Ratings & Reviews
- A look back with J. Elvis Weinstein
- Betwee the Riffs
- Closed Captioned
I wouldn't assume this would be a blind buy purchase for anyone, but just in case, Cinematic Titanic is comprised of alumni from the hilarious 90s era/recently revived TV comedy Mystery Science Theater 3000, including show creator/original host Joel Hodgson, original Crow/Dr. Forrester Trace Beaulieu, original Servo/Dr. Ehrhardt J Elvis Weinstein, and "TV's Frank" Frank Conniff, as well as later addition to the show's writing staff and "Mother Pearl Forrester" Mary Jo Pehl. At its core, it's just five funny people riffing on awful movies. The first 7 movies you see the "cast" in silhouette, and there was an attempt of a narrative, riffing the movies as some sort of top-secret project. But then they took the show on the road and any pretense of a narrative was dropped. The remaining 5 movies in the set were all done in front of live audiences, which produces a much different vibe as the cast can feed on the audience's energy, adjust to their reactions, and of course, no chances to fix a flubbed line. The 12 movies are doubled up on 6 discs, but there's no discernible loss in A/V quality. And of course the A/V quality becomes moot as the movies that they're riffing are rarely in pristine condition, and no attempt was seemingly made to improve the quality. But it's not about the movies, it's about the riffing, and the 5 are in fine form. The "Spit take" gag in the live East Versus Watts is note-perfect. You don't need to be a fan of the original show to appreciate this - though I'd assume if you disliked the original show, this won't be all that endearing. But if you've ever hate-watched a bad movie and goofed on it, it's the same thing but with 5 professional writers and performers guiding you through the hurting. And for the sake of comparison, the box sets of old Mystery Science episodes...are usually 4 in a set, and often more than this set which includes 12 movies. These were released as individual DVDs/streaming videos in the past but rights to the movies ran out and the DVDs quickly became over-expensive collector's items on auction sites. SO the value can't be beat.
I would recommend this to a friend