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XMAS GIFTS! December 25, 2007

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Xmas Gifts

Wow this was a great Xmas for me! I got some great stuff from the awesome family! Here they are:

Evil Dead- Ultimate 3 Disc Set Edition (From the mother)
This brand new re-re-re-release of Sam Raimi’s cult classic Evil Dead, contains three discs: Disc One is the movie widescreen with a brand new hour documentary with the cast and crew (minus Sam and Bruce Campbell) and the old laserdisc commentary with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapner. Disc Two with the movie fullscreen, some lost footage/outtakes/deleted scene that had been recently found, and old commentary with Bruce Campbell. and Disc Three with lots of brand stuff mainly with the cast (with the lost Scotty and Ted Raimi!) at a convention talking about their experience of the movie and fans they met. While it’s cool they got some nice features with the cast, I kind of wish that Sam Raimi was involved in these features (I’m guessing they made the extras while he was working on Spider-Man 3). But still a great set and includes a Evil Dead poster!

The Three Stooges Collection- Volume One 1934-1936 (From the sister)
This set includes the first 19 shorts of the Three Stooges all in their original form! That’s pretty much it, no extras or main menus just the shorts, which is all I need! Can’t wait for Vol 2!

Sansa (from the Pop)
(See this post)

Army Of Darkness Action Figure Ash! (From the mother)

It's Ash, Baby
Action figure of Ash in Army of Darkness (aka Evil Dead 3) during the graveyard scene. With changeable head, boom stick, and book of the dead! Come get some baby!

The Big Lebowski Dude’s Bowling TV Shirt! (from the parents together)
This awesome shirt is made up to look like the Dude’s bowling shirt from the cult Coen brother’s film The Big Lebowski! I’m totally gonna wear this every where I go now!

100 Bucks (From the parents)
YAY Moneyz!

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
(100% OOP DVD) (From the Suzanne)

This is the pure highlight for this Xmas! I always had a bootleg of it and now I have the real thing!! It’s one the earlest DVDs, so there’s no extras or main menu, just movie and scene menu.
The Collection 2007
So all in all a great XMAS! Hope ya had a great one like me!


Early Xmas Gift: Sansa! December 23, 2007

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Thanks to my old man, I now can listen to music anytime! When I’m eating, sleeping, using the men’s room and when sombody is talking to me that I have no care for! Also I can upload me some videos (as seen above with the classic MST3K segment Idiot Control Now)! While I have about nearly 50 songs on it already, I still need to fill it up with some great songs.

Here’s a couple that are/soon to be on this Ipod type thingie:
They Might Be Giants
Weird Al
Adam Ant
Aphex Twin
Dead Milkmen
Frank Zappa
Jefferson Airplain
Oingo Boingo
Spin Doctors
Talking Heads
Violent Femmes
and many many more.

Just 3 more days till Xmas!

MST3K: 10 Gold Episodes November 23, 2007

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Crow, Joel, Mike, SevoMystery Science Theater 3000 is one of the greatest shows ever made. There’s nothing that can make you say no. If a show that has every single cast member change and run for 11 years, that can still be awesome, then you know right there it’s gold. Some episodes I can watch for days straight and they can never get old. Here’s a list of some of my 10 random favorite episodes that are just a hoot and show why MST3K is the greatest and also help for the poor soul-less people who have yet to see the show.


822- Time Chasers
Yes sadly he's the hero of the film.Nick Miller a nerdy hockey hair Castleton snob, invents a time machine! But not out of a De Lorena, no Nick makes it out of his plane! Soon Nick gets a deal with a big evil company named Gen-Corp to buy the time plane and at the same time, meet up with Lisa, a girl he knew from high school. After realizing that the evil Gen-Corp company IS in fact evil, Nick and Lisa have to go back in time and stop his past self from being greedy and stupid, before the head Gen-Corp CEO stops them. This is a classic episode from season eight that never gets old. The riffing from Mike and the bots is super. Also the host segments are really great, with Crow going back in time to stop Mike’s dim past self from getting the temp job that cause him to be shot into space and in the end making it worst for both Mike and the bots! Again like I said, it’s a classic and should not be missed.

207- Wild Rebels
Jeeter, Banjo, and Fats--THE WILD REBELS!After wrecking his car to nothing but flames, stock-car driver (and semi lame) Rod decides to get out of the racing biz. He hitchhikes to bar where he dances like dork and meets the biker gang called Satan’s Angels. They invite him back to their crib and tell him about their plan of a bank robbery (which they do “for kicks”) where he helps by driving the get away car. Rod declines and heads out, but bumps into the police. The cops have been trying to get them Satan’s Angels for all the bad things they’ve done (for kicks) and want Rod to help get the wild rebels. But can our hero do it? This is my favorite episode from season two, I can’t stop watching it. Maybe of it’s grindhouse feel or the great riffing from Joel and the bots. The host segments also tell what Gypsy does for the SOL and makes Joel get this funny feeling inside (don’t ask). All in all the best of the season two “Biker” movies.

521- Santa Claus
This messed up Mexican film is about a evil little devil named “Pitch” as he dances around like a idiot and trys to ruin Christmas by trying to stop Santa from giving all the presents to all the good boys and girls. At the same time we meet poor little Lupita, who all she wants is a life-size doll and trys her best not to have the urge to steal one. The most bizarre Christmas film ever made! This changes a lot back story of Santa as he makes kids of different regions work on the toys- not elfs, has creepy robot deer, and lives in outer space! It’s the second Xmas themed episode with Mike a host, and out of the two, I have to pick this one as the best. RHINO NEEDS TO RELEASE THIS ON DVD!

110- Robot Holocaust (with short: Commando Cody Pt 9)
Sidedish Monster!In some post-apocalyptic future where robots control the air and humans are slaves to them (I think. It’s hard to tell really what the plot is). Some guy for some reason is kidnapped by this unintelligible (German?) girl, who wants to give him to the air god (who knows). It’s up to the guy’s daughter and some other guys (plus a annoying robot) to stop the evil girl and some lobster robot from killing her dad (maybe). Man this movie didn’t really make any sense. It’s one of the earliest 80’s film MST3K did (if you do/don’t count the ones from KTMA). While the short was dull and thankfully was cut off, I thought they did a decent job riffing this mess. The host segments are like-able too with them playing Robot Holocaust and Servo getting way into it. This is my favorite episodes from season one and needs to be on DVD soon.

810- The Giant Spider Invasion
He has every episode of Married With Children on tape.A meteor lands on earth near farmer redneck trash Dan Kester’s farm and contains eggs with little spiders in them. A doughy NASA scientist meets up the town scientist Barbara Hale to found what that meteor was. Meanwhile town sheriff Alan Hale Jr. does… nothing, yes really nothing but tell crappy jokes and eat. Soon more and more little spiders come out and attack the Packer loving town folks along with Dan and his alcoholic wife Eve. It’s up to the dull old scientists, and Alan Hale (not really) to stop the spiders and it’s giant spider leader from attacking the town (if that’s not a bad thing). A crappy 70’s monster movie by Bill Rebane (Monster A Go-Go fame) that completely lacks a single sympathetic character. Again it’s one of the episodes that I watch a ton. Mike and the bots really show their pride for the state of Wisconsin and trash it. While the riffing was great, the host segments were “meh” with pods takeover the Mads and trying to takeover the SOL crew is kind of a bore. But other than that, a solid episode.

424- Manos: The Hands of Fate (with short: Hired Pt 2)
Peeping TorgoA family is a on vacation and soon get lost to found themselves near a odd house and a odd person named Torgo, who “takes cares of the place while the master is away”. The family decides to spend the night at the Master’s place until morning, but then the pet dog is mysteriously killed and Torgo hitting on the wife, makes the family want to get out of there. But what the hell? The car out of no where doesn’t work! And to make matters worst the Master awakes (along with his wives) and wants the family females to become part of his wives (gross)! Also there’s some guy and girl that make out for the whole movie! One of, if not THE worst movie ever made! Also one the classic episodes of MST3K ever. Joel and the bots riff the second part of the short Hired is quite grand and then the movie itself, dear god it’s amazing they didn’t fail because of the horror of the film. So what’s there to say that’s hasn’t been said? I liked it very much and watch it–if you dare!

820- Space Mutiny
Ho?Beefy pilot Dave Ryder must save Southern Sun, from the evil and always having a good laugh, Kalgan, who plans to destroy the ship. At the same time buff Ryder makes out of with Southern Sun’s captain Santa Claus looking Cameren Mitchell’s really old looking daughter Lea and scream like a girl and rides around in golf carts. Plus the mind talking Bellerians kind of, but not really help chunky Ryder by dancing around and killing some of bad guys. Yes it’s the eighties! God how can you not love this episode?!? It’s such a cheesy movie, that Mike and the bots don’t even have to try to make fun of it and make you laugh till you kill something inside your body! While the host segments are on the soft spot, this is a awesome episode from the Sci-if era.

303- Pod People
It's called evil Kid.While members of a 80’s rock band are camping in the woods, poachers (Huzzah!) nearby discover a stash of huge eggs and begin smashing them. One baby alien escapes while the mother takes her revenge, first on the poachers and then on members of the band (why not?). The baby, a furry creature with an elephant-like trunk, is lost in the woods and is found by pale, a high pitched sounding boy named Tommy, who lives in a secluded house with his mother and mean uncle. Tommy nicknames him “Trumpy,” and they become playmates (play Simon and making it worst). As the dangerous mother alien continues looking for her child, the rock band seeks out Tommy’s house for refuge. Will the mother kill them all (I wish…)? The Film Ventures movies MST3K did were the best and this best out of all of them. This is indeed my all time favorite MST3K episode. The movie is cheesy bad, the riffing is perfect, and the host segments are gold. I love this episode.

907- Hobgoblins
Can't you what I'm trying tell you?Whiny loser Kevin, who works as a security guard for a old movie studio, stupidly lets out a group of puppets, who allow you to live out your fantasies but kill you in the process. His boss is too old to help him, so Kevin has to get his crappy idiot friends: Amy, his stupid non-supportive girlfriend, Kyle, a red short wearing perv, Daphne, a sex-crazed slut, and Nick, Daphne’s brainless army boyfriend to help get the hobgoblins back to the studio before sunrise. This is such a stupid, stupid movie! It’s my second favorite episode all time of MST3K. The movie is a stupid thrill ride, the riffing is pure grand, and the host segments are really funny! A must see for people who love pure bashing.

512- Mitchell
Peeling a orangeJoe Don Baker is Mitchell, a chubby and unlikable detective, that tries to take down John Saxon, for killing a burglar for kicks and not self-defense, and a guy named Cummings, who’s connected somehow to a shipment of heroin coming in from Mexico. Also we get to see Mitchell have sex with Linda Evans (a prostitute that John Saxon for some reason paid to have sex with Mitchell), drink beer, eat, and sleep! This is Joel’s final episode as host and boy what a send out! The riffing is so awesome and they do such a great job. A great farewell to the best era of MST3K.

So there you have it. Ten awesome episodes that never get old in my book. The type of movies, the certain era, and feel can help a episode. Now that we have The Film Crew (maybe) and Cinematic Titanic, we can relive this feel.


Review: MST3K Volume 12 November 10, 2007

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Vol 12This has been a big month for MST3K! Rifftrax with Mike, the brand new MST3K.com, and Joel, Trace, Josh, Frank, and Mary Jo all are making Cinematic Titanic! To celebrate these different forms of MST3K, I will review the new Volume 12 DVD!


419- THE REBEL SET ****

The episode starts with a short about a kid named Johnny as he gets lost from his parents while at the state fair. The riffing on this by J&tBs is excellent which is why this is one of my all-time favorite shorts. The movie itself is about a Beatnik Jazz Club owner that brings three unemployed loser beatniks to help him pull off a heist of $1 million.  They all agree and help successfully pull off the robbery of a armored truck, but then deceit and double-crossing starts to happen on the train trip to Newark after the heist. I actually thought this was a half-way decent film.  I mean, besides some goofy beatnik scenes, I thought it really held together.  The riffing on this was great, as usual, for a Season Four episode and the host segments were also pretty funny. Overall, this is a very enjoyable episode.


SSAD!The great super-spy, Secret Agent Super Dragon is called out of pool-side retirement to investigate a secret organization that apparently is smuggling a new type of chewing gum. It’s a somewhat confusing spy movie in this episode, but still fun to watch.  Good riff and some pretty good host segments make for a good overall episode.  I especially like the “James Bond” rip-off secret agent flicks seen on MST, so I liked this one a lot for primarily that very reason.


The most sexually charged movie MST has ever done! I never knew that footage of jet fighters could be so naughty. Filled to the brim with frequent scenes of planes taking off and refueling and landing and refueling and bombing rectangles and refueling. Due to the static nature of the film, this is a toughie to riff on and required premium effort from the writing staff. So it’s pretty impressive that when they do fire with the funny, they generally strike their targets with pinpoint accuracy. From the variety of quips on the redundant refueling, to rollicking jests’ on “Poopie Suits”. Toss in the superb skits where we witness Crow’s frustrated attempts to log onto the information super highway, observe a bold commercial for Ricochet BBQ sauce and thrill to the wonderful Servo Chorus – and “Starfighters”, while not A+ perfect, still offers up sample laughs.


ClonusThis film (which Michael Bay ripped off) is about Richard, who founds out that he is part of a cloning project run by powerful individuals in the country that clones the wealthy and powerful people so that they can have replacement body parts and live a much longer life (is also stars Peter Graves!). The riffing by M&tBs on this film is great – it’s some of the best on-target riffing of season 8.  The host segments were also enjoyable.



Don Sullivan (George Leland on Rebel Set) talks about how he got into Hollywood, making of the movie, and his thoughts on MST3K. While he talks about MST for 30 seconds, he seems like a nice guy and admits that the films are B movies. Good Stuff.


Introductions and concluding remarks that Jack Perkins (Played by Mike) did when Secret Agent Super Dragon (along with others) was broadcast in two parts on the Play MST Hour. A great extra (they need to release all the MST Hour intro for the episodes Rhino have already released).


This extra includes 10 more songs from the series:

  • Creepy Girl
  • A Michael Finestein Gamera
  • Whispering Christmas Warrior
  • Doughy Guys
  • Mystos
  • Cosmic Freight Train
  • The Best of Digger Smolken
  • The 70’s Song
  • Sir Thomas Neville Servo Quartet
  • The Rain Song

It’s gone to the point where they’ve ran out of songs and just put all the songs from already release episodes (even one from the last jukebox!). While fun, it’s no point to make another one.


Parts: The Clonus Horror director Robert Fiveson talks about the making of Clonus, Michael Bay’s ripoff “The Island”, MST3K, and the Uncut DVD of Clonus. Out of all the interviews with the crew of the movies, this is the best one Rhino has made. Fiveson gives alot of great info and says nice stuff of MST3K. Highlight extra on this set.

TRAILERS FOR THE MOVIES (except The Starfighers) ****

Fun little extras too set you in the mood for the movie (or lie about the movie).


This is one of the best set that Rhino has made so far. Great Episodes, really awesome extras, and while I like menus better from previous sets, these menus are pretty good too. Also the boxset art is quite awesome too. All in all the best set out of the two release this year.



Review- MST3K Vol 11! August 13, 2007

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vol11co.jpgThe MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 COLLECTION continues with Volume 11. Rhino presents four more episodes from the Satellite of Love. Laugh, groan, writhe and laugh again with Joel, Mike, Tom Servo and Crow as they deliver jokes and judgments on cinema’s difficult children.


206- RING OF TERROR ****

Joel with his invention “pin-bolus” from Ring Of Terror!A short pointless movie about a collage kid (who is really 40 years of age) who is dared into getting a ring from a dead guy’s hand, then dies—pretty much the whole story. Joel and the bots do the best they could with this mess. Also for the first (and last) time they riff a short AFTER the movie.


Lon Chaney’s eyes.Lon Chaney Jr. plays a dead butcher who is re-animated and goes to kill the people that did him wrong. A dull film that Joel and the bots couldn’t save. But the host segments were pretty funny.

414- TORMENTED ***

 A envy ghost haunts a ex love because he is getting married to another girl. A decent B movie that Joel and the bots make fun of quite nicely.


Werespider!After their plane crashes near some abondon island, a group of dance girls and their male manger do….really nothing. Soon the manger gets bitten by a spider and becomes some kind of werewolf spider and is only seen for 5 minutes. This movie is terrible! The whole story with the spider and monster is really just a side story as the main story was just the girls half naked and fighting. Mike and the bots do the best they could do with this mess and save it. The highlight episode of this boxset and the last B&W movie MST did before the show ended.



 This extra includes 10 more songs from the series:

  • Clown in the Sky
  • The Janitor Song
  • The Greatest Frank of All 
  • When Loving Lovers Love
  • Sodium!
  • Sidehackin’
  • The Many Tunes of Gamera
  • A Patrick Swayze Christmas (one of their greatest songs!)
  • The Bomb Song
  • Hobgoblins
  • This volume contains songs from already release episodes, but still a nice little extra.


     Bert I. Gordon (writer/director), Susan Gordon (little Sandy) and Joe Turkel (Blackmailer Captain Nick) talk for 20 mintues about filming the movie and their careers . While it is not earth-shattering, but it’s pretty fun. Joe Turkel is a little too much, and I think he makes Susan uncomfortable at a couple points. MST3K is not mentioned.


     Introductions and concluding remarks that Jack Perkins (Played by Mike) did when Tormented (along with others) was broadcast in two parts on the Play MST Hour. I feel this is the highlight extra on this set.

    TRAILERS FOR THE MOVIES (except Ring of Terror) ****

     Fun littles extras too set you in the mood for the movie (or lie about the movie).


    A HeadThis is a decent set that had semi less than average episodes (none of which made 5 stars in my review) and decent extras (at least they have some!). Also all the movies on this set are public domain (meaning they have no copyright and can be used for what ever you want) so Rhino can’t lose the rights to this set (like the last set). So this is a good set but not great.



    Review- MST3K: The Incredible Melting Man June 15, 2007

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    “Steve had crackers”- Servo as Ted

    Some astronauts in space are going on and on about Saturn’s rings when their Apollo capsule mixes with Solar flares.  The astronauts scream and, apparently, their capsule crash lands back on Earth. All were killed except for one and he has a bad case of the drips.  This last astronaut is now a Goo Man and so he breaks out of the hospital he’s in and wanders around, killing people.  On the case is Dr. Ted Nelson and he plans on capturing the Goo Man by reasoning with him. There’s also a pointless scene with a horny, lemon-stealing elderly couple.


    Opening: The crew play a little hardball.
    Intro: Crow’s “Earth vs. Soup” screenplay is being made into a movie, with Dr. F. and Pearl in charge
    Host segment 1: A script conference goes nowhere
    Host segment 2: Crow shoots his movie
    Host segment 3: Dr. F. leads a focus group
    End: Crow learns the fate of his movie
    Stinger: “Let’s get the hell out of here!”

    Man this is some bad film. More bad/bad film than bad/chessey film. But still Mike and the bots do aokay job at riffing it. The host sements are great as they deal with Hollywood producers making Crow’s script “Earth vs. Soup” into a movie.  The knowing jokes in these segments are very apparently making fun of the ridiculous stuff BBI had to deal with when they made MST3K: the Movie.

    So, although the movie and riffing is enjoyable, this episode is worth seeing even if only for the host segments.

    Movie: C
    Host Segment: B
    Overall: C


    Rifftrax of Nurse Giggles June 14, 2007

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    Cuts.com is a site that allows users to import videos from sites like YouTube and add their own captions to them, so it’s a natural fit for MST3K fans.

    Here I did this fan remake of Ren and Stimpy’s Nurse Stimpy renamed Nurse Giggles. I hope youz enjoy!



    Review- MST3K: Eegah! June 7, 2007

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    What cheesey film are Joel and the bots watching this time?

    Sorry about my face“-Joel as Tom.

    One night Roxy is driving in the desert, when all of a sudden she hits…EEGAH! (aka Richard Kiel), who quickly runs back into the dark. She tells her Dad and her disgusting looking boyfriend Tom (Arch Hall Jr.) who go back to the area to find the caveman. Her father decides to go out and find him by himself, letting Roxy and eek boy go party and to later pick him up. But when they get out there to pick Professor Dad up, he’s missing.  Next thing you know, Roxy is kidnapped by the caveman and taken back to his cave, where he is also keeping her father hostage. It’s up to our gross hero Tom to save them!

    Opening: Deep frozen Crow
    Invention exchange: Pork-orina, replacing Frank’s blood
    Host segment 1: Subtle forms of hell
    Host segment 2: The bots alter Joel’s face to look like Arch Hall Jr.
    Host segment 3: Why ’60s sitcoms are run by single dads
    End: Washing the movie off the bots, letter, Frank’s fluid change
    Stinger: “Fake it.” “That’s what I’ve BEEN doing. Now I’m getting sick!”

    Man what a vile movie! What was Arch Hall Sr. thinking!?! The plot is bad, the dubbing is bad, the music of Tom is…do I even have to say it? Joel and the bots are super A+++ riffing here, making this mess watchable.

    The host segments are pretty good too, with Frank’s blood being replaced with antifreeze is one the weirder things Dr.F has done to Frank. Also Joel being forced to have his face look like Arch Hall Jr is great.

    This a classic episodes and a essential episode for a fan to watch/own. Buy the DVD now!

    The Movie: A+
    Host Segments: B+
    Episode: A+


    Review- MST3K: The Atomic Brain June 2, 2007

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    Atomic Brain

    Well time to do my first review of anything! I will start with a season five episode from my favorite TV Show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Let’s Begin!

    The Short

    The short opens with a group of 50’s white teenagers bumping into another car that’s sitting at a stop sign.  When the man in the other car gets out, the hoods beat him up and rob him.  Later the hoods pick up another member of their gang who then figures out that the man the others beat up was his dad. He is surprisingly upset about this and he drops out of the gang. The next day at school, the rest of the gang threatens him, so he and some of his nerdy friends race over to speak at a town council meeting on juvenile delinquency.

    The Movie

    This messy film is about mean old rich lady who finances a scientist’s research in brain transference so he can put her brain in a young female’s body (since she is nearly 90 years old). In order to get some more bodies, she hires three females to be maids (really just wanting their bodies). The women slowly begin to suspect that something strange is going, particularly when one of them begins meowing like a cat because the doctor transplanted a feline brain into her body. Now the two remaining women want to escape, but cannot. I won’t say what happens in the end but you tell they wanted make a sequel.

    Host Segments

    Prologue:  The ’Bots rehearse their play called “Love Letters”
    Segment One (Invention Exchange):  M&tBs invent… the Mads;  to counter, the Mads invent Crow and Tom Servo
    Segment Two:  Tom transforms himself into a weather satellite: Weather Servo 9
    Segment Three:  Mike demonstrates a chin puppet, but the ’Bots don’t get it
    Segment Four:  Magic Voice meets the Voice-Over from the movie
    Segment Five (End):  Green Acres’ Mr. Kimble is The Fugitive;  letters;  Dr. Fist visits Frank
    Stinger:(Stinger missing from Rhino Home Video release) I think it’s was one of the girls screaming.

    The Review

    The short is very dated about how Teenagers are WAY out of control. Mike and the Bots do a fantastic job at “riffing” it. The main hoodlum some how reminds me of Donald Trump, maybe by his eyes, ah but anyway, cheesy short; great short.

    On to the movie, it’s pretty funny on its own. A messy story, bad foreign accents, and bad effects. Mike and the bots do great riffing on it. The Host Segments are pretty funny, the highlight being the invention exchange with the Bots as the Mads and The Mads as well… the Bots. Also another great segment with Magic Voice talking to Voice guy from the movie.

    While it may be best to watch this with more than just yourself, it’s a classic episode in my book and showing how Mike is getting better at riffing.

    The Short: B+
    The Movie: B-
    Host Segments: B+
    Episode: A-


    ps. Buy the episode on DVD!