The Mystery Science Theater series has been enjoying somewhat of a renaissance with the recent release of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return on Netflix. Fans of the series, both new and old, are eager to see old episodes that aren’t available on streaming, and the company Shout! Factory has been working to provide that. Until now, that is. According to a post on MST3K's Facebook page, the next four-disc collection, set to release on November 21, 2017, will be its last.
Many of MST3K’s episodes only exist on bootleg VHS tapes; Shout! Factory has been working hard to (legally) bring these classic episodes to DVD. But now it appears they’ve run into licensing issues because of the movies that the episodes feature. The company fears that “these remaining episodes may never get a legitimate release.” However, Shout! Factory has done the next best thing: Host segments from the missing episodes (201, 212, 213, 309, 311, 416, 418, 807, 809, 905, 906, and 913) will be available on the last disc of the collection.
As Facebook commenters point out, it will be tough to overlay the audio track over the actual movie, as Mystery Science Theater 3000 often edited the movies they showed. That would make syncing it difficult (but not impossible). If you’ve got one of these movies lying around (the list is below), why not give it a try? The Internet will thank you.
Episode #201: Rocketship X-M
Episode #212: Godzilla Vs. Megalon
Episode #213: Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster
Episode #309: The Amazing Colossal Man
Episode #311: It Conquered The World
Episode #416: Fire Maidens From Outer Space
Episode #418: The Eye Creatures
Episode #807: Terror From The Year 5000
Episode #809: I Was A Teenage Werewolf
Episode #905: The Deadly Bees
Episode #906: The Space Children
Episode #913: Quest Of The Delta Knights
(via The A.V. Club)