As timeless and iconic as its irresistible characters, The Muppet Movie embraces its upcoming anniversary with an all too overdue upgrade to Blu.
And while even 35 years later the film doesn’t exhibit any perfectly rendered landscapes, digital characters, or cutting edge graphics, the magic of Henson’s Creature Shop and it’s amazing ability to form and fuse great storytelling with an art form all its own offers a packed Studebaker full of reasons to stay the need for databyte speed. Granted, the story is pretty hokey, convenient, and flooded with hammy cameos – who can forget Mel Brooks’ overly manic professor or Steve Martin’s wildly audacious waiter – but those corny construction blocks also support many of the reasons why the film succeeds on so many levels.
It’s total kitsch with an upbeat twist and a soundtrack that keeps everything “moving right along” with a zippy tempo. The Muppets have always embodied fun in its furriest form, and while The Muppet Show should be credited for bringing the Muppets to the masses three years prior to this big screen release, The Muppet Movie seamlessly sewed Henson’s brand into the fabric of cinematic culture. The Muppets may not be for everyone, but it’s hard to imagine a comedy genre without a Rainbow Connection hand painted in Henson’s trademark style and brighter than an Electric Mayhem tour bus.
Unfortunately for extras fans, many of the features comprising the menu have been harvested from previous discs, with Jim Frawley’s Extended Camera Test being the clear winner on any of the discs, including this one, and the other segments mostly padding out the package. The disc also boasts a “digital copy”, but mobile and tablet users beware, because although technically this boast is true, users only have access to the film via streaming media through Vudu or Amazon, an iTunes compatible version is not offered. I was never able to confirm exactly why Disney made this misguided decision; I only know that it’s most likely one that will change with future releases. I can’t imagine this conveyance has been taken well by audiences who previously never had to suffer streaming on a Disney release.
So with reverberating cheers that you can still hear even after all these years, The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition raises the curtain once again on the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational movie ever made.
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Studio Synopsis: See how the Muppets began, with the nearly 35th Anniversary Special Edition of the original, classic that started it all—The Muppet Movie, produced by the cultural icon and Muppet creator himself, Jim Henson! Witness the hilarious origins of everyone’s favorite Muppets–Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Animal, and the rest—as they embark on an inspirational and laugh-filled road trip to follow their Hollywood dreams. And now for the first time, you and your family can see the Muppets make the “rainbow connection” in vibrant Blu-ray Hi-Def.
Running Time: 95 minutes
Number of Disks: 1
- Jim Frawley’s Extended Camera Test
- Pepe Profiles Present Kermit: A Frog’s Life
- Frog-E-Oke Sing-Along
- Disney Intermission
- Doc Hopper’s Commercial
- Original Trailers
- Streaming Digital Copy *iTunes copy not included
Central Puppeteer Cast: Jim Henson | Frank Oz | Jerry Nelson | Richard Hunt | Dave Goelz
Cameo Performances: Charles Durning | Austin Pendleton | Edgar Bergen | Milton Berle | Mel Brooks | James Coburn | Dom DeLuise | Elliott Gould | Bob Hope | Madeline Kahn | Carol Kane | Cloris Leachman | Steve Martin | Richard Pryor | Telly Savalas | Orson Welles | Paul Williams
Director: James Frawley
Central Writers: Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl
Theatrical Release: June 22, 1979
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: August 13, 2013
Genre: Adventure | Comedy | Family
Supporting Cast and more writers found HERE