Friday, October 12, 2012

MST3K: Mr. B's Lost Shorts??!!

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

Video: Mr. B's Lost Shorts??!!

First released: Spring 2000
Availability: Rhino VHS (solo/out of print), Amazon (Volume 6/out of print), Rhino (Volume 6/out of print)

After MST3K aired its last new episode, the show continued in re-runs for over four years. The franchise continued releasing videotapes, and, beginning in 2002, DVDs.

Most of the videotapes released were single episodes, but some were collections of shorts.

The short films were shown in episodes that contained movies that didn't fill up an entire episode. A total of 54 episodes contained shorts, with five of those containing two shorts.

During Season Nine, the first collection of shorts was released on tape. Not long after the last new episode aired, the second collection was released on videotape. Early the next year, they'd release volume three.

Or so you'd think.

No, they didn't call it Volume 3. Instead, they named it after one of the most popular shorts, the one starring Mr. B Natural.

Mr. B's Lost Shorts??!! contained six short films:
Four of these would eventually show up as part of the full episode releases, beginning in 2007.

The Volume 12 set contained Episode 419: The Rebel Set. 2009's Volume 15 had Episode 616: Racket Girls, while 2010 saw the release of Volume 19 and Episode 423: Bride of the Monster. In early 2012, Volume 23 was released with Episode 210: King Dinosaur.

Fans are still awaiting the release of Episode 319: War of the Colossal Beast, but that doesn't appear to be happening any time soon. And, it's a shame, because the short, Mr. B Natural, is a fan favorite.

This is another situation where, unless you have a fan copy of the episodes, some of the classic shorts are lost to you. And that's a shame.

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