Shout Factory is pretty much the only decent DVD maker left, but they’ve been preparing for a possible DVD-less future by purchasing properties. They own Mystery Science Theater 3000, and as of today, they also own ALF. Yup, those two things are officially under one umbrella, and could theoretically cross over in their own Cinematic Universe.
My newest interview subject, Sean Clark, is a very unique talent. If you purchased Scream Factory’s massive Halloween Blu-Ray box set a few years ago, you saw the work he did on many featurettes for the movies. If you’re into visiting filming locations for popular movies, you’ve seen his show Horror’s Hallowed Grounds on YouTube. If you’ve attended an autograph convention over the course of the past two decades, the chances are very good that you’ve met several of his clients, or even Sean himself.
The honeymoon period is over between Netflix and its users. Not that long ago they were known as the streaming service that would greenlight anything, but throughout 2019 they’ve gained a new reputation as the Cancel Kings, beheading promising young shows before they got a chance to grow while giving the Logan’s Run treatment to anything over three seasons old.
The Exorcist sequels aren’t as beloved as the 1973 original, but they have their fans. Soon Exorcist II will be given the royal treatment thanks to Scream Factory. A lovely 2-disc set of the film is coming next month, remastered and packed with brand-new extras.
Netflix can be torturous sometimes with how long they take to announce show renewals. The announcements are seemingly made at random — you could hear about Season 2 one week after the first season comes out, or one month, or one year. Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 have been waiting on pins and needles for a LONG time regarding the fate of their favorite riff-fest, which was only recently revived.
How many DVD sets do you think it would take to print the entire original run of Mystery Science Theater 3000, minus the inaccessible KTMA pre-episodes? Apparently, it would take about 42. But we’re only getting 39.
The streaming web service Twitch, normally known for hosting video game livestreams, has gotten attention recently for running marathons of quirky shows. Bob Ross may have not been the greatest tonal fit with the Twitch audience, but their next marathon selection definitely is: Mystery Science Theater 3000. Shout Factory, who currently holds the rights to the series, will be broadcasting 38 classic episodes nonstop over six days. The URL says “Shout,” not ‘MST3K,” so presumably more from their library is coming.
Cool news — Shout Factory is bringing back Starcade! ….Maybe you don’t know what that is.
There are DVD sets, and then there’s what Shout Factory gifted to Freaks and Geeks. This one-season show got the most elaborate treatment I’ve ever seen for any series released on a home video format. There was hours upon hours of behind-the-scenes footage, from raw dailies to the cast members’ home movies. I would wager every single piece of moving pictures that related to the show was in that set. It was incredible — and the show deserved it.