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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted May 5, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

For those who aren't familiar with, or never watched the cult series, what's wrong with you? Just kidding. Although the show is no longer on the air after the sci-fi channel cancelled its run, Rhino has thankfully given it a second life on DVD, with "Eegah!" as the first of two efforts.

The show revolved around a human (Joel Hodgeson) who was forced in an experiment by Dr. Forrester to sit in a satellite with two robots (Tom Servo and Crow) he created and watch bad horror and sci-fi flicks. While the movies are running, we see the three in shadow, and listen to their comments about just how bad the movie is. Although not every episode was a total success, there are some that are simply classics, and the occasional remark that had me laughing for days. The only thing that I never really liked about MST3K were some of the skits that were done; at various times during the film, the group leaves the theater to do a little skit, and although they were never supposed to be serious, I never really laughed at many of them - I always wanted them to go back to the movie.

"Eegah!" is another absolutely awful movie, which opens up the forum nicely, with the gang providing some screamingly funny observations. Rhino's also put together a really fine DVD as well, even though MST3K never really offered great audio/video quality.


The DVD

VIDEO: Again, MST3k has never offered really strong image quality. These are not only old movies; these are old, low budget, poorly done bad movies. Although a scene or two actually looks halfway decent, the majority of the movie looks extremely soft, and is plagued with numerous flaws such as scratches, lines, marks and a generally worn and dated appearance. Colors are generally a little pale looking, and the picture has a bland appearance. Would it be as funny if it looked stunning?. There should be a little disclaimer at the front of the movie - "no restoration has been done on this film. It didn't deserve it."

SOUND: Just like the image quality, the sound quality is pretty funky at times as well. Although we can always hear the comments of the gang about the movie, the movie itself sounds very thin and occasionally harsh. It's supposed to be this way, though.

MENUS:: The main menus are wonderful! They open up and offer animation, as well as the MST3K theme song playing out in the background. Fun stuff.

EXTRAS: There isn't a whole lot of extras on this DVD, but the extras offered are great! There's not only the MST3K version of "Eegah!" where we watch the gang goof on the movie, but viewers can also choose to watch the movie itself, without the comments from the crew. I doubt anyone's going to want to watch the non-MST3K version, but it's just a fun addition. There is also a "display cue" feature where you can switch to the "non-MST3K" version to see what parts of the movie were cut out from Broadcast, then switch back.

Final Thoughts: Fans of the series will love the opportunity to own episodes on DVD, and those who haven't seen the series should seriously give it a try, because "Eegah!" is a great episode.

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