American International Pictures was the greatest independent film studio not because it made hit movies, but it created hit genres. Every few years, the executive producers would find a new genre to tap into for a series of films and a new galaxy of stars. They were the cutting edge of everything from Edgar Allan Poe to Beach Party to Bikers to Black Action to monsters. From the fifties to the end of the ’70s, they had their finger on the pulse of what people craved at the drive-in. The films were low budget, but had a good feel to the screen. Naturally a few of their early entries would end up on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Joel and the Bots had a field day with the movies that used to play on the Creature Double Feature when AIP dominated UHF programming. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. XXXIV collects four times when the show dipped into the AIP catalog including two films directed by Roger Corman. The boxset arrives December 1. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:
Available December 1st, 2015 from Shout! Factory
Mystery Science Theater 3000:Vol. XXXIV
Four DVD Box Set Features Previously Unreleased Episodes
The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of
The Great Sea Serpent, War of The Colossal Beast, The Undead
and The She-Creature
While Mystery Science Theater 3000 isn’t set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it is an epic tale of heroes and villains, two robot sidekicks, alien races and snappy one-liners. Joel and Mike, the unlucky witnesses to the cheesiest movies in any galaxy, may not have the force with them, but they have an even more powerful weapon — the riff! In the not too distant future, December 1st, 2015, join the rebel forces at Shout! Factory in the epic battle against four generally grievous movies from the galactic empire once known as American International Pictures.
Featuring four episodes never before on DVD: The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of The Great Sea Serpent, War Of The Colossal Beast, The Undead and The She-Creature; Mystery Science Theater 3000:Vol. XXXIV also comes loaded with brand-new bonus features, including new introductions by Frank Conniff, the feature length documentary It Was A Colossal Teenage Movie Machine: The A.I.P. Story, theatrical trailers and four exclusive Mini Posters by artist Steve Vance. Fans can pre-order their copies now through ShoutFactory.com
Mystery Science Theater 3000:Vol. XXXIV brings us The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of The Great Sea Serpent, Roger Corman’s chronicle of Viking women on a journey of adventure, jealousy and redemption; War Of The Colossal Beast, the story of how the disfigured and unbalanced Lt. Col. Glenn Manning goes on a rampage, helmed by MST3K mainstay Bert I. Gordon; The Undead, a Corman film about reincarnation and witchcraft; and The She-Creature, a touching tale about a mysterious hypnotist putting his beautiful assistant back in touch with her past life as a sea monster.
Mystery Science Theater 3000:Vol. XXXIV also includes the shorts The Home Economics Story and Mr. B Natural.
Mystery Science Theater 3000:Vol. XXXIV Bonus Features:
· New introductions by Frank Conniff
· It Was A Colossal Teenage Movie Machine: The A.I.P. Story documentary
· Theatrical Trailers
· Four exclusive Mini-Posters by artist Steve Vance
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