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The following is a series of lists detailing all commercial DVD releases of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and related spin-off productions.


Home video rights for MST3K originally were held by Rhino Entertainment and they began releasing episodes on VHS in 1996. In 2000, they began releasing DVDs of individual episodes. In late 2002, they began the "collection" format, releasing four episodes (or specials) together. When rights shifted to Shout! Factory in 2008, Shout! continued to release four episode sets. In 2011, Shout! began re-releasing single episode DVDs of material previously released by Rhino, but now out of print.

In addition to the TV episodes released by Rhino and Shout!, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie has also been released on DVD by various companies.

Finally, Best Brains, Inc. re-released some of their self-produced video compilations on DVD.

Rhino single episode releases

The first Rhino DVDs were single disc releases of material previously available on VHS. When releases resumed after a break, it was with four-disc sets. One final single-disc release came out in 2008. The Giant Gila Monster was released to make the episode available to those who had purchased the original, withdrawn version of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Volume 10, which had featured Godzilla vs. Megalon.

All Rhino singles are out of print.

Episode Number Featured Film Release date
506 Eegah April, 2000
513 The Brain That Wouldn't Die April, 2000
515 The Wild Wild World of Batwoman January, 2001
517 Beginning of the End January, 2001
424 Manos, the Hands of Fate, with bonus Poopie! November, 2001
512 Mitchell November, 2001
507 I Accuse My Parents March, 2002
619 Red Zone Cuba March, 2002
106 The Crawling Hand June, 2002
209 The Hellcats June, 2002
N/A Shorts, Volume 3 (bonus disc) March, 2004
402 The Giant Gila Monster February, 2008

Rhino collections

Rhino began releasing collections in 2002, continuing to release episodes previously available on VHS. Some early sets were filled out with compilations of shorts, which had also been available on VHS. Episodes were not generally collected together in any kind of theme and were often not even arranged in episode order. One set, Volume 10, was recalled because Rhino did not actually have the rights to one of the included titles, Godzilla vs. Megalon. It was replaced by Volume 10.2, which featured The Giant Gila Monster in place of the deleted episode.

All Rhino sets are out of print, although Volumes 1 & 2 have been re-issued by Shout! (see below)

Volume Episodes Release date
Volume 1 The Skydivers, The Creeping Terror, Bloodlust!, Catalina Caper November 12, 2002
Volume 2 Angels Revenge, Cave Dwellers, Pod People, Shorts, Volume 1 February 11, 2003
Volume 3 The Atomic Brain, The Unearthly, The Sidehackers, Shorts, Volume 2 April 8, 2003
Volume 4 Girl in Gold Boots, Hamlet, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, Space Mutiny November 18, 2003
Volume 5 Boggy Creek II: and the Legend Continues…, Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders, Time Chasers, The Touch of Satan March 9, 2004
The Essentials Manos, the Hands of Fate, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Shorts, Volume 3 (limited offer) August 31, 2004
Volume 6 Attack of the Giant Leeches, Gunslinger, Mr. B's Lost Shorts, Teenagers from Outer Space October 26, 2004
Volume 7 Hercules Unchained, Hercules Against the Moon Men, Prince of Space, The Killer Shrews April 19, 2005
Volume 8 Hobgoblins, The Phantom Planet, Monster A-Go Go, The Dead Talk Back November 8, 2005
Volume 9 Women of the Prehistoric Planet, Wild Rebels, The Sinister Urge, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies May 16, 2006
Volume 10 Godzilla vs. Megalon, Swamp Diamonds, Teen-Age Strangler, The Giant Spider Invasion October 29, 2006
Volume 11 Ring of Terror, The Indestructible Man, Tormented, Horrors of Spider Island June 26, 2007
Volume 12 The Rebel Set, Secret Agent Super Dragon, The Starfighters, Parts: The Clonus Horror October 30, 2007
Volume 10.2 The Giant Gila Monster, Swamp Diamonds, Teen-Age Strangler, The Giant Spider Invasion February 5, 2008

Shout! Factory collections

The sets from Shout! Factory picked up where Rhino had left off with mostly four-disc collections. After the "Anniversary Edition", the numbering continued from Rhino's (with the Anniversary Edition being the 13th volume), though they switched to Roman numerals.

All Shout! Factory sets are in print, with the exception of "MST3K vs. Gamera".

Volume Episodes Release date
20th Anniversary Edition First Spaceship on Venus, Laserblast, Werewolf, Future War December 2, 2008
Volume XIV Mad Monster, Manhunt in Space, Soultaker, Final Justice February 3, 2009
Volume XV The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy, The Girl in Lovers Lane, Zombie Nightmare, Racket Girls July 7, 2009
Volume XVI The Corpse Vanishes, Warrior of the Lost World, Santa Claus, Night of the Blood Beast December 1, 2009
Volume XVII The Crawling Eye, The Beatniks, The Final Sacrifice, Blood Waters of Dr. Z March 16, 2010
Volume XVIII Lost Continent, Crash of Moons, The Beast of Yucca Flats, Jack Frost July 13, 2010
Volume XIX Robot Monster, Bride of the Monster, Devil Doll, Devil Fish November 9, 2010
Volume XX Project Moon Base, Master Ninja I, Master Ninja II, The Magic Voyage of Sinbad March 8, 2011
MST3K vs. Gamera Gamera, Gamera vs Barugon, Gamera vs Gaos, Gamera vs Guiron, Gamera vs Zigra August 2, 2011
Volume XXII Time of the Apes, Mighty Jack, The Violent Years, The Brute Man December 6, 2011
Volume XXIII King Dinosaur, The Castle of Fu Manchu, Code Name: Diamond Head, Last of the Wild Horses March 27, 2012
Volume XXIV Fugitive Alien, Star Force: Fugitive Alien II, The Sword and the Dragon, Samson vs. the Vampire Women July 31, 2012
Volume XXV Robot Holocaust, Operation Double 007, Kitten with a Whip, Revenge of the Creature December 4, 2012
Volume XXVI The Magic Sword, Alien from L.A., Danger!! Death Ray, The Mole People March 26, 2013
Volume XXVII The Slime People, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Village of the Giants, The Deadly Mantis July 27, 2013
25th Anniversary Edition Moon Zero Two, The Day the Earth Froze, The Leech Woman, Gorgo (with bonus episodes Mitchell & The Brain That Wouldn't Die) November 19, 2013
Volume XXIX Untamed Youth, Hercules and the Captive Women, The Thing That Couldn't Die, The Pumaman March 25, 2014
Volume XXX The Black Scorpion, Outlaw, The Projected Man, It Lives by Night July 29, 2014
The Turkey Day Collection Jungle Goddess, The Painted Hills, The Screaming Skull, Squirm November 25, 2014
Volume XXXII Space Travelers, Hercules, Radar Secret Service, San Francisco International March 24, 2015
Volume XXXIII Daddy-O, Earth vs the Spider, Teen-Age Crime Wave, Agent for H.A.R.M. July 28, 2015
Volume XXXIV War of the Colossal Beast, The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent, The Undead, The She Creature December 1, 2015
Volume XXXV Teenage Cave Man, Being from Another Planet, 12 to the Moon, Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell March 29, 2016
Volume XXXVI Stranded in Space, City Limits, The Incredible Melting Man, Riding with Death July 26, 2016
Double Feature Earth vs. the Spider, The Screaming Skull October 11, 2016
Volume XXXVII The Human Duplicators, Escape 2000, The Horror of Party Beach, Invasion of the Neptune Men November 22, 2016

Shout! Factory collection re-releases

Shout! Factory announced in June of 2015 that they would release a box set that serves as a re-release of the first Rhino box set. The re-issue program has since continued, re-releasing the Rhino sets in order. These re-issues contain new extras, but not the mini-posters that are a staple of Shout! Factory's regular box sets, nor the un-riffed versions found in some of the Rhino originals.

Volume Episodes Release date notes
Volume I Catalina Caper, The Creeping Terror, Bloodlust!, The Skydivers September 1, 2015 re-release of Volume 1
Volume II Cave Dwellers, Pod People, Angels Revenge, Shorts, Volume 1 May 24, 2016 re-release of Volume 2
Volume III The Sidehackers, The Unearthly, The Atomic Brain, Shorts, Volume 2 September 27, 2016 re-release of Volume 3
Volume IV Space Mutiny, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, Girl in Gold Boots, Hamlet January 31, 2017 re-release of Volume 4

Shout! Factory single episode releases

All Shout! Factory singles feature episodes that were previously available on DVD. Unlike Rhino's single-disc releases, most Shout! Factory singles are "manufacture-on-demand" titles. Only the two-disc Special Edition of Manos: The Hands of Fate, the single-disc Zombie Nightmare and the 2016 releases were available in stores.

Episode Number Featured Film Release date
517 Beginning of the End February 15, 2011
812 The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? February 15, 2011
511 Gunslinger June 21, 2011
1009 Hamlet June 21, 2011
619 Red Zone Cuba August 16, 2011
320 The Unearthly August 16, 2011
424 Manos: The Hands of Fate September 13, 2011
518 The Atomic Brain October 18, 2011
908 The Touch of Satan October 18, 2011
515 The Wild Wild World of Batwoman March 20, 2012
1002 Girl in Gold Boots March 20, 2012
604 Zombie Nightmare June 17, 2013
103 The Mad Monster October 11, 2016
806 The Undead October 11, 2016

Shout! Factory bonus disc releases

On occasion, Shout! has offered bonus discs with the purchase of a particular MST3K set directly from Shout! Factory's web site. Each of these bonus discs come in separate packaging from the set with which they were released.

Title Contents Available with
Radar Men from the Moon Radar Men from the Moon Volume XXV
Serial Variety Pack The Phantom Creeps, Undersea Kingdom, General Hospital Volume XXVII
Summer Blockbuster Review 1st Annual Summer Blockbuster Review, 2nd Annual Summer Blockbuster Review Volume XXXVI
Fancy Hollywood Awards MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special, Academy of Robots' Choice Awards Special Volume XXXVII

MST3K: The Movie releases

  • Image Entertainment - May 27, 1998
  • Universal (Region 2, Germany) - March 15, 2007
  • Universal - May 6, 2008
  • Shout! Factory - September 3, 2013 in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack "Collector's Edition"
  • Umbrella (Region 4, Australia) - August 3, 2016

Best Brains releases

Mike Nelson commentaries

In 2004, Michael J. Nelson began working with Legend Films, releasing various public domain films newly colorized and featuring a "MST3K-like" commentary by Mike.

  • Reefer Madness - April 20, 2004
  • Night of the Living Dead - September 7, 2004
  • Carnival of Souls - March 29, 2005
  • House on Haunted Hill - September 6, 2005, repackaged alongside the film The Last Man on Earth (which has no Mike commentary) as The Vincent Price Double Feature, January 25, 2011
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space - June 27, 2006
  • The Little Shop of Horrors - June 27, 2006


In 2005, Mike Nelson and Legend launched RiffTrax, an online service where Mike and, eventually, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy would riff various films, releasing only an .mp3 of the riff, thereby circumventing the need to license the films or limit themselves to public domain features. In 2009, DVDs of various public domain films (some already released with a "Mike solo" riff) and collections of shorts were released by Legend. Also in that year, RiffTrax began a series of live theatrical broadcasts, which were later released on DVD. The final category is "Christmas with Rifftrax", which features either a set of shorts or a feature and shorts, along with "host segments" with Mike, Bill and Kevin. Since splitting off from Legend, Rifftrax has continued to release DVDs, but at a much slower pace. In 2015, Rifftrax partnered with Kino International, providing commentaries for DVD and Blu-ray releases.

All Rifftrax DVDs are in print, with the exception of The Crater Lake Monster.

Shorts collections

  • The Best of Rifftrax Shorts, Vol. 1, June 16, 2009
  • The Best of Rifftrax Shorts, Vol. 2, June 16, 2009
  • Shorts-Tacular Shorts-Straveganza, January 26, 2010
  • Wide World of Shorts, January 26, 2010
  • Shorts-A-Poppin, September 14, 2010
  • Rifftrax Plays with Their Shorts, September 14, 2010
  • Order in the Shorts, January 25, 2011
  • Shortstoberfest, January 25, 2011
  • Shorts to-Go, July 19, 2011
  • Olde Tyme Shorts Roundup, July 19, 2011
  • Hand-Crafted Artisanal Shorts, March 27, 2012
  • Shorts to Astonish!, December 5, 2012
  • May the Shorts Be with You, October 21, 2013
  • Shorts Assemble!, June 23, 2015

Feature films

  • Carnival of Souls, June 16, 2009
  • House on Haunted Hill, June 16, 2009
  • The Little Shop of Horrors, June 16, 2009
  • Missile to the Moon, June 16, 2009
  • Night of the Living Dead, June 16, 2009
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space, June 16, 2009
  • Reefer Madness, June 16, 2009
  • Swing Parade, June 16, 2009
  • Planet of Dinosaurs, January 26, 2010
  • Voodoo Man, January 26, 2010
  • Maniac November 30, 2010
  • Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, March 8, 2011
  • The Crater Lake Monster March 6, 2012
  • The Galaxy Invader, March 6, 2012
  • Ghosthouse, November 15, 2013
  • The Guy from Harlem, April 15, 2014

RiffTrax Live!

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space, January 25, 2010
  • Christmas Shorts-Straveganza, September 14, 2010
  • House on Haunted Hill, May 17, 2011
  • Reefer Madness, May 17, 2011
  • Jack the Giant Killer, May 1, 2012
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate, May 6, 2014
  • Birdemic, November 11, 2014
  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, November 25, 2015
  • Santa Claus, November 25, 2015

Christmas with Rifftrax

  • Magic Christmas Tree, May 1, 2012
  • Santa's Village of Madness, November 25, 2013

Combo packs

  • Double Feature: The Best of Rifftrax Shorts, Vol. 1 / Night of the Living Dead, March 2, 2010

Kino releases

  • The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant, November 24, 2015 (release from Kino w/optional Rifftrax)
  • The Astro-Zombies, October 11, 2016 (release from Kino w/optional Rifftrax)

The Film Crew

In 2005, Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy formed The Film Crew, recording four episodes for Rhino. Legal wrangling with Jim Mallon led to a delay and a change of distributor, to Shout! Factory. The episodes finally saw DVD release in 2007.

Cinematic Titanic

In 2007, MST3K creator Joel Hodgson announced his new project, Cinematic Titanic, where he and fellow riffers Josh Weinstein, Mary Jo Pehl, Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff would riff on bad movies in much the style as on MST3K, including a silhouette of the riffers superimposed on the film's image. Throughout 2008 and 2009, seven studio recorded episodes were released. Since then, five additional DVDs have been released, featuring recordings of Cinematic Titanic's live performances.

All Cinematic Titanic titles are now out of print.

Studio episodes

  1. The Oozing Skull, January 9, 2008
  2. The Doomsday Machine, June 19, 2008
  3. The Wasp Woman, August 7, 2008
  4. Legacy of Blood, October 9, 2008
  5. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, November 20, 2008
  6. Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks, January 8, 2009
  7. Blood of the Vampires, March 19, 2009

Live DVDs

  • East Meets Watts, December 16, 2009
  • The Alien Factor, February 23, 2010
  • Danger on Tiki Island, June 16, 2010
  • War of the Insects, December 2, 2011
  • Rattlers, July 17, 2012

Other releases

Star Wait

Star Wait is a documentary fan film that covers a group of Star Wars fans waiting in line to see Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. It was released on DVD in 2005 to coincide with the DVD release of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. The extras include commentaries on the various chapters of the documentary. Two segments are riffed by Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu and Josh Weinstein, the first time they riffed together since Season 1 of MST3K.

Three Stooges

Beginning in 2004, Legend Films released a series of DVDs featuring Three Stooges material in the public domain. Three of these releases have connections to MST3K.

  • The Three Stooges in Color, April 26, 2005
    • "Comedy Wraparounds by The Film Crew (Mike Nelson and the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000)"
  • The Three Stooges - Greatest Routines, March 27, 2007.
    • "Hosted by Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy of Mystery Science Theater and"
  • The Three Stooges in Swing Parade, March 27, 2007
    • "Contains bonus commentary by Mike Nelson of Rifftrax"
  • The Three Stooges Triple Whammy, March 27, 2007
    • Greatest Routines alongside the Three Stooges "Extreme Rarities" and "Live and Hilarious" discs (which do not feature Mike or Kevin)

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