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Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jorge Rivero , Richard Lynch , Anthony Doublin , Kurt Maetzig    DVD
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  • Actors: Jorge Rivero, Richard Lynch, Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu
  • Directors: Anthony Doublin, Kurt Maetzig, Michael Rae, Tony Zarindast
  • Writers: Alexander Stenbock-Fermor, Brad Hornbacher, David Huey, Dom Magwili
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IO07XM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,567 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LALALA! 18 Jun 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"We'll send him cheesy movies/the worst we can find (lalala!)/he'll have to sit and watch them all/while we monitor his mind..."

A simple yet hilarious premise for a TV series -- a guy is trapped in the "Satellite of Love" with a bunch of sarcastic robots, and is forced to watch (and mock) cheesy sci-fi movies. "Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition" brings together four spectacularly awful movies from years apast -- some are boring, some are stupid, and some are BOTH.

One episode features the low-key, somewhat mellow Joel, while the other three feature the perky everyman Mike Nelson. As usual, they're being tortured either by the goofily evil Dr Forester or the equally goofily evil Pearl -- with bad cinema.

Among the movies mocked here: "First Spaceship on Venus," a sluggish and boring sci-fi saga with extremely poor dubbing; "Laserblast," in which a very dumb teenager finds an alien weapon that turns him into a smaller version of the Hulk; "Future War," a ridiculous yet pompous story about cyborgs and tiny attack dinosaurs; and "Werewolf," an inept tale of a cursed skeleton, a Russian scientist with the world's most ridiculous accent, and werewolves driving cars.

Obviously these movies aren't the absolute rock-bottom wretchedness of filmmaking (ie "Manos the Hands of Fate") but they are spectacularly awful. Everything here is worthy of mockery -- the bad special effects, the cardboard characters, silly cinematography (the girl who can't run through a mud puddle) and ever-changing hair.

But of course, the endless stream of mockery turned out by Mike, Joel and the robots is absolutely gutsplitting. They constantly snark bad continuity ("Did those oil barrels just leap out in front of him?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A present 20 Jun 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Seeing as the product wasn't for me personally but meant as a present, I can't rate it myself with the highest rating. But the person I gave it to, liked it very much and straight away started watching the movies. So it had a very good response from him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MST3K for short 4 Sep 2012
By Riffan
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The 20th anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000, MST3K for short was released in 2008 and features four finely riffed episodes from across the show's history, displaying about three distinctly different eras in the show's 10 year run. All of them have plenty to value, this was also one of my first exposures to the show and I have not turned back a single step in finding every volume released from this release onward. This volume contains 1 era Joel story from Season 2, the final episode of Season 7 which ended the show's run on Comedy Central and two episodes, one from Season 9 and the other from Season 10 on the Sci-fi channel.

Episode 211 - First Spaceship to Venus
Apparently before America got its hand on this German film it wasn't that bad and could handle its politics and story well enough, same can be said for what Sandy Frank did the Japanese. Regardless however this movie is unique in MST3K history for how diverse the cast is, a woman as a key character who is not just a damsel in distress and a black man (these movies aren't racist, just old so to note but black characters are rare, particularly ones with speaking roles). The movie concerns a need to go to Venus and the revelations uncovered there in a movie which pads out a great deal, is as slow as the first hour of the 2005 King Kong. However in come Joel and the Bots to, in their era, give this movie not so much of a tearing as Mike would in later seasons. Tom Servo gets his sarcasm thrown into the mix to make some potent riffs "Ah a Good movie, oh I don't think so" but he soon reverts to his usual whimsy "Look - it's the most advanced slurpy machine ever built!
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four great episodes from MST3K! 24 Nov 2008
By Valnastar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This set is apparently the DVD-only version of the 20th Anniversary set from Shout Factory. That means that it does not include the tin case, plastic Crow figurine or episode lobby cards. It does contain four great episodes of everyone's favorite cow-town puppet show.

This set features one episode with Joel Hodgson as host and three with Mike Nelson hosting. Two episodes are from the Comedy Central years while two are from the Sci-Fi Channel shows.

211- First Spaceship on Venus
Originally called Der Schweigende Stern and made in 1960, this international cast film about the first astronauts to land on Venus is a hoot. Filled with wonderful ideas about international cooperation, yet strangely dated in its science even for when it was made, this movie's vision of the future is fun, action-filled and nearly breaks the goofy meter! The jokes are endless, non-stop and really top-notch from the MST3K crew. "What's a herring weigh? Oh, about a pound." "Everything's better in the crawler copter." Just the endless jokes about the robot in the film, Omega, will keep you laughing throughout. The host segments are just awesomely funny. When the planet has it's "brown explosion" near the end you'll be rolling with laughter and the jokes fly really fast at that point. This is a sometimes overlooked, underrated classic that is too funny to describe. I love it and never get tired of watching it no matter how many times I see it.

706- Laserblast
This 1978 feature comprises the final episode from Comedy Central and is an odd little feature that received 2.5 stars from Leonard Maltin, a fact that is the source of endless wonderful wisecracks as the credits roll. Hilarious throughout in spite of the fact that everyone working on the show knew it might be their last one ever. The host segment wrap-up with great 2001: A Space Odyssey references is terrific.

904- Werewolf
This 1996 feature with Richard Lynch is even more ridiculous than most stories based on lycanthropy. The goofy meter breaks in the first reel of this film and never gets repaired. An archaeologist gets cut by the skeleton of a werewolf and so, predictably, becomes one. The acting, bad foreign accents, and other low-budget silliness in this film are hammered mercilessly by MST3K. The host segment where Mike and the 'Bots are a girl group singing a teen tragedy song, a sort of like "Leader of the Pack" type number, is absolutely killer funny.

1004- Future War
This 1997 video feature is so bad it is beyond words. The huge headed Robert Zdar appears in his second film done on MST3K (the other was Soultaker) and his acting is just as stiff as in the other movie. The film features terrible looking rubber dinosaurs, mediocre martial arts-style action sequences, a hackneyed formulaic plot and acting so bland that calling it wooden would be a compliment! Fortunately, it has enough movement and scene changes to at least fuel a barrage of great jokes from MST3K. It's fun, but only thanks to the MST3K treatment. By itself, this film would be unwatchable.

The extra features on the DVD discs include the 3-part history of MST3K and a video of the reunion panel from Comic-Con 2008. These are very informative and entertaining, even for long-time fans. Great stuff all around.
89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific first MST3K set from Shout Factory 30 July 2008
By Valnastar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This set features one episode with Joel Hodgson as host and three with Mike Nelson hosting. Two episodes are from the Comedy Central years while two are from the Sci-Fi Channel shows.

211- First Spaceship on Venus
Originally called Der Schweigende Stern and made in 1960, this international cast film about the first astronauts to land on Venus is a hoot. Filled with wonderful ideas about international cooperation, yet strangely dated in its science even for when it was made, this movie's vision of the future is fun, action-filled and nearly breaks the goofy meter! The jokes are endless, non-stop and really top-notch from the MST3K crew. "What's a herring weigh? Oh, about a pound." "Everything's better in the crawler copter." Just the endless jokes about the robot in the film, Omega, will keep you laughing throughout. The host segments are just awesomely funny. When the planet has it's "brown explosion" near the end you'll be rolling with laughter and the jokes fly really fast at that point. This is a sometimes overlooked, underrated classic that is too funny to describe. I love it and never get tired of watching it no matter how many times I see it.

706- Laserblast
This 1978 feature comprises the final episode from Comedy Central and is an odd little feature that received 2.5 stars from Leonard Maltin, a fact that is the source of endless wonderful wisecracks as the credits roll. Hilarious throughout in spite of the fact that everyone working on the show knew it might be their last one ever. The host segment wrap-up with great 2001: A Space Odyssey references is terrific.

904- Werewolf
This 1996 feature with Richard Lynch is even more ridiculous than most stories based on lycanthropy. The goofy meter breaks in the first reel of this film and never gets repaired. An archaeologist gets cut by the skeleton of a werewolf and so, predictably, becomes one. The acting, bad foreign accents, and other low-budget silliness in this film are hammered mercilessly by MST3K. The host segment where Mike and the 'Bots are a girl group singing a teen tragedy song, a sort of like "Leader of the Pack" type number, is absolutely killer funny.

1004- Future War
This 1997 video feature is so bad it is beyond words. The huge headed Robert Zdar appears in his second film done on MST3K (the other was Soultaker) and his acting is just as stiff as in the other movie. The film features terrible looking rubber dinosaurs, mediocre martial arts-style action sequences, a hackneyed formulaic plot and acting so bland that calling it wooden would be a compliment! Fortunately, it has enough movement and scene changes to at least fuel a barrage of great jokes from MST3K. It's fun, but only thanks to the MST3K treatment. By itself, this film would be unwatchable.

This set will have a Crow figurine, collector cards, a video segment showing the MST3K reunion panel at Comic-Con from July 2008 and possibly more as yet unannounced features. Highly recommended!
52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More MST3K? Oh yes, I'll have some of that.... 28 July 2008
By Echo - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is for the episodes in this set, not the set itself (although the artwork looks spiffy!)

211- First Spaceship on Venus A controversial add among fans, but this episode unnecessarily gets a bad rap. The basic movie is about a multinational space expedition to Venus (a theme in a least of couple of later MST3K experiments). Goofy of course, and funny, but the host segments are fun (others disagree, but who cares?) The Brain's own "Amazing Colossal Episode Guide" The Mystery Science Theater 3000 : Amazing Colossal Episode Guide indicate that this wasn't one of their favorites, but they have said that about lots of MST3K episodes that others enjoy. Your mileage, of course, may vary but any early MST3K is worth a look.

706- Laserblast This was the final experiment of Season 7, and indeed the era of hours upon hours of MST3K as filler on Comedy Central. It's the Cadillac of this set, and almost worth the price of admission. The movie is priceless - an androgynous, hopelessly attractive loner finds an arm-sleeve laser gun in the desert, and is quickly seduced by its power. Seduced? No, he's turned into an alien. After tasting the fruits of his forbidden power, our hero goes on a rampage. He doesn't rob banks or blast bad guys, he goes after Eddie Deezen, cast out of type as a annoying geek (and kind of a bully, too.) The host segments involve the end of the SOL's funding, with Pearl pulling the literal plug. Our heroes go off to the void, and Dr. Forrester finds a 2001-esqu fate. A keeper, and I'm delighted to find this more or less permanently preserved on DVD at last!

904- Werewolf (aka "Wahr-wilf"). One of the better episodes from the unfortunately truncated Season 9 - it stars, well someone, with an unfortunate encounter with the teeth of a wolf skull involving stitches. It also stars perennial B-movie villain Richard Lynch, with a low-rent cameo from Joe Estevez as a sun-addled native archaeologist day laborer. Check out the impossibly predictable twist ending. The host segments are about as good as MST3K has ever generated - Mike attempts escape (and is quickly detected by the otherwise incompetent Pearl, Professor Bobo, and Brain Guy). There's even a nifty song, "Where O Werewolf".

1004- Future War By this time the show was on the way out the door, but in the last couple of years MST3K featured some really cheesy bad 1990s-era monster movies. This one is actually not as bad as many, if you can get past the rubber dinosaurs. (Plot? Oh yeah, a man from the future visits a la Terminator, quickly followed by man-eating dinosaurs - or something). The host segments are serviceable, involving dropping LSD, kick boxing, and making fun of someone's facial-deforming illness (never said MST3K was a great family show).

I had the pleasure of interviewing the cinematographer of "Future War", and his attitude towards the MST3K treatment of his film was delightful. The crew of "Future War understand MST3K, and they have a terrific sense of humor. This is a better episode than most, and it's great to have it on immortal DVD.

On balance, there are some unusual choices for this box set, but it sounds like Shout Factory is on the right track. Looking forward to many future box sets.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Oh Z'No!" 1 Jan 2009
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Introduction

As timing would have it, Shout! Factory's first release of Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVDs after obtaining the rights away from Rhino Records coincided with the twentieth anniversary of MST3k's premiere. They decided to pull out several stops for their first release (although they kept the same number -- 4 -- of actual episodes per box set as Rhino had); besides the episodes themselves, the non-Limited Edition version contains a new documentary detailing the rise and fall of MST3k and a recording of the twentieth anniversary reunion of the core cast/crew from the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con.

While extras are always welcome, it's the episodes that really matter. Here I believe Shout! Factory has done a good job. While the split between Joel and Mike hosted episodes is 3 to 1 in favor of Mike, the quality of joke telling is great and highlights MST3k at its best.

FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS

After the discovery of a message from the inhabitants of the second planet in our solar system, an international group of astronauts is sent to Venus to determine if intelligent life has evolved. In typical 1960s sci-fi movie fashion, much time is spent showing the viewer how the space program of the future works and how space travel really would seem to the astronauts. This makes the middle third of the movie extremely arduous as we are treated to long sequences of weightless (with the aid of harnesses) people and elderly scientists playing chess against robots.

I'd never seen this episode before, but I had seen the original film (although I'm not sure I was ever able to stay awake during the whole thing). I found the joking from Joel and the bots to be average at best. One factor which started to annoy me after some time was a sub-plot wherein Servo's sarcasm sequencer was set to a higher level causing him to make increasingly repetitive sarcastic remarks about the film. I found this to be a rare mis-fire from the Best Brains.

LASERBLAST

This is the story of a young man so low on the social ladder that he is actually the recipient of Eddie Deezen's bullying. However, something working in his favor is that he stumbled upon a neat piece of alien technology which attaches to his arm and allows him to fire lasers at his tormentors. On the downside, the claymation dinosaur aliens are now hunting him to retrieve their lost ray gun.

LASERBLAST was the final episode made for Comedy Central, and while the crew had hopes of the show being picked up by another channel (it eventually was) they were aware that this was potentially the last movie they would have the dubious pleasure of mocking. It seems appropriate therefore that there is a greater than average number of hilarious call-back jokes to earlier experiments. The fact that there are a fair number of recognizable faces in the cast (Eddie Deezen, Roddy McDowell, Keenan Wynn) gives the crew many additional avenues for jokes, which they duly capitalize on.

WEREWOLF

Joe "younger brother of Martin Sheen" Estevez is infected by an unknown werewolf virus. The screenplay initially makes a big deal that this is not the standard werewolf story of legend; transformations can occur between any two species. The film promptly turns into the classic cliché of actors getting fur glued to their faces and then having them howl for hours at the moon.

This film (along with FUTURE WAR) is one of the most recent films that MST3k tackled and there are several very 1990s directorial touches. It's not the worst movie ever, but it is silly, goofy and totally illogical (thus becoming an instant classic episode). The crew gets a lot of amusement over the fact that the full moon appears to last for a week, and the bad guy infects people with the werewolf virus for no reason other than that he is Evil.

FUTURE WAR

This was an episode that I hadn't watched -- despite having a VHS recording of it -- since its original broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel. The reason for avoidance was my memory of the film was so dire that I simply couldn't handle another viewing. My sole memory was a scene of the Jean-Claude Van Damme looking guy kickboxing Robert Z'Dar in a warehouse of empty cardboard boxes.

So watching this episode brought me two surprises. One, the riffing from the crew was much better than I had remembered (my theory is that in the ensuing years I've become much more strengthened against bad films and am therefore now able to pay more attention to the jokes). Two, the only memory I had of the film was wrong, because that scene never occurs in quite that way I had recalled.

I had completely forgotten about the terrible special effect dinosaurs, the mini-skirted nun, and the two huge guys in the halfway house. You can really smell the 1990s odor coming off of this one, right down to its flannel. Another case where a movie pitches up softballs to the crew and they hit home run after home run.

Extras

The new documentary is an interesting look at the history of the show, although I doubt there is too much new information that devoted fans don't already know. However, I did find it informative in its telling of the program's very early days at KTMA.

The panel from the San Diego Comic-Con was hosted by Patton Oswalt (for what reason, I am not privy) and I found it to be slightly disappointing in that the moderator talks too much and the sound quality is not always great. Still, its nice to see them all together again and I really got a kick out of Frank Conniff asking whether the urban legend about Joe Don Baker wanting to beat up the writers of MST3k was actually true.

Stinger

So I would judge Shout! Factory's first release as a success. Even ignoring the extras, they've given us one solid and three great episodes. They've already announced the next release and I can't wait.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 20th anniversary edition worthy of a 20th anniversary 30 July 2008
By Wes Saylors Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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I whole-heartedly agree with reviewer B.Vereen ... 'Laserblast' from 1978 is pretty much worth the price of admission to this box set. MST3K (arguably. My Argument) was at its best when they picked on the low-rent offerings of the late 1970s (Angel's Revenge, Parts: The Clonus Horror, etc.). These movies are bad, but also highly entertaining, and 'Laserblast' - about a boy, a found lasergun, and the damage that ensues - is really highly entertaining. It was the last show for Comedy Central and Mike and Bots really gave it the old community college try. It's one of their funniest episodes ever. -- Also included in the set is 'Werewolf' with Joe Esteves (or, as Mike drily points out "Can a movie actually STAR Joe Esteves?"). It stars a beautiful woman with an indecipherable accent and some werewolves (I think) and this episode also stands as one of their best. The bumper segments for the SCIFI channel are sometimes too ambitious and busy, but the movies never disappoint. As a 20th anniversary offering, this box set delivers the goods.
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