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RiffTrax Live! MST3K Reunion Blu-ray and DVD Reviews

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In celebration of their tenth anniversary (not to mention their 20th live show), RiffTrax decided to go big and go big they did with an epic “Mystery Science Theater 3000” reunion live special. The near 2 ½ hour live show (with credits) was comprised of a series of short films. What all was in this show and who riffed what? Read on to find out! Continue reading

November 26, 2016 Posted by | Blu-Ray review, DVD review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXIV DVD Review

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 34 DVD

MST3K Volume XXXIV is better than waffles! Continue reading

November 29, 2015 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII DVD Review

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII DVD

Volume XXXII is one of the least memorable MST3K sets. Continue reading

June 13, 2015 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Turkey Day Collection DVD Review

Mystery Science Theater 3000- The Turkey Day Collection DVD

The “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Turkey Day Collection” comes home just in time for Thanksgiving. Continue reading

November 20, 2014 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXX DVD Review

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXX DVD

“Mystery Science Theater 3000” Volume XXX is worth picking up just for “Outlaw (of Gor).” Continue reading

July 22, 2014 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXIX DVD Review

MST3K Volume XXIX DVD

It’s been a long 4 months, but Misties finally have a new DVD set to get their hands on via the new Volume XXIX release from Shout! Factory. So, what all is in this set, you ask? Read on to find out!

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March 24, 2014 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition DVD Review

Mystery Science Theater 3000- 25th Anniversary Edition DVD

The 25th Anniversary Edition is one of the best MST3K Shout! Factory releases to date.

To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” Shout! Factory has gone all out by including 4 new to DVD episodes (“Moon Zero Two,” “The Day The Earth Froze,” “The Leech Woman,” and “Gorgo”) and a TON of extra features in a brand new box set. On top of that, 2 fan favorites (“Mitchell” and “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die”) have been re-released and included here as bonus episodes. So, how does everything fare? Read on to find out! Continue reading

November 26, 2013 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXVII DVD Review

Mystery Science Theater Volume XXVII DVD

MST3K fans get a nice variety of episodes in the latest XXVII volume. Continue reading

July 17, 2013 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXV DVD Review

Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXV

Volume XXV is bound to please Misties. Continue reading

December 4, 2012 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXIV DVD Review

Episode-wise, this 24th collection of MST3K is one of the lesser ones.

Part of this may be because, at this point, a lot of the greatest episodes have already shown up in previous boxed sets. Another problem may be that, as a longtime fan of the series, I’d much-rather start collecting sets of entire seasons as opposed to four randomly-assembled episodes, especially since what constitutes a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ episode is so highly subjective.

But without trying to sound too jingoistic, the main reason Volume 24 isn’t as strong is because all four episodes in the collection skewer low budget foreign films (two from Japan, one from Russia, one from Italy). I do not have anything against low budget foreign films per se, but most of them don’t really need the MST3K treatment. Most are funny enough on their own. I always thought, as an American series, MST3K was at its best when attacking movies born from the same culture as its primary audience. Maybe it’s just me, but the MST3K episodes covering foreign films are never as fun.

That being said, this set isn’t without its merits. As usual, there are some funny quips and comments throughout each episode (though fewer and further between). What ultimately makes Volume 24 worth checking out, however, are the bonus features. Included are two shorts, one of which, A Date With Your Family, is arguably the best MST3K short they’ve ever done (and one I’d been longing to have in my DVD collection). For those of you who miss TV’s Frank, an update on his life is included, as well as a feature on Sandy Frank (the guy responsible for importing Fugitive Alien and Fugitive Alien 2, the two Japanese features).

In addition, the Shout! Factory sets are packaged with more creativity and care than the ones Rhino released. I still think all of the MST3K sets are needlessly spread-out over four discs, but at least we get some fun original artwork in the form of faux posters featuring Crow and Tom Servo.

Die hard fans will likely enjoy this set, but I have to think most of them, at this point, would prefer it if Shout! Factory went back to the beginning and started trucking-out full season boxed sets, which would allow Misties to revisit old episodes on their own terms.

Extras include 4 mini posters, 3 MST Hour Wraps, an interview with Sandy Frank, an intro to “Fugitive Alien” by August Rangone, a “Samson Vs. The Vampire Women” TV spot, a featurette titled “Lucha Gringo: K Gordon Murray Meets Santo” and an interview with Frank Conniff in “Life After MST3K: Frank Conniff.”

August 9, 2012 Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment