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Brad Cook reviews Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 1…
Shout! Factory has brought us full circle with their latest Mystery Science Theater 3000 release, taking us back to the first volume released way back when Rhino had the license for the series. MST3K Volume 1 includes the four movies included back then but tosses in a few bonus features to make double-dipping seem a little more palatable.
However, the bonus features are on the lean side, and this set doesn’t come in a slipcover with those cool mini posters that have been gracing these volumes since Shout! took over the license. By the way, if you’re curious if the company will be doing this with all the Rhino sets, I asked a Shout! rep and was told, “We do not have plans to re-release additional Rhino collections at this time.” Maybe if this one sells really well, though, they’ll change their minds. »
- Gary Collinson
The Belgian film Cub validates the fear some of us have of spending the night in the woods. Cub on Blu-ray and DVD will hit stores on August 18th. Also: theatrical and digital release details for The Diabolical, HollyShorts Film Festival 2015 lineup, and Manos: The Hands of Fate soundtrack on vinyl.
Cub: Artsploitation Films will release Cub on Blu-ray and DVD on August 18th. Directed by Jonas Govaerts from a screenplay he wrote with Roel Mondelaers, Cub stars Maurice Luijten, Titus De Voogdt, Stef Aerts, Evelien Bosmans, and Jan Hammenecker.
"This dark, bloody, imaginative fairy tale about a camping trip that turns into deadly carnage draws on such influences as Lord of the Rings, Friday the 13th, and The Devil’s Backbone. The story follows 12-year-old outcast Sam who, along with his troop of cub scouts and their teenage supervisors, camp in woods rumored to house a mysterious and deadly werewolf. »
- Tamika Jones
In this era of Twitter feuds, it’s tempting to view Mystery Science Theater 3000 as a show wherein the host and his bots mercilessly mocked bad movies, but as some of the cast members have noted in the past, their approach was a gentler one. They simply wanted to give a ribbing to poorly made films while always acknowledging their overall love of cinema.
That attitude usually comes through in the bonus features found in Shout! Factory’s latest MST3K release, Volume Xxxiii. Like others in the series, this one features four episodes, along with a smattering of extras and four nice mini posters. Here’s what you get in this set:
• Daddy-o: This third season episode features Joel and the bots giving their commentary on a this 1959 movie with a bunch of supposed tough guys who are really just silly. »
- Gary Collinson
This week on Off The Shelf, Ryan is joined by Brian Saur to take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the week of July 28th, 2015, and chat about some follow-up and home video news.
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Episode Links & Notes Follow-up Vudu / Ultraviolet Update to the Hertzfeldt Kickstarter What have we bought / watched lately? Ryan: Barnes & Noble Sale / Amazon UK / Thief and the Cobbler doc / Lost Soul / Man From Uncle Season 1 / Brian: B&N / Best Buy $4.99 Blu-rays News Olive Films September Announcements Scorpion Releasing/Kino – The People That Time Forgot in November New Releases Cherry 2000 The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein Ghost Town Home Justice League: Gods and Monsters Miracle Mile Monte Walsh Mystery Science Theater 3000: Xxxiii Prime Cut White God Zone Troopers Episode Credits Ryan Gallagher (Twitter / Website / Wish List) Brian Saur (Twitter /Website / Instagram / Wish List)
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- Ryan Gallagher
While July 28th may be a light day in terms of the amount of horror and sci-fi titles making their home entertainment debuts, we do have an interesting assortment of films and TV to look forward to. Kino Lorber has dug up two classics—The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein and Cherry 2000 (starring Melanie Griffith)—which are being released on Blu-ray this Tuesday, and Scream Factory has another underrated genre gem getting the HD treatment as well—the horror western Ghost Town.
For all you MST3K fans out there, Shout! Factory is putting out another collection of campy films that you’ll be able to add to your collections this week and Bayview Entertainment also has a double feature of cult movies from Germany—Strangler of the Tower / Monster of London—arriving on DVD.
After the death of Victor Frankenstein »
- Heather Wixson
Read More: Watch: First Trailer for Paul Feig's Zany Yahoo Series 'Other Space' Stars a Pun-Spouting Coffee Maker Paul Feig's diverse body of work just got a little wackier, as he is now at the helm of a petition to reclassify Pluto as a planet. The writer/director of "Bridesmaids" and "Freaks and Geeks" also recently embarked on a journey through space with his new Yahoo series "Other Space." His new galactic quest has obviously inspired and cultivated a genuine interest in our solar system, as he and Trace Beaulieu of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" are pressuring the International Astronomical Union to change their definition of what constitutes as a planet. After the New Horizons mission this week succeeded in capturing the most detailed, topographical images of Pluto to date, interest in the tiny outlier has never been greater. The baseline argument here is that if »
- Sarah Choi
In addition to getting their Blu-ray horror and sci-fi fix from Shout! Factory's booth #4118 at this year's Comic-Con, fans can also experience exciting future Scream Factory title announcements at the "Inside Look" panel taking place Friday, July 10th at 7:30pm in Room 24Abc:
Press Release: "Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2015 with a dynamic line-up sure to delight pop culture enthusiasts of all ages. Shout! Factory is a leading multi-platform entertainment company, and its Comic-Con offerings, which span its popular Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory™ brands, are sure to please devoted fans of popular home entertainment properties, collectors and pop culture enthusiasts alike. This year, Shout! Factory unveils an exciting panel event, new home entertainment products, Comic-Con exclusives and engaging booth activities. Fans and attendees are invited to join in on the excitement at the Shout! Factory »
- Derek Anderson
Wisconson-based regional filmmaker Bill Rebane’s no-budget wonder ($300k to be exact) The Giant Spider Invasion was a hilariously cheesy 1975 throwback to the giant-monster flicks of the 50s, a trend then enjoying a revival with films like Empire Of The Ants and Food Of The Gods. This outrageous mix of giant monster motifs and backwoods sleaze plays like a hybrid of Tarantula and The Blob with its mixture of giant spiders and falling meteors. I saw The Giant Spider Invasion at the long-shuttered Ellisville Cinema in West St. Louis County (on a double bill with the David Niven vampire comedy Old Dracula). I recall the poster in the lobby which featured a gargantuan spider bearing down on a group of terrified people. In the air above the mega-arachnid was three helicopters and lying crumpled at the spider’s legs were burning cars as spotlights filled the sky. One of the »
- Tom Stockman
At the top of a definite genre shortlist is William Wesley’s 1988 title Scarecrows, a little horror flick about the eponymous objects used to frighten birds away from crops. Unfortunately, to use a cheap analogy, their use as frightful entities on film is parallel to their safeguarding of crops, effective only to the cognitive capabilities of smaller creatures. While Wesley maintains an effective command of ambience throughout this nocturnal jaunt through the vegetation, a bounty of budgetary restraints, strained performances and belabored writing seemingly brought on by a limited concept mark the film as fodder for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 experience.
A band of ex-military criminals heist the Camp Pendleton payroll, take a pilot and his daughter hostage, and make a mad dash through Mexico. However, one of their crew members double crosses them, attempting to murder his cohorts and escape with all the money for himself. This leads »
- Nicholas Bell
By Lee Pfeiffer
One of the most rewarding byproducts of reviewing movies for a living is that you will often encounter some prominent gem that somehow managed to escape your attention previously. In certain cases, it's arguable that a film might well be more appreciated many years later than it was during its initial release. Such a case pertains to the 1965 crime drama Once a Thief. Directed by the under-rated Ralph Nelson, the film successfully invokes the mood and atmosphere of the classic black-and-white film noir crime thrillers of the 1940s and 1950s. Although this movie was widely credited as being Alain Delon's first starring role in an English language production, he was among the all-star cast seen the previous year in the big budget Hollywood production of The Yellow Rolls Royce. It is accurate to say, however, that Once a Thief afforded him his first opportunity to be »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The constant big-budget movie releases with their A-list stars, state of the art technology, and expensive advertising campaigns can make it easy to forget that most of the movie industry just doesn’t have that kind of money. Most filmmakers are working with limited resources, yet producing films that are in many cases better than those big money movies. Other filmmakers work with even less, producing films that, in the end, are often relegated to the more obscure cable channels and the bargain bin at Amazon. B-movies have been called Hollywood’s stepchild, but what they really are is its life blood.
Only a few of these films make money, but they have a greater value than simply being good for business: they are good for filmmaking. With little money, no stars, scripts that are disjointed, and often featuring poor production values, the B-movie is the primordial ooze from which new talent and ideas crawl. »
- Gregory Small
We meet again, “Daredevil” fans. If you’re joining this recap already in progress, part one is here and part two is here! With “Daredevil” eschewing the traditional format of television by releasing the entire first season at once, recapping becomes a bit tricky. Binge-watch the entire series in one go and I risk spoiling everything and being stoned in the digital streets. But binge-watch too slowly and I become that person who discovered “Breaking Bad” in the last season. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be giving my thoughts on Marvel’s “Daredevil” in all their stream-of-consciousness glory. It’s like “MST3K,” only without the robots and less funny. “Stick” Image Credit: Marvel Entertainment #1. Flee for you life, Asian businessman! #2. Businessman owns a desert eagle he can barely pick up, which means he skipped arm day. #3. Um, excuse me? That should’ve kicked like a son of a bitch. »
- Donna Dickens
The brainchild of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" alumnus Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy (aka Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (aka Crow T. Robot), Rifftrax skewers cult classic films with hilarious live commentary. The crew hit the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday evening for their first-ever New York performance, where the Rifftrax gang unleashed their signature comedic chops on Tommy Wiseau's "The Room." Before taking the stage for a packed house, the trio thanked "Bobby D" (Robert De Niro) for inviting them to the festival, and riffed on a short safety film from the 1950s. If you weren't able to catch the performance at Tribeca, don't worry, Rifftrax will be doing four other live shows this year, including "The Room," that will be broadcast into movie theaters nationwide. You can find more information on the Rifftrax Live website. Before the hilarious event, Indiewire sat down with the trio to look back on "MST3K" and dig into. »
- Casey Cipriani
Fans of Paul Feig have a new group of geeks to fall in love with, and the crew of the spaceship that makes up the set of Yahoo Screen’s Other Space are as odd and “freaky” as anything he’s come up with before.
Stewart Lipinski (Karan Soni) is mildly interested in pursuing a career in galaxy mapping, or whatever, and as we enter the show, he is taking his final test to become Captain of his own spaceship. He wins out over his sister, Karen (Bess Rous), largely because she is so… intense, that even the higher-ups of the space program are scared of her.
This is not exciting news for Stewart, who doesn’t want to spend a long space voyage dealing with her, especially when he has to convince her that he’s in charge.
The crew is basically a semi-typical gaggle of misfits, and Stewart »
- Marc Eastman
Mystery Science Theater fans rejoice! Our beloved Joel Hodgson has been found. The man who, in the not-too-distant future, braved "Manos": The Hands of Fate among other cinematic stinkers is part of the excellent ensemble cast of Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig’s very funny outer space comedy. (Embarrassment of riches alert: He’s joined by his MST3K costar Trace Beaulieu as a Crow T. Robot-like mechanical wisecracker named Art.) Read more: Yahoo's Paul Feig Comedy to Reunite 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Stars This time it’s the really distant future when, as an opening title card informs us,
- Keith Uhlich
The Collider Weekly TV Guide is a rundown of notable episodes, premieres, returns, finales, and opportunities to catch up on great shows (or cast an eye to the occasional TV train wreck). Here are the picks for the week beginning Monday, April 13th: Monday 4/13 Bates Motel, "Norma Louise" (A&E, 9 p.m.) -- Norma and Norman have seemingly gone their separate ways, which leaves Norman crazier than usual. Meanwhile, Dylan/Emma shippers take note; the two must work together to help a friend through a rough night. Turn: Washington's Spies, "Thoughts of a Free Man; Hard Boiled" (AMC, 9 p.m.) -- The 2-hour Season 2 premiere of AMC's under-the-radar series will see Abe attempting to infiltrate New York City. Tuesday 4/14 [caption id="attachment_435775" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via The CW[/caption] The Flash, "All Star Team Up" (CW, 8 p.m.) -- The Flash returns with an Arrow crossover featuring Felicity and Ray, and the premiere of Ray's new Atom suit. »
- Allison Keene
When I wrote for Film Threat, I reviewed every Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD set released by Shout! Factory, so I was happy to bring my reviews to Flickering Myth and continue the streak. I’ve been a fan of the show since I discovered it in college, back around 1990 or 1991, when finding a blank videotape and programming a Vcr was a real pain in the ass. In those days, if you really liked a show, you made sure you were in front of the TV at the appointed day and time.
I never joined MST3K’s “keep circulating the tapes” movement, which exhorted fans to record episodes and pass the videotapes around. That concept, along with fanzines and play-by-mail chess, seems so quaint today, although the last several years of the show’s run coincided with the rise of the Internet, »
- Gary Collinson
The show, described as a mashup of Red Dwarf, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and The Office, centers on a crew of 22nd century space explorers who were placed on a ship as babies and wake up as confused and clueless adults. When they discover an alternate universe, the overmatched rookies must band together to explore it and attempt to find their way back home.
Other Space, the third series produced for Yahoo Screen, stars Karan Soni (Betas), Milana Vayntrub (Silicon Valley), Conor Leslie (Klondike), Eugene Cordero (House of Lies), Neil Casey (Broad City), Bess Rous (Murder in the First) and Mystery Science Theater 3000 alums Trace Beaulieu and Joel Hodgson.
The first of eight half-hour episodes of Other Space »
- A.R. Wilson
Read More: With Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Now Yahoo All Producing Original Content, Is It Too Much for TV Fans? "Bridesmaids" director and "Freaks and Geeks" creator Paul Feig is back to producing laughs with the release of a new trailer for his upcoming space comedy, "Other Space." Set in 2105, "Other Space" chronicles the adventures of a group of noobie space explorers hurtling through a galaxy full of aliens. The difference between alien gills and brain holes are explored along with plenty of other shenanigans. Karan Soni ("Safety Not Guaranteed") and Milana Vayntrub ("Silicon Valley") star alongside "Mystery Science Theater 3000" veterans Joel Hodgson and Tracy Beaulieu. Feig is also hard at work rebooting the "Ghostbusters" franchise, with Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon donning the iconic jumpsuits. The first season of "Other Space" will consist of...
- Helen Z. Carefoot
Read More: With Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and Now Yahoo All Producing Original Content, Is It Too Much for TV Fans? "Bridesmaids" director and "Freaks and Geeks" creator Paul Feig is back to producing laughs with the release of a new trailer for his upcoming space comedy, "Other Space." Set in 2105, "Other Space" chronicles the adventures of a group of noobie space explorers hurtling through a galaxy full of aliens. The difference between alien gills and brain holes are explored along with plenty of other shenanigans. Karan Soni ("Safety Not Guaranteed") and Milana Vayntrub ("Silicon Valley") star alongside "Mystery Science Theater 3000" veterans Joel Hodgson and Tracy Beaulieu. Feig is also hard at work rebooting the "Ghostbusters" franchise, with Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon donning the iconic jumpsuits. The first season of "Other Space" will consist of »
- Helen Z. Carefoot
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