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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XVII



="border: medium none ! important; margin: 0px ! important;" width="1" border="0" height="1" />" collections on DVD, Shout! Factory goes back to the very beginning. It's a very good place to start.

Kicking off this four-disc set is 1958's "The Crawling Eye." As far as "MST" episodes go, it's no gem, but since it was the first to be broadcast during the series' long run on Comedy Central, it's an automatic keeper. The film itself is pretty slow, and hosts Joel Hodgson and his robot friends aren't much speedier.

Hodgson admits as much on a bonus interview segment, discussing how it was their maiden voyage in scripted shows, and that they were learning as they were going. To see how far they got as riffers, jump to the fifth-season presentation of the 1960 juvie flick "The Beatniks." By then, the cast was crackling; the groove, long discovered.

It helped that "The Beatniks" is one of those

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