MST3K: Volume XXXV Is Another Must Have For Series’ Fans

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory

This summer Shout! Factory will release the 36th (yes, 26th) volume of episodes from the cult classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000.  The four-disc collection is currently scheduled to be released in stores and online on Tuesday, July 26th.  While not too far off, it is still a little bit of a wait.  Luckily the series’ 35th volume was released late last month.  And it offers plenty of entertainment for fans of the series while they wait for the release of Volume XXXVI and the upcoming reissue of Volume II (yes, II!) beginning with its featured movies.  That will be discussed shortly.  The collective writing and acting presented throughout each episode is just as important to note as the movies themselves.  That will be discussed later.  The bonus material that is included with each movie is just as important as the movies and their collective writing and acting.  Each element is important in its own way to the whole of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXV.  Altogether they make this collection another must have for any of the series’ fans and one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXV is one of this year’s top new box sets for grown-ups.  It is also yet another welcome addition to the home library of any of the series’ fans.  One element that makes it yet another entertaining collection is its featured movies.  It features four more of Hollywood’s “best of the worst.”  Interestingly enough at least one of the movies—Teenage Cave Man (1958)—features a rather well-known figure before he become a megastar in Robert Vaughan (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.Bullitt,The Magnificent Seven).  That’s just part of what makes this movie so important to the collection.  That Roger Corman-helmed the project is just as important to note.  Audiences that are familiar with Corman’s work will notice a number of his trademarks throughout the movie.  Much the same can be said of Deathstalker and the Warriors From Hell, which is another of the movies included in this set.  Corman executive produced the movie.  And while he might not have been behind the lens for this installment of the Deathstalker franchise, his influence can be felt because of its over the top camp from beginning to end.  12 To The Moon and Being From Another Planet are important to note in the bigger picture of this collection as Teenage Caveman and Deathstalker III. The prior is important to note not just for its camp but for the message in its story and certain elements of the story in whole.  Those elements include the fact that audiences never actually see the “moon creatures” save for one fleeting moment early on when the astronauts first go exploring the lunar surface.  Being From Another Planet is an important inclusion in this set because it actually plays on a favorite theory of “ancient alien theorists.”  It presents a mummy in a museum’s Egypt exhibit as in fact not just being a mummy but the mummy of a being….well…from another planet.  There are in fact people that believe to this day that there is a link between Egyptians and beings from other planets, and that they even gave the Egyptians the technology needed to build the pyramids.  Given, that is a completely crackpot theory with no real substantial supportive evidence.  But for some, it is more than just a theory.  It is a belief.  And while the movie is just as terribly campy as this set’s other cinematic offerings, the movie’s plot still makes it an interesting story to see at least once.  The zingers tossed out by the crew of the Satellite of Love give their own reason for audiences to check out this movie.  Speaking of which, the zingers in question are, together with the cast’s acting, just as important to each episode as the movies themselves.

The movies that are featured in Shout! Factory’s latest collection of MST3K (as it will henceforth be known) episodes are important in their own right to the collection’s overall presentation.  While they are undeniably important they are not the only important part of the set’s presentation.  The cast’s work and that of the writers is just as important to each episode as the noted episodes.  Both the writing and acting prove to be razor sharp from one episode to the next in this set.  That should come as no surprise, either considering all of the laughs offered up in every one of the series’ previous installments.  The “Experiment Exchange” skit presented ahead of Teenage Caveman is proof of that.  The crew of the SOL (it just never gets old) is hilarious as they present a book of Rainy Day Ipecacs, a bowl of Lucky Charms with cherry Nyquil, a Snickers bar with honey mustard, and a pair of rather unappetizing other offerings.  There’s something about their presentations that is so hilarious.  Audiences actually believe, thanks to the cast’s work, that these outer space outcasts half believe in their “inventions” yet don’t really care one bit.  On the other end, Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu are just as wildly entertaining as TV’s Frank and Dr. Clayton Forrester.  The pair’s on-screen chemistry is wonderful to see as they fight over who is going to present Dr. Forrester’s (or is it Frank’s?) invention.  The dispute leads to an ongoing conflict between the pair that spans each of the episode’s laugh out loud skits between movie segments.  As if that isn’t enough, the zingers tossed out by the SOL’s crew (See?  It just doesn’t get old) are just as laugh out loud funny.  They include references to Bonanza, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, the Peanuts gang, Jenny Craig (yes, even Jenny Craig), Charlton Heston, and any number of cultural jokes.  There are so many references and jokes that not even a program could hold them all.  It’s a real tribute to the writers that they are still as funny today as they were in the episode’s original broadcast.  The cast’s timing in delivering each of those nonstop zingers shows yet again the importance of their work alongside that of the show’s writers.  Collectively speaking, the writing and acting presented in this episode is just one example of what makes both elements just as important in this collection as in the series’ previous collections.  The work put into 12 To The Moon’s skits and zingers also serves to show the importance of the noted elements.

The work that went into making Teenage Caveman such a laugh riot episode was definitely not for naught.  Yes, that bad joke was intentional.  The end result of the writers’ work and that of the cast is nonstop entertainment from beginning to end.  The same can be said of the work that went into 12 To The Moon’s skits and jokes.  The crew of the Satellite of Love encounters a time traveling woman in this episode who wants to take them back to her time.  This is a completely outrageous plot that is just as stupid as those in the movies that Joel, Mike, Crow, and Tom Servo are forced to watch.  Yet it’s strangely so stupid that it’s hilarious.  Considering that, the writers are once again to be lauded once again for their efforts.  Of course the cast’s handling of this so silly that it’s funny story is just as worthy of applause as that of the writers.  Back on Earth, TV’s Frank finally gets to roast Dr. Forrester.  It doesn’t turn out so well for Frank in the end.  On a more subtle level, Trace Beaulieu’s performance here seems to be homage to Groucho Marx, with the cigar and other elements.  Whether or not the comparison was intentional is anyone’s guess.  But if it was intentional, then Beaulieu is to be commended as he does an outstanding job of channeling the late, great comedic actor.  It’s just one way in which the writing and acting shines in this episode.  They both shine once again throughout the course of the movie as the guys throw out even more pop culture jokes and references.  That includes references to: Star Trek, The Muppet Show/Pigs in Space, Abba, Dr. Dolittle, PBS, and many others.  The pop culture jokes include a stab at all of the moon landing conspiracy theorists, and even some light-hearted biblical and other religious jokes.  Again, there are so many jokes and references that not even a program can contain them all.  It’s even more reason for audiences to pick up this collection of episodes.  The wonderful writing and acting presented here and in Teenage Caveman  clearly shows the importance of the show’s writing and acting.  That is not to discount the work put into the set’s other pairing of episodes.  Those two episodes, and the pair more directly noted here, combine to undeniably show why the work of the show’s writers and cast alike is just as important in these episodes as the set’s featured movies.  Together with said movies, the writing and acting proves once more in the bigger picture why this collection is another must have for the show’s fans, and why it is also one of the year’s best box sets for grown-ups.  It is still not the set’s last notable element.  The bonus material that was included with each episode is just as important to the set’s presentation as the movies and their primary content.

The movies that are featured in Shout! Factory’s latest MST3K collection and their primary content (I.E. writing and acting) are undeniably important to the set’s presentation.  While each element proves to be of the utmost importance to this collection’s presentation, they are not its only important elements.  The bonus material that is included in each episode is just as important as the movies and their overall content.  That is because of the insight that each bonus offers viewers into the creation and history of each movie.  Deathstalker III’s bonus feature Medieval Boogaloo: The Legend of Deathstalker III is proof of that.  Star Thom Christopher discusses the movie in this bonus feature.  Over the course of his interview he shares quite a bit of insight into the movie.  He discusses the work put in by the prop department to give himself and co-star John Allen Nelson two swords each for their big fight scene and how impressed he was by not just their efforts but the result of that work, too.  He also happily discusses his knowledge of the movie’s camp yet the fun that the cast and crew had in holding that knowledge.  He notes that all involved smiled and laugh throughout the course of the movie’s production because of the fact that it was so campy.  It is refreshing to learn that the cast didn’t take itself too seriously in making this otherwise forgettable flick.  That sentiment alone makes this movie worth more than just one watch.   On another note, Roger Corman discusses the casting of lead star  Robert Vaughan in Teenage Caveman’s bonus feature I Was A Teenage Caveman.  He also discusses the silliness of not being allowed by certain individuals to use I Was A Teenage Caveman’s  title for the movie because it was “too highbrow for audiences.”  That comment alone will leave audiences so shocked that all they can do is laugh.  And in 12 To The Moon’s bonus feature You Are There: Launching 12 To The Moon, audiences will be surprised to learn of the political message behind the movie’s script.  The message in question has to do with the need for unity among the Earth’s people.  It is explained that the world’s global political climate did in fact play a direct role in its script.  Keeping all of this in mind, the importance of the episodes’ bonus features become crystal clear.  They offer just as much insight and entertainment as the movies in this set and the collective writing and acting incorporated into each.  And together with the movies themselves, all of the noted elements combine to show once and for all why MST3K Volume XXXV is another must have for fans of this cult classic series.  It also serves collectively to show why this collection is one more of the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXV is unquestionably one of this year’s top new box sets for grown-ups.  It is also a piece that any of the show’s original audiences will want to have in his or her own home library if he or she doesn’t already own the four-disc set.  The central reason for this is the set’s featured episodes.  Each episode is another sampling of the best of the worst.  Because of that, each episode will keep true fans engaged and entertained from beginning to end.  The bonus material that is included in each episode is just as important to note as the set’s movies, acting, and writing.  It offers its own share of entertainment and insight in each episode.  Each element proves highly important in its own right in the big picture of this collection.  Collectively, they show in whole why this set is, again, another must have for fans that don’t already own the collection.  In the same vein, they also show collectively why it is one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-ups.  It is available in stores and online now and can be ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/action-adventure/mst3k-volume-xxxv.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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Shout! Factory TV Announces April Streaming Schedule

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Shout! Factory has released the April streaming schedule for its free online streaming service Shout! Factory TV.  The Dick Cavett Show and Backlot are spotlighted this month.

This month Shout! Factory TV will be streaming ten episodes of The Dick Cavett Show.  This month’s selection of episodes is pulled entirely from the 1990s.  It featured guests  from around the world of stand-up comedy in honor of Cavett’s own stand-up roots.  Among this month’s list of guests are: Conan O’Brien, George Carlin, Richard Lewis, Dennis Miller, Steve Martin, and others.  This month’s complete list of Dick Cavett Show episodes is noted below.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Steve Martin (1992)  

Steve Martin, comedian and actor known for films such as Bowfinger and The Jerk, is interviewed by Dick Cavett.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Conan O’Brien (1995)

Dick Cavett interviews legendary talk show host, Conan O’Brien.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Chris Elliott (1994)

Dick Cavett interviews comedian Chris Elliot, a man known for his late-night comedic sketches on Late Night with David Letterman.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Jon Lovitz (1992)

Dick Cavett interviews Jon Lovitz, actor comedian and singer, best known for his role on SNL.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: George Carlin (1992)

Dick Cavett interviews the late comedian George Carlin, a man known for his outspoken stand-up comedy, thoughts on politics, religion and other various taboo subjects.

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Richard Lewis (1990)

Dick Cavett interviews Richard Lewis, American comedian and actor.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Dennis Leary (1991)

Dick Cavett interviews Dennis Leary, comedian and former star actor of the show, Rescue Me.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Phil Hartman (1991)

Late Canadian-American SNL actor and comedian Phil Hartman, is a guest on this episode of The Dick Cavett Show.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Dennis Miller (1992)

Dick Cavett’s guest for this episode is Dennis Miller, stand-up comedian, talk show host, actor and commentator.

 

The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends: Bobcat Goldthwait (1992)

Bobcat Goldthwait, actor, comedian, filmmaker and voice artist is interviewed by Dick Cavett.

Also back this month is its exclusive series Backlot.  The series examines some of the most beloved cult favorite films and TV series.  It is hosted by Shout! Factory’s Brian Ward and features interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes, and a whole bunch more from those fan favorites.  In one of this month’s episodes of Backlot, Ward sits down with Paul Feig (Ghostbusters, Spy, Bridesmaids) and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, This is 40, Pineapple Express) to discuss their work on the cult classic series Freaks and Geeks.  Shout! Factory recently re-issued the series on Blu-ray.   Along with his recent big screen work, Feig was the creator of Freaks and Geeks.  Apatow served as the series’ executive producer.   In another episode of Backlot Ward takes a look back at the 1961 King Kong spinoff Gorgo.  He will delve into how the Gorgo suit was created, the problem of putting a monster in Paris, and even how it was handled by the crew of the Satellite of Love in none other than Mystery Science Theater 3000.  Speaking of that series, Shout! Factory TV also has two classic episodes of MST3K streaming this month.  One of those episodes features Gorgo.  The other focuses on another so bad that it’s great movie in the form of the 1983 Canadian made-for-television movie Overdrawn at the Memory Bank.  The full list of MST3K episodes being streamed this month is noted below.

MST3K: Gorgo

Mike and the ‘bots gorge on Gorgo (1961), a maudlin monster mess featuring two giant mother-and-son lizards and a Samuel Beckett lookalike. Leonard Maltin shows up to hawk his movie guide, which inexplicably praises the film.

MST3K: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

A weather tech’s mind gets trapped in a computer and Pearl establishes her own public television pledge program.

Along with the latest episodes of The Dick Cavett Show, Backlot, and MST3K being streamed this month, Shout! Factory TV is also streaming the series and movies listed below.

 

Other notable series and movies also streaming on Shout! Factory TV now include:

·         THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE

·         PRINCE KILLIAN

·         CHICAGO CAB

·         PERFECTLY NORMAL

·         ONE DOWN TWO TO GO

·         ROCK, ROCK, ROCK!

·         THE SMURFS AND THE MAGIC FLUTE

·         THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE

·         CONVICT 762

 

 

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Grown-Ups Got Plenty Of Alternatives To Theaters’ Offerings In 2015

This year’s big screen offerings brought big numbers for theaters. The problem is that the majority of those big numbers were the result of Hollywood’s (and audiences’) seemingly insatiable appetite for prequels, sequels, and remakes. It’s a sad statement when one really sits down and thinks about it. And thankfully more audiences are coming to their senses about it each year and staying home instead, taking in the variety of alternatives being offered on television and online. Given, far too many of those alternatives were (and still are) serials, dramas, and some mixture thereof. But for all of the serials and dramas out there, they were just a drop in the bucket in terms of just how much was offered to audiences this year in the way of home entertainment. Shout! Factory released two more volumes of episodes from the cult classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000 this year. It also released the final two seasons of the classic sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, the complete series run of The Saint, and much more. PBS has released all three current seasons of its hit reality/cooking show A Chef’s Life, and partnered once again with itv to release the third season of Mr. Selfridge. Timeless Media Group even gave audiences a good scare this year with the release of A Haunting: Season Seven. And for all of the conspiracy theorists out there, Lionsgate and History channel offered up the seventh season of Ancient Aliens. These are just some of the alternatives offered to audiences this year from the home entertainment realm. And they are all on the Phil’s Picks list of 2015’s Best New Box Sets for Grown-Ups. That is in comparison to box sets for the whole family. That is a whole other list. That list will be presented tomorrow. In explaining the choices for the list of this year’s top new box sets for grown-ups, the overall packaging of each set was taken into consideration alongside each set’s bonus materials (or lack thereof) and the writing that went into each presentation. The combination of each element in each set went into coming up with this list. Not every set had bonus material such as with Welcome Back, Kotter’s third and fourth season. But the writing behind each season made each season entertaining enough that they each stand quite well on their own merits. The bonus material featured in both volumes of MST3K played a big role in their presentations deserving them their own spots as did the bonus material in Time Life’s new Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts box set and that of Hell on Wheels’ fourth season. That should hopefully give at least some background on why each title was listed where it was listed. Keeping that in mind every title listed here is fully deserving of its spot on this list. So enough rambling. Without any further ado, I offer for your reading pleasure dear readers, the Phil’s Picks 2015 Top 10 New Box Sets for Grownups. As always, the Top 10 make up the main body of the list while the bottom five each receive special mention as they deserve to be on the list just as much. Here you go!

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2015 TOP 10 NEW BOX SETS FOR GROWN-UPS

  1. A CHEF’S LIFE: SEASON 1

 

  1. A CHEF’S LIFE: SEASON 2

 

  1. A CHEF’S LIFE: SEASON 3

 

  1. WELCOME BACK, KOTTER: SEASON 3

 

  1. WELCOME BACK, KOTTER: SEASON 4

 

  1. MR. SELFRIDGE: SEASON 3

 

  1. THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS: STINGERS AND ZINGERS

 

  1. HELL ON WHEELS: SEASON 4

 

  1. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXXIII

 

  1. MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXXIV

 

  1. THE SAINT: THE COMPLETE SERIES

 

  1. BROADCHURCH: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

 

  1. HALT AND CATCH FIRE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

 

  1. A HAUNTING: SEASON 7

 

  1. ANCIENT ALIENS: SEASON 7

 

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Shout! Factory TV To Stream MST3K Marathon On Thanksgiving

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Shout! Factory TV has a special treat for all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans out there.

Next Thursday, November 26th, Shout! Factory TV will present a Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon. The marathon begins at 12pm ET/9 PT and will feature six full-length episodes of the cult classic series hand picked by series creator Joel Hodgson. It can be viewed online at http://www.BringBackMST3K.com. Hodgson himself will even be interacting with audiences throughout the course of the marathon, reading fan mail submissions just as he did with the show’s original broadcasts. Fans can also share their own riffs, jokes and MST3K memories with Hodgson and other fans of the classic series throughout the marathon. Fans can submit their letters, drawings, jokes, riffs, and even songs for the marathon to infoclub@mst3k.com before Wednesday, November 25th at 5pm ET if they want them to be read and presented. While they are taking in all of the jokes, gags and movies so bad that they’re great, fans can also help bring back MST3K by contributing to Hodgson’s Kickstarter campaign, which is currently raising the money to finance a full 12-episode season. Fans can donate to the campaign at http://www.BringBackMST3K.com.

Since launching last Tuesday, November 10th, the “Bring Back MST3K” Kickstarter campaign has already raised $more than $2.3 million of its needed $5.5 million (and probably more than that by the time that this article is posted). That is roughly half of the needed funds. The deadline to raise the required money to produce the twelve-episode season is Friday, December 11th. All of the latest updates on the campaign are available online at:

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Shout! Factory Announces Release Date For Its Next MST3K Collection

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This fall, Shout! Factory has a special gift for all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans out there.

Shout! Factory will release Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV this fall. It will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, December 1st. The cult classic series’ latset collection of episode, this collection features four more never before released episodes and four more of the best of the worst from Hollywood’s archives. Those four films are: Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage To The Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957), War of the Colossal Beast (1958), The Undead (1957), and The She-Creature (1956).

The first of the films centers on a group of Viking women trying to find their missing male counterparts. In their decision to find said men, the women become captured by a group of Barbarians that had captured the men for whom the women were searching. Of course there is also a sea serpent that shows up along the way, too. Susan Cabot stars in the movie’s lead role. She is most well-known for her role of Janice Starlin in another cult classic, 1959’s The Wasp Woman.

In the second of the featured films, Col. Glen Manning (Duncan ‘Dean’ Parkin) is thought to be dead after having fallen from the top of the Hoover Dam. However, he defies all odds and survives, surfacing some time later in Mexico. When he re-emerges, Col. Manning is disfigured, suffering from brain damage, and is very hungry. After being drugged and returned to the U.S. by the military Col. Manning escapes and begins wreaking havoc on the city. Parkin, who is best known for his role of the title character in Allied Artists’ 1957 sci-fi horror The Cyclops, stars alongside Sally Fraser (Earth vs. The Spider, It Conquered The World, Giant From The Unknown), Roger Pace (My Little Margie), and Russ Bender (Bonanza, It Conquered The World, The Amazing Colossal Man) in this cult classic B-movie.

The Undead is another Roger Corman classic. It follows actress Pamela Duncan as she portrays Diana Love. Diana is hypnotized and goes back to the Middle Ages, where she discovers that she is suspected of being a witch and in turn faces the possibility of being executed. Duncan is also known for her roles in Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), The Red Skelton Hour, Seven Men From Now (1956). The movie was distributed via American International Pictures.

The fourth and final film featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV, The She-Creature follows yet another female lead having her share of troubles after being hypnotized. This time Dorothy Chappel (Cathy Downs) is hypnotized by Dr. Carlo Lombardi (Chester Morris) and is subsequently turned into a sea creture by Lombardi. It turns out that the sea creature was responsible for the deaths of a number of people long ago. And it is believed that Chappel was that creature or so it would seem. The movie was also distributed via American International Pictures just as with The Undead and directed by Edward L. Cahn. Downs is known best for her roles in The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1955), and The Joe Palooka Story. Co-star Chester Morris is known best for his work in The Divorcee (1930), The Big House (1930), and Alibi (1929).

Along with the main features and the always hilarious live action sketches between movie segments, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV also boasts a handful of bonuses including: New Introductions from Frank Conniff, theatrical trailers, and a documentary on American International Pictures titled “It Was A Colossal Teenage Movie Machine: The A.I.P. Story.” The complete list of bonuses included in MST3K: Volume XXXIV is noted below.

Mystery Science Theater 3000:Vol. XXXIV Bonus Features:
· New introductions by Frank Conniff
· It Was A Colossal Teenage Movie Machine: The A.I.P. Story documentary
· Theatrical Trailers
· Four exclusive Mini-Posters by artist Steve Vance

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIV will be available Tuesday, December 1st in stores and online. It will retail for MSRP of $59.99 but can be pre-ordered online now via Shout! Factory’s online store at a discounted price of $53.99 at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/action-adventure/mst3k-volume-xxxiv. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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MST3K Volume XXXIII Is Yet Another Must Have For Any Film Buff, MST3K Fan

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It’s time to blast off and laugh your heads off yet again, everyone. Mike, Joel, and their robot pals are back yet again on board the Satellite of Love with loads more fun for fans of the classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the series’ 33rd (yes, 33rd) volume of episodes. Late this summer, Shout! Factory released MST3K Volume XXXIII much to the joy of its legions of fans. The latest collection (and according to new information not the last.  Volume XXXIV is due out in December) brings four more best of the worst from Hollywood’s hidden vaults to audiences in the form of Daddy-O (1958), Earth vs. The Spider (1958), Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955) and Agent For H.A.R.M. (1966). The movies are themselves so bad that yet again they are great. They serve both to show how far movies have come in so many avenues. Classic movie buffs will love seeing these once-forgotten flicks and using them to see how much Hollywood fare has changed since their day both for the good and for the bad. The less initiated will appreciate them just as much for their historical importance as for the stingers and zingers thrown in their direction courtesy of Mike, Joel, and their robot pals. Speaking of the crew of the Satellite of Love, the writing for the show’s live-action segments and the cast’s interpretation of said scripts is yet another reason that this new collection proves to be so funny. The collective work of the show’s writers and its cast make for so many laughs throughout each of the set’s episodes. Last but hardly least of all to the show’s positives is the bonus material included with each episode. There are behind-the scenes extras as well as retrospectives and more to keep true fans entertained for hours (or even days). Even for the more casual viewer the bonus material incorporated into the set offers its own share of insight and entertainment. All three elements combined together make MST3K Volume XXXIII yet another great addition to any MST3K fan’s own home DVD library and yet another example of why Shout! Factory remains today the leading name in home entertainment.

Shout! Factory’s latest collection of classic MST3K episodes is yet another great addition to any MST3K fan’s own home DVD library and yet another example of why Shout! Factory remains today the leading name in home entertainment. The main reason for this is the selection of episodes and movies chosen for the collection. There is plenty of action and drama presented in this offering of the best of Hollywood’s worst beginning with a former truck driver getting unwittingly swept up in a drug-running operation in 1958’s Daddy-O. The second of the set’s featured movies Earth vs. The Spider (1958) sees a small town community having to band together in order to stop a giant, mutant spider. This movie was just the latest at the time in Hollywood’s fascination with giant pests. Them! debuted four years prior in 1954 while The Deadly Mantis followed that one three years later in 1957. Another arachnid-based flick simply titled Tarantula three years prior to Earth vs. The Spider. It, too centered on a giant, mutant spider. Only in the case of that movie, the spider mutated as a result of human interference. Considering the number of creature features that came before this one, it doesn’t lessen the enjoyment of Earth vs. The Spider by any means. But it does make analysis easier. Teen-Age Crime Wave is just as enjoyable in its camp with its story centered on tow young teen criminals who go on a crime spree and get an innocent friend caught up in the whole thing, leading the girl to have to make a tough choice along the way. Considering such a plot, if a movie like that were made today, it would be a perfect fit on Lifetime and its digital “sister station” Lifetime Movie Network. And Agent For H.A.R.M. is just as much fun with its campy classic secret agent story centered on a flesh-eating bacteria. While most of the movies presented in this set have been largely forgotten save perhaps for Earth vs. The Spider, the fact that they have been dug up and presented once again is in itself is a great thing. That is because they serve as yet another lesson on Hollywood’s truly rich history. They really serve to show just how far Hollywood has come both to the positive and negative. To that end, the movies featured in this latest collection show once again why Mystery Science Theater 3000 is one of the most under appreciated series of the 90s.

The movies chosen for MST3K Volume XXXIII are in themselves more than enough reason for fans of the cult favorite series to add this latest collection of its episodes to their own home DVD libraries. Of course they are just a fraction of what makes this collection just as enjoyable as every one of the series’ previous installments. The live action segments incorporated into the show are once again just as hilarious as ever. In some cases they are in direct relation to the featured flicks as with Daddy-O while in others such as in Agent Of H.A.R.M. they are their own standalone segments. Regardless every segment will have viewers in stitches. In Daddy-O viewers are treated to Joel and company spoofing the club scene from the movie early on in the episode. Audiences will roll on the floor with laughter seeing Joel with his pants pulled almost up to his chest, singing about it while Crow and Tom Servo join in. This is an absolutely hilarious moment. And it is obvious that Hodges and company had a blast filming the segment. In Agent of H.A.R.M. Mike is thrown into a court case after being accused of destroying an entire planet. Pearl (Mary Jo Pehl) just happens to become the prosecutor in the case while Professor Bobo (Kevin Murphy) plays Mike’s defense attorney. Crow and Tom Servo both serve as character witnesses for Mike. The cast’s acting ability in these segments is wonderful. It is so wonderful that one can’t help but wonder how much of the cast’s work was improve and how much was scripted. The live action segments included in Teen-Age Crime Wave and Earth vs. The Spider are just as funny in their own right. Audiences will discover that for themselves when they add this box set to their own home DVD libraries.

The live action segments incorporated into the set’s featured episodes and the movies that were chosen for each episode are collectively plenty of reason for any MTS3K fan to add this collection to his or her own home DVD library. They are not the only aspects of the collection that make it another must have for fans of the cult favorite series either. The bonus material included in the collection seals the deal for viewers. Whereas the movies featured in this collection serve as their own virtual film history lesson once again, the bonus material provided with each of the movies enriches that lesson even more. Audiences learn lots of equally interesting history in the bonus material that they might not have otherwise known. For example, it is revealed in Daddy-O’s bonus material that this movie was actually now legendary film composer/director John Williams’ first job as a film composer. Equally interesting to learn here is that director Lou Place originally worked with B-movie legend Roger Corman on his movies before taking on the directorial role in this film. The bonus material included in Earth vs. The Spider reveals that one member of the movie’s cast was in fact a WWII veteran who had been shot down over France and held in the very P.O.W. camp that was the inspiration behind the famed WWII movie The Great Escape. And many of the backdrops used in the movie’s filming were rather familiar. That is because they were also used in the likes of The Munsters, Gremlins, and Tarantula. Just as interesting (and funny) to learn is that another of the movie’s “young” actors wasn’t so young. He was in fact 35-years old despite playing a high school student. Teen-Age Crime Wave comes complete with an in-depth history lesson on producer Sam Katzman. Viewers learn in watching this “bio” that Katzman was the man behind Columbia’s first major 3D flick Fort Ti. That movie would go on to be just the first of a number of huge hits for Columbia in the 3D realm. There is also mention of Katzman being one of the big names behind Elvis’ movie career and so much more. His bio is so rich that there is not enough time or space to cover his full career. Tue movie buffs will appreciate such depth both here and in the set’s other bonus material just as much as that provided by Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz before and after the classics run on Turner Classic Movies. The very depth of information provided by this set’s bonus material coupled with the movies themselves and the episodes’ live action segments makes for four more episodes that collectively are another must have for any MST3K fan.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXIII is one more must have for any real classic movie buff and for any true MST3K fan. Thankfully it is not the last of the series’ collections as at least one more is planned for release in December. While audiences wait for that collection’s release this installment will make the wait quite easy. That is thanks to its selection of classic forgotten flicks and their companion bonus history lessons. The stingers and zingers thrown out over the course of each movie add even more enjoyment to each presentation. The live action segments incorporated into each episode make for even more enjoyment for viewers. All things considered, MST3K Volume XXXIII is another must have for classic movie buffs and MST3K fans alike. It is available now in stores and online, and can be ordered online via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-crime/mst3k-volume-xxxiii. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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Shout! Factory Announces Release Date, Specs For MST3K Vol. XXXIII

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Shout! Factory will release the latest collection of episodes from the cult classic series Mystery Science Theater 3000 this summer.

Officials with Shout! Factory have announced that the company will release Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXIII on Tuesday, July 28th. The upcoming four-disc set will come a little more than four months after Shout! Factory’s most recent MST3K box set Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXII. That box set was released March 24th. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXIII will feature four more so bad that they’re good movies from the halls of Hollywood’s history. Those movies are: Daddy-O (1958), Earth Versus The Spider (1958), Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955), and Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966). It also includes a pair of bonus shorts with Daddy-O and Earth vs. The Spider in the form of Alphabet Antics and Speech—Using Your Voice respectively. Rounding out the set is its bonus features including the featurettes “Beatnick Blues: Investigating Daddy-O,: “This Movie Has Legs: Looking Back at Earth vs. The Spider,” and “Film It Again, Sam: The Katzman Chronicles.” There are also interviews with actors Tommy Cook and Peter Mark Richman in “Tommy Cook: From Jungle Boy To Teenage Jungle” and “Peter Mark Richman: In H.A.R.M.’s Way.” If all of that isn’t enough for audiences, the mini-posters, theatrical trailers, and hour wraps that have all become standard for MST3K’s box sets over the years are all present here, too.

While Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume XXXIII won’t be available in stores or online until July 28th, fans can still pre-order the box set now. It can be pre-ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-crime/mst3k-volume-xxxiii.  Fans that pre-order the set now will get it at a discounted price of $53.97 versus the MSRP of $59.97. Those same fans will also receive a free, exclusive MST3K coaster along with it. To sweeten the deal even more, those fans that pre-order the set now will also get it shipped two weeks ahead of its official release date.

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