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The Future of the Film Crew

Lately, there’s been a teeny-tiny influx of Film Crew news, as the release of their four new DVDs draws ever-nigh. The recent Mania interview kind of threw some confusion into the mix, making it seem as though the Film Crew project was an attempt to recover from the supposedly confusing Rifftrax commentaries. Of course, this is far from true and, after talking with Erik, an employee at Legend involved with Rifftrax, I just want to clear up some potential misconceptions about the projects.

As Erik pointed out, the four upcoming Film Crew DVDs (Hollywood After Dark, Killers From Space, Wild Women of Wongo, and The Giant of Marathon) were actually recorded three years ago. This was before Rifftrax came into existence and, thus, is not a reaction to Rifftrax. (And of course, to begin with, Rifftrax isn’t even a failure. Some find the mp3/DVD syncing to be a headache, but most fans manage well enough.)

Furthermore, at the moment, these four forthcoming DVDs are the last planned releases under the Film Crew/Shout! Factory umbrella. If the releases do well, there’s always the chance that more will be produced at a later date. However, for the moment, Mike is working with Rifftrax, and will occasionally team up with Kevin and/or Bill on Rifftrax projects. So the Film Crew is, in a sense, in limbo at the moment, though by no means dead.

To summarize, Rifftrax (with Mike, Kevin, and Bill) is still alive and kicking, and the Film Crew is finally putting out some older, unreleased commentaries. The Film Crew may indeed make new material, but no Shout! Factory projects are currently planned, outside of the four DVDs. Got that? Good.

Special thanks to Erik for patiently answering more emails from me in the past couple of days than I’ve sent out in the past few months combined.

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