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Rifftrax Live! - Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza! (Legend Films Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: D     Main Program: C+



What do Christmas, black and white films and comedy have in common?  From the people that brought you Mystery Science Theater 3000, get ready for laughs with Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett takes you with the ghosts of Christmas past TV shorts in front of a live stage audience.  The trio will riff and rant on what ideas of what people used think of Christmas drama stories and if that is not enough they are joined by comedian/songwriter/satirists, the legendary 'Weird Al' Yankovic in Rifftrax Live! - Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza!


The show is mainly about how silly Christmas themes were back then, including a talking Christmas tree, Christmas cartoons, Santa with a rocket man, children going to Santa's shop, and a little girl's dream of her toys coming to life.  Their comments point out at how scary would it be if Christmas stories were a reality.  If Christmas trees could talk and toys came to life you wouldn't be singing or laughing ...but running away in fear that they were haunted, and how Santa is more like creepy stalker if he could read the hearts and minds of children and go anywhere.


It is Mystery Science Theater minus the science theater, instead they make fun of spirit of Christmas or like MST3K with a old fashion nerdy holiday improvisation then look no further, the three hosts make comments, dialogs and fun of the various films as if they were the live audience.  They change the mood of the films, making funny movies seem scary and scary movies seem funny.


This looks just fine for what it is, old films taped live as the trio comments on them, so please take the sound and picture ratings in context, but the 1080p image and decent sound make you feel more like you are there enjoying the shorts being made fun of with them than if this were merely a DVD, so getting the Blu-ray is worth it, especially since Weird Al is there and the color and definition on some films look better.  Extras include behind the scenes slide show, but that is too little for me and more would have been nice.



-   Ricky Chiang


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