THE MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 COLLECTION, VOL. 8
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol.
Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Studio: Wea Corp
DVD Release Date: November 8, 2005
- Episode 907
- Episode 902
- THE PHANTOM PLANET
- Episode 421
- MONSTER A-GO GO (plus short CIRCUS ON ICE)
- Episode 603
- THE DEAD TALK BACK (plus short THE SELLING WIZARD)
Number of discs: 4
discs for the price of four, the cover blurb exclaims. Indeed. Mystery
Science Theater 3000 Collection Volume 8 is packaged and priced
similarly to the previous volumes in the series, which is a good thing
even though you might probably prefer complete season box sets like I
But DVD collectors
prefer consistency to progress, and the Mystery
Science Theater 3000 series has been a lesson in consistency so far
that Fox Home Entertainment for instance should do well to emulate: the
latest two volumes in Fox's Simpsons DVD box sets are so completely
different to previous ones that fans raised quite an outcry and rightly
so: just how are the latest box sets supposed to look nestled to the
previous ones on my DVD shelf?
Volume 8 on
the other hand will fit in perfectly with your volumes in the series.
Also, it is one of the better selections in the series and even though it
doesn't have as many so-called shorts as
Volume 7, this latest volume contains some truly good episodes.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is the now
defunct TV series that spoofed particularly bad movies. It had its origins
on Comedy Central in the early/mid 1990s before migrating to the Sci-Fi
Channel towards the end of the decade. Long-time fans
often bicker over which era was the best and while I like both even though
I must admit that the jokes during the Sci-Fi Channel era were usually
funnier and the pop cultural references not always as obscure. Maybe it's
because I first caught the show in its Sci-Fi Channel incarnation - who
knows? But it's an argument as pointless as the ones trekkies have over
Picard vs. Kirk.
Anyway, Volume 8
contains two episodes from the Comedy Central years and two from the
Sci-Fi Channel years. One stars Joel Hodgson and three star Mike Nelson as
MONSTER A-GO GO (with short: CIRCUS ON ICE)
Probably the worst episode in the collection because the movie, a Black &
White 1965 sci-fi horror movie, being spoofed is so bad. The jokes are
funny and spot on, but Monster A-Go Go is so dreary and dull that
there is little that even the Mystery Science Theater crew can do
to alleviate one's boredom towards the end.
Episode 603- THE
DEAD TALK BACK (with short: THE SELLING WIZARD)
This B&W movie dating from 1957 fortunately isn't as soul-deadeningly
bad as Monster A-Go Go. It's still bad and the movie's mid-section
drags. Still pretty funny though.
Stars Richard Kiel ? ?Jaws? in the Roger Moore-era Bond movies. Here he
plays a large alien monster. This B&W 1950s sci-fi flick about an Earth
astronaut marooned on a planet of tiny people is bad, sure, but fans of
the era will like the costume and hardware designs. I know I did.
This 1987 Gremlins rip-off is the funniest
and most accessible episode in the collection. The Mystery Science
crew's jokes and pop cultural references (most of them dating from the
1980s) are hilariously funny, even though the movie is pretty fun by
itself. One of my favourite episodes along with Eegah,
Space Mutiny and Prince of Space. Volume 8 is worth
buying just for this episode!
No extras and the original movies aren't bundled with the Mystery
Science versions. But that isn't a complaint really: I can't imagine
anyone wanting to sit through the dreary Monster A-Go Go without
Definitely one of the better volumes in this DVD collection thus far.
Volume 8 is recommended both for fans of the show as well as those
who want to find out what it's all about . . . check it out.