Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

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Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Closed Caption; The Making of Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie; Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie: The Motion Picture Odyssey; This Island Earth: 21/2 years in the making; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
As Mike and the 'bots watch the opening credits of the Universal-International production This Island Earth, someone has the foresight to ask, "Doesn't the fact that it's universal make it international?" The pleasure of watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 on television was much the same as watching Dennis Miller -- the attitude was hip, the references were obscure, and the jokes were intelligent. The film succeeds in duplicating the charm of the series. The humor flies fast and furious from the three heroes throughout the film's 73 minutes. Crow's rendition of "It's a Long Way to Tipperary," a sly reference to the walking around the spaceship in a circle scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the appearance of Dr. Clayton Forrester explaining the "experiment" are just a couple of highlights. The fact that they both appear within the first five minutes is not a case of a movie using up its best material right in the beginning; there is a consistently high level of comedy maintained throughout. "Misties" will enjoy the references to the classic episodes, and people new to this world will get a generous helping of what made Mystery Science Theater 3000 a television cult classic. The only thing missing is the theme song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2013
  • UPC: 826663142723
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: A1
  • Presentation: with Blu-Ray
  • Time: 1:14:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 26,933

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael J. Nelson Mike Nelson
Trace Beaulieu Dr. Clayton Forrester + Crow.T. Robot
Kevin Murphy Tom Servo
Jim Mallon Gypsy
John Brady Benkitnorf
John E. Brady Benkitnorf
Technical Credits
Jim Mallon Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Billy Barber Score Composer, Songwriter
Trace Beaulieu Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Paul Chaplin Screenwriter
Blakesley Clapp Set Decoration/Design
Marie Domingo Asst. Director
Linda Froiland Costumes/Costume Designer
Julie Hartley Production Manager
Joel Hodgson Score Composer
Bill Johnson Editor
Bridget Jones Screenwriter
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
Jeff Stonehouse Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
1. Chapter 1 [8:12]
2. Chapter 2 [7:32]
3. Chapter 3 [4:14]
4. Chapter 4 [5:41]
5. Chapter 5 [3:02]
6. Chapter 6 [3:57]
7. Chapter 7 [5:53]
8. Chapter 8 [5:05]
9. Chapter 9 [6:41]
10. Chapter 10 [4:26]
11. Chapter 11 [2:47]
12. Chapter 12 [3:44]
13. Chapter 13 [4:52]
14. Chapter 14 [3:27]
15. Chapter 15 [1:08]
16. Chapter 16 [3:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
   Play Movie
   Extras
      The Making of Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie
      Mystery Science Theater 3000 The Movie: The Motion Picture Odyssey
      This Island Earth: 2 1/2 Years In The Making
      Deleted Scenes
      Theatrical Trailer
   Chapters
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    Except for seeing a picture of a burger on the wall in Exeter's

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funniest thing I've seen in a long time

    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?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2002

    YEP, IT'S JUST LIKE THE TV SHOW!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2002

    HILARIOUS

    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!

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