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Now Available from RiffTrax…

Get it here. Warning: The movie is rated R for nudity.

33 Replies to “Now Available from RiffTrax…”

  1. jay says:

    Geriatric Dean Martin as Matt Helm made a more convincing secret agent / lothario than this guy.

       8 likes

  2. mst3kme says:

    According to Wikipedia, the screenplay for this film was co-written by Harry Alan Towers, who also wrote the adapted screenplays for “The Castle of Fu Manchu” and “Outlaw of Gor.”

    Meanwhile, the spy in this movie certainly isn’t debonair. He dresses like a used car salesman. :-)

       5 likes

  3. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Well, how much do we know about how spies dress in real life? Pretty much nothing, that’s what. Because in real life, spies do their best to seem UNREMARKABLE, and while that ensemble doesn’t quite manage that, who’d suspect a guy dressed like WKRP’s Herb Tarlik of being a spy? ;-)

    ===

    W.R.I.O.: de Janeiro

    ===

    Per the IMDB, this film qualifies as a sequel to “The Million Eyes of Sumuru” (1967). Hm, that title sounds familiar:

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0776024/movieconnections?ref_=tt_ql_trv_6

       6 likes

  4. Yeti of Great Danger says:

    Serious question — IMDb says this movie has torture scenes; is that true? If not, I’d really like to get the Rifftrax ’cause I dig the swingin’ ’60s spy tales, although nothing can ever replace my beloved Danger!! Death Ray.

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  5. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    “Her name is Rio and she works on women’s hands

    A muddled plot is what she’s got, and a shmuck for a leading man

    Conq’ring the world for all the girls in Femina-zi-land

    Oh, Rio, Rio, grab the money and…abscand…”

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  6. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Yeti of Great Danger:
    Serious question — IMDb says this movie has torture scenes; is that true?

    They have reviews for that, y’know. :-)

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062808/externalreviews?ref_=tt_ql_op_5

    Here are three from sites that I consider reasonably trustworthy:

    http://houseofselfindulgence.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-girl-from-rio-jess-franco-1969.html

    http://ninjadixon.blogspot.com/2010/01/girl-from-rio-1969.html

    http://www.rockshockpop.com/forums/content.php?5914-Million-Eyes-Of-Sumuru-The-Girl-From-Rio-The

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  7. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Plus, here’s a picture, which thus might last longer.

    (“Hey, there’s a naked lady in there and she’s nude with no clothes on!”)

    https://wipfilms.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/The-Girl-from-Rio-1969-6.jpg

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  8. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    note:

    Before anyone tries getting to the site origin of that picture, wipfilms.net — because I’m pretty sure someone’s going to try that sooner or later — please be advised that it is definitely NSFW.

    Not that it’s a porn site, mind you. It’s not a porn site. It’s a film review site which covers many genres, including, yes, porn films but also science fiction, horror, action-adventure, and others. That’s how I first found it years ago, looking for a review of a non-porn film. Just to be clear on that.

    See how many random review selections it takes to find a lesbian love scene. The answer MAY surprise you…

    ;-)

       3 likes

  9. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Oh, c’mon, I can’t have killed the thread ALREADY…

    :-|

       1 likes

  10. mst3kme says:

    Yeti:

    Rifftrax has in the past edited out extreme violence.

    There’s a horrific rape scene in “Jack Frost” that was wisely removed for the Rifftrax version.

    If you want, you can email RIfftrax and find out whether or how much of the torture scenes are featured.

    Yeti of Great Danger:
    Serious question — IMDb says this movie has torture scenes; is that true?If not, I’d really like to get the Rifftrax ’cause I dig the swingin’ ’60s spy tales, although nothing can ever replace my beloved Danger!! Death Ray.

       2 likes

  11. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    “The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant” (1971), riffed directly for the DVD, featured a scene of a man violently assaulting a woman, which lasted for several seconds. IIRC the Brains simply remained silent for the length of the entire scene. Only once that bit of unpleasantness was concluded did they resume riffing. So there’s that, anyway.

    ===

    On another note, fans of swingin’ ’60s spy tales might want to have a look at this item through Interlibrary Loan:

    https://www.amazon.com/Eurospy-Guide-Matt-Blake/dp/1887664521/ref=pd_ybh_a_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0RZYH1722AG7AS0H9W36

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  12. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    mst3kme:

    There’s a horrific rape scene in “Jack Frost” that was wisely removed for the Rifftrax version.

    Not that Jack Frost, the other Jack Frost. Not to be confused with the OTHER other Jack Frost.

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  13. Yeti of Great Danger says:

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    Oh, c’mon, I can’t have killed the thread ALREADY…

    :-|

    Why not? It seems to be a “special” talent you have.

    Thanks to mst3kme for a serious, CONCISE answer.

       8 likes

  14. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Unlike Eric, who keeps a thread going by continually motivating people to tell him to shut up.

       8 likes

  15. mst3kme says:

    Before he-who-shouldn’t-be-mentioned is summoned, here’s a clip to help everyone relax.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5m5LR-yzoNo&list=PL_G_OaIbOuAmPFX8IubCXOp18_TBKyzhZ&index=60&t=0s

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  16. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Yeti of Great Danger: Why not? It seems to be a “special” talent you have.

    Thanks to mst3kme for a serious, CONCISE answer.

    Next time I’ll remember not to go that extra few clicks and find a book that I think you might like. Maybe that’ll sufficiently cut down the forum’s dosage of me.

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  17. mst3kme says:

    Touches:

    We like you here.

    Maybe we all need to learn here that less is more.

    touches no one’s life, then leaves: Next time I’ll remember not to go that extra few clicks and find a book that I think you might like. Maybe that’ll sufficiently cut down the forum’s dosage of me.

       2 likes

  18. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    mst3kme:
    Touches:

    We like you here.

    Thank you. That’s nice to know.

       1 likes

  19. Yeti of Great Danger says:

    mst3kme:
    Touches:

    We like you here.

    Maybe we all need to learn here that less is more.

    touches, I don’t mean to “touch” a sore spot or sound any crabbier than I already am. You have many great contributions. But I do agree with mst3kme that less is more and that “brevity is the soul of wit.”

       4 likes

  20. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    mst3kme:
    Before he-who-shouldn’t-be-mentioned is summoned

    Personally, I don’t care if Eric comes in here or not. I’m quite capable of ignoring him.

    Yeti of Great Danger: touches, I don’t mean to “touch” a sore spot or sound any crabbier than I already am. You have many great contributions.

    Thank you.

    Yeti of Great Danger:
    But I do agree with mst3kme that less is more and that “brevity is the soul of wit.”

    And if I’d made any unduly long posts on this particular thread, I could see how that sentiment would be relevant to this particular thread. Take care.

       3 likes

  21. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Okay, WKRP-related riffs…GO!

    (the film shifts to the scene I linked to earlier)

    “But the Girl from Rio, while insisting she was not intoxicated, could not explain her nudity…”

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  22. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    It’s been nearly if not more than twenty-four hours since I last posted. It seems you folks have been idle all that time but I can’t imagine how that’s MY fault. :-)

    Regarding post length, it occurred to me clarify a point:

    I post in here to entertain myself. Period. Sometimes I accomplish that with short posts, other times with long posts.

    Less is more? I post to suit my mood. I don’t post any less than that because I’m not trying to post any more than that.

    If you folks also enjoy my posts, well, hey, that’s great, I enjoy entertaining other people, I’ve been told IRL that I can be quite an amusing person. Ultimately, though, that’s not why I’m in here. And Now You Know. Take care.

       1 likes

  23. Lawgiver says:

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    It’s been nearly if not more than twenty-four hours since I last posted. It seems you folks have been idle all that time but I can’t imagine how that’s MY fault. :-)

    Regarding post length, it occurred to me clarify a point:

    I post in here to entertain myself. Period. Sometimes I accomplish that with short posts, other times with long posts.

    Less is more? I post to suit my mood. I don’t post any less than that because I’m not trying to post any more than that.

    If you folks also enjoy my posts, well, hey, that’s great, I enjoy entertaining other people, I’ve been told IRL that I can be quite an amusing person. Ultimately, though, that’s not why I’m in here. And Now You Know. Take care.

    You just post what you want and don’t worry about whether a few don’t like it. If they don’t want to read your posts, they don’t have to. It’s very easy to not read something…just don’t read it. I do read the posts here even if I don’t have time to comment or something worth saying ;-)

       4 likes

  24. Ray Dunakin says:

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    It’s been nearly if not more than twenty-four hours since I last posted. It seems you folks have been idle all that time but I can’t imagine how that’s MY fault. :-)

    Regarding post length, it occurred to me clarify a point:

    I post in here to entertain myself. Period. Sometimes I accomplish that with short posts, other times with long posts.

    Less is more? I post to suit my mood. I don’t post any less than that because I’m not trying to post any more than that.

    If you folks also enjoy my posts, well, hey, that’s great, I enjoy entertaining other people, I’ve been told IRL that I can be quite an amusing person. Ultimately, though, that’s not why I’m in here. And Now You Know. Take care.

    I enjoyed your posts.

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  25. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Thank you, thank you, and…well, wait, there’s just two of you so far. ;-)

    I’m not perturbed by anything that’s occurred in this thread so far, btw. I was just trying to clarify my perspective.

    It’s odd to me how few people seem to grasp the concept of just declining to read some posts. Neither Eric the Infamous nor [many of] his detractors seem to “get” it.

    (I’ve now invoked Eric three times. If he doesn’t materialize, well, for one thing, it’ll be clearly implied that he’s never read “Faust”…)

    Sometimes I read posts without it actually registering on me who wrote them (which reflects more badly on me than on the posters in question). For instance, some time back, someone posted a remark to me that definitely conveyed the impression of being somehow derogatory. Subsequent to developments in this thread, I went back to see if that post had been by Yeti, wondering if a pattern of behavior had been established, but it wasn’t. And as it happens, I’ve ALREADY forgotten who it WAS. “Well, that was a cul-de-sac, wasn’t it?”

    ;-)

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  26. Yeti of Great Danger says:

    So, who’s actually bought this Rifftrax, and what do you think of it? I’m still on the fence.

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  27. privateiron says:

    Yeti: I liked it. It’s not a classic, but it’s cheesy 1960s fun and that’s a genre I usually enjoy. The surprising thing about “Million Eyes of Sumuru” is how boring it was. This film is the sequel to “Million Eyes” and actually full of ridiculous 60s style fantasy. The hero is a loser, who somehow gets all the chicks; the villain has an incoherent plan, badly executed; and the co-antagonist is one of those gangsters you only find in James Bond and Bond imitators. (George Sanders, who was perfect as the chateau owner in “Shot in the Dark” and the flighty boyfriend in “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” is the obligatory Actor-Whose-Career-Has-Finally-Come-To-This. They also have a minor, but recognizable ex-Bond Girl.) The riffs are good enough, given they have a great target. The nudity is exploitative, but not particularly raunchy. This is NOT “Bloody Pit of Horror” or Giallo in any way. Basically, if they actually showed naughty bits in “Danger! Death Ray!” instead of alluding to them.

    So Iron Bob gives this 4 out of 5 Beneath the Boob Camera Angles.

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  28. privateiron says:

    To put the Rifftrax in perspective: staying in the same genre, it is not as funny as “Wonder Women,” which I thought was a classic, but it is better than “Beast of the Yellow Night,” which I thought was slightly above average.

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  29. Yeti of Great Danger says:

    That’s a really helpful mini-review, privateiron, thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question.

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  30. DiscoJer says:

    I thought it was just boring. Both the movie and the riff. It was a movie without any action, any acting, characterization, and despite the number of scantily clad women, little sexiness. The riffs were completely forgettable as the movie.

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  31. Numanoid says:

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    “The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant” (1971), riffed directly for the DVD, featured a scene of a man violently assaulting a woman, which lasted for several seconds. IIRC the Brains simply remained silent for the length of the entire scene. Only once that bit of unpleasantness was concluded did they resume riffing. So there’s that, anyway.

    The RiffTrax VOD release of TI2HT, however, edited the assault completely out of the movie. They do this with most rape scenes (how do you riff a rape?) and graphic sexuality, and even sometimes just for boring bits.

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  32. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Numanoid: The RiffTrax VOD release of TI2HT, however, edited the assault completely out of the movie. They do this with most rape scenes (how do you riff a rape?) and graphic sexuality, and even sometimes just for boring bits.

    Well, “boring” is entirely subjective. IMHO “Birdemic in its entirety was boring yet they riffed it, anyway.

    I presume they cut out “boring” parts that they can’t think of riffs for in which case FAIL. Rise to the occasion, Brains. Don’t write checks your butts can’t cash. ;-)

    They don’t hesitate to riff torture, beatings, murders, but you’re right, rape seems unriffable. Kind of fitting in with the underlying premise of a lot of films, TV shows, crime novels, et cetera that rape is worse than murder. Despite the fact that it’s possible (although certainly not easy) to recover from rape but not from murder.

    Audiences accept murderers as protagonists (Dexter Morgan, Tony Soprano, Paul Kersey, the Punisher, our own Diabolik, and many others) almost as a matter of course . No one would accept a rapist as a protagonist (unless Luke of Luke and Laura fame counts, I suppose). Except in Japan, of course.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rapeman

    “Scientists [continue to] labor to find out what the HELL is the deal with Japan…”

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  33. Numanoid says:

    Just got around to watching this one, and I have to say that it instantly goes to my top five or ten riffs of all time. The movie is wonderfully, weirdly, nonsensical and the riffs are amazing, with many callbacks to both MST3k and RiffTrax classics alike. I really like when RiffTrax tackles R-rated or outsider fare. It brings them out of their comfort zone, and allows them to get a little creative. They really seemed like three buddies watching a bad movie with this one more than any other in recent memory.

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