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  • Actors: Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, Bela Lugosi, Vampira
  • Directors: Edward D. Wood
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Legend Films/Koch International
  • Release Date: Aug. 6 2009
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • ASIN: B0026KJP6W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,428 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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RiffTrax: Plan 9 From Outer Space - from the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000!

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2014
I have a confession to make: I love Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space." It's one of those bad movies that is so beautifully consistent, so weird, so utterly bafflingly WRONG that it ends up being the PERFECT bad movie. Few movies are as perfectly suited to snark.

And few people are as perfectly suited to do that than the guys who brought us Mystery Science Theater 3000. Well, there aren't any robots in this, but we do get three guys making relentless fun of the movie. "RiffTrax: Plan 9 From Outer Space" does what most people do when confronted by a terrible film:

The plot is actually a bit baffling at first. Flying saucers are buzzing a random American town, but the military is pretending that they don't exist because... actually, I'm not sure why they're being this stupid. After all, it's not as if the military denials keep PEOPLE from seeing it.

So the aliens (Dudley Manlove, John Breckenridge) implement Plan 9: raising the dead (Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Vampira) as zombies, and sending them out to attack people.... very slowly. Only an intrepid (read: bumbling) trio of humans will be able to infiltrate the flying saucer, and discover why the aliens have come to Earth.

"Plan 9 From Outer Space" is one of those movies like "Birdemic," "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" and "Troll 2" -- it is so bad that somehow it ends up being entertaining. The MST3K guys did a lot of movies like that (including other Ed Wood movies), so it feels incredibly natural that they would unleash their snark on this one.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9bdcc84c) out of 5 stars 45 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b991324) out of 5 stars MST3K / Rifftrax forever! June 3 2009
By C. Servo - Published on Amazon.com
If you like MST3K, then you'll love this. Having rediscovered these over the past year, I've filled my library with these and other MST3K alumni material (new and old). The kids like 'em, too.

This is the first Rifftrax I've watched. I think they're dead on with the commentary. Looking forward to getting more.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b99172c) out of 5 stars Hilarious commentary to a hilarious movie July 30 2009
By Keatsla - Published on Amazon.com
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Plan 9 from Outer Space is a movie I had seen many, many times on it's own over the years and found it to always be highly entertaining. The Rifftrax jokes on top add further to the enjoymant of this "fine" film. I watched this with a group of people who had not seen the original movie and they liked it as much as I did-- it was like watching a really great episode of MST3K.

And I like that it is playable both with and without the Rifftrax commentary as I will likely watch this movie without them as well.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b991b58) out of 5 stars "If this was Plan 9, what were plans 1 through 8?" Nov. 13 2011
By Jonnathan Ritland - Published on Amazon.com
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Ed Wood has been a favorite target of many people as his films while fun were just very inept and all over the place. MST3K slammed a few of his famed films during their run on TV including "Bride of the Monster" and "The Sinister Urge" and the commentary they provided was very funny but for some reason "Plan 9" eluded the guys of MST3K.

Thankfully Rifftrax has brought their brand of commentary and jokes to what has been dubbed "The Worst Film of All Time", Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy take to task making fun of all the obvious mistakes and bad acting in Plan 9, the horrid editing, the terrible day for night or night for day changes from one scene to another and many other problems throughout the movie.

Anyone who has seen the movie on its own knows its funny just as it is, but with the Rifftrax crew its hilarious. The constant jokes about Bela Lugosi, his addictions and the terrible attempt to use a stunt double for Bela through much of the film are some of their best work. I personally enjoyed the Tor Johnson riffs and pop culture references make this one of the best from the guys and its well worth having as this is the perfect type of film that deserves a good harsh riffing.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b991b70) out of 5 stars The "Worst Movie Ever Made" gets the MST3k Treatment... Aug. 18 2011
By Otto Correct - Published on Amazon.com
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Ed Wood's masterpiece, "Plan 9 From Outer Space," has long been famous for being the "Worst Movie Ever Made." That accolade was given the film long before MST3k revealed such cinematic travesties as "Manos the hands of fate" or such bewildering directors as Coleman Francis.

Truthfully, "Plan 9" IS a bad movie, but a more accurate award would be "Most Unintentionally Entertaining Bad Movie" as all the continuity errors, low budget effects, bad dialogue, incredible plot holes, etc. come so fast and furious you'd swear someone made this film intending it to be a comedy. Sadly, no, the people involved really did intend a serious drama, they just failed every single step of the way.

As is, its a movie that's incredibly funny on its own. With RiffTrax its even funnier. Mike, Kevin and Bill do a great job, and even though I've seen the movie on its own about a dozen times, some of their jokes actually pointed out things I had missed during all those previous viewings.

Also, since you can play "Plan 9" with the commentary off, I was able to sell my previous DVD copy of the film, as the print on this DVD is very crisp, actually better than my standalone DVD.

So if you're a fan of MST3k, check it out. If you've never seen "Plan 9" before, please watch the movie WITHOUT the commentary first. You won't believe your eyes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b991b94) out of 5 stars "Worst movie ever" can't help but be funny! June 12 2011
By Kathryn Geller - Published on Amazon.com
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Thank you, guys! Ed Wood movies don't even need riffing, but you just have to do it! And Plan 9 certainly doesn't disappoint!

I love to watch "Ed Wood", then watch "Plan 9 From Outer Space" immediately afterward. When I received the Rifftrax version recently, it was classic!!! The bad acting, cheezy plot, cheap props...the riffing almost writes itself! I have done my own riffing on this movie, and wondered what the riffboys would do with it.

I nearly blew my drink out my nose when, during the funeral scene, a somber Bela Legosi zones out, and Mike says "and you can see the heroin kick in riiiiiiight.....now".

My recommendation...buy it.

I love my riffing.... :-)