Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Beginning of the End (1957)

Starring: Peter Graves, Peggie Castle
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Format: Colour, Black & White
Audio Encoding: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Run Time: 92
DVD Features: Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo); Also includes the uncut version of the film


This may not be the funniest Mystery Science Theater 3000 - the now-defunct TV show that lampooned bad movies - episode, but it definitely isn't the worst either by a long shot. (In the scheme of official Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVDs it's better than The Brain That Wouldn't Die, but not as good as Eegah! Nowhere as good as Prince of Space though, which remains unreleased on either DVD or video.)

Anyway, in this B&W 1950s movie reminiscent of Them! Chicago is threatened by giant elephant-sized mutant grasshoppers (or is that locusts?). Soon we have scenes of the U.S. ineffectually battling superimposed grasshoppers. Funniest is when we have shots of grasshoppers climbing up a skyscraper which are in fact shots of real grasshoppers walking on a photograph!

Predating Vietnam, a plan is hatched to destroy Chicago in order to save it, but the requisite 1950s scientist type (here played by Peter Graves) comes up with a goofy plan to drown them all in a nearby lake by impersonating the mating call of a grasshopper using huge amplifiers on a motorboat. See ? I told you it was goofy.

THE DISC: As far as the bare bones official Mystery Science Theater 3000 discs go, this one is positively jam-packed: there is an option to watch an unedited joke-free version of the movie. (One might want to do this since the movie is pretty funny in its own right - unintentionally funny, that is . . .)

We also get an ad for a sci-fi box set titled The Brain in the Box which features movies such Teenagers from Outer Space and The Brain That Wouldn't Die as well as teaser excerpts for three other Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVDs, namely Eegah!, The Brain That Wouldn't Die and The Wild Wild World of Batwoman (probably my next purchase).

WORTH IT? If you're a fan of this show, then yes.

RECOMMENDATION: If you're a newbie, then kick off with Mystery Science Theater 3000 - the Movie instead.

NOTE: If you live outside the States and Canada, you can only buy these Mystery Science Theater 3000 discs via an online retailer such as



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