MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: VOLUME XXXIV – Shout Factory 4-disc DVD Collection –December, 2015. $59.99 https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/action-adventure/mst3k-volume-xxxiv
Once again, SHOUT FACTORY has gifted us with another wonderful collection of the classic television series.
This collection focuses on AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL PICTURES that MST3K poked fun at. In the collection are:
THE SHE CREATURE (1956) – Inspired by the Bridey Murphy/ Virginia Tighe past life story made famous in 1952. Lovely Marla English is hypnotized and summons a past life of the titular (pun intended) She Creature (played by Paul Blaisdell). The only extra on the disc is the original film trailer.
THE UNDEAD (1957) Roger Corman’s tale also inspired by the past life regression story .In this tale, a prostitute played by Pamela Duncan goes back to the Middle Ages where she meets alluring and deadly witch played by the future 50 foot woman herself, Allison Hayes . The trailer once again is the only extra.
WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST (1958) the sequel to the 1956 hit,THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, Bert Gordon brings a now facially disfigured and amnesiac Glenn Manning (now played by Duncan”Dean”Parkin) has survived his fall from Boulder Dam and has wandered off to Mexico where he is raiding trucks to survive. Also in the episode is the hysterically funny MR B. NATURAL, with Mr. B (played by a woman) trying to sell a young boy on the joys of music. The original trailer for T.A.C.M. as well as a new intro by Frank (T.V.’s Frank) Conniff are the extras.
VIKING WOMEN VS THE SEA SERPENT (aka The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent) (1957) was a Roger Corman epic on a budget. A group of Viking Women, led by Abby Dalton, go off into the Great Void to search for their men folk who have vanished. Also the short is the very funny THE HOME ECONOMICS STORY. The extras on this one include a fun intro by Frank Conniff once again plus a feature length documentary called IT WAS A COLOSSAL TEENAGE MOVIE MACHINE: THE AIP STORY (2015, another brilliant creation by BALLYHOO MOTION PICTURES). Through interviews with the likes of Roger Corman and other AIP alum, as well as AIP Co-Founder James Nicholson being vocally played by Mark Redfield, we are given a wonderful history of the rise of the little studio that could for a price.
SHOUT FACTORY has cleaned up the discs’ sound and picture quality and the extras like the AIP documentary always make their collections must haves for fans. Also, each film gets an original mini poster by artist Steve Vance.
If you wanted to introduce friends to MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, this would be a superb collection for you to start them on.
-Kevin G Shinnick