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The Muppets Blu-ray Review

“The Muppets” is a delightful franchise resurrection.

Logline: When the villainous businessman Tex Richman plots to tear down the Muppet Theater to drill for oil, Muppet fans Walter (a muppet), his human brother (Gary) and Gary’s girlfriend (Mary) have to convince the old Muppet gang to put on a show to raise money to save the theater from being destroyed.

After a 12 year absence, the Muppets are back and better than ever thanks to writers Jason Segal and Nicholas Stoller. While meant to be a franchise reboot, this is clearly a passion project more than anything else. With classic songs (like “Mah Na Mah Na”), touching tributes (a “Rainbow Connection” reprise) and references to past films (and episodes of “The Muppet Show”), Segal and Stoller certainly managed to please longtime fans. As an added bonus, they also managed to make the film accessible to new fans (or non-fans) with new characters (like Walter), a clever script that pokes fun at itself, great cameos (like Zach Galifianakis) and new songs that will undoubtedly get stuck in your head (such as “Life’s A Happy Song” and the award-winning “Man or Muppet”).

Summary: “The Muppets” is a wonderful, nostalgic movie for all ages. I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the sequel.

Video/Audio:

From the Los Angeles locals to the clarity of the Muppets, the film shines in 1.78:1 1080p.

With a 7.1 DTS-HD audio track, you can expect top notch audio quality here. Everything from the songs to the voice acting is sharp.

Extras for the Wocka Wocka Value Pack Edition:
* DVD Copy, Digital Copy, and Digital Soundtrack.
* Disney trailers.
* “The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History)”- Charming muppet (and human) bloopers.
* 7 theatrical spoof trailers.
* 8 deleted scenes featuring cameos by Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Billy Crystal, Wanda Sykes and Danny Trejo. Aside from the amusing Oscar bit, none of these scenes are memorable and were justifiably cut out.
* “Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song”- The title says it all.
* “A Little Screen Test On The Way To The Read-Through”- A short film with the Muppets doing a script read-through with Jason Segal. Not much to it.
* “Scratching The Surface: A Hasty Examination Of The Making Of The Muppets”- More of a mock making of with a goofy narrator and the Muppets talking about making the film. Definitely the meatiest extra in this set though.
* Commentary by Jason Segal, James Bobin, and Nicholas Stoller. A decent track. Highlights include interesting facts and easter egg revelations.

March 19, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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