I heard something about a MST3K book being available. Is that true?
A: Yes! The Mystery Science Theater
3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, from Bantam Books, hit
in April, 1996.
is the book about?
A: It is "the ultimate episode guide," an
episode-by-episode look at the series from the KTMA
days through the end of season six (with a preview of season seven),
with remembrances from the current cast (except
for Bill, who wasn't officially with the show when the book was
Trace and Frank. Joel chose not to contribute.
(By the way, MST3K carried on with the Guide on the
Web after season six. You can read the cast's
observations about seasons seven here and their comments about seasons eight through ten--originally featured on the Sci-Fi Channel's Web site--here.)
Available from Bantam Books
Where can I buy a copy?
A: You may still find copies at bookstores,
but perhaps your best bet is to head to a web site such as Amazon.com. The cover price is $17.95 (within the
U.S.), but it's selling at book retailer websites for
about $14. Its ISBN number is 0553377833.
How did the book do, saleswise?
A: There were at least five printings of the
book. At mid-1996, our source at Bantam said that about 51,000
copies of the book had been shipped to book stores. We were told they
sold briskly for the first few weeks, but
then (after all the hard-core MSTies had bought one, apparently) sales
Can I buy MST3K episodes on VHS?
A: Rhino Home Video released
about 30 episodes on VHS cassette beginning in 1997 but stopped producing
VHS tapes a few years later when they converted to all-DVD sales.
However they are
still available from many online sites.
Are any of these episodes available on DVD?
A: Yes! The following individual episodes have
been released on DVD:
- 106- The
- 209- The
"Manos" The Hands of Fate (with short: "Hired--Part 2")
- 507- I
Accuse My Parents (with short: "The Truck Farmer")
- 513- The
Brain That Wouldn't Die
Wild Wild World of Batwoman (with short: "Cheating")
- 517- The
Beginning of the End
- 619- Red
Zone Cuba (with short: "Speech: Platform Posture and
In 2002, Rhino began
releasing episodes four at at time as part of the Mystery Science
Theater 3000 Collection series.
- Volume 1
includes: 204- Catalina Caper, 606- The
Creeping Terror, 607- Bloodlust
(with short: "Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm") and 609-
The Sky Divers (with short: "Why Study
- Volume 2
includes: 301- Cave Dwelllers, 303- Pod People, 622- Angel's
and Mystery Science Theater: The Shorts,
- Volume 3
includes: 202- The Sidehackers, 320- The Unearthly (with
"Posture Pals" and "Appreciating Our Parents"), 518- The
Atomic Brain (with short: "What
About Juvenile Delinquency?") and Mystery Science Theater: The
Shorts, Vol. 2.
- Volume 4
includes: 820- Space Mutiny, 822- Overdrawn at the Memory
Girl in Gold Boots and episode 1009- Hamlet.
- Volume 5
includes: 821- Time Chasers, 908- The Touch of Satan, 1003-
Shop of Mystical Wonders and 1006- Boggy Creek II.
- Volume 6
404- Teenagers From Outer Space, episode 406-
Attack of the Giant Leeches (with short: Undersea
Kingdom Pt. 1) and Mr. B's Lost SHORTS??!!
(which includes Mr. B Natural (from episode 319-
War of the Colossal Beast), X Marks the Spot
(from episode 210- King Dinosaur), Hired!--Part
1 (from episode 423- Bride of the Monster),
Design for Dreaming (from episode 524-
12 to the
Moon), Johnny at the Fair (from episode 419-
The Rebel Set) and Are You Ready for Marriage?
(from episode 616- Racket Girls).
- Volume 7
includes: episode 407-
The Killer Shrews
(with short: Junior Rodeo Daredevils), episode 408-
Hercules Unchained, episode 410- Hercules
Against the Moon Men, episode 816- Prince of Space and Assignment:Venezuela
(which includes Assignment:Venezuela, Century
21 Calling (from
906- The Space Children) and A Case of Spring Fever
episode 1012- Squirm).
- Volume 8
includes episode 907- Hobgoblins,
Phantom Planet, episode 421- Monster A-Go-Go
(with short: Circus
on Ice) and episode 603-
The Dead Talk Back (with short: The Selling Wizard.)
- Volume 9 includes
Women of the Prehistoric Planet, 207- Wild Rebels, 613- The Sinister Urge
(with short: Keeping
Clean and Neat),
Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up
Zombies (this volume was withdrawn by Rhino).
- Volume 10 includes
epsode 212- Godzilla vs.
Megalon, 503- Swamp
Diamonds (plus short: What
To Do on a Date), 514- Teenage Strangler
(plus short: Is This
Love?), 810- The
Giant Spider Invasion (this volume was withdrawn by Rhino and replaced in 2008 with "Volume 10.2" in which episode 212- Godzilla vs.
Megalon was replaced with episode 402- The Giant Gila Monster. That episode was also sold a single-disk via Rhino's Web site.)
- Volume 11
includes episode 206-
Ring of Terror, 409-
414- Tormented, 1011
Horrors of Spider Island.
- Volume 12
includes episode episode 419-
The Rebel Set, 504-
Secret Agent Super Dragon, 612- The Starfighters,
811- Parts: The
Also, in 2004, Rhino
also released a special two-DVD set:
Science Theater 3000: The Essentials featuring episode 424-
HANDS OF FATE and episode 321- SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS
THE MARTIANS. MSTies who ordered the set from a
special Rhino web site also received a bonus disc, Mystery
Science Theater: The Shorts, Vol. 3.
Visit Rhino's Web site here.
For a detailed look at the MST3K DVDs,
I remember hearing something about a MST3K CD-ROM
coming out. Did it?
A: Alas, no. Due to setbacks at Voyager
(the multimedia company that was slated to produce the CD-ROM),
the MST3K CD-ROM project was canceled.
I also remember some talk about an MST3K comic book.
What's the deal
A: There was some discussion of an MST3K
"graphic novel" from Acclaim that would
have Mike and the bots riffing on old Gold Key and Dell comics. It
should be noted, however, that it always looked
unlikely that MST3K's writers would actually take
part in writing the comic book. Unfortunately, in a repeat
of the Voyager situation, Acclaim announced a cutback in its comics
production, and one of the casualties is the
MST3K comic. At one point, Acclaim officials
said they were considering putting the comic on Acclaim's website,
but it never happened.
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