Monday, August 27, 2012

MST3K: MST Poopie II

I'm watching all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes in order. More about that here and here.

Video: MST Poopie II

First released: VHS, Best Brains, 1997
Availability: Best Brains VHS (out of print), Amazon (Volume 10), Amazon (Volume 10.2), Rhino (Volume 10/out of print), Rhino (Volume 10.2/out of print), Best Brains (Volume 10.2)

Poopie number two.
Yeah, we're supposed to be covering episodes of MST3K, and this isn't an episode. But, it's something the MST3K fans might like. And, this video was released during the original run of MST3K.

At the end of Season Eight, Best Brains released their second Poopie! tape. It contained bloopers from Season Seven, the short, final season on Comedy Central, and Season Eight, the first, and longest, season on the Sci-Fi Channel. It would be the only Poopie tape to feature any Sci-Fi Channel bloopers. There was no Poopie III.

Real blood usually stops the filming.
This video is kinda hard to find. I say that because there are two versions. The original, longer version is nearly 30 minutes long, but was only released on VHS. The shorter version is around 15 minutes long, and is available as an extra on the Volume 10 DVD Pack (and on the Volume 10.2 DVD Pack).

There's not really a whole lot to say about it. The first blooper tape, MST Poopie!, was just over 30 minutes, but contained screw-ups, flubs, and bloopers from six seasons. That was 98 episodes. Poopie II, however, is nearly as long, but only represents two seasons and 29 episodes (remember, there were two versions of the first episode in Season Seven), plus segments from marathons.

Screw-ups from hawking a blooper reel can wind up on the next blooper reel
Keep in mind that I'm not that big a fan of blooper reels. The first Poopie! tape seemed to be a little forced. It was almost like they were just throwing stuff in there. This one, with not even a third of the number of shows from which to pick flubs, seems even more forced.

I hate to say it, but the long version isn't as good as the short version. And, for that very reason. Only the best of the bloopers were included in the short version. The longer version doesn't give you anything more, other than more of the same.

If you're a fan of blooper reels, then perhaps you'd like it more than I did.

That's not to say there weren't some funny moments, but how many times can you watch two performers look at each other and laugh?
Even robots can blow their lines and cause a reshoot.Watching performers laugh at each other.
Still, it did make me smile.

Before Season Nine aired, they would release MST Poopie! on Rhino VHS. They'd later include it in DVD packs.

No such life for Poopie II. Rhino never released it on VHS; it was only available from the Fan Club. There is the abridged version, as I mentioned, that was released as an extra feature on a DVD pack.

If you're wanting to get a full collection of all the MST3K releases, then you'll want to include this in the mix. Otherwise, the version in Volume 10/10.2 is an adequate representation of the bloopers from the later years.

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