Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is an absolutely funny final farewell for this cult classic TV show. The movie was already extremely difficult to find in its original release some years ago. Now thanks to a partnership between Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Shout! Factory fans of the show and its big screen finale can finale add this piece of movie history to their home libraries. And they can do so in proper fashion on Shout! Factory and USHE’s release of the movie in a double-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release. The movie itself is reason enough to pick up this new re-issue. The choice of movies to be*critiqued* by Mike and his robot friends was another positive. And in turn, the feature on the making of both This Island Earth and on the history of MST3K: The Movie seal the deal for fans. Together with the movie and the movie within the movie, the whole package becomes one of the best re-issues of 2013.
The story behind MST3K: The Movie will impress any hardcore fan of this cult show. It plays out just as if it was an extended episode from the show itself. Ironically enough, as audiences will learn in the bonus feature, “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie: The Motion Picture Odyssey”, that actually was not the intent of those behind the cameras and the movie’s script. That aside, all of the irreverent humor that made the television series so funny is here. The same can be said of the hilariously intentional low-grade sets and special effects that made the original series so funny, too. It was obvious that despite being a big screen feature, the people behind the cameras wanted to make sure that this feature entertained the show’s core audiences just as much as the original show did. And it did just that. The interesting fact here is that as hilarious as the movie was, those behind it faced a lot of contention from Universal in its creation. This is revealed in interviews in the extremely in-depth bonus feature that is “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie: The Motion Picture Odyssey.”
“Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie: The Motion Picture Odyssey” is one of two bonus features included in the movie’s new re-issue that make it even more enjoyable this time around. This feature actually should have been the “Making of Feature” rather than the “Making of” feature that was included. That’s because of just how in depth this feature turned out to be. It offers a glimpse into the movie from its conceptual stage all the way to its premiere. Along the way, audiences are presented with both the good and the bad of the movie’s eventual creation. Some of the most interesting of the stories involve creative conflicts between Universal’s brass and those in charge of the movie itself. One of the most notable of those anecdotes involved a joke centered on the alien creature crafted for the story. The joke involved comparing it to one Bootsy Collins. According to the story shared by Trace Beaulieu, the studio brass didn’t want the joke in the movie because they thought that no one knew who Bootsy Collins was at that time. So the joke ended up being pulled. It’s wasn’t the only conflict those behind the cameras had with Universal, either. According to the stories shared, there were a number of conflicts between the two groups. And viewers will get to find out just how many there were when they pick up this re-issue for themselves when it is released on September 3rd.
“Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie: The Motion Picture Odyssey” is the heart of the bonus features in the new re-issue of this release. However, just as with the previous MST3K box sets, this one also includes a fully in-depth analysis of the movie screened within the main feature. And this analysis is no different. “This Island Earth: 2 ½ Years in the Making” offers audiences a complete look at the work that went into making the movie in question. In offering the discussion, it also goes into a certain amount of depth as to what makes the movie so important in the overall picture of 1950s science fiction flicks. One of the most notable facts shared in this special is that had the mutant used to move the story not been included, the movie would have been considered a movie for adults. And it was Universal’s brass that insisted the mutant be included as it would bring in young audiences. Speaking of the mutant, those interviewed for this feature actually go into depth about the mutant, even going so far as to share some laughs about it. As with the previously mentioned bonus feature, there is so much more for viewers to take in here, too. Together with the previously mentioned feature and with the movie itself, the whole package proves in the end to be another joy from Shout! Factory and one more of the best of the year’s re-issues. It will be available Tuesday, September 3rd and can be ordered online direct via the Shout! Factory website at http://www.shoutfactory.com/?q=node/217794. Audiences can find out more about this release and other upcoming releases from Shout! Factory on the official Shout! Factory website at http://www.shoutfactory.com and the official Shout! Factory Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial.
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