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

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Blu-Ray Review: Rabid (Collector’s Edition)
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Rabid
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: David Cronenberg
Screenwriter: David Cronenberg
Cast: Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage, Susan Roman, Lynne Deragon
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 91 Minutes
Release Date: November 22, 2016

Written and directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Fly), Rabid stars adult film star Marilyn Chambers (Behind the Green Door) as Rose, a young woman who develops an insatiable thirst for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery.

While driving through the Quebec countryside, Rose and her boyfriend, Hart (Frank Moore), get into a motorcycle accident. They’re brought to the nearby Keloid Clinic for Plastic Surgery for emergency treatment. Hart’s banged up with a broken hand and a separated shoulder, but Rose is severely injured and burned by the fiery crash. Dr. Keloid (Howard Ryshpan) decides to perform a new radical procedure on the burn victim, one which uses “morphogenetically neutral” grafts to replace the damaged skin and organs.

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Blu-Ray Review: Child’s Play (Collector’s Edition)
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Child’s Play
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Directed by: Tom Holland
Written by: Don Mancini, John Lafia, Tom Holland
Cast: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 87 Minutes
Release Date: October 18, 2016

“Hi, I’m Chucky, and I’m your friend till the end. Hidey-ho!”

Chucky, the pint-sized killer doll from 1988’s Child’s Play, is often mentioned in the same breath as slasher icons like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, but there’s something very unique about the denim dungaree-wearing antagonist in Tom Holland‘s film. While films like Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street play on teenage anxieties, punishing high school kids for drinking, smoking marijuana, and having premarital sex, Child’s Play is fixated on the fears of small children.

Five-year-old Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent) is entranced by commercials for “Good Guy” dolls on TV. The ads play during a “Good Guy” cartoon series, which Andy watches while wearing his “Good Guy” pajamas and eating “Good Guy” cereal. The commentary on Reagan-era consumerism is hard to miss here. His mom, Karen (Catherine Hicks), a widow struggling to make ends meet, buys Andy a “Good Guy” named Chucky for his sixth birthday, unaware that the doll is a plastic prison for the soul of Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif), a serial killer and voodoo practitioner.

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SDCC 2016: In The Not-Too-Distant Future, The Revived ‘MST3K’ Is Coming To Netflix
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Last November, Shout! Factory, which owns the rights to the cult classic comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, teamed up with the show’s creator and first host Joel Hodgson to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund a reboot of MST3K. Their target fundraising goal was set at $2 million, but the campaign ultimately became the highest-funded film and TV crowdfunding effort in history by raising a grand total of $5.7 million, allowing them to fund the production of 14 new episodes with an all-star squadron of geek icons and comedy geniuses working in front of and behind the camera.

On Saturday at a panel for the MST3K revival at San Diego Comic-Con, the announcement was made that the new show will be coming exclusively to Netflix as part of a $5 billion investment from the film and television streaming giant in original programming, which also includes their Marvel Studios series and the recent Stranger Things.

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SDCC 2016: Scream Factory Reveals 13 New Blu-ray Releases
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For many years Shout! Factory has been an important presence at the San Diego Comic-Con, using their panels and booths to promote current and upcoming releases on DVD and Blu-ray. When the company launched their horror/sci-fi imprint Scream Factory in 2012, their pilgrimage to the Con to announce future releases became one of the hottest events around for film geeks and home video consumers.

Scream has been responsible for some of the finest Blu-ray editions of the greatest genre features ever made, and last night they announced that soon they will add 13 titles to their ever-expanding library.

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