Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)

Genre(s): Comedy
Rogue Pictures || PG13 - 74 minutes - $19.98 || May 6, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-05-08


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Jim Mallon
Writer(s): Joel Hodgson (characters by); Michael J. Nelson & Trace Beaulieu & Jim Mallon & Kevin Murphy & Mary Jo Pehl & Paul Chaplin & Bridget Jones (written by)
Cast: Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Jim Mallon


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

After being out of print for 10 years, Rogue Pictures has released Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (or MST3K: The Movie) on DVD. Based on the cult favorite TV series that ran from 1988 to 1999, and still living on the Internet in the form of “Rifftrax” (though not under this name), MSTK3K hit the big screen in 1996 under the tagline; “Every Year Hollywood Makes Hundreds of Movies. This Is One Of Them!” Indeed it is and although they do put all the jokes/gags in one basket, namely the 1955 “classic” This Island Earth, it is still very funny.

Like the popular series, the movie version finds Mike Nelson, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo trapped on a bone-shaped spaceship under the control of Dr. Clayton Forrester who forces the trio to watch bad movies to break their will power. Of course, the three of them make the most of the experience sitting down and mocking the film.

MST3K: The Movie is exactly like the TV series except it’s presented in widescreen and slightly longer – it clocks in, including credits (which they also mock) around 75-minutes. And a lot like some comic acts, there are high and low points but all in all, it is still pretty damn funny. I’m not sure if This Island Earth was the “right” movie to poke fun at, but at the same time, it would be hard not to laugh at ludicrous acting and an even more laughable plot. At the very least, This Island Earth personifies the 1950’s sci-fi movies.

Some classic lines:
“Into the weenie mobile, weenie man away!”
“They're forcing him to visit Branson, Missouri.”
“This is a job for ‘Weenie man!’”

And so many others used in reaction to the film, so reproducing it here wouldn’t do it justice...
The film, like the series, stars Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu (Crow and Dr. Forrester), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) and Jim Mallon (Gypsy). The series was created by Joel Hodgson who left in 1993.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Not even a single trailer. For shame!



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

MST3K: The Movie, as I mentioned, is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.85 OAR. The picture looks alright though it is grainy at times, when not in mockery mode. Inside the theater, it doesn’t much matter and since that is where the comic gold lays, as long as it’s serviceable, why complain?

The bigger surprise on this disc is a quite strong Dolby Digital 5.1 track that makes use of the bass in my home theater, and it didn’t take long for it to happen. Within the first minute, as the spaceship “Satellite of Love” passed on screen, the entire first floor of my home shook, windows and all. Other than that, this is a talky film so all I really looked for is clear dialogue which this provides nicely enough.



.::OVERALL::.

You either like MST3K or you don’t. Personally, I think it was a funny show and even though I don’t quite understand why there needed to be a feature film, which merely doubles as an extended episode, it still is quite funny. Only thing I can complain about is the lack of features but I guess one should thank Rogue Pictures for finally bringing this back on DVD after so many years.