This set features two episodes hosted by Joel Hodgson from the Comedy Central years of the show and two hosted by Mike Nelson from the Sci-Fi Channel years. It contains episodes from seasons one, four, eight and nine and covers a wide variety of film genres.
112- UNTAMED YOUTH
This 1957 black-and-white film stars Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson as sisters arrested while hitchhiking in a rural town. A corrupt system sends them to a work farm where they are essentially used as slave labor. The movie also includes a brief appearance by early rocker Eddie Cochran (perhaps best known for Summertime Blues). This is one of the last episodes of Season 1 MST3K and it shows, the riffing is getting nice and dense and it's an enjoyable episode in spite of the lackluster drama of a film which has little to offer other than a few well-known cast members.This film is the first of many non-SF/horror films used on MST3K. Great host segments round out this enjoyable MST3K episode. With this episode Season 1 is now nearly complete on DVD with only the Black Scorpion remaining to be released.
412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN
This Italian 1961 color film stars body builder Reg Park. The terrific Gian Maria Volonté (For A Few Dollars More, A Fistful Of Dollars) is also in this entertaining sword-and-sandal epic full of monsters and magic. Hercules must venture to Atlantis to rescue his son. It's worth watching just for the movie line, "This day is dedicated to Uranus." Needless to say, MST3K makes some great comedy out of this lively adventure film. Host segments include a Hercules action figure and the history of Hercules presented by Crow. A highly enjoyable episode.
805- THE THING THAT COULDN'T DIE
A 1958 black-and-white "horror" film about a psychic young woman who discovers an ancient and evil undead head on her farm. Even for a fantasy horror film it's a ridiculous premise and the movie is ponderous and drab. Nevertheless, the crew of the SOL have some fun with it and there are some entertaining host segments to break up the film. This is the fifth episode of the show to appear on the Sci-Fi Channel after it was canceled on Comedy Central.
903- THE PUMAMAN
Pumaman (aka Puma Man) is a low-budget Italian film starring no one except inexplicably, Donald Pleasance. An Aztec shaman (Miguel Angel Fuentes) gives a mystical medallion to a young man who then becomes flying super-hero Pumaman. Comedy ensues though it's not always clear if it's intentional or not. A fair amount of the movie was shot in the UK. This movie seems a lot like Greatest American Hero, but the movie was actually released about a year before that show went on the air. It's an incredibly goofy movie. Host segments include Shelli The Nanite messing with Mike Nelson's hair. A fun episode.
Extra features include:
- A new interview with Untamed Youth star Mamie Van Doren
- A new interview with Walter G. Alton, Jr., star of The Pumaman
- Original version of The Pumaman
- "The Movie That Couldn't Die"
- New introductions by Joel Hodsgon
- About Joel Hodgson's "Riffing Myself"
- The Posters Of MST3K
- Theatrical Trailers
- MST3K Artist In Residence: Steve Vance
- 4 exclusive mini-posters by artist Steve Vance