My sister pointed out RiffTrax to me, which is pretty appropriate since she is the one who first introduced me to the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3k), which I love(d). RiffTrax is a make-fun-of commentary that you play along with a movie. It is done by Mike Nelson who did a lot of the writing (and even some of the hosting) for MST3k. Basically, you pay a couple bucks and you get an MP3 that is the length of the movie + a few minutes of instructions. After you pay your couple bucks you download the MP3 and the watch the DVD — listening to both the DVDs audio and the MP3 audio at the same time. I played the audio on my iPod and used my FM transmitter to transmit the audio to a radio so both my wife and I could enjoy the commentary.

It works surprisingly well. We had some minor sync problems, but, those were probably all my fault. I won’t go into any specifics, but, I think if you follow the instructions you shouldn’t have any real problems. People might complain about the RiffTrax selection — currently one movie, Road House — yes, the cheesy classic starring Patty McSwayze, but, MST3k didn’t do the big movies, it did cheesy movies, so, it is really a perfect choice. I remember all of us watching MST3k and wishing they could do more modern movies and this was, in my opinion, a good cheesy, modern-ish choice. Sure, it would have been fun to have Tom Servo, Crow, and the rest of the gang in there piping in, but, we had a great time. If you’re feeling up for something fun and different, can sit through Road House with a bunch of extra laughs, and can find a DVD of Road House (the hardest part of the whole thing) I would definitely recommend it.

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