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THE MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 COLLECTION, VOL. 7

 



The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 7

Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Format:
Color

Rated:
NR
Studio:
Wea Corp
DVD Release Date:
April 19, 2005
Run Time:
410

DVD Features:

  • Episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS (with short: JUNIOR RODEO DAREDEVILS)
  • Episode 408- HERCULES UNCHAINED
  • Episode 410- HERCULES AGAINST THE MOON MEN
  • Episode 816- PRINCE OF SPACE
  • Shorts: ASSIGNMENT: VENEZUELA, CENTURY 21 CALLING, A CASE OF SPRING FEVER.

Number of discs: 4
 

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This is the latest volume of episodes on DVD from this cult TV show, which ran for a decade or so - first on Comedy Central and then on Sci-Fi - that poked fun at very bad movies.

The episodes here include three from the Comedy era (The Killer Shrews and two Hercules flicks, namely Hercules Unchained and Hercules Against the Moon Men) and one from the Sc-Fi Channel years, namely Prince of Space. Plus we get a few shorts (mostly short educational and training films from the 1950s) thrown in as an unexpected bonus.

One of the shorts is A Case of Spring Fever, which features an Average Joe-type guy who is harassed by an animated figure named Coily who makes our Average Joe protagonist live in a world without any springs (or coils). Coily is so incredibly annoying that it makes that little paperclip assistant found in Microsoft Office look positively congenial! I mention this short because long-time viewers of Futurama would remember this short being spoofed in one episode.

The short Century 21 Calling has two Hitler Youth types running dementedly around the Seattle World Fair, gawping at now redundant early-1960s telecommunications technology. 

Also noteworthy is Prince of Space, a horrendously poor B&W Japanese movie made for children and one of my all-time funny Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes along with Eegah! and Space Mutiny (collected in the recommended Collection, Volume 4). I mention Prince of Space here because I've been nagging Rhino (which brings out these discs) in my reviews for this site to bring this episode out on disc and spookily enough now they have! It can only mean - gasp! - that they've been reading my reviews!

Rounding out the set are the two Spaghetti Hercules movies, both making for rather entertaining episodes as well as The Killer Shrews, a B&W horror movie by the director by the director of The Giant Gila Monster, which just serves as a recommendation now doesn't it?

Incidentally, the chances are good that even if you are a die-hard life-long MSTie (or fan of the show) then the chances are good that even you haven't seen the short Assignment: Venezuela. According to Amazon.com it was ?originally to be included on a cancelled CD-ROM from Voyager. Shown during the second MST3K convention in Minneapolis and only before available on a VHS tape from Best Brains themselves.?

THE DISCS: No complaints here: the sound on these discs seems improved from the previous entries in this series (especially the previous set) and we get some extra shorts, maybe to make up for the fact that the Junior Rodeo Daredevils short which is part of the Killer Shrews episode can be found on a previous collection in the series.

WORTH IT? Yup. This collection is an improvement on the previous, rather average Volume 6 collection and contains some quite funny episodes.

RECOMMENDATION: Buy it if you consider yourself a MSTie. If you haven't checked out a single episode of this show yet, this DVD box set is as good a place as any other to start . . .
 



 

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