Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIV (DVD Review)

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIV (DVD Review)

Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIV (DVD Review)

📅20 November 2015, 01:44

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXIV (DVD Review)
Directed By: Kevin Murphy
Starring: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson
Rated: UR/Region: 1/1:33/Number of disc: 4
Available from Shout! Factory

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This isn’t long ago, in a galaxy far, far away. This is the not too distant future, next Sunday A.D., so these aren’t the episodes you’re looking for. But know this, friend: Mystery Science Theater 3000 is also an epic tale of heroes and villains, two robot sidekicks, alien races and snappy one-liners. Joel and Mike, the unlucky witnesses to the cheesiest movies in any galaxy, may not have the Force with them, but they have an even more powerful weapon: the riff! And they wield their jokes with sublimely funny accuracy at the dark side of cinema. Join our rebel force in the epic battle against four generally grievous movies from that galactic empire once known as American International Pictures. It will be an attack of the clowns you won’t soon forget.

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Well, it is that time again, folks! Time again to sit-down and watch some dude and some space robots make fun of movies that might just be so bad they are good, or so bad that they are just right to make fun of. These releases are always fun. I always think it is cool to see what movies you get tossed into each set and this one once again give you a good choice with some really legit funny episodes. The legit funny part is the best part. This time around you get the 1957 black-and-white film, The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent. This very long titled film has the plot of a A group of lonely Viking women build a ship and set off across the sea to locate their missing menfolk, only to fall into the clutches of the barbarians that also hold their men captive. There is a cameo appearance by the sea serpent. This episode also includes the short, The Home Economics Story. Then it is another 1958 black-and-white film, War of the Colossal Beast. In this one Glenn Manning, “The Amazing Colossal Man,” believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain-damaged, disfigured, and very hungry. This episode also includes another short, Mr. B Natural.

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The second half of this set gives us more black-and-white films. We got 1957’s The Undead! Here, a beautiful woman is sent back in time via hypnosis to the Middle Ages where she finds she is suspected of being a witch, and subject to being executed. This one is from the early days of the Sci-Fi channel, when it actually looked like a channel about Sci-Fi things. Last, but not least, we have The She-Creature, another black-and-white film flick from 1956. What you get here is a mysterious hypnotist reverts his beautiful assistant back into the form of a prehistoric sea monster that she was in a past life. Probably the worst movie of the bunch, but we aren’t really here for the quality of the movies now are we? If you love Mystery Science Theater 3000, then Shout once again does everything right by the show and the fans with this release.

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Extras

– New Introductions By Frank Conniff
– It Was A Colossal Teenage Movie Machine: The A.I.P. Story
– Theatrical Trailers
– 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance

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