An excellent representation of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes! As other reviewers have pointed out, the gem here is "Puma Man," a Sci Fi Channel-era episode that must be seen to be believed. The movie was only shown a couple of times back in the day, and became a fan favorite due to its goofy plot, riffing catchphrase, and of course gratuitous Donald Pleasance. Shout seems to have undertaken mystical, arcane, and ambiguous rights negotiations to release this one, and we're glad they did.
"Hercules And The Captive Women" is a classic Joel-era swords 'n sandals involving Hercules and a beautiful princess, with a nasty cougar-like mother who desires Herc for her very own. It's incomprehensible and of course....yawn...I forget. But this MST3K experiment has the infamous "Lawn Baby" invention exchange, which is kind of twisted and pretty funny.
Experiment 805, "The Thing That Couldn't Die," is another rather obscure Sci Fi era experiment only shown a couple of times. One of the early season 8 experiments are always welcome for DVD preservation. It involves a psychic dude ranch girl...well, nevermind, the plot isn't important. It is the first experiment that has the "Observers", guys in clown makeup that carry their brains (blue of course) in a large dish. They're not as omnipotent as they let on, and we're glad Bill Corbett's turn was funny enough to carry the gag on for the remaining two seasons of the series.
The weakest entrant is experiment 112, "Untamed Youth," a 1950s era Mamie Van Doren-era girl in trouble flick. The production values of season 1 were rougher than in later years, and it's perhaps not as funny in the riffing department. But the skeleton of the format for later seasons (invention exchange, interaction between Joel and the Mads) show the potential they would later realize oh so well.
Extras? Interviews with Mamie Van Doren herself, a grand lady and a great sport. Somehow Pumaman actor Walter G. Alton Jr. was located, and it's great to see some insight in this obscure, very popular MST3K episode. Intros from Joel Hodgon, , and the usual mini posters (I really don't care for these, they never leave the DVD box or anything.)
I had no idea so many of these episodes would be preserved as well as they are, and it's amazing how many people (especially those who grew up never knowing the 1970s) appreciate the humor.