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Muppets Most Wanted Blu-ray Review

Muppets Most Wanted Blu-ray

“Muppets Most Wanted” is one of the weakest entries in the long-running franchise.

Taking place immediately after “The Muppets,” “Muppets Most Wanted” finds Kermit and the gang going a world tour with a new manager named Dominic Badguy (played by Ricky Gervais). Unbeknownst to the Muppets, the tour is nothing more than a ploy for Dominic and escaped convict/Kermit lookalike Constantine to steal valuable jewels. In order to pull this off, Constantine needs to switch places with Kermit and have the authorities believe that Kermit is the wanted criminal Constantine. To no surprise whatsoever, Kermit becomes imprisoned while Constantine poses as Kermit. Aside from that main storyline, there are also key subplots involving a French Inspector (Jean Pierre) and Sam the Eagle investigating crimes and Nadya (a Russian prison guard) who adores Kermit. Of course, in typical Muppet movie fashion, there are the usual star cameos. Among the celebs you will see are Tom Hiddleston, Lady Gaga, Danny Trejo, Ray Liotta, Christoph Waltz and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

After 2011’s charming franchise reboot “The Muppets,” I was eager to see what was in store for the sequel. Unfortunately, “Muppets Most Wanted” lacks everything that made its predecessor such a delight. From the first 10 minutes, it’s clear that writer/actor Jason Segal’s passion and talent is sorely missed here as the film is devoid of catchy songs, clever humor, and, most importantly, heart. It’s sad to say, but the best moments in this movie (aside from anything with Statler and Waldorf of course) are references to the 2011 movie!

Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of “Muppets Most Wanted” is that it treads similar ground to the superior “The Great Muppet Caper.” Granted, the central story is different and you have a new villain character in Constantine, but neither of these elements are remotely interesting. Hopefully, Disney will take the franchise in an entirely new direction with the next film (whenever that may be).

Note: This Blu-ray set contains the theatrical and extended cut of “Muppets Most Wanted.” There is also a third edition of the movie which I will talk more about in the extras section below.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? This is a perfect transfer and I expect nothing less from a new Disney Blu-ray release.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? The songs and iconic character voices sound crisp and clear in this hi-def track.

Extras:
* DVD copy and Digital HD copy.
* Disney trailers.
* Bret McKenzie’s music video for “I’ll Get You What You Want.”
* “The Longer Longest Blooper Reel In Muppets History”- A nearly 10 minute blooper reel.
* “Rizzo’s Biggest Fan”- Rizzo writes an email to director James Bobin (posing as someone else) to plead for Rizzo to be in the next film.
* The Statler and Waldorf Cut of “Muppets Most Wanted.” A VERY short version of the movie edited by Statler and Waldorf. Honestly, I expected more from this extra. How great would it have been if there was a Statler and Waldorf commentary on the entire film instead?

Overall Thoughts: Unless you’re a die-hard Muppet fan, “Muppets Most Wanted” isn’t worth 2 hours of your time. I highly recommend checking out “The Muppets” or “The Muppet Christmas Carol” instead if you have yet to see those gems.

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August 15, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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