You can deck the halls with awful movies and clev­er jokes this hol­i­day sea­son thanks to the release of a new Mystery Science Theater 3000 box set.  Vol. XXII will con­tain four episodes — The Brute Man, the Ed Wood-penned The Violent Years, Mighty Jack and an all-time fan favorite, Time Of The Apes — as well as sev­er­al new bonus fea­tures about the show and the films.  As usu­al, the box will also fea­ture 4 mini-posters by Steve Vance to round out the pack­age.  Read on for all the schlock-heck­ling details…





Our long cul­tur­al night­mare is over. On December 6, Shout! Factory, in asso­ci­a­tion with Best Brains, Inc., will release Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXII, a 4-DVD set that includes Time Of The Apes, Mighty Jack, The Violent Years, The Brute Man and a cor­nu­copia of extras wor­thy of the hol­i­day sea­son. All four episodes are pre­vi­ous­ly unre­leased on DVD, and Time Of The Apes and Mighty Jack are two of the most beloved and most request­ed episodes of the com­e­dy phe­nom­e­non!

Disc 1 of Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXII fea­tures Time Of The Apes, which enjoys a myth­i­cal cult sta­tus among MSTies. Adapted (i.e., shred­ded and stitched into inco­her­ence) from the 1974 Japanese series Saru No Gundan, Time Of The Apes fol­lows the tra­vails of a sci­en­tist and two small chil­dren who are acci­den­tal­ly frozen and thaw into a future ruled by apes. The plot may sound famil­iar, but the riffs are absolute­ly unique.

Over on Disc 2 we have the long-await­ed Mighty Jack, one of the fun­ni­est episodes of one of the fun­ni­est TV series ever made. The Japanese appar­ent­ly had a license to kill tele­vi­sion when they hand­ed this prized Tsuburaya pro­duc­tion to Sandy Frank. Long before “junk bond” joined the English lex­i­con, the 007-ish exploits of Mighty Jack — a gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tion cre­at­ed to defeat the noto­ri­ous crime syn­di­cate known as “Q” — took every­thing that was bad about cool and thrilling espi­onage movies and threw the rest out. Fortunately for us, Joel and the ’bots had a license to riff. And for­tu­nate­ly for you, Shout! Factory has a license to release it on DVD.

Next up, The Violent Years is a tale from 1956 of girls gone wild. Mike and the ’bots take on this low-bud­get black-and-white pot­boil­er about a neglect­ed rich girl and her hard­ened gang of babes who, thanks to inside infor­ma­tion from her unwit­ting father, always man­age to stay one step ahead of the police. In this deliri­ous episode, we find the Mads “soft­en­ing to reach a wider audi­ence,” which includes per­form­ing their new the­me song, “Living In Deep 13.” The DVD also includes the 1952 short film A Young Man’s Fancy, where­in a vis­it­ing young man prefers the house­hold elec­tri­cal appli­ances to the teenage daugh­ter.

Last but not least, Mystery Science Theater 3000 presents The Brute Man. Rondo Hatton plays a dis­fig­ured man, a/k/a “The Creeper,” who hunts down and kills the peo­ple respon­si­ble for his defor­mi­ty. During his down­time, he falls for a blind wom­an and engages in some light felony by steal­ing to pay for an oper­a­tion to restore her sight. She may regret that. The DVD includes the 1948 short film The Chicken Of Tomorrow. Remember the styl­ish sequence in Casino that takes us through the mechan­ics of the oper­a­tion? It’s like that, except with chick­en farm­ing and with­out the style.

Bonus Features Include:

- New Introduction By Mary Jo Pehl

- Origin Of The Creeper: Birth Of A B-Movie Icon

- Introductions By August Ragone, author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters

- The Making Of MST3K (1997)

- Mystery Science Theater Hour Wraps

- Ed-uca­tion: Archival Interviews with Delores Fuller & Kathy Wood

- The DVD Menus of MST3K

- 4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance



MST3K: Vol. XXII      ***All orders of MST3K: Volume XXIIcome with a free MST stress ballavail­able nowhere else!Order your copy today­to guar­an­tee deliv­ery of yours!***Our long cul­tur­al night­mare is over. At last, two of the most beloved and most request­ed episodes of the com­e­dy phe­nom­e­non that is Mystery Science Theater 3000 are pre­served on DVD. They were born in Japan as inno­cent TV series, dis­fig­ured into TV movies for American audi­ences, then repur­posed as fod­der for glo­ri­ous new enter­tain­ments. And unless you are aller­gic to fun­ny, the oth­er two episodes are noth­ing to sneeze at either. Here, for your view­ing plea­sure, are four films that would nev­er have exist­ed if cin­e­ma had any kind of immune sys­tem. Riffing on them with extreme prej­u­dice are Joel, Mike and their robot pals Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot. Laugh amongst yourselves.Titles Include:Time Of The ApesMighty JackThe Violent YearsThe Brute ManBonus Features:New Introduction By Mary Jo PehlOrigin Of The Creeper: Birth Of A B-Movie IconIntroductions By August Ragone, author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of MonstersThe Making Of MST3K (1997)Mystery Science Theater Hour WrapsEd-uca­tion: Archival Interviews with Delores Fuller & Kathy WoodThe DVD Menus of MST3K4 Exclusive Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance