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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXIII
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MST3K: Volume XXXIII from Shout Factory

MST3K: Volume XXXIII
DVD
Not Rated | 480 Minutes
Shout! Factory
Release Date: July 28, 2015

In the not-too-distant future…

In the 33rd collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot endure unspeakable cinematic horrors. This volume includes a a low-rent gangster movie, a giant spider shindig, a film about ’50s juvenile delinquents, and a failed TV pilot about spores and spies.

Yes, like San Francisco International and Code Name: Diamondhead, Agent For H.A.R.M. was developed as a pilot to a TV series that – shockingly – didn’t get picked up. In addition to H.A.R.M., there’s Daddy-O, Earth vs. the Spider, and Teen-Age Crime Wave.

MST3K: Volume XXXIII features three episodes from the Comedy Central era and one from the Sci-Fi Channel era, two with Joel Hodgson as host and two with Mike Nelson. It’s a solid, eclectic mix of episodes spanning seasons three, five, and eight. Continue reading for detailed synopses of each episode!

Daddy-O

Original Air Date: July 20, 1991

Synopsis: A truck-driving singer named Phil (Dick Contino) meets a feisty blonde bombshell (Sandra Giles) who challenges the high-waisted hipster to a drag race. When he’s caught and loses his license, Phil meets up with a sketchy promoter and becomes a nightclub singer. As “Daddy-O,” Phil gets caught up in a drug-running scheme that puts the lives of his friends in danger. Daddy-O also includes the short, Alphabet Antics, which teaches children the alphabet and many politically incorrect and disturbing things.

Earth vs. the Spider

Original Air Date: September 14, 1991

Synopsis: Bullets won’t kill it! Flames can’t hurt it! Nothing can stop it! Except some quality riffing from Joel and his robot pals, of course. Earth vs. the Spider stars Ed Kemmer as a high school science teacher who does battle with a ticked-off tarantula. Directed by Bert I. Gordon, 1958’s Earth vs. the Spider gets a proper send-up in this hilarious episode which also features the short Speech – Using Your Voice.

Teen-Age Crime Wave

Original Air Date: January 15, 1994

Synopsis: A Blackboard Jungle knock-off, 1955’s Teen-Age Crime Wave follows a gang of reform-school runaways who go on a crime spree. Made to highlight the then growing problem of juvenile delinquency, Fred F. Sears’ Teen-Age Crime Wave is hilarious beyond a reasonable doubt. There’s also an incredible segment where Mike and the robots pay tribute to the important role “Doughy Guys” played in history.

Agent for H.A.R.M.

Original Air Date: August 2, 1997

Synopsis: Directed by Gerd Oswald, 1966’s Agent for H.A.R.M. is a science fiction spy thriller about deadly spores which turn human flesh into fungus on contact. Starring Peter Mark Richman, the film was originally intended as a television pilot for a new spy series. With the help of Mike and the gang, this episode proves you can’t spell flesh-eating fungus without fun.

MST3K: Volume XXXIII is another fantastic collector’s edition release from Shout! Factory and a must-own for MST3K fans. All four episodes offer some grade-A riffing, with Daddy-O standing out as one of this collection’s best episodes. MST3K: Volume XXXIII is now available at Amazon.

Extra features:

· Beatnick Blues: Investigating Daddy-O
· This Movie Has Legs: Looking Back At Earth Vs. The Spider
· Film It Again, Sam: The Katzman Chronicles
· Tommy Cook: From Jungle Boy To Teenage Jungle
· Peter Mark Richman: In H.A.R.M.’s Way
· MST Hour Wraps
· Theatrical Trailers

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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXIII

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