Original Air Date: 12/14/91
Appeared with the shorts Posture Pals and Appreciating Our Parents
This is the only Ed-related episode of MST3K to be made available on home video, from Rhino.
It is also the only Ed-related movie to be shown on the short lived spin-off show, "Mystery Science Theater Hour", a version of the show cut into two one hour segments with new intros.
Bride of the Monster
Original Air Date: 01/23/93
Appeared with the short Hired! - Part One
The Bride of the Monster is shown in a slightly edited form.
The host segments are fairly lame, with the exception of the first, a musical based on this episode's short. The "monster"/food type segment is basically the same concept as a segment in episode #424, the vastly superior/inferior* Manos, The Hands of Fate. The third host segment is bizarre in that it is primarily based on a short, A Case of Spring Fever, that the show wouldn't actually air until their next-to-the-last episode, #1012 - Squirm.
The riffing is okay, but rather nasty. There are a lot of cheap shots taken, especially at Bela, and especially at his drug problems. They seem to really be stretching things in order to find jokes. Particularly lame is the end credits riff by Tom, simply labelling everyone in the cast (except "Drunk" Ben Frommer) a 'loser.' Particularly good, on the other hand, is a running gag about the chief inspector and his bird. So it's not all bad.
I'm fairly certain that it was the very fact that Bride of the Monster isn't really as bad as a lot of the films MST3K did that made it so difficult to use.
* MST3K #424 - Manos, The Hands of Fate is a vastly superior episode to MST3K #423 - Bride of the Monster.
Manos, The Hands of Fate is a vastly inferior movie to Bride of the Monster.
The Violent Years
Original Air Date: 10/08/94
Appeared with the short Young Man's Fancy
As usual, The Violent Years was edited for use on MST3K. It does not seem to have been for content, however, as the missing scenes were innocuous.
Most of the host segments are odd, having little to do with the main feature. Especially odd is Tom's turn as Barbara Streisand. The final segment, featuring a stunning recreation of the riveting gas station holdup scene, however, is right on the button.
The riffing is quite good, with the guys really getting worked up over the "girls attack man" scene.
The Sinister Urge
Original Air Date: 11/05/94
Appeared with the short Keeping Clean and Neat
MST3K presented The Sinister Urge in edited form to remove nudity and a few of the more violent scenes.
Although they have little to do with the movie, the host segments are excellent, detailing a plot by TV's Frank to blow up Deep 13 and kill Dr. Forrester.
Riffs are solid throughout. Only the running gag about the film not having any sex in it falls somewhat flat if you are aware that MST3K edited the sex out themselves. Not really fair to blame Ed for something they (or at least the distributor they got the film from) did.