maybe i'm the only one, but i am kind of against this. i think it's fine that mike, bill and kevin want to riff this; they can do what they please. that said, unless joel is involved i don't think i'll be buying this. to take one of the most beloved and classic joel episodes and re-riff it is really close to what i would consider crossing the line. i would have the same feeling if cinematic titanic were to reriff a classic mike episode like werewolf/final sacrifice/etc. i was even kind of concerned when cinematic titanic reriffed santa claus conquers the martians because it is a place we've been before, and i'll be honest and say it is my least favorite cinematic titanic release. i of course know and understand that mike was head writer for manos, and certainly many of the classic jokes in that episode were written by him and/or kevin (pretty sure bill wasn't a part of the show at that time, not that it matters, it's not like bill can't write great riffs: he can); however, in the hearts and minds of many msties (myself included) manos is one of the great joel episodes.
say what you will about good intentions, and certainly there is room for both rifftrax and cinematic titanic (i know i buy as many of each of their releases that i can afford, and i've been to every live event/show both have done in the bay area), but i feel as though this is dipping a toe into a competitive tone that didn't really exist before. i really don't want that to happen. i really don't want to pick sides. i think the joel vs mike "debate" is silly and pointless, but this kind of thing is really going against the nice "we aren't competitors" atmosphere that has surrounded the current state of mst3k fandom. maybe it speaks to the fact that this is sort of a DMZ in which even this kind of thing is considered a breach of good faith. maybe i am taking all this to seriously (wouldn't be the first time).
sorry if this runs contrary to what the rest of the rifftrax community thinks, but i had to express what i feel is kind of a betrayal of the really positive atmosphere that exists right now in the movie riffing world. you're welcome to flame me at your leisure; have fun.