12/31/07

RVOD012 Plan 9 from Outer Space

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett team up to take another crack at this cheesy classic. Reviewed as Rifftrax 052.

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Dramatis Personae: Cinematic Titanic Edition

Joel Hodson: The mastermind behind Cinematic Titanic hosted the first half of Mystery Science Theater 3000’s ten year run as Joel Robinson, the original janitor-marooned-in-space. He appears in the middle of the left silhouette platform.

J. Elvis Weinstein: The artist formerly known as “Josh” handles the Cinematic Titanic project’s musical requirements. In the distant past he appeared as gumball machine robot Tom Servo and the dumb-as-rocks mad scientist Dr. Larry Erhardt in the KTMA era of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and reprised those roles for the first season of the national series. He appears at the top of the left silhouette platform.

Mary Jo Pehl: Ms. Pehl provides the Cinematic Titanic commentary’s sole female voice, and is the only performer involved to have appeared both with Cinematic Titanic and its sister project Rifftrax. Back in the day, she appeared intermittently on Mystery Science Theater as the bodiless head Jan in the Pan and archvillain Pearl Forrester, finally settling into the latter role as the main antagonist for the last four seasons of the show. She appears at the bottom of the left silhouette platform.

Frank Conniff: Mr. Conniff proudly supplies the running commentary of Cinematic Titanic with its most obscure references. In his Mystery Science Theater 3000 days he played evil but loveable TV’s Frank from seasons two to six. He appears at the bottom of the right silhouette platform.

Trace Beaulieu: Mr. Beaulieu is responsible for the props used by the Cinematic Titanic Crew. In his Mystery Science Theater 3000 days he played sporting equipment robot Crow and main antagonist Dr. Clayton Forrester for the first seven seasons of the show. He appears at the top of the right silhouette platform.

And now, the handy seating chart:

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12/26/07

Give Me Your Agonizer

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I gotta get a new picture to post with these MST3K.com updates.

Two new host segments have been added to the Videos section of MST3K.com. In other news, the unwieldy MST3K.com Guide has been organized to have separate pages for each review, with an additional page just for the video section. The various guides and tables of contents have been altered to refect this.

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12/24/07

Recommended Holiday Viewing

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The next news probably won’t be until mid-January, when they announce the next Rifftrax title, and/or I finally get Cinematic Titanic’s Oozing Skull DVD in the mail. In the meantime, it’s time to sit back and enjoy family and good food and perhaps a few Very Special Holiday Presentations. The following are my favorite Christmas-themed episodes of MST3K/Rifftrax.

1) R050 The “Star Wars” Holiday Special: The funniest holiday special of the riffed Christmas oeuvre is also the most readily available; you can watch within minutes of following the instructions found in this post. You’ll notice that I didn’t call it “the best holiday special of the riffed Christmas oeuvre.” Long stretches of awful strangeness will leave you helpless with laughter, but Itchy’s prehensile jaw and Art Carney’s cleavage will haunt your darkest nightmares for years to come.

2) Episode 813 Jack Frost: This exuberant Russo-Finnish film from the SciFi Channel period is not technically a Christmas movie, but it’s got lots of snow, and jingling sleighs, and the eponymous mythical character with a long white beard and a brightly colored fur-lined suit. So, close enough. The mishmash of Russian folklore can be confusing for the average American viewer, but aside from that, it’s one of the best films ever to appear on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It is unfortunately, only available through tape trading or the Digital Archive Project.

3) R019 Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey: One of Rankin/Bass’s least offensive crimes against holiday cheer tells the story of a mutant donkey and his stoned cherubic friend as they work together to—are you ready for this?—save Christmas. My kids love the untreated version of this for some reason, but it’s hilarious with Mike’s commentary, notable for including the most utterances of the word “ass” within a half-hour period. Nestor can be had as part of The Year Without a Santa Claus DVD, and the commentary can be downloaded from Rifftrax.

4) Episode 321 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: Weird, awful, and very, very cheap, this Joel-era Christmas episode features some of the best host segments in the run of the show. The film segments aren’t bad either, as Joel and the ‘Bots make fun of Santa’s befuddled incompetence and the rebel Martians’ feeble struggles to resist the overpowering lure of the Christmas spirit. Features Crow’s very special Patrick Swayze Christmas carol. “I got the word the Santa has been stealing from the till / I guess that that right jolly old elf had best make out his will.” Commercially available as part of the “The Essentials” collection.

5) Episode 521 Santa Claus: This odd, pseudo-religious bit of foreign cinema posits that Santa is the Supreme Being, in direct opposition to Satan in the battle for the souls of all the children of Earth. (And by “Earth” they mean “Mexico City”). The host segments aren’t quite as funny for this Mike-era Comedy Central episode, but the excellent film segments more than make up for it. And did you know that Merlin lives right next door to Santa’s castle in the North Pole clouds? Because he does! Again, available only through tape trading, or the Digital Archive Project.

6) RVOD011 A Visit to Santa: This twelve-minute short is the latest thing to pop up on Rifftrax’s new Video On Demand Service, and is also readily available. It’s also kind of boring, unfortunately. You could arm a nine-year-old with a camcorder, tell him to film a Christmas special by tomorrow, and he’d come back the next day with something better. Still, Mike, Bill, and Kevin try their darndest, and the result is at least passably amusing.

Why only six? Well, that’s all there is. Since there’s not much likely to happen over the holidays, I probably won’t be posting much either. Maybe I’ll tweak the site, and maybe I’ll get to the last few Rifftrax On Demand titles. We’ll see.

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12/22/07

Cinematic Titanic's First Release...Sort Of

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Cinematic Titanic's first title The Oozing Skull (retitled from Brain of Blood) has finally been released. But, only as a burned DVD shipped to you by EZTakes, because they don't have download rights to it until next spring. Oh, and EZTakes apparently doesn't have the manpower to meet demand, so nothing will be shipped for at least ten days. Plus, the whole thing costs $15.94--more than many professionally pressed DVDs. As if that weren't enough, if you don't live in the U.S.A., you're out of luck completely.

So, basically, I've just dropped sixteen bucks into the internet for a DVD-R that I can't watch for another three weeks. Still, that sample video (behind the cut) looks good:

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Take a Ride in the Magic Helicopter or Rocket or Whatever

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Santa Claus isn't coming this year. Instead, he's sending his elves to fetch you in his magic helicopter so that you can look at his trains while he watches golf on television. Experience the North Pole in all it's Pasadena-esque glory in the latest Rifftrax On Demand release A Visit to Santa. (Read the review here.)

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12/21/07

Speak of the Devil

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Well, whaddya know?* Yesterday I snarked at the Cinematic Titanic folks for leaving us hanging for so long, and today they've finally broken their silence on the subject of their upcoming release. Coincidence?

Yeah, probably.

I'm glad they updated though. Nice to know their debut release is still in the works, even if they still don't have any thing more specific to tell us than "soon." Read the words of Joel and Mary Jo here.

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12/20/07

"Gradual Approacher of Worlds."

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Rifftrax is in the news again with a new Video On Demand short so obscure, it doesn't even have an imdb.com entry. Download A Visit to Santa now for only $0.99. I'll try it out tonight and post a review within the next couple of days.

And speaking of reviews, did you know that a quartet of smarmy, childish cretins is the only thing that stands between Earth and extraterrestrial cloud-induced annihilation? If Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer wasn't just a fantasy, we'd all be so screwed right now. (Read the review here.)

Also, an important date is fast approaching. Yes, soon we'll reach the two-week anniversary of Cinematic Titanic's first missed release date. How are you planning to celebrate?

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12/19/07

A Tiny Update for a Tiny Site

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The 'Bots were back, but then they left again. (Thankfully.) MST3K.com continues to update occasionally with old host segments. Today they've added Eyes Candy and Hugh Visits SOL, from The Slime People and The Lost Continent, respectively. The MST3K.com guide has been updated accordingly.

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12/18/07

You Have a Talent for Causing Things Pain

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What is it about bad boys that makes all the girls go wild? James Dean (before he died), Henry Winkler (before he started appearing in Adam Sandler movies), and now Audrey Jr., the giant carnivorous plant with his own shapely teenage fan club. Watch the madness in the Rifftrax Video On Demand title, Little Shop of Horrors. (Not the strange little musical with Rick Moranis, the even stranger little comedy with Jonathan Haze. Read the review here.)

A correction to an earlier post: The classic Drivers' Ed film Signal 30 has not and will not be riffed in its entirety, probably due to the graphic nature of later scenes. The first three minutes is merely meant as a demo for Rifftrax On Demand. The Rifftrax VOD guide has been updated accordingly.

Also: The Rifftrax for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer came out today. I've got mine. Do you? (Have yours, I mean. Not mine. You can't have mine.)

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12/17/07

Edward the Less Guide

Elf enthusiasts everywhere venerate J.R.R. Tolkien as the progenitor of modern fantasy, and his creation The Lord of the Rings as the inspiration for innumerable desperate quests to save googolplexes of magic kingdoms from sorcerous annihilation. (Of course, Tolkien based large portions of his work on North European mythology in general and Beowulf in particular, but they weren’t popular in quite this form before he got a hold of it.) And they are good books, still thrilling to read despite being slow and wordy by today’s standards.

But, like all fantasy, the thin veneer of serious drama conceals a deep, rich core of silliness that has inspired parody and mockery since its publication. In the fall of 2001, for instance, in anticipation of the latest film adaptation, the cast and crew of Mystery Science Theater 3000 teamed up with the SciFi Channel to produce Edward the Less—a fanciful tale of the eponymous pudge (an even more irritating variety of hobbit) on a reluctant quest to destroy a magic token before it falls into the clutches of the evil Dark Person.

Production values aren’t great, but the artwork is sharp. I’d call the format “animation,” but that would imply that the pictures “move” rather than having the camera pan across a series of still images. Still, it’s written and voiced by members of the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and they do not disappoint in these departments. Even better, for the price of a Silent Hill 2 commercial (and allowing RealPlayer to infect your computer), it’s free...

...or was free, anyway. The official site hosted at SciFi.com is rather slow, but still functional for now. Unfortunately, the links to the videos don’t seem to go anywhere, leaving the MST3K-hungry masses without any legitimate* means to see this forgotten bit of Tolkien fandom.

101 — A Long, Annoying Party
102 — The Odor of the Past
103 — Where the Hell Are We?
104 — Finally, Someone Tall
105 — Fight Like a Pudge
106 — Riders on the Bus
107 — The Bus Stops Here
108 — Table for Two?
109 — The Lair of the Lorekeeper: Collector's Edition
110 — Getting Soapy
111 — Stand by Your Pudge
112 — Many Minutes
113 — Of Course, You Realize This Means War

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*Edward the Less is the property of the SciFi Channel and is supposedly available for free on their website, but, due to technical issues, isn’t really. Repeated requests to SciFi.com to either fix their links or give me permission to repost them here have been stalwartly ignored. I recommend you ask your Lake Video cousins if you can borrow their copy. Your favorite cousin, Google "Edward The Less" Torrent would probably be particularly helpful in this regard.


**Super Special Extra-Crispy Update 7/31/08: An alert commentor (see below) has pointed out that some kind soul has uploaded the videos in question to Youtube. Entering the words "Edward the Less Youtube" into any search engine ought to point you in the right direction.

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ETL 113 Of Course You Realize This Means War

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

Blorik risk truncation in interest of terseness...

Rating: ***1/2

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

The Buddyship of the Token faces down the forces of evil.
Edward and all his friends run into the Army of the Dark Person and wish they hadn't. A surprise cliffhanger leaves everyone bewildered.

Thoughts:

A few great lines by Blorik the Grunt here; too bad he didn't show up earlier in the show. Soapy returns with some wonderful lines of his own--"Now you'll be painting another kind of kitchen, in Hell!" which, as Edward hastens to point out, doesn't mean anything. Plus, Edward finally gives the Noble One a taste of his own medicine. I'd spoil the ending for you, but, true to the book of which this series is a parody, there isn't one.

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ETL 112 Many Minutes

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

...Bombolink rejected the notion of imminent domain with a song from the early second age...

Rating: ****

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

Edward is clearly looking everywhere for his captive friend Soapy.
Finally back on track, Edward, Ariadrina and the Noble One call on the Council of Yathnor for help but don't really get any.

Thoughts:

Hands down my favorite episode, this episode wedges in every Lord of the Rings character that didn't fit into the rest of the parody. Reminiscent of the Council of Elrond, only they boil all the portentous drama-laden speeches down into mind-numbing bureaucracy. Watch Edward try to get things back on track at the end with cries of "Doomed! Doom├ęd!"

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ETL 111 Stand By Your Pudge

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

For lo, I remain unlaid.

Rating: ***

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

Edward will come for him.  He would stake his very trousers on it.
The Ugly Folk make Edward and the Noble One welcome; the extremely not-ugly Ariadrina is especially friendly. Finding Soapy suddenly seems a lot less urgent.

Thoughts:

Edward the Less' raciest episode chronicles the eponymous character's marriage and honeymoon period, as well as his first five anniversaries. Which brings up my second favorite line--when the captive Soapy continues to insist, after years of waiting, that Edward will come for him; "I'd stake my very trousers on it!"

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ETL 110 Getting Soapy

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

And suddenly the leaves were on him...dragging him away to some leafy doom!

Rating: ***1/2

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

Who dares disturb out allies, the Exalted Leaves?
In search of Soapy, Edward and the Noble One visit the vastly overrated Forest of Fear and meet a tribe of Ugly Folk.

Thoughts:

This one has all the usual fantasy jokes, but obtains "favored episode status" for two things that just spring up out of nowhere: the easily offended Exalted Leaves, and the Really Ugly Folk's ceremonial bath.

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ETL 109 The Lair of the Lorekeeper: Collector's Edition

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

I know more about lore than anyone. I have a huge presence in the lore community.


Rating: ***

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

Only a total loser would spend so much time going over the minutiae of an imaginary...world...  Wait...
Having lost Soapy to the none-too-bright Bus Riders, Edward and the Noble One finally get to meet the Lore Keeper, a major geek.

Thoughts:

This episode features The Lorekeeper, a poorly dressed, unkempt sort of person who revels not in the knowing of lore, but in knowing more lore than others. The Noble One, of course, continues to be noble in the most selfish and cowardly way possible, which is always good for a laugh.

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ETL 108 Table for Two?

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

Welcome to T.J. O'WizardBerry's, where you always have a wizard of fun. Will you be needing pudge seats?

Rating: **1/2

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

Here's another restaurant Edward and Soapy will be too embarrased to ever come back to.
Seeking information from the famed Lorekeeper, Edward and his friends have to endure an unpleasant experience at theme inn T.J. O'WizardBerry's.

Thoughts:

We start off with another collection of overeating jokes, finally settling down into a series of admittedly funny misspellings of "Lorekeeper" by the stupid but evil Bus Riders. It's a little better than the last episode, but again, this one's mostly expository.

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ETL 107 The Bus Stops Here

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

Broke an axle on a busload of orcs last midwinter's eve, and nearly put 'er in the ditch...

Rating: **

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

Note the tiny trees of the dwarf forest behind them.
The Bus Riders' bus breaks down, while Primatene and the Noble One try to persuade the fleeing Edward to continue on with the Quest.

Thoughts:


This episode is largely expository, albeit in an entertaining-ish sort of way. Unfortunately, no amount of banter can disguise the fact that nothing really happens, nor is anything revealed that we hadn't already figured out for ourselves. Features the return of the wizard Primatene in the second of many large, silly hats.

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ETL 106 Riders on the Bus

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

Let loose the fury of your clutch and drive!

Rating: ***1/2

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

The Noble One abandons our heroes at the first sign of danger.
Edward and Soapy are captured by the Bus Riders, while the Noble One acts cravenly and cowardly, but in a noble kind of way.

Thoughts:

Edward and Soapy's first encounter with the dreaded Bus Riders, evil servants of the Dark Person. Their escape represents the first and last time the Noble One is ever anything other than a hindrance to the quest. My second favorite exchange:
Soapy--"So you shooting me in the leg was actually a brave act? Oh, thank you, Noble One!"
Noble One--"I would gladly do it again."

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ETL 105 Fight Like a Pudge

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

Sound ye the Horn of Capitulation!

Rating: **1/2

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

Rolling into the Pudgelands lika a plague astride their fearsome steed...
The dreaded Riders — Bus Riders, actually — roll into Pushington Downs in search of Edward and the Token. The Pudges fall over themselves surrendering.

Thoughts:

Dedicated to a longish joke about the cowardice of Pudges in general. The Bus Riders' reaction is pretty funny, but the rest of it's kind of obvious.

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ETL 104 Finally, Someone Tall

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

Edward: Why did you capture us, anyway?
Noble One: Yes, we are noble, aren't we?
Edward: Um, I asked why you captured us.
Noble One: Ah, yes, I'll tell you how we became so noble.


Rating: ****

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

Yes, we are noble, aren't we?
Captured by a race of tall, handsome, proud people, Edward is joined in his quest by the Noble One, who, let's face it, isn't nearly so noble as he thinks he is.

Thoughts:

One of my favorite episodes of the series introduces, appropriately enough, my favorite character of the series--the craven, cowardly, and underhanded Noble One, whose sole criteria for judging an act's nobility is whether or not he did it. Another favorite line from this episode: "Are you going to fulfill your destiny or do I have to shoot you in the leg?"

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ETL 103 Where the Hell Are We?

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

I am in an amount of danger.

Rating: ***

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

I mean it, I'm not coming back.
Edward and Soapy depart Pushington Downs, stop for far too many snacks, and manage to get both lost and captured.

Thoughts:

Mainly a parody of the average hobbit's tendency to overeat. My favorite moment comes when Edward bids everyone farewell, and no one seems to care.

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ETL 102 The Odor of the Past

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

Hey, that's my buttonmaker-of-the-month ring!

Rating: ***

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

What are the odds this ring will turn out to be a powerful tool for evil?
While packing for their journey, Edward and his boon companion, Soapy, are visited by Primatene, a garden-variety wizard who foists a powerful Token and a rather shopworn Quest on our reluctant Pudges.

Thoughts:

It's time to recall those endless early chapters in which Gandalf huddled by the fire with Frodo to regale him with harrowing tales of his own impending doom. Gandalf's analog Primatene attempts something like that here, but keeps trying to lessen the impact with little success.

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ETL 101 A Long, Annoying Party

(2001, Comedy/Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery/Animation, color)

Rating: ***1/2

All they want is an excuse to run around being adorable...

Summary (from the original episode list at SciFi.com):

The streets are empty 'cause everyone's at the party.
The hamlet of Pushington Downs throws an exceedingly cute birthday party for Edward, a discontented Pudge who plans to seek out a considerably less cute existence, far away in the mythical Island City.

Thoughts:

They nail Tolkein's style in their first episode with a narrator that spits out a bewildering array of complicated Pudge names and customs. My favorite: "Izzleberry Cornstalkflower."

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12/16/07

Dial Hemp for Murder

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What do middle-aged high schoolers, boring demagogues, and bright green smoke have in common? Marijuana, that's what! Learn all the the misinformation you ever needed to know and more about the devil's weed from the Rifftrax Video On Demand title, Reefer Madness. (Review posted here.)

Coming up in a day or two: A review for Little Shop of Horrors.

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12/15/07

Contact Me

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Greetings, shout outs, salutations, concerns, problems, recipes, tips, tricks, and so on can be emailed to me at skenderberg at hotmail.com.

Yes, I still use hotmail. Stop looking at me like that!

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12/14/07

"Signal 30" Means "Large Roadkill"

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I thought I had a day off, but those Rifftrax folks won't stop generating news.

To begin with, the first three minutes of the classic traffic education film Signal 30 have been made available for free from Rifftrax On Demand. I assume the rest of it will be available for sale at some point in the near future.

Second, Riff Raff Theater has somehow talked Mike, Kevin, and Bill into performing a commentary track of their own design for the legendary cinematic train wreck, Batman and Robin. That is, from their own design, as put together from the suggested quips of viewers like you. Follow this link and suggest a sarcastic comment or two. The eventual end result should turn out interesting.

Also, you might have noticed I've tweaked the site a little more. Ad space from Project Wonderful has been added and will (hopefully) eventually be filled. A donation button has been added too, you know, just in case...

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12/13/07

An Extraterrestrial Planet-Devouring Entity Wants to Pay Me to Surf?

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With the next Rifftrax following so hard upon the heels of it's predecessor, I found I'd run out of placeholder posts to contain them. This has now been corrected, along with a new list of ten and comments added to the last list of ten.

While we're waiting for the FF2:RotSS Rifftrax (and for Cinematic Titanic to finally announce a new release date) I believe I'll turn my attention back to Rifftrax On Demand. Look for a review of Reefer Madness sometime early next week.

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12/12/07

"It's Not Every Day You See the Stupidest Thing You've Ever Seen."

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There are lots of things to cover today. First, Happy Life Day everyone! Get into the wookiee holiday spirit with the family-friendly virtual hooker hair dryer in The "Star Wars" Holiday Special. Buy a hideous pantsuit to support our labor unions today! (Review posted here. No, I don't know why "Star Wars" is in quotes.)

Also: the next Rifftrax has been announced. Tuesday, December 18, 2007 will bring us back to the Marvel universe where something vague and misty threatens all mankind with annihilation. Only Jessica Alba can save us, in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Also, also: MST3K.com has updated again with two new host segments lifted from the Joel era. The MST3K.com Guide has been updated accordingly.

Also, also, also: Happy Holidays from Rifftrax! Follow the link and scroll down for the video. Includes copious amounts of projectile vomiting, as well as ample cause for said vomit. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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12/11/07

It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing

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Night Club Management Rule #1: Never hire the Three Stooges. Learn this and other valuable life lessons in the third Rifftrax On Demand release, Swing Parade. (Review here.)

Also, I have seen the Star Wars Holiday Special Rifftrax, and it is the funniest thing Mr. Nelson and company have ever recorded. Enjoy it today! See yesterday's post for instructions. I'll post a review later this week.

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12/10/07

Lake Video Edition

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Happy Life Day Everyone!

I highly recommend that you purchase and download this...

...and follow instructions to synchronize it with the following:



Here's the direct link, in case you want to save it for later. The video file has Google headers on it, so you'll need a media player that ignores such things to watch it.

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12/9/07

Brain Not Yet Bloody

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Joel posted today that tweaking the first Cinematic Titanic release will take just a little longer than planned. So, no Brain of Blood tomorrow. Oh, well.

And here's the next Rifftrax On Demand review, pertaining to the vaudevillian clipshow, The Three Stooges Greatest Routines. The title is a lie, unfortunately, as the routines depicted in the previous VOD title are at least 900% better than the ones shown in this jumbled pile.

More to come soon, as Swing Parade has been watched but not yet reviewed, the Star Wars Holiday Special Rifftrax comes out tomorrow, and Cinematic Titanic's Brain of Blood comes out...soonish.

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12/8/07

Bloodamatic Titanic

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It's been speculated on the various MST3K forums for a couple of days now, but Wired Magazine has finally confirmed it: the first Cinematic Titanic release will be the 1972 camp horror Brain of Blood, and will be available through downloadable DVD distribution service EZTakes. Look for it on December 10, 2007.

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12/7/07

Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk...

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Do you like the Three Stooges? If so, you'll like the Rifftrax Video On Demand selection I saw last night: The Three Stooges in Color. I'd never seen more than a clip or two of them before, but after watching this collection, I find I like them just fine. The first three On Demand selections pertain to those knuckleheads, so expect more on them later.

Mike, Bill, and Kevin are funny too, but don't expect them to talk during the movie this time. Read the review here.

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12/6/07

Just in Time for the Holiday Rush

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Yesterday I mentioned Rifftrax On Demand. Today I have added the appropriate section to the guide, along with various Table of Contents links, list pages, and what-have-you. Expect the first review sometime next week.

Also next week, The Star Wars Holiday Special and the first Cinematic Titanic release. Eight full years after the cancellation of Mystery Science Theater 3000, it is an excellent time to be a fan.

Also today, increasingly erratic MST3K.com has just reinstated the three host segments they took down yesterday. Go figure.

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