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Chris Enjoys Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 12 on DVD

Published January 3, 2008 in DVD News
By Chris Corpus | Image property of respective holders.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 12 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 12
Ahhh, MST3K… totally brings me back to the days of junior high and early Comedy Central.

DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 12

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K to it’s fans) is a show about an evil experiment where a guy (Joel in some episodes, Mike in others) is trapped on a satellite and forced to watch bad films by Mad Scientists. They, of course, want to find a movie so bad that they can inflict it on the world and take over. Throughout these films, Joel/Mike and robot buds Crow and Servo (all in silhouettes), make fun of the movie.

A ridiculous premise, I know, but it’s also ridiculously funny. MST3K was a Peabody Award winner and several time Cable ACE Award nominee.

In this, the 12th volume of the series, Mike, Crow, and Servo ridicule Secret Agent: Super Dragon, The Rebel Set, The Starfighters, and Parts: The Clonus Horror. These are all episodes that were not previously released, often that means the episodes suck, but here they are mostly funny.

Secret Agent: Super Dragon and The Starfighters are hilarious. The Rebel Set is mediocre, the movie might be a little too well-made and sincere to be funny on this show. Parts: The Clonus Horror is funny, but it is overshadowed by the fact that it is virtually the same movie as The Island starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johannsen.

Which leads us to the special features. Included are Original Theatrical Trailers, MST3K Video Jukebox, Vol. 3, Interview with The Rebel Set star Don Sullivan, and MST Hour “Jack Perkins” Wraps for The Rebel Set.

Also included is an Interview with Parts: The Clonus Horror director Robert Fiveson. This is what makes the special features so interesting. It is Fiveson’s way of getting back at Michael Bay for allegedly stealing the film’s idea. It’s an eye-opening look at protecting your ideas in Hollywood. In fact, this episode of MST3K actually helped Fiveson win his copyrght lawsuit against Dreamworks.

For fans of MST3K, this is a required purchase. For those that are new to the series, this might be a bit of a reach to draw you in as a new die-hard fan. You might not enjoy al the films but you’ll definitely get some good laughs here and there.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 12 is available on DVD now.

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