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"The Muppets" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

The Muppet troupe disbanded and went their spearate ways many years ago when the Muppet Show went off the air.  Since then, the Muppet Theater has fallen into disrepair and is nothing more than a dilapidated eyesore that an occasional fan will visit for the 50 cent tour.  That's when a die hard Muppet fan named Walter visits the Muppet Theater with his brother (Segel) and their friend Mary (Adams).  While touring the theater, Walter overhears a plan by a wealthy oil tycoon to buy the theater so he can tear it down and drill for oil.  The only way to stop this plan is to find Kermit, get the old gang back together and put on a telethon to raise $10 million and buy back the theater.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2011, Rated PG, 1 Hr 43 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones
  • Directed by James Bobin
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

In the "Making of the Muppets" special feature, Jason Segel wonders who could be against the Muppets when they are all about goodness and warmth.  You know, he has a point.  People may be for the Muppets or not for the Muppets but can you imagine anybody being against the Muppets?  I can't.  So I suspect that you will most likely be for this movie or not for it but not against it.  You can count me in the "for" number.  Sure the movie is largely predictable and campy with some very banal humor.  But there are cameos and guest appearances galore.  There are also a whole slew of allusions to various movies of the past.  So look past the lamest of jokes, enjoy the music and let the chickens' rendition of "Forget You" bring down the house like it did at our private screening.  I dare you to try and not laugh at that one!

Technical

Let's see here.  The Muppets are bright, colorful and live action on a Disney Blu-ray.  Do I really need to critique the P.Q.?  Let's just say that it is bright, colorful and detailed.  The few dark scenes just pop right off the screen with good depth of blacks.  The audio holds up its end as well with clean dynamics, good surround effects and tightly controlled bass.  I listened to "Man or Muppet" a few times just to be sure.

Extras

I reviewed the Wocka Wocka Value Pack which is replete with extras just as the name would suggest.  It is a 3-disc pack with the Blu-ray, a DVD and Digital Copy.  It also comes with a free download of the soundtrack that didn't work for me.  The URL for the download was a page not found on the Disney site.  Plus it bombed out after I entered the code and I can't get it to reload.  So I've been forced to register my concern with the seeming black hole of the Disney web machine.  I hope to hear back from them soon.  One big plus is the brilliant application when you pause the movie and it goes into "intermission" mode to play little vignettes and jokes and things, brilliant. 

Here is everything else that is on there - Scratching the Surface: A Hasty Examination of the Making of The Muppets, The longest Blooper Reel Ever Made, A Little Screen Test in the Way to the Read-Through, Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Spoof Trailers and an Audio Commentary with Jason Segal, James Bobin, and Nicholas Stoller.