This past summer the Muppets returned to the big screen in a big way thanks to co-writer and star Jason Segel, along with some great (and Oscar-winning) songs from the Flight of the Conchords‘ Bret McKenzie, and all of our favorite Muppet characters including Kermit the Frog (Steve Whitmire), Fozzie (Eric Jacobson), Gonzo (Dave Goelz), Rowlf (Bill Barretta), Scooter (David Rudman), Animal (Jacobson), Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mahem, Beaker (Whitmire), Dr. Bunsen Honeydew (Goelz), and Miss Piggy (Jacobson).
When the Muppet Studios are threatened by a greedy oil baron (Chris Cooper) who plans to tear the studio down to drill for oil, Walter (Peter Linz), the Muppets biggest fan, along with his brother Gary (Segel) and Gary’s fiance Mary (Amy Adams) pull the Muppets back together to put on one more show. For more on the movie read my original review.
The movie works as well on home video as it did in the theater, and provides several extras both kids and adults should enjoy. With a fun story, some great songs, and good message for kids, The Muppets would make a great addition to any DVD collection.
The Blu-ray+DVD Two-Pack includes a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the film, deleted scenes, Muppet screen tests, the full cut of Tex Richmond’s song, bloopers, a collection of the film’s trailers that spoofed other films of the summer (Green Lantern, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and audio commentary by Segel, Nicholas Stoller, and director Jason Bobin.
The Blu-ray also includes “Disney Intermission” which includes several moments of Muppet zaniness every time you pause the film at any point in the movie. The movie is also available in a barebones DVD version without extras and a Blu-ray pack which also includes a digital copy of the film and a downloadable version of the movie’s soundtrack.
[Walt Disney Studios, Blu-ray+DVD $39.99]