When the movie version of MST3K rolled around in 1996, it was pretty much the same as a regular episode, with maybe a few extra dollars in the budget and a mysteriously shorter running time. The show's cheap production design and puppetry remained intact, as did the snide remarks and snappy dialoge. THIS ISLAND EARTH, the chosen film to be ridiculed, was also classic fare by the show's standards; predictably bad and filled with stodgy acting, a senseless sci-fi plot and giant man-in-suit bugs. Can't go wrong there.
While the movie is definitely enjoyable, it doesn't completely live up to the greatness of the series. You can tell the powers that be dumbed down a lot of the jokes (as well as their frequency) to appeal to a wider audience. It's still quite funny, just not as spectacular as some of the better episodes. For one, the in between "host segments" are a little goofier in a cinematic setting and don't come across as well as they did on the small screen. And with the sheer amount of jokes constantly thrown at you—some intelligent, some crude, most irreverent—some are bound to work better than others. Still, it's a quick (74 minutes!), fun and breezy flick to watch, and you'll have at least a smile on your face the whole time.
Since there's absolutely no bonus material on this disc, I'll take this time to say that if you're looking for more stuff by Nelson and Co., check out their latest adventures as The Film Crew.
Extra Tidbit: I have no idea why I love "It's a long par 5 leading to the Nation's capital" so much. It's not even that great or funny of a line, but I still have to explain to my passengers why I randomly yell it out whenever I drive by a golf course.