Sunday, January 27, 2008

MST3K gets new distributor!

For those of you who are MSTies, or fans of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (MST3K), there is some good news. There has not been a wealth of releases of the gang's lampooning of bad Sci-Fi B-movies, but now it looks like things might pick up. Shout! Factory has bought the rights to release the episodes on DVD and digital download. Let's hope we can buy MST3K as seasonal DVD's like so many other shows!

(Even though MST3K has disbanded and been off of the air for a few years, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bob Corbett--some of the originals--have rejoined now as "The Film Crew," under the same type of premise as MST3K was--ridiculing bad movies with culture-savvy references.)

Rhino Out. Shout Factory In.
By Sampo


LOS ANGELES, CA - Adding to its expansive library of comedic TV offerings, Shout! Factory secured the worldwide home entertainment and digital download rights to the long running American cult television comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K.) This announcement was made by Shout! Factory President Garson Foos.

Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Shout! Factory will be the exclusive worldwide home entertainment and digital media distributor for Mystery Science Theater 3000 branded properties which include a vast library of original episodes that have never-been-available on DVD or for digital download.

“Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a true cult-classic series. Its high-camp rendition of B-movies to the small screen makes it one of the most memorable pop culture shows of our time,” said Garson Foos, President of Shout! Factory. “MST3K lines up perfectly with Shout! Factory brand. We’re thrilled to work with Jim to further the legend of MST3K on DVD and in the digital marketplace.”

“We are thrilled to be at Shout! Factory. It is a really a great fit for Mystery Science Theater 3000,” said Jim Mallon, President of Best Brains, Inc. and a producer/director/writer of MST3K. “Shout! Factory totally gets the world of MST3K and has shown great respect for Joel, Mike, the Mads and the quirky little bots. They have already issued us lockers. We look forward to great new releases ahead.”
Our source at Shout Factory says they are looking at the first release around mid-year and they have not made any decisions about whether they will be single releases or sets.

Volume 10.2 will be the final Rhino release.

MST3K: The Movie - The DVD re-release (updated)
By Erhardt

You-know-what may have finally frozen over. is reporting that Universal will be re-releasing Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie on DVD on May 6th. While we haven’t received confirmation of this ourselves, this news comes from our old friend David Lambert, Content Contributor and News Director of, so we’re pretty confident of its accuracy.

The new DVD will once again be a bare-bones release, with only the original theatrical trailer thrown in as an extra. But it’s reported that the movie itself will be a new anamorphic widescreen transfer with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound mix and a French Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track. There will also be English subtitles. As always, we’ll post updates as we learn more.

This is shaping up to be an interesting year for MST3K fans!


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