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STUDIO: Legend Films
RATED: Not Rated
RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes
Michael J. Nelson still can’t shut the fuck up during a movie.
Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea
The original host of Mystery Science Theater 3000 has turned to the Internet as a new means of entertaining the nerdy masses.
One more glove and a corpse fuckerin’ we will go.
Legend Films is the proud production house that carries on the Colorization march. They do this by taking a crapload of public domain films and doing to them what no one asked. Seeing a bevy of widely available films on the table, Rifftrax approached them and the two formed a new brand. Sure, Rifftrax has been available online for awhile. You can download their MP3 commentaries and play them against wildly popular films.
But, you enter into a new realm of legal disputes when the matter comes to home video. So, they turn to easy unprotected targets. That leads us to today’s look at the Rifftrax take on Night of the Living Dead. Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett back up Nelson on the main track. Hell, I haven’t heard these guys together in forever. Needless to say, they’ve been a lot better.
Welcome to Obscurity, Barbara.
It takes them about twenty minutes to really warm into the material. Most of the early graveyard and house barricading stuff is quick jabs. None of them really hit the mark, as they seem to be targeting their humor at an audience that seems far too old for this kind of stuff. Then, there’s their obsession with Earl Hardman channeling Edward G. Robinson. The first two jokes were ok, but by joke 89 it was getting stale.
If you like the older MST3K humor, then this might be your alley. I always preferred Joel over Mike and I don’t get the admiration the man receives from the geek community. The DVD as it stands is a joke. You get the option to watch the film with or without the Rifftrax commentary. But, there’s the matter of the film.
It’s a public domain release that looks like crap. There’s a 2.0 sound mix that falls somewhere between stretched mono and stereo. There’s no real sound pattern followed and you can never tell which speaker the audio is originating. The picture is full of print damage and digital noise.
The Keystone State’s last line of defense.
There are no supplemental materials on this disc. There’s a reason why the MSRP is only ten bucks.