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The Film Crew

The Film Crew was a film-commenting-and-riffing project featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy that was active from 2004 to 2006/2007. It began with a web site, filmcrewonline.com and expanded to radio and television appearances, DVD bonus content and, eventually, the production of four straight-to-DVD episodes of a MST3K-like show.

Early days

The early activity of The Film Crew centered on their web site and content created for various outlets, such as National Public Radio (for which they also created a show pilot, 3 Men & The Movies), American Movie Classics, and the Sundance Channel. They worked regularly for Starz/Encore, hosting marathons and the like.

They also provided content for Legend Films' Three Stooges DVD series, particularly The Three Stooges in Color, which is fully hosted by The Film Crew.

Original episodes

In 2006, The Film Crew announced that they would be producing episodes of an eponymous series for Rhino Home Video.

In the series, Mike, Kevin and Bill play fictionalized versions of themselves, hired to provide 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. The riffing is purely voice-over.

As the concept seemed all-too-similar to Mystery Science Theater 3000Jim Mallon (via Best Brains, Inc., the then-rights holder for MST3K), threatened to stop licensing episodes of the original show to Rhino if they decided to produce The Film Crew DVDs.  Rhino opted to cancel the DVDs, but not before a total of four episodes had been produced.

The episodes were eventually picked up by future MST3K distributor Shout! Factory and released in 2007. The move from Rhino necessitated a few changes through overdubs. The guys' boss, originally "Mr. Rhino", was renamed "Mr. Honcho" and all references to Rhino were changed to Shout! Factory.

End of the project

With the delay in releasing the DVDs, Mike took a position with Legend Films, for whom he had been providing humorous DVD commentary even before Legend's work with The Film Crew. At Legend, Mike developed RiffTrax, a movie-riffing site dedicated, initially, to providing commentary to major Hollywood films. Both Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett joined Mike at RiffTrax, eventually buying the operation from Legend. They continue to work primarily with RiffTrax to this day. The success of RiffTrax spelled the de facto end of The Film Crew.

List of The Film Crew episodes

# Ep. Movie Original Release Date Cover
1 FC001 Hollywood After Dark July 7, 2007 Hollywoodafterdark
Rue McLanahan plays a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood who discovers the city's seamy underbelly first-hand.
2 FC002 Killers from Space August 7, 2007 Killersfromspace
Peter Graves is a scientist who must single-handedly stop an alien plot to conquer the Earth.
3 FC003 The Wild Women of Wongo September 11, 2007 Wildwomenofwongo
A race of jungle-dwelling women are surprised to find that all men are not ape-like beasts.
4 FC004 The Giant of Marathon October 9, 2007 GiantOfMarathon
Steve Reeves stars as Phillipides in this film depicting a battle between Greeks and Persians that isn't 300.
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