• As We Like It (1950s) - A short about beer. Specifically, why beer is so great, and why we should all drink it constantly. And that’s how Mike, Kevin, and Bill like it — as we quickly learn in this one.
• Psychology For Living Series: Toward Emotional Maturity (1954) - Say what? Despite the serious-sounding title, Psychology For Living Series: Toward Emotional Maturity winds up being another one of those “don’t have the pre-marital sex” featurettes that was so popular in the ‘50s. Teenager Sally thinks back on how she’s matured over the years — particularly when her boyfriend wants to park and make out. Shame!
• The Terrible Truth (1951) is a hilarious look at the “dangers” of marijuana and all of those other fun substances we love to abuse so much. Phyllis was your typical outstanding American youth…until she started smoking the weed. As we all know, pot is the gateway for cocaine (wa-wa-wait — what?) and Phyllis was one of many youths that fell into the deep dark pit of despair that only drugs can cause. A “judge” narrates the film both offscreen and on — but the fact that the whole thing was shot without sound and the judge’s lines were (poorly) dubbed-in later make it all the more entertaining than it already is. Recommended.
• Good Eating Habits (1951) - Quite possibly the funniest short out of both DVDs combined. Young Bill (no, not Corbett) can’t figure out why he doesn’t feel well. But his mum knows: the little freckled bastard doesn’t take the appointed sixteen hours per day to properly chew his food. Nor does he eat the right kind of foods: he likes the junky stuff. Bill soon finds out — via a tummy-ache — the benefits of Good Eating Habits.
No bonus materials are to be found with these releases, but, as in the case of the previous Rifftrax DVDs, the Main Menus feature some silly full-length songs, the best of which is found on Shorts-Tacular Shorts-Stravaganza!: a send-up of the absurdities we’ve endured in the Twilight series (thank you, gents, for that lovely song). Perhaps, in the future, Rifftrax and Legend Films will give us the added option of watching these shorts sans Mike and the gang — but I wouldn’t be too terribly disappointed if such a thing did not come to pass.