Monday, December 18, 2006
Mystery Science Theater Misery
Perhaps the only thing that I enjoy more than a good Match Game rerun is a beloved epsiode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, a show whose cancellation I am still mourning. So imagine my surprise today when I decided to treat myself to their lastest DVD compillation set for Christmas and discovered that it was no longer available on Amazon.com (except for some independent sellers who wanted $140 or more)! Ebay bidding for copies was up to $80, and one seller said there had been a recall due to copyright issues surrounding one of the films, Godzilla vs. Megalon.
I thought that once these films were released on DVD they could never be taken away from us. But when I went to Satellite News, MST3K's official web site, I learned that we have more than just Godzilla vs. Megalon to be concerned about. Rhino Home Video has lost the rights to the four movies in Vol. 1 (Catalina Caper, The Creeping Terror, Bloodlust and The Sky Divers), and in March the rights to The Sidehackers go kaput. (And that's the one that's based on an award-winning play by Lillian Hellman, don't you know?)
Remember kids, investing in real estate may be risky, but invest in a Mystery Science Theater DVD and a substantial return is almost guaranteed!