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Info on Vol. 27

The episodes on Shout Factory’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 27″ are:

episode 108- THE SLIME PEOPLE with short: COMMANDO CODY PT 6
(‘Honestly, Bonnie, the slime you bring home.”)
episode 205- ROCKET ATTACK USA with short: THE PHANTOM CREEPS PT 2 (“You’ll get the worst of it.”)
episode 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS (“This is Tommy Kirk REALLY acting!”)
episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS (“But I got a mantis in mah pantis!”)

Bonus material:
* Interview with The Slime People star Judith Fraser (Judee Morton)
* Interview with Village of the Giants star Joy Harmon
* Introduction by Mary Jo Pehl
* Life After MST3K: Trace Beaulieu
* Chasing Rosebud: The Cinematic Life Of William Alland
* Theatrical Trailers
* Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance

ALSO as a gift if you purchase from Shout Factory:

The MST3K Serial Variety Pack Bonus Disc, stitching together, for your convenience, the riffed installments of “The Phantom Creeps,” “Undersea Kingdom” and “General Hospital.”

91 comments to Info on Vol. 27

  • 1
    Gary Bowden says:

    Thanks Shout! You’ve done it again! Big Smile Big Smile

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  • 2
    Chuck in Chicago says:

    ‘Village’ and ‘Mantis’???

    THANKS, SHOUT FACTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (This bodes very well for future releases, in spite of Corman!)

       6 likes

  • 3
    Dr. Frankenkeister says:

    Yowza! Now that’s a set! Village Of The Giants and Rocket Attack USA? Amazing, just amazing. Forgive me if I’m a little gunshy with the shipping direct from Shout though. Never did get a reply from their customer service when the last set w/bonus disc was sluggish in getting out their doors. Great product but not so great customer contact.

       5 likes

  • 4
    Dan in WI says:

    Rocket Attack USA knocks down one of my personal favorites so that is cool. In the meantime Shout! is so amazing I see Universal’s Deadly Mantis on the list and don’t raise an eyebrow. Just look how much our perception has changed in the last year.

    The final frontier: Susan Hart

       3 likes

  • 5
    Weepy Donuts says:

    The Deadly Mantis!

    Not really a comment, just very excited for this set.

       6 likes

  • 6
    Rachel says:

    Oh wow can’t wait, Rocket Attack USA is a great ep. I love Joel’s deadpan delivery of the 10 pound balls joke.

    “… Help me…”

       6 likes

  • 7
    senorpogo says:

    Hard to believe that a group of civilized men could sit around and calmly discuss how to murder five or six million others.

    That’s why we’ve got to CRUSH them!

       5 likes

  • 8
    dsman71 says:

    Awesome set !! Finally Rocket Attack USA !!! Smile
    Slime People also finally – the only season 1 title that I knew they could get
    I love the Deadly Mantis with or without MST3K ! Smile
    Village of the Giants – Bert I Gordon Cheese !

       4 likes

  • 9
    Zim! says:

    I assume it’s not up on Shouts site yet?

       0 likes

  • 10
    Mickey Bruce says:

    another solid set from Shout! Factory. still waiting impatiently for Riding With Death and Horror Of Party Beach.

       4 likes

  • 11
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Sweet! The best known copies of #108 and #205 leave a little to be desired so this is good news! Also, a Season EIGHT EP!!!!!!

       5 likes

  • 12
    sol-survivor says:

    Excellent! Love ‘em all! I’m also a little wary about ordering from Shout!, but I’m guessing they’ll be more prepared this time.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Susan Hart in The Slime People? I heard she was.

       3 likes

  • 13

    UPDATED 26 March 2013. Here is a list of MST films that have not yet received a DVD release. Excluded from the list are the KTMAs, Godzilla vs. Megalon, and the 4 titles announced for Volume 27.

    Season One

    111 – Moon Zero Two
    112 – Untamed Youth
    113 – The Black Scorpion

    Season Two

    201 – Rocketship X-M
    203 – Jungle Goddess
    213 – Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster

    Season Three

    305 – Stranded in Space
    307 – Daddy-O
    309 – The Amazing Colossal Man
    311 – It Conquered the World
    313 – Earth vs. The Spider
    315 – Teenage Caveman
    317 – Viking Women vs. The Sea Serpent
    319 – War of the Colossal Beast

    Season Four

    401 – Space Travelers
    403 – City Limits
    405 – Being from Another Planet
    412 – Hercules and the Captive Women
    416 – Fire Maidens of Outer Space
    418 – Attack of the The Eye Creatures
    420 – The Human Duplicators
    422 – The Day the Earth Froze

    Season Five

    502 – Hercules
    510 – The Painted Hills
    519 – Outlaw
    520 – Radar Secret Service
    522 – Teenage Crime Wave
    524 – 12 to the Moon

    Season Six

    601 – Girls Town
    602 – Invasion USA
    605 – Colossus and the Headhunters
    614 – San Francisco International
    618 – High School Big Shot
    623 – The Amazing Transparent Man

    Season Seven

    703 – Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell
    704 – The Incredible Melting Man
    705 – Escape 2000

    Season Eight

    802 – The Leech Woman
    805 – The Thing that Couldn’t Die
    806 – The Undead
    807 – Terror from the Year 5000
    808 – The She Creature
    809 – I Was a Teenage Werewolf
    814 – Riding with Death
    815 – Agent for H.A.R.M
    817 – Horror of Party Beach
    819 – Invasion of the Neptune Men

    Season Nine

    901 – The Projected Man
    903 – Puma Man
    905 – The Deadly Bees
    906 – The Space Children
    909 – Gorgo
    912 – The Screaming Skull
    913 – Quest of the Delta Knights

    Season Ten

    1007 – Track of the Moon Beast
    1010 – It Lives By Night
    1012 – Squirm
    1013 – Diabolik

    [Vote]

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  • 14
    Sitting Duck says:

    And so my hopes for a “Mike Nelson: Destroyer of Worlds” set are forever dashed. Oh well.

       2 likes

  • 15

    Great set!

    The Slime People: Yes, Susan Hart is in this one, but she has nothing to do with the rights for the film. Not surprised that there is no interview with her.

    Rocket Attack USA: Another great episode with more of Albert Glasser’s frenetic music. Too bad there is no interview with William Schallert (he played one of the newscasters).

    Village of the Giants: Glad to see there will be an interview with Joy Harmon, but saddened that Ron Howard, Tommy Kirk, Rance Howard, Joe Turkel, Beau Bridges, Johnny Crawford and Bert I. Gordon are not included. This is a Columbia/Sony film, so that opens the door for Teenage Crime Wave and 12 To The Moon.

    The Deadly Mantis: Another Universal title! It looks like Shout! is working on the first five from season 8. I hope they will get some other Universal titles like Riding with Death, Agent for H.A.R.M., and The Projected Man.

       6 likes

  • 16
    Tony says:

    I wonder if there was a problem with getting “The Leech Woman”. It seems odd that they’re doing Season 8 in order but skipped that one.

       4 likes

  • 17
    Yipe Striper says:

    Deadly Mantis is on my top ten list. So at the very least I’ll be downloading that one from iTunes. village of the giants is good, but will I will need additional viewings of the other 2 to see if i will be purchasing the whole set.

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  • 18
    Mitchell "Rowsdower" Beardsley says:

    Rocket Attack USA! Now there’s an old classic. ‘help me!’

    and Deadly Mantis – love Season 8! More please!

    and please please please SHOUT!, one day can we get Daddy-O? The world needs more Dick Contino!

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  • 19
    Troy Thomas says:

    #2, you’ve hit the nail right on the head.

    For a LONG time now, I’ve been begging Shout! to release “Village” and “Mantis,” and now we get them both on the same set. Snoogans!

       3 likes

  • 20
    dsman71 says:

    If you want an interview of the Slime People with Susan Hart – look for Creepy Creatures Volume 2, the 3/19/2013 release from VCI – Tom Weaver interviews her

       4 likes

  • 21
    Droppo says:

    This is worth the price for Village of the Giants alone! One of my all-time favorite episodes.

    Shout Factory: I love you.

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  • 22
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Anyone else think the episode selection of the recent sets has lacked OVERALL “oomph”? I was thinking so, so I did some calculations. I looked at the movies in each set, averaged the MSTIE rankings for that set, and put that against the average ranking of the remaining movie pool. Here’s what I found: Sets 16-22 were all BETTER than average (interestingly, the even-numbered sets were MUCH BETTER than average). Set 23 was WAY BELOW average. Set 24 was MUCH BETTER than average. Sets 25-27 have been a LITTLE BELOW average. Semi-raw data:

    Set#, SetAVG, Remaining AVG, Difference
    13, 33, 66, 33
    14, 84, 64, -20
    15, 74, 62, -12
    16, 42, 60, 17
    17, 56, 58, 2
    18, 41, 56, 15
    19, 51, 54, 2
    20, 38, 52, 13
    21, 46, 50, 4
    22, 33, 47, 14
    23, 74, 45, -29
    24, 31, 43, 12
    25, 47, 41, -6
    26, 47, 39, -8
    27, 44, 37, -7

    Remember, the lower the ranking, the more MSTIEs like it. A POSITIVE number in the “Difference” column means the set was better than average, a NEGATIVE number means it was below average.

       5 likes

  • 23
    sol-survivor says:

    @16-Well, they skipped The Slime People for a few sets, too. I’m guessing we will get The Leech Woman at some point.

       3 likes

  • 24
    snowdog says:

    I think I still have bruises from the last Albert Glasser score I heard, but great set! “Village of the Giants” and “Mantis” as two faves for me.

       4 likes

  • 25
    snowdog says:

    Btw, if you had told me ten years ago that we would eventually have almost all of season 1 on official DVD, I’d have pointed at you and laughed, and laughed…

       7 likes

  • 26
    The Bolem says:

    Am I the only one who thought Shout! was intentionally not releasing Slime People for fear that it would anger Susan Hart and make the odds of ever getting the rights the movies she owns even lower? That’s what the full Commando Cody disc implied to me anyway, but this set blows THAT theory…

    The only pattern I’m seeing now is that both Joel titles were supposedly easy gets that just hadn’t been released yet, while the Mike titles are MGM and Universal. This begs the question of whether Shout’s had to offset the cost of licensing from MGM/Universal, or whether they want to preserve the balance of Joel/Mike at all costs, as releasing every Universal ep as fast as possible would mean a solid year of all-Mike or even all-SciFi box sets. I’d be fine with that, but they do need as much variety as possible.

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  • 27
    Droppo says:

    Let me reiterate: I adore you, Shout!

    Here’s my wish list for future releases. I obviously want all eps released, but, these are all must-buys for me:

    Season Three

    305 – Stranded in Space
    307 – Daddy-O
    309 – The Amazing Colossal Man
    319 – War of the Colossal Beast

    Season Four

    401 – Space Travelers
    403 – City Limits
    405 – Being from Another Planet
    416 – Fire Maidens of Outer Space
    418 – Attack of the The Eye Creatures

    Season Five

    519 – Outlaw

    Season Six

    614 – San Francisco International
    618 – High School Big Shot

    Season Seven

    703 – Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell
    704 – The Incredible Melting Man

    Season Eight

    806 – The Undead
    814 – Riding with Death

    Season Nine

    903 – Puma Man

    Season Ten

    1007 – Track of the Moon Beast
    1010 – It Lives By Night
    1013 – Diabolik

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  • 28
    Mr. B(ob) says:

    Rocket Attack USA is one of my absolute favorites (“Looks like she got the worst of it again”, “How did you get to the phone so fast?”, “I would like to order, please!”). The others are solid episodes. Slime People was one of only two episodes we never could catch on Comedy Channel/Comedy Central and I didn’t see it till the first Conventio-Con after which some kind fellow MSTie sent me a tape of a tape so I’m really looking forward to having a good quality DVD of that one. Deadly Mantis is one of those films that ran endlessly on UHF channels years ago, it’s a B-movie classic. Village Of The Giants is the only film with a few cast members worth noting. The bonus disc of serial episodes sounds great!

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  • 29

    So looking at the shorts compilation from Shout:

    The Phantom Creeps
    203- JUNGLE GODDESS with short: THE PHANTOM CREEPS PT 1 – Not yet released
    205- ROCKET ATTACK USA with short: THE PHANTOM CREEPS PT 2 – Volume 27 (coming Fall ’13)
    206- THE RING OF TERROR with short: THE PHANTOM CREEPS PT 3 – Volume 11 (in print)

    Undersea Kingdom:
    406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES with short: UNDERSEA KINGDOM PT 1 – Volume 6 (out of print)
    409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN with short: UNDERSEA KINGDOM PT 2 – Volume 11 (in print)

    General Hospital:
    413- MANHUNT IN SPACE with short: GENERAL HOSPITAL PT 1 – Volume 14 (in print)
    415- THE BEATNIKS with short: GENERAL HOSPITAL PT 2 – Volume 17 (in print)
    417- CRASH OF THE MOONS with short: GENERAL HOSPITAL PT 3 – Volume 18 (in print)

    So really, if you collect every volume, then the Shout! exclusive isn’t that tempting. Only “never before released” bit is the short before JUNGLE GODDESS.

       5 likes

  • 30
    Goshzilla says:

    Especially excited about The Slime People. The DAP’s version is not exactly pristine, and I’m guessing the print the Brains’ used wasn’t exactly THX-certified in the first place. It’s like watching with my glasses fogged up.

    @ The Bolem #26: I’m almost certain that they have to balance out the more expensive licenses with with cheap and/or public domain flicks, otherwise the MSRP of the boxsets would fluctuate wildly. I’ve no doubt that Shout try to provide a good mix of episode vintages (as well as movie genres) in each set, but I’d wager that’s a distant second to the cost/profit balancing act. Some people (like me) might love a boxset of, say, the first 9 episodes of season 8 (all expensive Universal films); certain other individuals might hate it; but nobody would want to pay the hefty pricetag.

    I’m hoping that #802 – Leech Woman has been overlooked in favor of more popular (i.e. giant bug) episodes, but it does worry me a tad. Is there any way we could get an official answer from Brian? Perhaps via this interweb the kids keep talking about?

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  • 31
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Barry the Nomad #29 – Good point. Also, I never really latched on to the serials that much. I probably would have been more interested had they presented the serials, well, in a series instead of spread out across several episodes (excepting, of course, “Hired!”). Also, in retrospect, all of the other shorts they did blew the serials out of the water.
    One might say the other shorts were “serial killers”.
    Anyway, I salute Shout for trying to find a neat little way to add a perk to their set. However, I will pass on this one.
    Now, the Mike and Joel miniatures will be a different story!

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  • 32
    MITCHELLGeronimo99 says:

    Nice set Smile..i actually predicted 2 of these episodes for volume 27..the Slime People and the Deadly Mantis ha..Rocket attack USA is one of the best,yet most underrated episodes of the Joel era i think..Village of the Giants i dont think ive ever seen..but nice set..like always!!.

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  • 33

    I had a dream last night that volume 27 came with a SOL model with a stand, that you could set next to the bots. Ah, dreams…

       5 likes

  • 34
    Alex says:

    Awesome! Rocket Attack U.S.A and Slime People were seriously long overdue so it’s good they’re finally getting an official release along with another MGM and Universal episode. Well done, Shout.

    Though one episode I did think was going to be on here was It Conquered the World, and while it’s pretty much impossible to get right now, it did have me wondering with the recent riffs Jim posted on mst3k.com….

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  • 35

    Another winner! SHOUT! DOES IT AGAIN!!

       2 likes

  • 36
    Tom Carberry says:

    My VHS copy of Slime People was pretty poor, so needless to say it didn’t transfer very well to DVD. I’m hoping they got a good broadcast original from the vault of BBI (or wherever they get their master copies). Even the original unMSTed version is kind of marginal–”the fog obscures the action…what action.”

    Great news from Shout! Keep up the good work.

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  • 37

    I’ll likely skip this one.

       0 likes

  • 38
    georgewendt says:

    Of this set I’ve only seen Deadly Mantis, and it’s great. As usual with new dvd announcements – I like it very much.

       0 likes

  • 39
    Speedy says:

    Shout Factory also released Madtv today, which is owned by Warner. Perhaps this means they are closer to releasing the movies owned by them as well?

       2 likes

  • 40
    Canucklehead says:

    Yeehaw!

    Another killer set from Shout! The Slime People is one I’ve wanted for ages, and The Deadly Mantis is one of my favs! The other two I’ve never seen in any way, shape or form. So once again, kudos to Shout Factory, for making a better next Sunday A.D., tomorrow! Smile

       1 likes

  • 41
    Kenneth Morgan says:

    Another good selection. I’m starting to think the negotiators at Shout could bag the rights to the Adam West “Batman” series if they wanted to.

       4 likes

  • 42
    pondoscp says:

    Wow! This is one of the best sets announced in a long time! Rocket Attack! Village! Slime!

       1 likes

  • 43
    big61al says:

    Sweet set indeed. Village and mantis rock. It will be nice to get upgrades on rocket attack and slime people. My copy of slime people was transferred to dvd from a really poor copy. The transfer is so bad I barely watch this episode ever. Great job Shout!

       1 likes

  • 44
    Canucklehead says:

    BTW, folks, just discovered this bit of info on the Daily Grindhouse website: http://dailygrindhouse.com/2013/03/26/john-carpenters-the-fog-bddvd-and-the-incredible-melting-man-bd-get-july-30th-release-date-from-scream-factory/

    So Shout Factory’s sister company Scream Factory has the rights to The Incredible Melting Man (ep 704). Might we be seeing the MST3K version sometime this year?

       9 likes

  • 45
    Mike "ex-genius" Kelley says:

    So… release date sometime at the end of June/beginning of July?

    I’m in no hurry — we’re in the mid 400′s in our watching order and won’t reach 523 for at least six months (only one a week given our otherwise busy watching of Rifftrax and other, non-riffed movies and TV :>). The one interesting thing for me is that by the time we come around to the beginning we may well have nearly every single episode in as good a quality as it will ever be (but we won’t get around to the start again until, um, 2017? I would project that Shout will run out of releasable episodes well before that)

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  • 46
    KidFlash25 says:

    That’s the reason I’m surprised Melting Man isn’t yet released.

    Anyway, so Volume 28 will be out before Christmas, I’d imagine.

       1 likes

  • 47
    Justin T says:

    Another set I am very happy with. I love both Deadly Mantis and Village of
    the Giants. I think they are great episodes. I have not seen Slime People or
    Rocket Attack USA before.

    Extras sound good as always. Mary Jo has to be doing the intro for Deadly Mantis
    which should be a fun one.

    Hoping to see The Leech Woman on the next set, among other episodes.

       2 likes

  • 48
    Captn Ross Hagen says:

    VOL.27 COOL,COOL COOL! SHOUT ROCKS! Just got my Vol. 26 can’t wait to watch them!

       2 likes

  • 49
    Captn Ross Hagen says:

    I’ve been saying I wish SHOUT would do another DVD with the other shorts on it, and they did this is great I cant wait.

       3 likes

  • 50
    Depressing Aunt says:

    Nifty! My copy of “Slime People” is sooo bloody dark, maybe this will help me see the monsters? I bet that would improve the overall humor of watching the thing. I love all the choices.

    So, I have “Amazing Colossal Man” on VHS that Rhino released. But it was never released on DVD? Why should that be? What kind of sin could the owner of an aging VCR commit in a single lifetime to bring this upon herself?

       5 likes

  • 51
    Basil says:

    Happy dance!!

       2 likes

  • 52
    agentcoop007 says:

    Great set! Good to see a quality copy of Slime People is coming, and gives me hopes for all season 1 episodes being released someday. The DAP never got a DVD of 111 or 112 released and those episodes have not aired since 11/91 making any quality tape recordings scarce.

       2 likes

  • 53
    ck says:

    All right. We get to see Mike Nelson destroy his first planet.
    Pity about Peanut. He was being so helpful.

       3 likes

  • 54
    ck says:

    Btw, wonder if Peanut and the spare Crow ever got together to run
    a cheese coop in Wisconsin? Perhaps a search on those internet tubes…
    (A sort of Ancestry.com)?

       3 likes

  • 55
    trickymutha says:

    Today is a holiday. Just watched “The Magic Sword” (thank you UPS) and the new set is gonna be great.

       3 likes

  • 56
    chinderwear model says:

    There will be a mantis in my pantis when I buy this next set!
    (I know…booooo)Smile
    I’ll be looking forward to all the movies, especially Village of the Giants! Let the Opie bashing begin! And another bonus disc of shorts makes this set even more appealing!

    By the way, has anybody paid attention to the Danger! Death Ray animated menu? I couldn’t help but notice that when the bots are watching Bart Fargo shoot his way up to their position that the Joel era door sequence is used! There is even a big Gizmonic “G” on the door, which makes me wonder if the menu designers got lost in the dreamy voice of Trace’s Crow and flashed back to the Joel era!Smile

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  • 57
    Ethan V says:

    Greatness like clockwork from Shout!

    Village of Giants is one of my top 20 episodes, and any inroads into Season 8 are appreciated!

    Looking at the list of remaining episodes leaves me hopeful for High School Bigshot, Daddy-O and Girlstown soon! Thanks S!F

    EVS

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  • 58
    Doug says:

    I wonder if anyone guessed this exact movie combo in the “make a boxset thread”.

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  • 59

    @58 Doug: The answer is-NO.

    -
    The closest anybody came to guessing this exact combo in the “make a boxset thread” was two (2).

    Troy Thomas guessed (or requested, really) that Village of the Giants and The Deadly Mantis would be in Vol. 27 (XXVII).

    -
    So…congrats, Troy (#19 on this thread).

    -
    TAKE A BOW!! And snoogans!

       5 likes

  • 60
    EricJ says:

    @25 – I rather doubted it myself, until I saw the lengths they would go to get all of Commando Cody on disk.
    Now, that leaves only the two good un-Cody’ed S1′s, and…the dreary end-of-season one.

    And Rocket Attack is one of the core classics (“How’s the missile??”), if only for J&tB’s reaction at the end.

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  • 61
    Captn Ross Hagen says:

    #29 If you have all the shorts on one disk you can watch all at the same time. I love the GENERAL HOSPITAL shorts but I’m not going to play one disc then eject it, put in the next disc then eject it, and then put in the last disc it’s just too much work for me.

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  • 62
    radioman970 says:

    I won’t watch that extra dvd. I’m all or nothing on mst3k. But… I’ll have that DVD anyway. Razz

       4 likes

  • 63
    dsman71 says:

    Ive waited a long time for Rocket Attack USA as its one my most beloved episodes…Now if we can get Rocketship XM and Jungle Goddess all my biggest wish list episodes will be done finally. Rocket Attack USA & Ring of Terror make a great double feature

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  • 64
    Nick-0 says:

    A little surprised Incredible Melting Man isn’t on this set. As someone already mentioned, Shout’s sister company Scream Factory secured the rights from MGM. I would have thought they would have done the same thing as when Shout scored the rights for Gamera — namely release both the uncut and MST3K versions.

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  • 65
    Disco 3:16 says:

    I’d imagine they don’t want to compete with themselves. Even if most people would only buy one version or the other of TIMM, I’d imagine they want to avoid having people not buy the regular version if they’re planning to buy the mst’ed version anyway. I’d imagine we’ll see it in a couple sets from now.

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  • 66
    Troy Thomas says:

    #59, thanks for the compliment. (Nice name, by the way.)

    It just goes to show how customer-friendly Shout! is. I’ve been whining since the Rhino days (you know, the Dark Ages) about how “Village” nor “Mantis” were on DVD, and clearly Shout! was listening. This looks to be the best boxset since XVII.

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  • 67
    fatbarkeep says:

    Ok, I do not want to pick nits because Shout! is doing an amazing job of eventually releasing every MST episode on DVD.
    But here’s my nit: is Steve Vance the only artist that wants to draw covers and mini posters? I have to believe that there are hundreds, nay thousands, of artists that would be willing to contribute to this grand undertaking.
    Just saying……

       4 likes

  • 68
    Canucklehead says:

    Went to Best Buy this morning, and got to pick up Volume XXVI. I also got a surprise when, as I was at the cash, the supervisor saw what I was buying and said it was the best show ever, and had described it to everyone he worked with. Needless to say, I was well pleased to finally find someone who worked in a place that sells DVDs and, not only had heard of MST3K, but also loved it. That doesn’t happen nearly often enough. Smile

       8 likes

  • 69
    Tor Johnson says:

    Will this set come with a “haircut” Tom Servo Figurine?

       6 likes

  • 70
    Tad Ghostal says:

    Shout! Factory makes me happy to be alive. Not only do they release consistently great sets like clockwork, you can count on the news for the next set on the same day. But, I JUST found out that their Vol. XXV set came with an extra disc….that makes me very sad being the completionist that I am. I’ll definitely be checking their site from now on to see if they got extra dealies (I did get the foam ball a while back). So it looks like I’ll be ordering the set again just for the disc…unless somebody knows where I could get it by itself…? Like I said, I’m a completionist. Much to the major annoyance of the wife. Keep it up Shout!! Needless to say, cuz I know they will.

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  • 71
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Canucklehead #68 – I’m seriously considering buying from Best Buy next time. Had I done so, I would have saved $3 AND had it a day earlier as my Amazon shipment didn’t arrive until Wednesday. One time when I bought from Amazon, it arrived on Monday, so I guess I’m hoping for that again.

    Does anyone else get theirs early when they buy from Amazon? How about Shout or MST3K.COM?

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  • 72
    Canucklehead says:

    GizmonicTemp #71 In the past, I’ve found Best Buy to be good, but not great. They’ve had the sets released on time some occasions; other times nothing. I also tried reserving a copy on their website, but there were technical issues, and the site wasn’t accepting any reservations. I’ve also gone into them several times after confirming online their store had something in stock, only to be told they can’t find it, or they don’t have it. When they do have it, though, they are by far the cheapest local price.

    Amazon usually takes a couple of days to show up. Shout Factory, while I love and appreciate their work in getting new eps of MST3K out, are horribly expensive, I find. Their shipping fees are outrageous. But I do find it easy to send sets back to them. They once double shipped me, and I was able to return the extra one no worries.

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  • 73
    sol-survivor says:

    @71-A couple times when I’ve been at the local Best Buy the weekend before the sets are released it’s already been on the shelf. I bought one then once, the other time I already had a pre-order from Amazon. This last weekend I checked at BB; they didn’t have it out yet but they did on release day. I had a $10 certificate so I waited and bought it there instead of ordering it. They had it for $45.99 so with the certificate I got it for less than Amazon. I suppose I could have pre-ordered it from them but I didn’t.

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  • 74
    mstgator says:

    @71: I signed up for Amazon Prime last November, and lately I’ve been getting Tuesday street-date items a day early on Monday (they generally ship them on Saturday assuming it will take two business days to arrive, but I must live close enough to a distribution center that I usually get stuff a day earlier than the estimated delivery date). Yeah, it’s $75 a year, but it saves me the trouble of having to add extra items to get free shipping if I’m only looking to get one item under $25 (especially items that are marked down for one day). Which happens a lot.

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  • 75
    Danzilla "Cornjob" McLargehuge, Student of Kaijuology says:

    HOLY COW!!!! Yet another great set (like we are surprised after all the greatness we’ve gotten on DVD these last few years!). I was worried about The Slime People for a while, but now all is right with the world. Rocket Attack USA is all kinds of awesome, and although my tape-transferred-to-DVD I JUST got is now redundant, I’m super excited to get it! I’ve never seen Village of the Giants or The Deady Mantis (sad really…), so I’m gonna wait for the set to see the episodes for the first time instead of watching them on YouTube! I love getting a set with episodes I’ve never seen! Smile Isn’t it great to see four disparate episodes spread out across nearly a decade suddenly come together, linked forever as part of a new set?! I just love that, and look forward to it every three or four months!

    Now I have to get back to building my alter to Shout! Factory in my room…

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  • 76
    Matt D says:

    Best Buy used to be the only way I could get MST3K collections in a store. They would have it about 80% of the time though. Thankfully there is a store near me in Jersey called Movie Stop, and they always have it on the Tuesday. Plus, it is much closer to where I live. I do not order online because I don’t want to wait or be caught in a situation some of you guys have outlined about lateness or not getting it at all.

    To be on topic, I have never seen any of the four episodes listed, so it is good to hear that they are generally highly regarded.

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  • 77
    Matty'O says:

    Looks like I’ll be using Shout! for the pre-order on Vol 27. Got to get that compilation bonus DVD!

    As for the future Vol 28, my wish would be for:
    315 – Teenage Caveman (“Warriors! Come out and pla-aay!”)
    519 – Outlaw (“It’s a tubeular boobular joy!”)
    815 – Agent for H.A.R.M (“Are you coming, or staying here” “Yes and Yes!”)
    1010 – It Lives By Night (“Sqeeeeeeeeeeeek!”)

    A boy can dream. Smile

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  • 78
    ck says:

    Just got Volume XXVI. Time to check out the Gesture Professor.
    Although it bugs me, it really bugs me! the way they killed off
    the girl at the end of the movie, rather racist, but then it was
    the 50s (1950s, that is).

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  • 79
    Creeping-Death says:

    Two of the three times I’ve pre-ordered from Shout, I’ve got it early, and on one occasion it was a week early! Of course the time it was late(the volume XXV fiasco) it was a week and a half late.

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  • 80
    Mike "ex-genius" Kelley says:

    On Amazon Prime I always get the release disk (of MST3K or any other blu-ray release) a day before the “official” release date, usually Monday (sometimes an official release date is a Friday and then I get it Thursday).

    Our BB is about a $10 gas trip away from us (at current prices) so it’s not even a contest even before you factor in the sales tax (which I’m sure someday we’ll have to pay to Amazon). While I do up there occasionally (I just bought a 55″ LED from BB last Sunday) it has to be a major purchase or at least a time I’m heading in that direction (which I only do once a month or so). Gas is more and more a consideration of shopping (which is why I spend SO much at Amazon, including buying some grocery items from them).

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  • 81
    StarDustMaiden says:

    My trackpad is ready and waiting to click on the link to order.

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  • 82
    me says:

    farbarkeep–#67…echoing your nit re the Vance artwork. I was disappointed right from the git-go with his style but I put up with it, thinking maybe it will grow on me. And it sure hasn’t. And to your astute point as to surely, there are other artists who’s art would be an improvement over Vance’s tired style. Please, Shout, give someone else a try. sheesh

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  • 83
    The Bolem says:

    @#82:

    It’d be nice to see someone else get a crack at it, but what I’d really like to see is artwork for their newer movies go for a different theme, since the current ’50s shock-sploitation poster motif doesn’t make as much sense for movies from the late ’70s onward. For ’80s movies, trying to emulate the designs of Wizard Video’s big-box VHS cases could be awesome…assuming some artist could think abstractly enough have that make sense on a slim-pack DVD case.

    Just saying that Shout’s design team could think outside the box and risk being a bit more eclectic. This applies to volume sleeves too; I think they all look a little too similar to interest newbies. Maybe they’ve decided they have to be the polar opposite of Rhino’s total-nonsense artwork, but I think a collage of stuff from the 4 episodes inside would be a more eye-catching middle ground.

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  • 84
    GizmonicTemp says:

    Thanks for the DVD delivery into/tips, all!

    The Bolem #82 – While I have loved the Steve Vance posters from the get-go until now, I agree with you that the “SEE this” and “THRILL that” style works best for movies of that time period. That being said, #523 of this new set is the newest movie and it was released in 1965 so I’m not sure we’ll see any new style this time around.

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  • 85
    Goshzilla says:

    I love the Steve Vance artwork, myself. It’s the outer box packaging that I think they could improve. But, as Mister Bolem stated, at least they picked a design aesthetic and stuck to it. I especially like the inside of the slimcase covers with the shadowrama and starfield.

    (It doesn’t really make much difference to me, anyway. I use a modification of Josh Way’s fantastic custom covers (mst3k[dot]joshway[dot]com) for every episode, whether they’re official releases or burned from the DAP. But the “mini lobby cards” make nice, colorful inserts.)

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  • 86
    pondoscp says:

    I keep waiting for someone to post on here “Wow, the episode where they read my letter on the air is finally coming out!”

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  • 87
    Kenneth Morgan says:

    Re: the posters, I think they’re OK. Still, just imagine what, say, Alex Ross or Drew Struzen could do with them. They could bring in the former for “Puma Man” and the latter for “Outlaw (of Gor)”.

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  • 88
    cvn says:

    Honestly, I’m just thrilled with ANY collection that Shout! Factory comes up with.

    Release day is always a double pleasure, four new MST3K episodes, and the reveal of what the next four will be. I appreciate the fact that those involved with MST3K at Shout! Factory seem to understand the fandom, and every four new episodes that are released are just that much more of a bonus . . .

    Of course, I’ll be happiest when we finally get some Sampo on DVD, but I have a sense that day will be coming soon.

    What’s most fascinating is trying to figure out everything that goes into each volume . . . availability, a mix of Joel and Mike eps, weighing fan favorites vs. meeting the “rights fees” budget, striking while the iron is hot (e.g., the Universal movies), trying to break through the walls set up by the Sandy Franks or the Susan Harts of the entertainment world . . . and somehow we get our dozen or so episodes each year. Thank you, Shout! Factory.

    As for the posters, I can understand some MST3K fans wanting to see different artists’ takes on the show, but I personally prefer the continuity of having Steve Vance’s work in each set.

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  • 89
    AmbiguousG says:

    While this isn’t exactly what most of us were expecting (no thanks to all the rumors floating around regarding the Susan Hart eps just before this announcement), this is still a good set.

    My guess list for Vol. 28:

    203-Jungle Goddess
    420-The Human Duplicators
    519-Outlaw
    901-The Projected Man

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  • 90
    Magicvoice says:

    Great set!

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  • 91
    trickymutha says:

    Anyone know when the street date is for this set?

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