Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXII (DVD Review)
Directed By: Kevin Murphy
Starring: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 4
Available from Shout! Factory
A space drama, a sword and sandals epic, a 50s spy film and a TV pilot about an airport. Before the experiment was over, they broke the rules and made us cringe in ways we never dreamed possible. In this 32nd collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel, Mike, Tom Servo and Crow spend detention aboard the Satellite of Love with a breakfast club of cheesy movies. To our everlasting good fortune, though, they endure the punishment by delivering a steady stream of wisecracks, and it’s definitely some kind of wonderful. Dear Dr. Forrester, you see these movies as you want to see them, in simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what our space captives found out is that each one of them has bad acting, a sloppy script, questionable direction and some music. We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice eight hours of our time for whatever it was we did wrong. Thank you, we had a blast. The titles in this set are; Space Travelers, Hercules, Radar Secret Service, and San Francisco International.
Well, it is another day and another Mystery Science Theater 3000 release from the fine folks over at Shout Factory! This time around it is Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXXII! If you have been living under a rock and have no clue what this is, allow me to once again tell you. Here, we have four disc, each with their own film, and on each disc is an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and extras) where our host (At times different a different one) and his wacky puppet and robot friends roast the film as we watch. It is a very funny act at times, but of course like everything it varies. The show as a whole could be called an acquired taste, a bit of a “key-lime” pie as a whole, but if you dig it, you REALLY dig it. I always like these sets, but I’m always interested to see which film makes the set. This one kicks off with Space Travelers and Google tells me this was episode 401. This was originally titled Marooned. Then we have episode 502, Hercules. Now, I know there are a million different Hercules films, but this one was the 1958 one. It is also in color! Next up was episode 614, San Francisco International, a 1970 TV movie. I’d never heard of this one before and I admit sometimes I’m less interested in the episodes where it is a film I’ve never heard of, but it holds its own. Torgo makes an appearance as well! Finally, we get Radar Secret Service, episode 520. A 1950 black and white film! This one has perhaps the most funny jokes of the entire set. Of course I won’t judge the set based on the movies in it, because really nobody is here to watch the films and most the time you can’t see them on this set without the comedy and why would you want to? If you are already a big fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, then I see no reason at all here why you’d stop being from this set. It is more of what you have came to expect and I think that is a very good thing overall.
– New Introductions by Frank Conniff
– Barnum of Baltimore: The Early Films of Joesph E. Levine
– Marooned: A Forgotten Odyssey
– A Brief History of Satellite News
– MST-UK with Trace and Frank
– Theatrical Trailers
– 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance