The Muppets Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 8/10
It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights.

You know what’s happening, right? You’re humming childhood memories through your brain, out your mouth, and the smile is beaming…did you notice?

It’s time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet show tonight.

I won’t dampen the fun too much, however, I didn’t LOVE this movie as much as my husband (Ascully) did. I was in love with every Muppet scene, the idea that Muppets had moved on and fallen from favor with the public, and needed to find their way back to being who they should be. The humans are what let the whole thing down for me. I didn’t like the gushy innocence of the leading man and woman. I give it a high score because it made me happy from top to bottom.

I didn’t like the overly maniacal bad guy. It was all too much. I understand the gush, I WAS THERE for the original airing of every episode of that show back in my young years, and to be honest I didn’t ever really want the human host to do much. I wanted to see them in funny situations but I just wanted more more more Muppets.

It’s time to put on make up. It’s time to dress up right. It’s time to raise the curtain on the Muppet Show tonight.

The sentimentality of the poor little dudes and dudettes, having found new careers and ways of life, trying to just get by in this big bad 21st century is heart wrenching. Gonzo owns a plumbing supply company. Fozzi is a hack comedian with the Moopets in a sleezy bar. It’s ugly and pretty funny. The heart strings sing for these creatures that we loved so much as kids. I want to protect them and fix their lives and that’s what the movie does, it brings up some heavy duty high quality good memories and a reminder that my connection to the Muppets is stronger than I ever thought.

But now it’s getting started. Why don’t you get things started? It’s time to get things started.

I have to mention the negatives, it’s only fair. I said I didn’t like the bad guy, he was tooooooo much. It wasn’t funny, or menacing, or appropriate. The super sappy grown up couple who brings the Muppets back together is just, well, ick. I didn’t like them at all. I tried and tried and tried but each time they had any dialogue I was rolling my eyes and wanting to get back to the Muppet comedy, drama, loveliness.

On the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational…..This is what we call the Muppet Shooooowwwwwww….

Awe. Forget the negative, it’s the friggin’ MUPPETS people!!! I will add that hearing my husband talk about this movie and how it brought up his good childhood memories was the most emotional I have seen him in the 13 years I have known him, so, that’s got to be something very special.

Features: 8/10

  • Scratching The Surface: A Hasty Examination Of The Making Of The Muppets – A whimsical look at the making of the movie, nothing to serious here but if you like to watch the cast have fun this is the feature for you.
  • Deleted Scenes – Lots of deleted scenes, you will be amazed how many cameos actually got cut out.
  • A Little Screen Test On The Way To The Read Through – Kermit, Fozzie & Walter read through the script this is what happened on the way.
  • Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song – Chris Coopers rap that appears in the movie was actually longer. This is the full version.
  • Audio Commentary – Commentary with Director and friends.
  • The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History) – Not as long as the title suggests but if you like watching Muppets and Humans look silly this is for you.
  • DVD & Digital Copy 
  • Soundtrack Download

Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
The cover is the Muppets and it’s fine with me. I wouldn’t have this particular Muppet image as a poster, but if you gave me a few posters of individual characters I would be happy to have them in my home. The menu is fun, the background is the theater chairs with a few Muppets in it, panning across as the menu on the left seems to be chasing them around.

OH, the pause “menu” is pretty cool. Just pause to check it out when it comes time to have an intermission.

Audio & Video: 9/10
The Muppets on Blu-Ray is literally flawless using a 1080P/AVC encode that fills the screen with color and magic. If you don’t already know The Muppets are made of cloth so the extra detail Blu-Ray gives makes every texture and stitch on the Muppets shine through. About a third of the way through the movie you get what every Muppet fan has dreamed of, a wonderful HD opening sequence (it’s time to light the lights) it’s worth the price of admission alone.

The movie is partly musical so the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix needs to impress. It does and then some. Dialog is crystal clear, transition from speech to singing flawless and when explosions happen (yes there are some explosions) they hit your subwoofer with force. Rear speakers are active the entire time with interesting pans and surround effects that will bring out the inner kid in you.

Value: 8/10
It’s the Muppets. Buy it.

Overall Score 8/10