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Rifftrax Puts On Its Shorts

In case you haven’t heard, Rifftrax has gone into the video-on-demand business, for their public domain titles. What this means is that you can either rent or buy these titles in digital format, then burn them to disc or watch them in your DivX player. Well, if you’re curious as to what all the confounded fuss is about with these newfangled download thingamajiggers, there’s a free preview of featuring a new short availa- Wait. A short? As in “a short film”?

Yes, children, they did a real, honest-to-goodness educational short. Titled Signal 30, it’s a cheery little tale of vehicular manslaughter meant to educate teens on how not to use their cars as instruments of death. Mike, Bill, and Kevin all riff the short and, judging from the 3-minute preview, it’s in the same glorious vein as Last Clear Chance, though perhaps slightly less uproarious. Definitely worth a look.

The only downside is that you’ll need the DivX player software, and a free DivX account, in order to view the preview, or any of the other On Demand titles, for that matter. It’s not really a huge deal, and I’d say it’s worth it, but I had a little trouble setting up my DivX account just so I could actually view the damn thing. Of course, this was probably just because I’m a flaming idiot, but I figure it’s a good idea to note it.

As for the short, the riffing is a little slow, but there’s some fantastic moments in there that remind me of the old MST3K days. (The “roadside memorials” comment is a winner.) Not sure when the full short’s coming out, but I look forward to it. Evidently, this was only meant to be a preview of the service itself, not a future release, but hopefully they’ll release some full shorts, eventually.


4 Responses

  1. I fully approve of the free shorts concept. There’s plenty of riffing gold to be mined yet from the Prelinger archives, and it could serve as a great way to hook people on the service.

  2. I don’t think these are going to be free, though. What I reviewed was only a 3-minute preview. Presumably, the short will eventually be for sale. But yes, some free shorts would be nice. Fits my budget.

  3. 3 minutes is all they did, it’s not a preview of Signal 30, it’s a preview of the ROD system.

  4. Ohhh, okay BathTub. Thanks for clearing that up. I’ll make the corrections.

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