MST3K Vol. XX: Extra! Extra! And a stress ball for good measure

To paraphrase a long-standing intro of KISS, you wanted the best, you’ve got the best. In this case, it’s the best info we have so far on Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD extras.

We’re talking about the MST3K Volume XX set due March 8 from Shout! Factory. Besides four MST episodes/films –– Project Moonbase, Master Ninja I and II and The Magic Voyage of Sinbad — the four-disc set will feature these special features:

1. A new intro by green meanie Dr. F himself, Trace Beaulieu.

2. A new interview with Bill McKinney, a Master Ninja guest star. (These are re-edited TV shows, not theatrical films.)

3. Tom Servo vs. Tom Servo — 2010 Dragon*Con Panel

4. Exploring the Look of MST3K With Director of Photography Jeff Stonehouse. (This one sounds the most interesting even to me, a proud visitor once to the Best Brains set in Eden Prairie, MN, where I saw the SOL close up and personal.)

5. MST3K Hour Wraps. (You know — the silly stuff with Mike Nelson as our deranged, dancing host.)

6. Original trailers. (This might be tough for Master Ninja.)

7. Four mini-posters by artist Steve Vance. (Nothing like making lurid, poitboiler material look even more lurid and potboilerish. Hey, did I just coin a word?)

And that’s it — almost.

The other extra is not a Gypsy, Crow or Servo figurine, and it won’t be available in stores. But it is a hands-on toy, and it will be sold with sets purchased from http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=5257360,

It’s a free, limited edition MST3K stress ball, made in the form of the show’s long-time logo on the face of a mottled gray astronomical orb (only this one looks a greenish yellow–sort of like you’d expect radioactive waste to look in a zombie movie).

I’m not sure if stress ball is the proper term, though. It just looks like good old bouncy fun to me.

Stress? I’ll give you stress! Try actually watching almost every movie that comes out every year. That’s what I did for too long as a film reviewer for daily newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle.

Better to watch just what you want to watch — and that can even be bad movies, as long as I have Mike or Joel and the ‘Bots to make merry with movie mocking in the process. And I don’t need no steenking stress ball for that.

But a bouncy bouncy? Hmmm . . .

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One Response to “MST3K Vol. XX: Extra! Extra! And a stress ball for good measure”

  1. Jan Says:

    4. Exploring the Look of MST3K With Director of Photography Jeff Stonehouse. (This one sounds the most interesting even to me, a proud visitor once to the Best Brains set in Eden Prairie, MN, where I saw the SOL close up and personal.)

    Like you, I, too, went to Best Brains (twice) and find this extra to be intriguing. What amazes me was the whole MST3K universe was created on those two small sets. That, my friend, is brilliant writing. Thanks for the post. Jan

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