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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXIV
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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXIV

Starring Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu
Not Rated | 480 Minutes
Shout! Factory
Release Date: December 1, 2015

100 years of solitude, 100 years of solitude! Take one down, pass it around, 99 years of solitude!

In the 34th collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy), and Crow T. Robot (Trace Beaulieu) endure unspeakable cinematic horrors. In this collection of American International Pictures releases, you’ll find sea serpents, colossal beasts, she-creatures, and your garden-variety assortment of imps, witches, and streetwalkers.

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

Viking Women Vs. The Sea Serpent

Original Air Date: October 26, 1991

Synopsis: Also known as The Saga of the Viking Women and their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent, Viking Women Vs. The Sea Serpent is a 1957 American International Pictures film directed by the legendary Roger Corman. The title says it all with this one: a group of Viking women set sail to find their missing husbands and encounter deadly sea serpent. This episode also includes the short The Home Economics Story.

War of the Colossal Beast

Original Air Date: November 30, 1991

Synopsis: Directed by Bert I. Gordon and distributed by American International Pictures, 1958’s War of the Colossal Beast is a sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man. In this riveting motion picture, the military drugs the Colossal Man and transports him back to America King Kong-style, where he immediately escapes and wreaks havoc. This episode also includes the short Mr. B. Natural.

The Undead

Original Air Date: March 8, 1997

Synopsis: In 1957’s The Undead, a psychic sends a prostitute back in time to uncover her past-life experiences. Her consciousness is transported back to the Middle Ages where she inhabits the body of Helene, a woman accused of being a witch. Directed by Roger Corman, The Undead is a classic MST3K episode featuring Allison Hayes, Billy Barty, and Mel Welles as Smolkin, the gravedigger.

The She-Creature

Original Air Date: April 5, 1997 (Mike) SyFy

Synopsis: If The Undead doesn’t quench your thirst for psychic storytelling, then Edward L. Cahn‘s 1957 film, The She-Creature, should do the trick. A hypnotist (Chester Morris) commands his beautiful assistant (Marla English) to assume the form of a prehistoric sea monster she was in a former life. A rip-off of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The She-Creature is one of the most bizarre things you’ll ever see, and the MST3K crew riffs it gloriously!

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

Bonus Features

– NEW Introductions By Frank Conniff
– It Was A Colossal Teenage Movie Machine: The A.I.P. Story
– Theatrical Trailers
– 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance

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