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RiffTrax: Making life easier in a post-MST3K world 
Friday, March 21st, 2008 | 01:22 pm [humor, mst3k, video]
This week's lazy bastard Friday post is more funny stuff from the fellows who brought us Mystery Science Theater 3000. This time it's from their post-MST work, Mike Nelson's RiffTrax project. Mike, usually joined by his fellow MST veterans Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, records running commentary which you can download as an MP3 file for a few bucks and play along with your own DVD of the film. It's like Mystery Science Theater, only without all the legal troubles associated with securing the rights to the movies.

It's not quite the same as having Mike and the Bots back on the Satellite of Love, I will admit. There's something about seeing the sillhouettes of the guy and the robots at the bottom of the screen that added to the appeal, and I miss that. But what I've heard of RiffTrax is still funny as hell. For example, here's a clip from Spider-Man (the wrestling scene, still the only part of that movie I don't like) along with commentary from Mike, Kevin and Bill:

There are lots more free samples at the RiffTrax website, or on the RiffTrax channel at YouTube, which also features some very funny redubbed political commercials.

And, if you're like me and you still miss the shadowrama viewing experience, check out what Joel Hodgson and his own crew of MST3K alumni, including the much missed Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff, are doing over at Cinematic Titanic.
Friday, March 21st, 2008 | 08:44 pm (UTC)
I just picked up this. I haven't had a chance to watch, but I'm really looking forward to it.
Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 | 03:58 pm (UTC)
No cast overlap between RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic. It's like the group split over creative differences. I wonder if they'll celebrity deathmatch anytime soon...

With how popular the show still is in some circles and how cheap it is to make a two hour episode, you'd think SOMEONE would bring back MST3K.

Monday, March 24th, 2008 | 01:29 pm (UTC)
The only miniscule overlap between RiffTrax and Cinematic Titanic is that Mary Jo Pehl, who is now a member of the Titanic crew, recorded a few RiffTrax with Mike (and Bill, too, I believe) awhile back. But you're right, there do seem to be two factions. Joel's army and Mike's. I'm only glad I don't have to choose.
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