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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Beginning of the End [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • Release Date: Feb. 15 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • ASIN: B004MO6M1Q

Product Description

Dr. Ed Wainwright (Mission Impossible’s Peter Graves), reporter Audrey Aimes and a deaf-mute gardener fight together to eradicate swarms of gigantic, radioactive locusts that are demolishing entire towns and cities in Illinois! Mike and the ’bots use this hilarious classic from the fifth season’s Turkey Day to help illustrate the point that anyone can write a repetitive screenplay revolving around Peter Graves—including the SoL’s own Crow!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Nothing but grasshoppers and laughs in "Beginning of The End" April 7 2014
By Justin Time - Published on
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In the late 1990s, I was drawn into the hilarious world of Mystery Science Theater 3000; a TV series orginally on Comedy Central and, eventually, moved to The Sci-Fi Channel (back in the day when its name was spelled right) that poked fun at the worst movies ever made by Hollywood. The idea of a group of people making fun of a movie while its playing out in front of you may sound strange to outsiders, but, after watching the show's feature film (riffing on the Universal classic This Island Earth), I was hooked.

The premise centers around Mike Nelson, a temp worker who is shot into space by the demented Dr. Forrester and his assistant, TV's Frank. Stuck on board a space ship called the Satellite of Love, the doctor's goal is to force Mike to watch countless bad movies in order to break his will and use him to enhance his world domination schemes. However, Mike has three things to counter Forrester's plan; a sharp sense of humor and two wise-cracking robots named Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot. Watching a bad movie can be a joy to behold or a utter pain, depending on your tolerance for these sorts of movies. Thankfully, the fast-paced humor of Mike and the 'bots make an already goofy movie like The Beginning of The End even more enjoyable.

The film was made by Bert I. Gordon, a b-movie director who's running theme is giant creatures; ranging from a bald man in a sarong to giant teenagers boogieing to 1960s music, and, with 1957's The Beginning of The End, we can now add giant grasshoppers to the list. The film stars Peggie Castle and Peter Graves as a female news reporter and a scientist who must find a way to stop an army of giant grasshoppers from destroying most of Illinois. Perhaps the biggest star, no pun intended, is the low budget special effects to make the grasshoppers look gigantic. And, by low budget, I mean using photo cutouts of the city of Chicago and some trick photography. And, while all of this is going on, Mike, Crow, and Tom sling their comedic arrows at this turkey without mercy. Also, during intermissions, we get to see a bit of what goes on aboard the Satellite of Love; ranging from a wrong number that won't take a hint, the weekly invention exchange, and other strange shinanigans that happen between the heroes of the SOL and the villains in Deep 13 (best example is Crow's production play involving the college years of Peter Graves).

The DVD only contains the episode as it appeared on Comedy Central and not much else. It's a bare bones DVD. But, if you're looking to expand your MST3K collection or if you're looking for a gateway into this madcap show, then pick up this DVD and have a good laugh.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The beginning of the end already? March 22 2014
By js - Published on
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Sorry, had to throw out one of the classic lines from this great Peter Graves movie ;-) Join Mike with the bots on the SOL in one of my fave episodes. If you have never watched an MST episode, which I would find hard to believe, this would be one I would recommend to start. But then again, I have been accused of having strange humor :-)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Best MST3K episode of all time Nov. 30 2013
By M. Fitzgerald - Published on
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My personal choice as the best MST2K episode of all time. Hilarious from start to finish, you won't be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"It gets going about two minutes before the closing credits" May 2 2015
By Roochak - Published on
Think of it as karmic justice: MST3K riffs BEGINNING OF THE END (1957), which is Bert I. Gordon's low-budget riff on the earlier atomic giant bug movie, THEM! (1954). Peter Graves is the idiot scientist who accidentally unleases an army of giant killer locusts on Chicago (represented by half a dozen live grasshoppers attacking a postcard of the Wrigley Building); Peggie Castle is the husky-voiced love interest; the movie would barely keep us awake were it not for the intervention of Mike and the 'bots, whose commentary is more entertaining than the film itself ever was. A solid fifth season episode, with a truly horrifying look at Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank in their "off" hours.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
one of the better ones... May 25 2014
By Darryl Evans - Published on
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If you know MST3K, you know that sometimes it's uproariously funny, sometimes it's painfully fun, and sometimes it's just painful. This one was on the funnier side (though not on par with legendary episodes like Pod People). The plot was follow-able, if painful but Mike and the gang made the journey to Chicago and the end of the world worth it. Recommended.