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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXVII
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DVD Review: MST3K: Volume XXXVII

Cast: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu
Distributor: Shout! Factory
Not Rated | 480 Minutes
Release Date: November 22, 2016

“Dad’s being smothered by a huge loaf of pepperoni-studded brown bread!”

In the 37th 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 android doppelgängers, post-apocalyptic biker gangs, Japanese superheroes, and a horrific beach party.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Shout! Factory is serving up four cinematic turkeys: The Human Duplicators, Escape 2000, Invasion of the Neptune, and The Horror of Party Beach. MST3K: Volume XXXVII features two episodes from the Comedy Central era and two from the Sci-Fi Channel run, one with Joel Hodgson as host and three with Mike Nelson. It’s a fun, eclectic mix of episodes spanning seasons four, seven, and eight. Continue reading for detailed synopses of each episode!

The Human Duplicators

Original Air Date: December 26, 1992

Synopsis: Love means never having to say I’m colonizing your planet in this 1965 science fiction tale about an alien, the cybernetic physicist he controls, and the blind girl he falls for. Richard Kiel’s plan to create android copies of humanity is beset with technical difficulties and strange, wonderful feelings. Joel, Tom, and Crow duplicate some big laughs over and over with the best riffing on this or any other planet.

Escape 2000

Original Air Date: March 2, 1996

Synopsis: Escape 2000 is a sequel to 1990: Bronx Warriors much like buttery spread is a sequel to butter. Previously released as Bronx Warriors 2 and Escape from the Bronx, the saying about a rose by any other name applies here, except replace rose with Escape 2000 and replace sweet with “˜please open a window.’ A generic and nefarious corporation gentrifies a Bronx neighborhood to death in the service of creating the city of the future. But when they kill the parents of the first movie’s hero, they are in for some action, low-budget 80s style. Fortunately for us, MST3K makes Escape 2K literally a thousand times better, as Mike and the bots, who know a little something about evil corporations, keep us in the best kind of stitches.

The Horror of Party Beach

Original Air Date: September 6, 1997

Synopsis: The real horror of Party Beach is the movie that got made about it. Teens and monsters have always had a complicated relationship status in movies, but The Horror of Party Beach kicks it down a notch or eight, as a coastal town grapples with mutated fishmen who crash a beach party in hideous fashion. Somewhere in there is a biker gang if you’re paying attention… and you should, because our teens-at-heart on the Satellite of Love MC this party as only the masters of wisecracking can.

Invasion of the Neptune Men

Original Air Date: October 11, 1997

Synopsis: Invasion of the Neptune Men stars martial arts legend Sonny Chiba as a Space Chief, a superhero of sorts, in this 1961 kids movie of sorts about an alien invasion of sorts. It’s left to Mike, Tom, and Crow to sort it out, but when they do, the swift and merciless barrage of jokes is positively Chibaesque.

MST3K: Volume XXXVII is another fantastic release from Shout! Factory and a must-own for MST3K fans. All four episodes offer some grade-A riffing, with Escape 2000 standing out as one of this collection’s best episodes. And of course there’s The Horror of Party Beach, which includes some classic lines including, “Look out, Ted Kennedy’s drivin’ home!” and “The only horror at Party Beach is Cindy’s cheese dip!” The four-disc set also includes several new bonus features, which you can read about below!

Bonus Features

– New Introductions By Mary Jo Pehl
– MST Hour Wraps
– August On Neptune Featurette with Film Historian August Ragone
– Leave The Bronx: Making Escape 2000 Featurette
– Return To Party Beach Featurette
– Theatrical Trailers
– Four Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance

MST3K: Volume XXXVII is now available at Amazon.

In addition to this collection, don’t forget about the MST3K Turkey Day 2016 Marathon! Shout! Factory continues its revival of the beloved MST-ie Thanksgiving tradition with a newly curated Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon, hosted by show creator Joel Hodgson and Season 11 host Jonah Ray. Starting at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 24th, the marathon will showcase the six most popular classic episodes as chosen from the recent fan survey of the 100 Most Popular Classic MST3K Episodes, as well as brand-new episode intros. Visit to partake in the Turkey Day festivities and participate in the event on Twitter by using the hashtag #mst3k.

MST3K Turkey Day 2016 Marathon

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