Plot: What’s it about?
If you love movies that are so bad they’re good, in fact, the worse they are, the better it is, this is a release with you in mind. Remember that show that used to run on Comedy Central, Mystery Science Theater 3000? After Comedy Central, the show jumped to the Sci/Fi Channel, but soon became a victim of cancellation, leaving fans high and dry. But now Rhino Home Video has conjured up a series of DVD releases for the masses who loved the show. Unlike many television show, who receive a low grade treatment in the move to home video, MST3K has gotten a nice package here on DVD. Rhino has included the full length version of this episode, as well as a version of the film without the crew, which is an excellent addition. For those unfamiliar with the series, a crew of one human and two robots are forced to watch terrible movies, but instead of really watching them, the crew makes fun of the film, which proves to be a hilarious experience.
This episode, Mike, Crow, and Tom Servo have to endure a horror cult classic, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, which is actually better than most of the stuff they show on MST3K. To say this film is campy and cheesy is a vast understatement, very vast. Let’s discuss the storyline now, see how this sucker rolls along. The story revolves around a young doctor and his fiancee, who get into a car wreck, which leaves the fiancee decapitated. But the doctor isn’t going to give up that easily, and he scoops up her head and tries to hatch a plan to bring her back in total. But until then, the head rests in a special liquid which keeps her alive and ticking. As you can tell, this type of film is perfect for our crew, and this is one of the funniest episodes in the series.
While I am not usually a fan of television shows in the home video market, this series lends itself to the format very well. The inclusion of both versions of the film adds some value, since you can stage your own wisecracks at the movie, which is awesome. As far as audio and video, you’re not going to find a better release for the series than this, the episodes look and sound good, much better than television, which is all you can ask for. The entire disc is done in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 style, right down to the fully animated menus, complete with sound and music. Fans of the series have reason to rejoice, as Rhino seems poised to supply us with excellent releases for one of the most original and entertaining series around, and I hope their watermark here is met or exceeded with future releases.
Video: How does it look?
This episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is presented in the original full frame aspect ratio, just like you’d see it on television. This is a television show, so the image is less sharp than a polished film, but I assume you knew that already. The film our crew watches is in poor shape, but that adds to the fun feel, and besides, you buy this disc for the laughs, not for the real movie, right? The colors look good, flesh tones are normal, and contrast is in line. As far as television shows go, this is excellent.
Audio: How does it sound?
This release is not audio driven, so the stereo track is more than enough to handle this load. The music and effects from the movie are pretty much drowned out the by comments of the crew, which is the way it should be. The dialogue is clear and consistent during both the skits and the film, so no worries here whatsoever.
Supplements: What are the extras?
If you flip this disc over, you’ll find an uncut version of The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, free from the comments and wisecracks, so you can create your own insults. This is a wonderful addition, since you can laugh along with the crew or put your own spin on the film, which is very cool.