In another rousing volley of news that will draw violently-mixed reactions, Satellite News reports that Rhino will be reissuing cancelled MST3K DVD collection Volume 10. As you may recall, Volume 10 originally ran into legal trouble due to the accidentally not-quite-legal inclusion of Godzilla vs. Megalon, forcing the set to be pulled off shelves and to be sold for ungodly prices on eBay. For the many fans who missed out on this, this is great news.
However, for the many fans (like me) who did manage to get ahold of a copy, this is infuriating news. See, Godzilla is being replaced with previously unreleased episode The Giant Gila Monster, a long-awaited release. This is The Essentials all over again. See, Rhino originally released Manos: The Hands of Fate as a single DVD, which most fans snapped up immediately. Then, a little while after, they released the episode again in a two-disc pack (dubbed “The Essentials“) with another fan favorite, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, which was previously unreleased, thus “forcing” fans to spend money on a DVD they already owned. This time it’s even worse, as “Volume 10.2” (as they’re calling it) will include more new material, including a new skit featuring Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, and Josh Weinstein explaining what went wrong with the original Volume 10!
I, for one, will not be purchasing this Volume 10.2, awesome new material be damned. Unless Rhino finds some way to get this new disc to those of us who already own Volume 10, without shelling out another $40, they are officially on notice. You have been warned, Great Rhinocerous. You have been warned.
If you missed out on Volume 10 and don’t want to get raped on eBay, 10.2‘s tentative release date is February 5th. Plan your parties and/or lynchings accordingly.