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Comic-Con Planning

Going to Comic-Con? We aren’t. But if you are, here’s what you need to know.

THURSDAY
• Noon- 2p.m., Sails Pavillion autograph area: Mike, Kevin and Bill will be signing autographs
• 1 p.m. Room 32AB: Digital Bits: Blu-ray Producers panel will feature Brian Ward, the producer of the Shout!Factory MST3K disks. It may be worth your while to attend. :::coughHINTcough:::
• 7:30 p.m. W00tstock. Kevin and Bill will be among the performers. Tickets are $30 (general admission). You do not need to have a ComicCon badge to get in. The show is at a venue called 4th and B, 345 B St., in San Diego. Get tickets here.

FRIDAY
• 7 p.m., room 6DE: RiffTrax Live. They will do a live riff of a short and probably answer questions. Moderated by Veronica Belmont.

SATURDAY
• 3-5 p.m., Sails Pavillion autograph area: Mike, Kevin and Bill will be signing autographs.

RiffTrax does not have a booth this year.

20 Replies to “Comic-Con Planning”

  1. Brandon says:

    *sigh* I really wish I was going to Comic-Con. Of course I say that every year. But this year it isn’t just because of MST3K, but because NATALIE PORTMAN will be there, and legendary actress JANET WALDO.

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  2. pablum says:

    >1 p.m. Room 32AB: Digital Bits: Blu-ray Producers panel will feature Brian Ward, the producer of the Shout!Factory MST3K disks. It may be worth your while to attend. :::coughHINTcough:::

    MST3K:TM on Blu-Ray disk? That’s all I can imagine it being.

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  3. Thomas K. Dye says:

    I’ll be there, and so will a huge crowd around Mike, Bill and Kevin, I’m sure.

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  4. jim says:

    #2–doubt it’ll be mst3k on blu ray. I’m guessing it’ll be the announcement of the next box set? I say that because, first, there’s really nothing to be gained by releasing mst on blu ray, and because, according to the B. Ward over on the Shout boards, the panel is actually called: “Digital Bits Annual DVD/Blu-ray Producers Panel”

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  5. FatRat says:

    MST3K sighting. lol

    http://www.americablog.com/2010/07/bp-photoshops-fake-photo-of-command.html
    Scroll down to the lowest pic.

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  6. Tarantulas says:

    The rumor is that they will be announcing the titles for box set 19 there. MST on Bluray makes zero sense.

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  7. bla says:

    Shout factory is releasing g.i. joe the movie on blue ray july 27th, that might be why shouts there.

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  8. JimmyBruce says:

    Is it me or is there too many Super Hero movies being made? Thor, Green Hornet, Captain America, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and The Avengers. All due out in the next year or so.

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  9. It’s just you.

    (No, just kidding. Actually, not really).

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  10. 8 – It’s definitely not you. The amount of remakes and adaptations of previously established properties is just obscene. I’ll be avoiding the ‘big’ panels like the plague, partly for this reason.

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  11. mst3ktemple says:

    I’m betting Bride of the Monster is one of the titles. Just a hunch.

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  12. Richard the Lion Hearted says:

    How about Sunday?

    There will be a large crowed Sunday AND many will be brining our kids that day (it is the children’s theme day of the Con.) Kids who have come to love the RiffTrax crew.

    I hope they will be there at least part of the day.

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  13. mike says:

    All I know is I hope we have someone on the inside to give us an update on what titles are on Volume XIX as it happens. THat would be great.

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  14. The Toblerone Effect says:

    I have a feeling that,by the end of today, we’ll know what the titles will be for the next volume. Too bad the announcement will be slightly marred by the most recent volume’s problems with Lost Continent and Beast of Yucca Flats. I just hope SF can get back to making MST dvds that most fans will find (at minimum) satisfactory.

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  15. jim says:

    Hey Toblerone–SF is making discs that MST fans find satisfactory. It’s just a small contingent of detail obsessed folks who are very vocal who can’t stomach small glitches.

    I, for one, am incredibly happy with each set I’ve bought, and none of the imperfections have impeded my enjoyment of an episode.

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  16. MonkeyPatrol:InColor says:

    I’m satisfied with the explanation for the glitches. If the choice is between having these episodes on disc with the glitches or not having them at all, I’ll take the DVDs, thank you.

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  17. MonkeyPatrol:InColor says:

    @ #14:

    This is the explanation of the glitches from S!F MST3K producer Brian Ward, as posted on the SF message board:

    “Ultimately, it comes down to this. When it comes to the movies, we are obtaining our masters from Jim Mallon and he has one copy of each, meaning if it hasn’t survived all that well since its original broadcast, there aren’t alternative sources, outside of your personal collections. And if I try to Frankenstein the masters, I a.) need more time, b.) need more money and c.)promise you that it won’t look nearly as good as you think it will. It’s just the nature of the medium, I’m afraid.

    We can spend the time and money in restoring masters that are in bad shape or we can spend it acquiring other movies on that list of titles previously thought to not be a possibility and bonus content.”

    Take it or leave it.

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  18. pablum says:

    One master copy of each episode is all that exists of the series? That explains the problem.

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  19. The Toblerone Effect says:

    I should explain myself…I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard gripes from other fans, in regards to the prices of SF’s box sets. Personally, I think the prices are more than fair. Some of the eps they’ve acquired in a short amount of time has been nothing short of amazing, and many of the extras are entertaining. But in return for those “high” prices should be some level of both audio and visual movie quality. So, when vhs and dvd-r fan copies of the movies out there are better than the dvd copy made by the very company distributing the show, that’s a problem.

    Look, I’ll still keep my copy of Vol. 18 and will continue to support Shout Factory’s future releases, because overall they’ve done an incredible job imo; I just don’t want to see them head down the same road Rhino did and start treating imperfect box sets with apathy.

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  20. Iggy Pop's Brother Steve Pop says:

    “When it comes to the movies, we are obtaining our masters from Jim Mallon and he has one copy of each, meaning if it hasn’t survived all that well since its original broadcast, there aren’t alternative sources, outside of your personal collections.”

    That’s kind of alarming. What happens if something goes out of alignment in the tape player, and the one and only master gets badly damaged or destroyed? They master the DVD from someone’s off-air VHS? I’m amazed that Jim Mallon doesn’t seem to be concerned with how badly some of these tapes have deteriorated in less than 20 years. What will it be like 5 or 10 years from now? It would cost somewhere in the low five figures to make DigiBeta copies of all the episodes, but surely, as a strategy for preserving assets, it beats watching them fade away.

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