Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
The cult television series Mystery Science Theatre 3000 transfers its brand of science-fiction wisecracking to the big screen with relatively few changes. The concept is the same in series and film: an innocent man (Michael J. Nelson, playing Mike Nelson) is stranded in outer space by a mad scientist, who subjects the poor slob to "experiments" that involve watching the worst movies ever made. In order to survive this cinematic torture, Mike and his two companions, sarcastic robots Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, mercilessly heckle the film in self-defense. In this case, the target is This Island Earth, a 1950s sci-fi opus that, despite its silly makeup effects and stilted dialogue, actually stands slightly above the usual Mystery Science Theatre fare. Otherwise, despite the larger budget, the film plays as a shorter version of the television show, with the robots and sets purposefully maintaining their ingenious, homemade look. Despite its loyalty to the original concept, many long-time fans found the film less sharp than the series, and the cinematic version failed to attract many viewers beyond the original audience. Nevertheless, it serves as a good introduction for the uninitiated, demonstrating the show's combination of pop culture deconstruction and intelligent, playful humor.
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- Original Release:
- Universal Studios
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Michael J. Nelson||Mike Nelson|
|Trace Beaulieu||Dr. Clayton Forrester + Crow.T. Robot|
|Kevin Murphy||Tom Servo|
|John E. Brady||Benkitnorf|
|Billy Barber||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Trace Beaulieu||Associate Producer,Screenwriter|
|Blakesley Clapp||Set Decoration/Design|
|Marie Domingo||Asst. Director|
|Linda Froiland||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Julie Hartley||Production Manager|
|Joel Hodgson||Score Composer|
|Jef Maynard||Production Designer|
|Kevin Murphy||Associate Producer,Screenwriter|
|Paul Murphy||Special Effects|
|Thomas A. Naunas||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Michael J. Nelson||Screenwriter|
|Mary Jo Pehl||Screenwriter|
Spoken Language: English 5.1
Spoken Language: Français
Subtitles: English SDH
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Except for seeing a picture of a burger on the wall in Exeter's study, most of the jokes in this are just sophomoric, stupid. I am offended that they chose this great sci-fi movie to shred. Maybe it's because I was a slightly-similar electronics design engineer at the time the movie came out. The untouched movie itself is a pared-down version of what first appeared in theaters. A critical scene where an irreplaceable vacuum tube rolls off the workbench and shatters, requiring the hero to engineer a new one, is gone to the cutting room floor. The lines before and after this missing scene point to the cut. Now that would be worth the historical research and a documentary, maybe one investigating the deletion of one scene in War of the Worlds about evolution. I wish these Mystery Science guys would do something serious for a change, instead of merely attacking the junk in old movies--easy targets for 9-year-olds just learning the value of satire and forbidden language. Okay, it's worth a guffah and knee slap. Just please pick your easy targets better.
This has got to be one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. I'm a huge Rocky Horror fan, so the idea of yelling at the screen isn't all that foreign to me, but MST3K takes it to a whole new level. This is one of those movies that I can watch on a daily basis, if it happens to turn out that way, and not get sick of it. The commentary is hilarious, and the inside jokes are great. "What's this 'all the rest' crap?"
Yes it is just like the television show. Mike and the bots are at the top of there game however as ''This Island Earth'' lends it- self to some rather brilliant satire. There are lots of scenes where the characters aren't saying any lines and just making facial expressions. This allows for the perfect timing of the fill-in ad-libs. For example in one scene where Russell Johnson first hoves into view,(Johnson was the Professor on Gilligan's Island.)he's looking a bit perturbed and says:''what's this 'and the rest' cr.p?'' you won't be disappointed.
Most people would look at the title of this movie and think it is some kind of boring stupid movie. These people are definitely wrong. This movie is the funniest movie I've ever seen. The characters make fun of some old boring science movie. The jokes are endless and you will run out of breath laughing. This movie is great for anytime!