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  • Rated: G
  • Starring: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, Electric Mayhem
  • Written By: Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl
  • Directed By: James Frawley
  • Studio: Jim Henson Company
  • Original Year of Release: 1979
  • Distributor: Walt Disney
  • Special Features: Sing Along, Test Footage, Screen Savers
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The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

One to stick on the shelf right next to your old VHS

By Kimberly McCall     August 14, 2013
Source: Mania.com

With the hype of a new Muppet movie, we, once again, get to watch our beloved puppets be reborn over and over into new generations. Since Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and the rest of the gang have spent the better part of 50 years thriving on making millions of people happy, it is only fitting that the original Muppet Movie (1979) should be honored with a Disney Blu-Ray release.

How I view the Muppets has not changed since childhood. As long as the gang is onscreen, I’m hooked and always have to remind myself that they’re not real. If anything, getting older and learning more about the late Jim Henson has just made me come to appreciate and love his beloved characters even more. 

The film is as great as it always was.  Filled with humor, heart, and quality entertainment, it gives us adults a breath of fresh air into our lives and reminds us of the things that really matter. Oh, and if you pause the movie, a surprise awaits in the form of a special intermission.

What is so special about the Blu-Ray are the special features. In addition to the original trailers and Doc Hopper’s full commercial, you also get Frog-E-Oke Sing-Along where you (or your kids) can sing your favorite Muppet songs right along with the gang. There is also Pepe Profiles Present: Kermit-A Frog’s Life, a Hollywood biography-style interview with Kermit the Frog and other special guests. Even the Blu-Ray menu is artistic and fun.

However, the real treat of the special features is Jim Frawley’s Extended Camera Test. Jim Henson, Frank Oz and other filmmakers take a few Muppets for their first outdoor screen tests. It is 17 minutes of footage as Fozzie, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and even Sweetums banter back and forth while wandering in fields, driving in a car, or testing out their comedy on an audience of cows. Because of the crude camera work, you can occasionally catch a glimpse of Henson or Oz as they laugh and have fun with their characters. It is a joy to see “off camera” Muppets still being Muppets. 

Whether you’re an old fan or a new fan, you won’t be able to wipe the smile from your face. This is one to stick on the shelf right next to your old VHS copy. The love that went into this edition of The Muppet Movie is enough to ensure that the rainbow connection is still alive and well.
 

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HomestarRunner 8/14/2013 8:48:36 AM

Yes, it's Disney (which means they want as much money as possible as soon as they can get it), but why not wait a year to release this in its proper anniversary year?

Otherwise, why not release this as the "Reasonably Close to the 40th Anniversary Edition"?

RobertTrate 8/14/2013 10:06:10 AM

 don't hate homestarrunner, it is worth getting. We watched here at the office and loved it. 

ElBaz13 8/14/2013 7:54:34 PM

So we finally get the release of a much beloved movie on a gorgeous looking blu-ray and complaints about it being released 1 year too early?

Sheesh. You really can't make some people happy.

scoxocs 8/14/2013 9:18:03 PM

Disney still needs to release the rest of the seasons (4-5) of "The Muppet Show" on DVD.

 

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 8/15/2013 3:14:18 AM

 Because being called The Nearly... is funny and falls in line with Muppet humor.

redhairs99 8/15/2013 7:06:48 AM

 scoxocs, I agree with that.  Not sure why they stopped at 3.  Would've thought they'd put out the other 3 when the last movie came out.

blankczech 8/15/2013 7:23:22 AM

 I don't understand how the greedy SOB's at Disney will make more money selling this now than in 4 months. Is the price of blu-ray movies going to go down in 2014?

Besides hasn't Disney bought Lucas Films and Marvel Entertainment?  I thought there was an unwritten rule that Maniacs aren't allowed to say anything negative about Marvel and the folks who made Star Wars...so lay off Disney.

Rob Trate...I think a child has to be present at all times when you watch this movie or you have to turn in your man card...but you have an excuse because you're a reviewer...of course that doesn't apply to Fraggle Rock.

DarthoftheDead 8/15/2013 8:57:43 AM

 The things you dont understand, blankczech, would fill the Grand Canyon........

But the 1st and foremost thing you ovbiously dont understand, judging from most of your posts, is the Entertainment Business......

ElBaz13 8/15/2013 9:03:59 AM

Hey blankczech, why the hate on Disney?

Did you work at Disneyworld in the 70s and got fired for not being happy enough?

HomestarRunner 8/15/2013 2:50:32 PM

Hate? Complaint? Hardly!

Let it be known that I loved this movie as a child and would happily watch it again by myself as a grown up. I can still picture the vinyl soundtrack album spinning around as I listened to it over and over again.

I'm just surprised that they wouldn't wait a few months, but hey, it is what it is.

Now if only I had a blu-ray player.

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