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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 6

Joel Hodgson , Michael J. Nelson , Bernard L. Kowalski , Roger Corman    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Join Joel, Mike, and their "robot friends" as they endure the worst movies ever made, all for the pleasure of an evil scientist. To survive and maintain their sanity, these crazy captives make stinging quips and hilarious jokes at the expense of these torturous cinematic stinkers.


It's business as usual for Mystery Science Theater 3000 in this sixth volume of episodes taken from the archives of the long-running television show, which is nothing but good news for MST3K's many adherents--and with four discs and six hours of content, neither longtime fans nor newcomers to the series will be shortchanged. The formula is the same as ever: having been sentenced by mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester to watch unspeakably bad movies (all part of the doc's wacky plan for world domination), janitor Joel Robinson (portrayed by series creator Joel Hodgson, who would later write for Jimmy Kimmel's variety show) and his robot buddies Crow and Tom Servo sit aboard their spaceship, the Satellite of Love, and do exactly that. Their own skits and interstitial shtick are mildly diverting, but as always it's the wisecracks our heroes direct at the screen that dominate the proceedings far more than the movies themselves. By turns genuinely witty and groan-inducing, their nonstop riffing, laden with puns, sarcasm, and cultural references (from poet Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" to atrocious pop songs like Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods' "Billy Don't Be a Hero," all in the space of a couple of breaths), usually drowns out the dialogue in the films. That's not a bad thing, of course, when the movies are turkeys on the order of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 6 lineup, which comes from episodes first aired between 1990 and 1994. They include Attack of the Giant Leeches (boasting perhaps the least convincing movie monsters ever created), Gunslinger (a Western that drags on interminably), and the self-explanatory Teenagers from Outer Space. Disc 3 contains six shorter films, and may be the best of the lot for that reason alone.

With Mystery Science Theater 3000 having departed the airwaves in 1999 (it began in '88), the show lives on primarily by way of these DVD releases. And while some would argue that a little of this stuff goes a fairly long way, Rhino's typically fine packaging and presentation (even without any bonus features) make this and the other MST3K sets a collector's treat. --Sam Graham

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Box Jan. 26 2005
"Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection Volume 6" from Rhino is another good collection of episodes. For those who don't know (and since you're reading this review, that's probably none of you), it's basically about a guy and two robots who make fun of bad movies.
The first episode on the set is easily the weakest. "Attack of the Giant Leeches," executive produced by Roger Corman, is a rather dull low-budget horror flick. Though the leech monsters look pretty goofy, it's mostly slow paced, and a surprising number of the peanut gallery's riffs fall flat. On the lighter side, the short, "Undersea Kingdom Chapter 1," is quite funny.
"The Gunslinger" (directed by Corman) was one of the few Westerns on the show. It's about a woman whose husband has died, and then she becomes the sheriff. While also a lifeless movie, the riffing is hilarious in this episode (which was host Joel Hodgeson's second last).
"Teenagers from Outer Space" is without a doubt the funniest in the box. Some startingly old teenage aliens come to earth, but one of them escapes and gets a girlfriend, all while being chased by one of his alien superiors. This movie has everything - bad acting, a strangely structured story, poor dialogue, and arguably the worst-looking giant monster ever to grace the silver screen. The jokes are excellent in this episode, and the host segments are amusing (and quite surreal).
Finally, "Mr. B's Lost Shorts" is a collection of some of the educational shorts that were tackled on the show. The best of them is "Mr. B Natural," which is probably the "Manos: Hands of Fate" of MST3K shorts. Other shorts are "Design for Living," "Hired!
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3.0 out of 5 stars That is an awful big sucker. Sept. 26 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
The story takes place in a Florida swamp near Cape Canaveral where those atomic payloads keep falling. A swamp hunter comes back from the swamp with the tale of a strange creature that took four slugs from his mighty gun to dispatch. However he brings back no proof. That night wayward wife Liz (Yvette Vickers) just happens to be wandering around in the swamp when she spots is very same hunter that appears to have been leehcie- aided. Even though the Hunter really never touched a wayward wife the local authorities don't believe in giant leeches so they attributed his death to misadventure. It is not until several other people seem to be disappearing under the same mysterious circumstances that the authorities are finally starting to get curious.

Fat slob Dave (Bruno VeSota) catches his wife Liz on the very edge of the swamp fooling around with his best friend Cal (Michael Emmet). So Dave scares them off into the swamp with a shotgun. And you guessed it. They too become leehcie- aided.

Against the advice of the local game warden (Ken Clark) the local Doc Greyson (Tyler McVey) decides to use dynamite to sort this out. What will he find?

Mean time through the whole movie Liz Walker (Yvette Vickers) keeps hanging around near the leeches and you just know she needs to be eaten or at least sucked.

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