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Shout To Release ‘The Singles Collection’

A collection of long out-of-print episodes previously released as single discs, “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection.” will be available from Shout! Factory May 22. Here’s the press release:

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection. Featuring out-of-print episodes, available on DVD May 22nd, 2018 from Shout! Factory

Featuring Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes that were among the first to be released on DVD, at the dawn of the 21st century, and which are now long out of print, “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection” showcases episodes that were only released individually (or, in one case, paired) and not included in the numbered volumes that would house episodes for nearly two decades.

Available on DVD May 22nd, 2018 from Shout! Factory, MST3K: The Singles Collection includes the episodes The Crawling Hand, The Hellcats, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, Eegah, I Accuse My Parents, and Shorts Volume 3. The set also includes new episode intros by series creator Joel Hodgson, Man On Poverty Row: The Films Of Sam Newfield featurette, Don’t Knock The Strock featurette (portrait of the director of The Crawling Hand) and MST Hour wraps. Fans can pre-order their copies by visiting ShoutFactory.com
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection Episodes
· The Crawling Hand
· The Hellcats
· Santa Claus Conquers The Martians
· Eegah
· I Accuse My Parents
· Shorts Volume 3

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Singles Collection Bonus Features
· New episode intros by series creator Joel Hodgson
· Man On Poverty Row: The Films Of Sam Newfield featurette
· Don’t Knock The Strock featurette (portrait of the director of The Crawling Hand)
· MST Hour wraps

23 Replies to “Shout To Release ‘The Singles Collection’”

  1. Speedy B. says:

    Great idea for a set! I don’t own The Crawling Hand, The Hellcats, or Eegah on DVD, so it’ll be good to fill the gap thanks to this set.

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  2. The extras make this set worth buying to me.

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  3. Yeti of Great Danger says:

    Nice! I bought a few of these as singles but am missing others, plus the bonus features are almost always good. Thanks for the heads-up.

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  4. bartcow says:

    Do I need this? Not necessarily. Do I want this? Oh hecks yes.

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  5. meburton says:

    Awesome! Episodes without a box set collection! Could a Volume 2 be far behind?
    These 6 have all been released by Shout, but (like the titles in ‘Volume 1’), none of these are part of an official box set.

    Wild World of Batwoman
    Beginning Of The End
    Red Zone Cuba
    Mitchell
    Brain That Wouldn’t Die
    Manos: The Hands Of Fate

    Be nice to get This Island Earth in there, but I’m trying to stay in the realm of reality.

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  6. Danzilla "Cornjob" McLargeHuge, Student of Kaijuology says:

    ^Actually, Mitchell and The Brain that Wouldn’t Die are in the 25th Anniversary box set from Shout!. They have their own double feature fifth disk!

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  7. Lisa H. says:

    Hmm. Aside from the extras, the only one I don’t have an official DVD of is Martians (only what I transferred to DVD from my off-air VHS about 12 years ago). The others I have the Rhino singles. Think there’s any secondhand market interest in those, like at a few bucks a pop?

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  8. Johnny Drama says:

    Shout! wants us to buy their “Shout! Select” back stock of Red Zone Cuba, Beginning Of The End and Wild World Of Batwoman. And after this set, they just might get me to do that!

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  9. radioman970 says:

    Maniacal double dipping racket these guys have!!

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  10. radioman970:
    Maniacal double dipping racket these guys have!!

    Friend, you’re talking about disks that still had a RHINO label on them the first time around. And that’s Rhino-Rhino, not Warner-Rhino-in-name-only, as with Boxset 3.
    No extras, no menus, no Ballyhoo, and if you were lucky, maybe the original movie on the other side of Manos or Eegah. Suffice to say, they’re a bit OOP.

    As for Shout, it’s New To Them…And we thought there were no new MST3K worlds left for Shout to conquer. :)

    As an oh-gee fan, I still have all the Rhino singles–except for Mitchell, obviously, and nobody bought Hellcats or Cuba–but depending on the disk count, a one-box Shout-embellished collection would make me very interested in donating my old ones to the library.
    Nobody’s making me give up my Manos/Santa “Essentials” Rhino DVD that I had signed at the Titanic shows, though.

    Johnny Drama:
    Shout! wants us to buy their “Shout! Select” back stock of Red Zone Cuba, Beginning Of The End and Wild World Of Batwoman. And after this set, they just might get me to do that!

    The previous Selects were PD/Shout-owned and available, this is just cleaning up the scraps–They even remembered Shorts 3.

    meburton:
    Be nice to get This Island Earth in there, but I’m trying to stay in the realm of reality.

    Er, you talking about the This Island Earth already on Blu-ray? (And DVD, why do they still do that?):
    https://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Science-Theater-3000-Blu-ray/dp/B00D7AM6B6/

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  11. majorjoe23 says:

    I’m tempted, but the only one of these I don’t have is Shorts. Vol. 3. Maybe if I find a good enough deal I’ll part with my originals and upgrade.

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  12. noplot says:

    The Original EricJ: Friend, you’re talking about disks that still had a RHINO label on them the first time around. And that’s Rhino-Rhino, not Warner-Rhino-in-name-only, as with Boxset 3.
    No extras, no menus, no Ballyhoo, and if you were lucky, maybe the original movie on the other side of Manos or Eegah.Suffice to say, they’re a bit OOP.

    As for Shout, it’s New To Them…And we thought there were no new MST3K worlds left for Shout to conquer. :)

    As an oh-gee fan, I still have all the Rhino singles–except for Mitchell, obviously, and nobody bought Hellcats or Cuba–but depending on the disk count, a one-box Shout-embellished collection would make me very interested in donating my old ones to the library.
    Nobody’s making me give up my Manos/Santa “Essentials” Rhino DVD that I had signed at the Titanic shows, though.

    The previous Selects were PD/Shout-owned and available, this is just cleaning up the scraps–They even remembered Shorts 3.

    Well, I’m looking at my Rhino DVD of Hellcats that predates my marriage, so it wasn’t quite nobody. (Hey, when my future wife offered to buy me a DVD player for my birthday in 1999, I took a chance on it and hoped for the best.) It’ll be nice to replace some of my oldest disks, and the bonuses are, well, a bonus.

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  13. Gorn Captain says:

    The Original EricJ: Friend, you’re talking about disks that still had a RHINO label on them the first time around. And that’s Rhino-Rhino, not Warner-Rhino-in-name-only, as with Boxset 3.
    No extras, no menus, no Ballyhoo, and if you were lucky, maybe the original movie on the other side of Manos or Eegah.Suffice to say, they’re a bit OOP.

    The early Rhino discs did so have menus! They recycled the Eegah! template one time too many though. ;)

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  14. cityofvoltz says:

    *old man voice* “It’s about d*#n time!”

    I am one of the few who has shorts vol 3 on DVD from the essentials and I have hellcats, I will probably buy this or get the rhino DVDs when everyone dumps them after buying this (I kid, I kid)

    Glad they finally did it, hope they do all the others, most of what is not listed I do not have on DVD, I have all the rhino VHS.

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  15. thequietman says:

    Oh YES, this is great news!

    I’ve been waiting and waiting to see how Shout was going to approach the remaining single-issue releases, if they could even get them cleared for reissue. Besides The Essentials, I’d only acquired Eegah during its first release, Several years I later found ‘The Crawling Hand’ in a used book store, but the others were impossible to find for a decent price.

    I’d figured SCCTM would get a standalone “Patrick Swayze Christmas Edition” sort of like the deluxe release of Manos, but to now get SCCTM, AND all of the remaining releaseable single episodes, PLUS Shout’s always-entertaining extras? What an embarrassment of riches!

    Season 11 on Blu-Ray? Still looking forward to it, but this is now my most anticipated MST3k release of the year!

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  16. Dan in WI says:

    It appears if you order direct from Shout! Factory you get some sort of exclusive poster.

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  17. cityofvoltz:
    I am one of the few who has shorts vol 3 on DVD from the essentials and I have hellcats, I will probably buy this or get the rhino DVDs when everyone dumps them after buying this (I kid, I kid)

    thequietman:
    I’ve been waiting and waiting to see how Shout was going to approach the remaining single-issue releases, if they could even get them cleared for reissue. Besides The Essentials, I’d only acquired Eegah during its first release, Several years I later found ‘The Crawling Hand’ in a used book store, but the others were impossible to find for a decent price.

    Y’know, not to spoil things (heavens!) by climbing on my OTHER favorite soapbox, but–
    All the talk of “Ebay” and “Used book stores” with folks trying to discard the old Rhino DVD’s brings up one of my favorite pet good-fight causes:

    With recent signs that the “Death of Blu-ray” and “Digital revolution” isn’t happening (Ultraviolet, the company that used to give you those free digital codes, watched its own companies drop like flies last summer, and the remaining stragglers are defecting to Disney’s new service), nothing’s on Netflix anymore, and nobody’s about to “kill” physical disk after all, it’s starting to spark a new urge for looking up DVD movie-nights again, but where?

    Our local library was lucky enough to absorb the town’s one big traditional video rental, and we now have a library free-DVD section that’s the size of an old Main Street storefront video rental–And being a charity-cause town, other folks have since picked up the idea that, since Amazon will barely pay a cheap nickel anymore, you can make more profit donating old upgrade-discarded DVD’s to the public library, and claiming a tax-deductible charity “donation” for each.
    That’s only helped our shelves, although the already well-stocked library TV-boxset collection only contains one Rhino MST3K set and two singles. In my town, I intend to remedy that, how about you and yours? :)

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  18. Lisa H. says:

    As a library staff person, may I advise to please check with the library first as to whether they accept this kind of material, whether there are any restrictions (e.g. we require DVDs to be either closed-captioned or subtitled in English, for accessibility) and be okay with the possibility that your donation may not end up in the collection but may either be sold by the library in their own book sale or simply discarded.

    As far as claiming it as a charitable donation, I really don’t think you’re going to get more “profit” that way unless your donation was quite big. (And BTW, the library will not appraise it for you – we give a count of how many books or whatever were received, but their value is between you and the IRS.) If we’re generous and say that this particular handful of Rhino DVDs was worth about $50, then being able to subtract $50 from your taxable income is going to yield just a few dollars in reduced tax (and that only if you itemize deductions in the first place). If you could actually sell them for $10 or even $5 apiece you’d beat it.

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  19. Lisa H.:
    As a library staff person, may I advise to please check with the library first as to whether they accept this kind of material, whether there are any restrictions (e.g. we require DVDs to be either closed-captioned or subtitled in English, for accessibility) and be okay with the possibility that your donation may not end up in the collection but may either be sold by the library in their own book sale or simply discarded.

    As far as claiming it as a charitable donation, I really don’t think you’re going to get more “profit” that way unless your donation was quite big. (And BTW, the library will not appraise it for you – we give a count of how many books or whatever were received, but their value is between you and the IRS.) If we’re generous and say that this particular handful of Rhino DVDs was worth about $50, then being able to subtract $50 from your taxable income is going to yield just a few dollars in reduced tax (and that only if you itemize deductions in the first place). If you could actually sell them for $10 or even $5 apiece you’d beat it.

    Yes, I don’t say it’s guaranteed, and everything has to be checked with the front desk, but with a large or liberally-stocked library, most mainstream movies or shows gets through. They’re more likely to take a boxset of MST3K alongside somebody else’s old Gray’s Anatomy set, than your old cult set of Steven Universe. And a smaller suburban branch library likely won’t even be in the position to ask questions.

    And I didn’t mean “profit” in the sense that everyone used to leech off of Amazon to subsidize their Blu-ray addictions back in the 00’s, but in the “There’s always something better you could be doing…” sense that it’s just an option that slips most people’s minds completely. The “donation” is left up to the customer–I use the general protocol of $2-5 per DVD, $5 per Blu and $7-10 per boxset, depending on the disk count–but it gets the new Disk-Renaissance mentality into digitally-damaged folks’ heads that once something is on disk, it’s there for ANYBODY to watch. And once you’re in there to drop off your own, maybe you might be curious take a look at what movies or shows other folks once watched and dropped off for their deduction. That’s, y’know, what a library is, with all those books on shelves, ‘n stuff, and the front desk didn’t buy them all at Barnes & Noble.

    You can hustle for one customer’s quick buck in a crumbling oversaturated market, or you can, like the saying goes, Keep Circulating the Tapes Disks.

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  20. This is great! I always wanted Hellcats, and I gave away Eegah and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians to friends, so now I can get them back!

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  21. Captain Howdy says:

    Bliss. I wish I could find a girlfriend as giving and dependable as Shout!

    Whatcha doing this Saturday, Shout?

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  22. Dan in WI says:

    It is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

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  23. Johnny Drama says:

    The new Vol 7 reissue is missing the slates and the Hour Wraps, just like Vol 6. Here’s to hoping Shout! picks the ball back up for this one!

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