Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie [Blu-ray + DVD]
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From the makers of the highly successful cult classic TV series comes Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - one of the most outrageous, most irreverent, and most hilarious big-screen spoofs ever! A mad scientist, in his quest for world domination, concocts a diabolical scheme to subject the human race to the worst movie ever made: 1955's This Island Earth. It's up to one test subject's quick wit, sharp sense of humor, and utter intolerance for cinematic garbage to foil the plans of the scientist and to save the Earth. Experience the hijinks and low jabs of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - where the worse the movie is, the better time you'll have!
The cult television show (in which a hapless space explorer and his robot pals are forced to watch and deliver a hilarious running commentary on bad movies) makes a successful transition to the big screen as Mike and the 'bots lay waste to the '50s sci-fi yarn This Island Earth (a painfully stiff would-be epic that's actually a cut above the usual MST3K fare). While ardent fans may be a little miffed that more advantage isn't taken of the expanded theatrical venue (aside from a tad more scatological humor than usual, the content here would fit in comfortably as a regular episode of the series), the nonstop, hyper-literate salvo of comedy riffs that run the gamut from references to Tommy Chong's backyard to Yes album covers more than make up for any conceptual complacency. Be prepared to laugh till it aches. --Andrew Wright --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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As explained by evil Dr. Forrester ("I'm a NAUGHTY BOY!"), he has trapped Mike on the Satellite of Love, and is plying him with terrible movies to see what breaks him. This is apparently part of his evil plan to conquer the world.
Meanwhile on the Satellite of Love, everything is pretty much normal -- Gypsy is running the ship, Mike is running on a giant hamster wheel (complete with water bottle!) and Crow is trying to tunnel back to Earth. After a near-fatal hull breach ("Mommy mommy mommy I LOVE YOU, MAAAAAAAAAAAA..."), the guys are called in to watch their latest movie.
Unfortunately, that movie is "This Island Earth," a pretentious sci-fi flick that was apparently made up as they went along. A bunch of rather dumb scientists are called by a secret organization of suspiciously large-skulled people who are obviously aliens. Immediately the rugged Carl Meecham decides to break out of the place (you volunteered to go, idiot) along with his required love interest -- and soon they find themselves whisked onto a flying saucer and headed for the planet Metaluna. Of course, things go downhill after that.
Despite the "The Movie" tag, this movie is basically just a slightly expanded episode of the series. The guys get to be a little cruder in their language, and we see a couple more rooms on the Satellite of Love when Mike and the robots try to hail Earth using a hokey-looking communicator. Of course, it all goes horribly wrong.Read more ›
It's not too darned often that I'll give a five star review to such a slim product. This new DVD re-release contains no extras whatsoever (not even chapter selection). Furthermore, the whole thing clocks in at just over 74 minutes (and that includes the end credits).
Nevertheless, those 74 minutes are among the funniest 74 minutes of any comedy film ever made. On that basis -- and on that basis alone -- this disc is worth your time and money.
If you're a longtime MSTie, you'll want to get this (assuming you don't own it already). If you've never seen an episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" before in your life, this is as good an introduction to the show as you can find.
For the longest time, this movie was no longer available without shelling out $400+ to some jerk on Ebay, but now it's back!!!
Buy this now!
Anyway, that's my one & only complaint (which explains the 4-starred rating - otherwise it would've gotten 5!).
If you're a fan of any space program parody (Red Dwarf, Hitchhiker's Guide...), then do yourself a favour and add this to your library.
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One of my favorites for sure! I got it within a couple days and watched every extra minute included. Though that's where the trouble really is. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Still good but ya where is Joel? It would be nice if MST3K tv episodes didn't cost about a million dollars per season.Published 15 months ago by Geoffrey J. B. Edwards
It's Blockbuster mayhem with the endlessly hilarious quipping & sniping of one (1) human and two (2) robots at the expense of an almost War of the Worlds, a not quite Forbidden... Read morePublished on Dec 23 2013 by Ross
Quite simply Mystery Science Theater the Movie is the Funniest movie ever made. Mike, Crow and Tom provide perfect comments in tune with the movie "This Island Earth"... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003
There are a lot of complaints about both the length and lack of depth of this movie. At less than 80 minutes this movie is shorter than the normal episode of MST3K. Read morePublished on April 30 2003 by Martin Andrade
Obviously, this will become a classic in the great scheme of comedy. Every joke is perfect and insanely hilarious. Read morePublished on April 6 2003 by Briz