We are a culture that adores picking sides in cultural events. UNC or Duke? Mary Ann or Ginger? Classic Coke or New Coke? Smallpox or Scarlet Fever? Mike or Joel? The upcoming Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXVIII features no choice. The four episodes this time are all about Mike Nelson’s time on the Satellite of Love. Mike didn’t merely show up half way through the original series run. He was part of the cast and appeared on camera in a variety of roles including Morrisey. He stepped up when Joel left. The rifts kept coming as rich and hilarious. Fans of the show should enjoy this offering of pure Mike with the Bots when it comes out March 28. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:
Available on DVD March 28th
from Shout! Factory
Four DVD Box Set Features Previously
Unreleased Episodes: Invasion USA,
Colossus and The Headhunters, High
School Big Shot, Track of The Moon Beast
Riffer extraordinaire Mike Nelson hosts all four episodes in the 38th collection of episodes from the beloved comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, but the true theme for this set is diversity. Proving to the world that no single genre is immune to cheesy movies and that our hilarious heroes aboard the Satellite of Love are equal opportunity critics, Shout! Factory presents an incredible melting pot of cinema’s multicultural genres, including the worst in Cold War drama, Sword and Sandals, Juvenile Delinquents, and Monster movies.
Available March 28th, 2017 from Shout! Factory, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII includes previously unreleased episodes Invasion USA, Colossus and The Headhunters, High School Big Shot and Track of The Moon Beast, as well as a plethora of bonus features including the featurette Zugsmith Confidential, Tracking A Moon Beast with actress Leigh Drake, Mike, by Joel interview, the original feature film of High School Big Shot, four mini-posters by artist Steve Vance and more!
In addition, the first 1,500 fans who order directly from ShoutFactory.com will receive an exclusive bonus disc, MST3K: Play MSTie For Me Triple Decker, which gathers 39 of the finest MST3K musical moments into one eminently singable package.
In Invasion USA, a tapestry of Cold War-era American archetypes discuss the perils of Communism before witnessing the invasion of America by an unnamed but Soviet-flavored army; Colossus and The Headhunters is a 1960 Italian flick that clearly found the swords and the sandals at an Italian movie thrift store. We have a hero, we have a damsel in distress, and we have plenty of bad guys. Atypical of this genre, however, there are no monsters, unless you count the filmmakers and cast; High School Big Shot follows a beleaguered young man who gets involved in a crime for a payoff that he thinks will cure the troubles with his alcoholic father and cheating girlfriend; and Track of The Moon Beast brings us a sad tale of a mineralogist’s nightly transformation into a killer reptile following an unfortunate meteor shower. Alas, even make up effects by legend Rick Baker cannot redeem this film.
Volume XXXVIII Bonus Features:
Zugsmith Confidential featurette
High School Big Shot (original feature film)
Mike, By Joel interview
Tracking a Moon Beast with Actress Leigh Drake
Tags: Mike Nelson, Mystery Science Theater 3000