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  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • Release Date: Sept. 20 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005727LBM

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RiffTrax: Shorts To-Go

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By Roochak TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 15 2015
The 1970s have a lot to answer for. Maybe I'm not being fair to Norman Lear "social message" comedies and what must've been the then-cutting edge child psychology in these primitive short films about gender, race, and emotions, but my god, these shorts are hard to watch. Kids dealing with divorce, taking up gardening, or learning how to get along with their families? Even the riffers are having a hard time with material this thin.

Two standout shorts, though: "William's Doll," in which a boy is reassured that it's okay to play with baby dolls (only in the 1970s, folks!) and "More Dangerous Than Dynamite," which was reprised in Rifftrax Live: Reefer Madness.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Cartoon Fire Can Hurt!!! Aug. 7 2011
By McGillicutty - Published on Amazon.com
What would normally be a collection of eight boring, underwhelming, and just plain weird shorts are set into the stratosphere of comedy thanks to the hilarious commentary by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett in their latest release, "Rifftrax: Shorts to Go".

This collection of shorts differs somewhat from previous Rifftrax DVDs in two significant ways, first, six of the eight shorts were made fairly recently as in, after 1960. All but one are shot in color, bad color, but color nonetheless. And finally, five of the eight shorts deal directly with children, which make it even more disturbing.

We start with the hilarious "Seatbelts: The Life Saving Habit" which feature a group of annoying idiots that whine at how seat belts "take too much time to hook up" or "they wrinkle my clothes" which only makes you want to deliberately run them down. "Watch out for My Plant" is a mostly silent short about a kid who places his new plant so close to the walkway, it's a surprise only to him that it gets run over, think of the classic "Red Balloon", only a lot more boring. "Family Teamwork" is a howler and shows parents who force their kids to do menial and sometimes meaningless choirs because it's "the right thing to do".

"Whatever the Weather" is a very helpful short for those who have no idea what snow, rain, or any other type of weather condition is like. "Are All People the Same?" is apparently for those who are totally color blind. We follow with the confusing "Things Are Different Now" in which, I think, a kid goes through 20 years of trouble in five minutes all because his Dad split town, probably because of his mother's choice in pants.

The "Shorts To Go" collection ends with two real winners starting with "William's Doll", where a fey little boy wants a doll and his bearded, beer-bellied Dad refuses until the fey little Grampaw steps in, buys the boy a doll and probably a one-way ticket to "getting pants around the track for life" town from his less understanding friends, i.e. every kid in the neighborhood.

The second, "More Dangerous than Dynamite", reveals the heretofore unknown perils of washing your clothes in gasoline. This is the studio Rifftrax version that was shown live in another release a year ago. This version may not be quite as funny, but it's darn close. Where we learn that one gallon of gas has the explosive force equivalent to 83 pounds of dynamite...really? If so, why don't we just use gas for anything that needs 83 pounds of dynamite?

Mike, Kevin, and Bill are still in top form in this collection, the riffs works, the timing good and while not every short is a classic, the aforementioned "More Dangerous than Dynamite", "Things are Different Now" and "William's Doll" certainly are and for all Rifftrax fans, this is certainly one for your collection.

Despite the hilarity of the riffs, I am docking "Shorts to Go" , as well as "Old Tyme Shorts Roundup" one star for not have any extras whatsoever and because all the shorts have been available on the official Rifftrax site for months. Furthermore, all of the shorts found in both sets can be downloaded individually for about the same overall price. So this may be my last purchase of a Rifftrax DVD unless there is some new material on it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Oh thank the heavens for Rifftrax Oct. 30 2011
By Jonnathan Ritland - Published on Amazon.com
For fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Rifftrax is just as close if not at times better than MST3K. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett bring their wit and banter to some of the dumbest shorts and films ever made. On this DVD they make fun of 8 very cheesy educational shorts and more often than not they hit the mark with their jokes.

"Seat Belts: The Life Saving Habit" is a very bad 80's safety film about the importance of fastening your seat belt, no matter your gender, race or age. The guys rip on everything, including the stereotypes, overall cheesiness and bad acting in this film. The jokes are rapid fire and hilarious, as this was funnier than most sitcoms on TV today.

"Watch Out For My Plant" sees a young black kid go to a plant store, buys a plant, takes it home and raises it and watches it grow. Eventually it gets stomped on but the kid unphased gets another plant to raise. Its not a bad one though its not as funny as other ones they've done.

"Family Teamwork" shows four kids who each realize its important to help their families and not be so selfish. Very bad 70's styles and so poorly acted, but at least its well-meaning in its message. The guys have fun ripping on the kids and the glum looking parents, which makes this a fun time.

"Whatever The Weather" shows all of us how we should dress and enjoy the various weather changes in the seasons. Pretty funny one with a fairly sleep inducing narrator.

"Are All People The Same?", well according to this short no but its pretty bad when it tries to show the differences that make us all unique but not better than anyone else. The beginning is hilarious in fact the whole short is quite good.

"Things Are Different Now" for a young boy in the 70's whose dealing with divorced parents, an estranged father and everyday changes in life. Its actually not a bad short, just cheesy and predictable, but that doesn't stop the guys from ripping apart the story and the main actor, in very funny fashion.

"William's Doll", if ever there was proof that some parents are just blind to their kids' real feelings this is it. A young boy decides he wants a doll, (in an extremely creepy way mind you) his grandfather gets him one, but the dad is against it. Of course said dad turns his views around when he sees it makes his son happy. While hilarious, I was creeped out by this one.

"More Dangerous Than Dynamite", washing your clothes in gasoline can prove deadly if you don't take the steps to ensure total safety. Its goofy, badly done and so totally unbelievable it has to be seen. The guys riff on this one very well.

I personally enjoyed this DVD, its very MST3K like though more adult which is refreshing.
Love These Shorts Oct. 8 2012
By Zap Rowsdower - Published on Amazon.com
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These guys are always great for lifting my spirits after a long day at work. I have been a fan of them since they were still making productions with MST3K. This collection is a nice addition to their catalogue of works. Here's my input:

THE BAD FIRST-
The very first short is called "Seat Belts: The Life Saving Habit". The subject matter was so boring that they seemed to be having trouble riffing it. The only thing that was interesting to me was the old cars and a bit of historical reminiscing.

THE GOOD-
"Watch Out For My Plant" is the 2nd short on this DVD. It is about some very urban, inner city kid who plants a flower he gets from some weirdo Greek guy on the street. He waters it and protects it from the urban attacks until it flowers. But some bumbler steps on it and he has to start over. Mike and the guys take this gem and really kick it up with their punchy observations. I laughed so hard my eyes watered like the watering can of the little boy. Good one.

"William's Doll" is the reason to buy this set. It has to be the weirdest, most disturbing thing I've ever viewed in this genre. Whoever made it should be put on a watch list by child protective services. Mike, Kevin, and Bill have no problem adding the right observations and crazy commentary to make this quite possibly the best short since Coily appeared and took away the springs from mankind.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another funny riff from the guys!! Sept. 17 2011
By Angelo Colombus - Published on Amazon.com
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A very funny collection of shorts with the hilarious commentaries and the best one being Williams's Doll which is priceless and one of their best. Fans of Rifftrax and MST3000 should buy this one.
The RiffTrax Afterschool Special April 15 2015
By Roochak - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
The 1970s have a lot to answer for. Maybe I'm not being fair to Norman Lear "social message" comedies and what must've been the then-cutting edge child psychology in these primitive short films about gender, race, and emotions, but my god, these shorts are hard to watch. Kids dealing with divorce, taking up gardening, or learning how to get along with their families? Even the riffers are having a hard time with material this thin.

Two standout shorts, though: "William's Doll," in which a boy is reassured that it's okay to play with baby dolls (only in the 1970s, folks!) and "More Dangerous Than Dynamite," which was reprised in RiffTrax: LIVE! Reefer Madness.

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