This limited-edition set was supposed to come with a beautiful Crow bust, but we were denied the endless hours of fun said toy would likely provide by the publicity gods, so unfortunately all I have to report back to you is the content of the DVDs. You'll just have to take a leap of faith that the Crow bust -- and the mini-posters we also didn't get -- are fun to look at. The DVDs are still pretty good, though, if undeniably cluttered with a good amount of really dated jokes, like a "What do you think of Roseanne singing the national anthem?" reference, for example, but nevertheless! When the jokes aren't topical, they're still as funny as I remember them being when I was eight. Which is either a good or a bad thing, depending on your particular maturity level. The set comes with four complete movies -- First Spaceship on Venus, Laserblast, Werewolf and Future War, plus all the sketches that originally aired with them. Now for the extras...
The History of MST3K:
They're not joking; this is a complete history, and it is loooooong. It contains many things, including footage of when MST3K was a cable access show they made in Minneapolis for a hundred bucks an episode, and the many incarnations of Tom Servo, who was basically a grey trashcan with no gumballs in the beginning. Also, Joel used to be a "prop comic." Like Carrot Top. And Gallagher. Other highlights here include: How South Park got them canceled, the episode where they were drunk, what a bitch it was to make the movie, and how much the fans hated the blonde guy they replaced Joel with.
The Original Trailers:
...Of the movies they made fun of. Some of them are funny by themselves, but they're obviously way more entertaining with commentary by Joel and the robots.
MST3K at Comic Con '08:
Moderated by the always hilarious Patton Oswalt, this features Joel and a bunch of the show's writers and producers basically telling an abridged version of "The History of MST3K" for some very excited nerds at Comic Con. And they brought Crow with them!
Variations on a Theme Song:
This is for the hardcore fan/people who enjoy terrible music. (As much as I love the show, I have always passionately hated the theme song.) This is all of the MST3K opening titles sequences edited together in sequential order. So you can see what Crow looked like when he was just starting out in Minneapolis (like a lacrosse stick with a beak), and what Joel looked like when he still had hair. Aww!
Desperately need a little Crow T. Robot for your own? Buy it here.