Shout Factory has been pret­ty dili­gent about their MST3K disc series, reg­u­lar­ly releas­ing box sets of this mate­ri­al since pick­ing up the license.  They’ve also done some stand-alone discs and have anoth­er two set for release at the end of this mon­th, both from ear­ly box sets: Hamlet and Gunslinger.  The first dates from the Mike Nelson years and fea­tures the crew tak­ing on a t.v. pro­duc­tion of the Shakespeare clas­sic fea­tur­ing Maximilian Schell and the sec­ond is a Joel-era episode that applies the Satellite Of Love’s tal­ents to a Roger Corman-direct­ed west­ern.  Read on for all the schlock-satire details, plus some deals from the Shout Factory store…

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000:

HAMLET AND GUNSLINGER


THE NEWEST MST3K DVDS AVAILABLE JUNE 21

FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

Climb aboard the Satellite of Love, as Shout! Factory, in asso­ci­a­tion with Best Brains, Inc. proud­ly presents Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hamlet and Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gunslinger, avail­able on June 21, 2011 from http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=5257446.

Customers who pur­chase Gunslinger and Hamlet togeth­er from ShoutFactoryStore.com will receive free ship­ping and an MST3K stress ball, and cus­tomers who pur­chase all four of the MST3K sin­gle-disc titles Gunslinger, Hamlet, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies, Beginning Of The End will also receive free ship­ping and and MST3K stress ball.

Conceived as pop­u­lar enter­tain­ment, but blessed with an artis­tic depth and beau­ty that reveal new lay­ers of genius with each view­ing, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Hamlet have a lot in com­mon. It’s the old “boy meets ghost of dead father, boy los­es hot moth­er to dead father’s rival, boy dri­ves girl­friend to sui­cide and then every­one dies” sto­ry. But, as pre­sent­ed in a 1961 German TV movie star­ring Maximilian Schell, this one takes tragedy to a whole new lev­el. Join Mike, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot for a lit­tle Satellite-Upon-Avon and watch the slings and arrows fly. To riff or not to riff? Is it even a ques­tion?

In Gunslinger, sad­dle up for high noon at the SoL Corral, where Joel and his robot pos­se — Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot — take on the Roger Corman gang. It’s going to be a blood­bath of laugh­ter as the riffs start fly­ing and jus­tice is final­ly done to this 1956 low-bud­get Western. When the mar­shal of Oracle, Texas, is killed by a hired gun­man, his quick-shoot­ing wid­ow, Rose (Beverly Garland), straps on his gun and star, puts on some pants and aims to find out who did the hir­ing.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 series was cre­at­ed by Joel Hodgson and pro­duced by Jim Mallon. After a year on KTMA TV in Minneapolis , its nation­al broad­cast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (lat­er to become Comedy Central), where it ran for sev­en sea­sons. The show’s final three sea­sons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.  The premise of the series fea­tures a hap­less man who is trapped by mad sci­en­tists on a satel­lite in space and forced to watch old B-movies of ques­tion­able worth. To keep sane, he’s built two robot side­kicks, and togeth­er they do a run­ning com­men­tary on the films, affec­tion­ate­ly mock­ing their flaws with inspired wise­cracks and act­ing as a dement­ed movie the­ater peanut gallery. Series cre­ator Hodgson orig­i­nal­ly played the strand­ed man, Joel Robinson.  When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie vic­tim Mike Nelson, and con­tin­ued in the role for the rest of the show’s run.  The for­mat proved to be pop­u­lar and remark­ably durable. During its 11-year run and 198 episodes (includ­ing one fea­ture film), MST3K attained a loy­al fan base and crit­i­cal acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, and was nom­i­nat­ed for writ­ing Emmys® in 1994 and 1995.

MST3K: Gunslinger + Hamlet

MST3K: Gunslinger + Hamlet

MST3K: Gunslinger + HamletSHOUT! SELECT titles!      By order­ing both titles togeth­er, you will receive free ground ship­ping and a bonus MST stress ball!Gunslinger — When the mar­shal of Oracle, Texas is killed by a hired gun­man, his quick-shoot­ing wid­ow, Rose (Beverly Garland), straps on his gun and star, puts on some pants and aims to find out who did the hir­ing … Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot — take on the Roger Corman gang. It’s going to be a blood­bath of laugh­ter as the riffs start fly­ing and jus­tice is final­ly done to this 1956 low-bud­get Western.Hamlet — It’s the old “boy meets ghost of dead father, boy los­es hot moth­er to dead father’s rival, boy dri­ves girl­friend to sui­cide and then every­one dies” sto­ry. But, as pre­sent­ed in a 1961 German TV movie star­ring Maximilian Schell, this one takes tragedy to a whole new lev­el. Join Mike, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot for a lit­tle Satellite-Upon-Avon and watch the slings and arrows fly.To riff or not to riff? Is it even a ques­tion?