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The Film Crew

The Film Crew was the name of a movie-riffing project featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy that was intended for straight-to-DVD release through Rhino Home Video, but eventually released by Shout! Factory.

Mike, Kevin and Bill play three men hired by Mr. Honcho from Shout! to give commentary tracks to movies that don't have them. Unlike Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Film Crew does not have any silhouettes over the movie and roles from MST3K are not reprised.

As the concept seemed all-too-similar to Mystery Science Theater 3000Jim Mallon (via Best Brains, Inc., the rights holder for MST3K), threatened to stop licensing episodes of the original show to Rhino if they decided to back The Film Crew.  Rhino opted to discontinue the project, but not before a total of 4 episodes were made featuring the films:

Although technically Mike, Bill, and Kevin are free to attempt the project again with new distributors, their project Rifftrax seems to be their primary focus since due to its nature of not having any inherent storyline or characters, it nicely avoids any rights issues or similarities with MST3K.

See Also

List of The Film Crew Releases

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