It’s no secret around these parts that I am a pretty big Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan. In fact, if you’re a movie geek in general chances are you’re already a fan of the series as well. The show marked an increase in popularity for bad film in general, and showed the world just why filmmakers like Ed Wood could still retain a viable audience after so many years and with such ridiculously low standards in quality. The show was very special in what it did and still retains a popular staple for b-movie film fans the world over.
Although we can still find the various creators of the show working in other projects, its always nice to revisit those special episodes that made us fans in the first place. Shout! Factory, who have done a credible job in releasing many of their episodes in the home video market, are looking to release Volume 20 on March 8th, 2011. The 4-Disc boxset will include the following episodes: Project Moonbase, Master Ninja I, Master Ninja II, and The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad. When pre-ordered through the Shout! Factory online store, you can also receive a nifty little stress ball in the shape of the MST3K planet from the opening titles. So, if you have a lot of pent up aggression about the show being canceled you can now vent some of that while also supporting the show! CHECK OUT THE PRE-ORDER OPPORTUNITY HERE
Also being released in March, on the 15th to be specific, are Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombie and Mystery Science Theater 3000: Beginning Of The End. You can find them with the following URL. Shout! Factory is also offering a $5 discount when you purchase both of the single DVDs together, using the coupon code MST3K5OFF.
For the full press release, keep reading after the bump!
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: BEGINNING OF THE END & THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES DVDs AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 15, $5 OFF AT SHOUT! FACTORY
Shout! Factory, in association with Best Brains, Inc., is proud to announce MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOL. XX will be released on March 8, 2011. Sit back — when you’re not doubled over with laughter, that is — for four classic episodes of this hilarious Peabody Award–winning series. Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo and your host Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson) are back to riff on your … erm .. favorite movies and television series of yesteryear with all the TLC only the Satellite of Love crew can deliver. And for this XXth volume of the outstanding, groundbreaking series, we’re making it a very special Mystery Science Theater 3000 Joel-bilee. And you’re on the guest list!
The 4-DVD set includes 4 episodes never before released on DVD, Project Moonbase, Master Ninja I, Master Ninja II, and The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad, along with several bonus features. Through a special offer only from Shout! Factory, fans who order the set at http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=5257360 will receive a free, limited-edition MST3K Stress Ball. SRP $ 59.97.
In addition, two more classic episodes, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombie and Mystery Science Theater 3000: Beginning Of The End, will be available on February 15, 2011 from http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=5257371, SRP $19.99 each. Shout! Factory is offering a $5 discount when you purchase both of these single DVDs together using the coupon code MST3K5OFF.
On Vol. XX’s Project Moonbase, the fate of the free world is in jeopardy when a trip to the Moon to begin establishing a U.S. military foothold in space uncovers a sinister foreign plot. In this classic episode from the series’ first official season, Joel, Tom Servo and Crow invite you to sit in and enjoy as they lovingly mock this sci-fi TV show gone awry, complete with: The wit! The laughter! And, of course, the SPACOM you’ve come to love over the last two and a half decades!
Also includes the shorts Commando Cody & The Radar Men From The Moon, Chapters 7 & 8, as well as bonus features including Exploring The Look Of MST3K With Director Of Photography Jeff Stonehouse, and the original trailer.
Master Ninja I finds a Korean War veteran turned master ninja living in Japan who learns of a daughter back in America , and makes it his personal vow to find her despite the consequences of breaking the ninja code he swore to uphold many years ago. Get your tuning forks and pitch pipes ready! It’s time to warm up the ol’ vocal chords for an awful-ly hysterical rendition of Master Ninja’s very own theme song! Sing (and laugh) along with Joel and the Satellite of Love gang as they riff on not one, but two episodes of the series The Master starring Lee Van Cleef and Tim othy Van Patten and featuring a young Demi Moore — a combination so deadly, it’ll kill you with laughter. Bonus Features include a new interview with Master Ninja guest star Bill McKinney.
In Master Ninja II, the ongoing adventures of the aging American ninja in search of his long-lost daughter do, in fact, go on . . . and so does the derisive discourse of our MST3K team of “expert”commentators. As if riffing only two episodes of this Lee Van Cleef classic was enough! The crew aboard the Satellite of Love — Joel, Crow and Tom Servo — take on improv, the Cryptkeeper and, of course, two more hilarious episodes of The Master. Tom Servo Vs. Tom Servo Panel At Dragon*Con 2010 is offered here as a bonus feature.
In an effort to bring joy to his people, Sinbad takes off on a mission to find the elusive Bird of Happiness in the Russian morality tale, The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad. No movie is safe from the uproarious, laughter-inducing riffs of the SoL crew, and that goes double for Venice Film Festival Silver Lion Award–winners from Russia . But Joel, Crow and Tom are having their own awards ceremony. Can Magic Voyage Of Sinbad compete? Or, for that matter, survive? Bonus features include a new introduction by Trace Beaulieu, and Mystery Science Theater Hour Wraps.
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOL. XX BONUS FEATURES:
* A New Introduction By Trace Beaulieu
* New Interview With Master Ninja Guest Star Bill McKinney
* Tom Servo Vs. Tom Servo 2010 Dragon*Con Panel
* Exploring The Look Of MST3K With Director Of Photography Jeff Stonehouse
* Mystery Science Theater Hour Wraps
* Original Trailers
* 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance