11/27/2014  
Day of the Mummy on DVD Dec 9Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special on DVD Dec 9Field Of Lost Shoes on DVD Dec 2What If on DVD & Blu-ray Nov 25Hart To Hart: Season 3 on DVD Dec 9The Simpsons: Season 17 on DVD & Blu-ray Dec 2Robin Williams Remembered - Pioneers of Television on DVD Dec 2

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

One Direction Score Fourth Number One Album With ‘Four’...
"Dancing with the Stars" season 19 crowns a winner ...
Day of the Mummy on DVD Dec 9...
Demi Lovato Talks Miley Cyrus: "I Have Nothing in Commo...
5 Things That Should Be In Katy Perry's Super Bowl Half...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE (BLU-RAY)...
AIN'T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM (BLU...
THE LADY (BLU-RAY)...
SWAMP THING (BLU-RAY)...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...
NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN...
DARK SHADOWS: THE GREATEST EPISODES COLLECTION - FAN FA...
JACK KEROUAC - KING OF THE BEATS...

MZ Mark Zimmer

Take Part in a Film Restoration...
STORAGE WARS: SEASON ONE...
LOST KEATON...
BLACK NARCISSUS (BLU-RAY)...
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY (BLU-...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...
BASEBALL'S GREATEST GAMES: 1986 WORLD SERIES GAME 6...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...
THE TROUBLE WITH TOLSTOY...
HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS...
ANATOMY OF A MURDER...
BASIL DEARDEN'S LONDON UNDERGROUND (ECLIPSE SERIES 25)...

RR Rich Rosell

AFTER.LIFE...
PANDORUM...
NOTE BY NOTE: THE MAKING OF STEINWAY L1037...
VAMPIRE PARTY...
GIMME SHELTER (BLU-RAY)...

JC Joel Cunningham

WINGS OF DESIRE...
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS...
MONSOON WEDDING...
PIERROT LE FOU...
SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
MANAGEMENT...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...

DH Dan Heaton

NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

JU Jeff Ulmer

THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

Walt Disney Home Video presents
The Muppet Movie: Anniversary Edition (1979)

Statler: Well, how do you like the film?
Waldorf: I've seen detergents leave a better film than this.

- Richard Hunt, Jim Henson (voices)

Review By: Dan Heaton  
Published: November 28, 2005

Stars: Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Animal
Other Stars: Charles Durning, Austin Pendleton, Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Elliott Gould, Telly Sevalas, James Coburn, Carol Kane, Statler, Waldorf
Director: James Frawley

MPAA Rating: G for (nothing objectionable)
Run Time: 0h1:35m:09s
Release Date: November 29, 2005
UPC: 786936287769
Genre: family


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A A-B-B D+

DVD Review

Growing up during the advent of VCRs in the early 1980s, our family had only a few movies on tape that were suitable for the kids to watch. One of our repeatable favorites was The Muppet Movie—a highly entertaining classic for both children and adults that remains effective after more than 25 years. This amusing picture tells the story of how Kermit, Fozzy, Gonzo, and all their pals originally came together and entered the world of show business. It includes numerous catchy songs and sets the foundation for all the Muppet films to follow. Human actors combine seamlessly with the Muppet puppets to deliver an enjoyable feature.

The primary character is definitely Kermit the Frog, the little green Muppets leader who embodies the heart of the diverse group. He begins this tale in his swamp singing The Rainbow Connection, a tune that refuses to leave your brain once you hear it. Dom DeLuise makes a surprise appearance as a movie agent and gives Kermit the idea of going to Hollywood. This quest drives the narrative, but it only provides the basic framework for countless gags and interludes that offer homage to classic films. Kermit's first new buddy is Fozzie Bear, an unfortunate entertainer with strong enthusiasm for everything. They jump into a bear's natural habitat, a Studebaker, and begin a lengthy road trip to the Golden State. Another music highlight is Moving Right Along, which includes all types of sight gags and silliness from both lovable Muppets. Their travels eventually bring them into contact with Gonzo, who comes from an inexplicable species that's sort of like a chicken, and Miss Piggy—my least favorite character but a possibly new love for Kermit. Their journey will include numerous highs and lows, but I'm giving away little by revealing that the ending is a happy one.

This film includes an amazing collection of famous comedians in cameo roles throughout the journey. Steve Martin shines as an especially sarcastic waiter during a romantic evening, Mel Brooks chews the scenery as a mad scientist, and Orson Welles exudes a larger-than-life presence as a Hollywood studio executive. Other noteworthy stars include Richard Pryor, Milton Berle, Telly Savalas, Bob Hope, Elliott Gould, Carol Kane, and James Coburn. The primary human enemy is Charles Durning as Doc Hopper, a businessman who aims to use Kermit's charms to sell his French-fried frog legs. Frustrated at every turn, Hopper continues to search for fresh avenues to trap Kermit, and eventually decides to kill him, which leads to a silly Western showdown in a ghost town. Playing "spot the acting star" does add a gimmicky feel to the picture, but it provides extra reasons for adults to enjoy the movie.

The Muppet Movie does have some cheesy moments, but creator Jim Henson's charming nature shines through and makes the story infectious for even the more cynical viewers. Veteran television director James Frawley keeps the plot moving and allows the Muppets to carry the show. Combining silly jokes, a likeable cast of characters, and enjoyable music, this film deserves a place in the home libraries of families around the world.

Rating for Style: A
Rating for Substance: A-

 

Image Transfer

 OneTwo
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen1.33:1 - Full Frame
Original Aspect Ratioyesno
Anamorphicyesno


Image Transfer Review: The Muppet Movie utilizes a supposedly remastered 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that includes a surprisingly mediocre image. Certain shots fail to improve significantly over the VHS version and offer a grainy picture. This presentation is uneven throughout, but there are some bright outdoor shots that help to partially make up for the less stellar moments. This disc also includes an average full-frame transfer that should work for kids (or possibly adults) unaccustomed to the bars on the screen.

Image Transfer Grade: B-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
Dolby Digital
5.1
English, Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: This disc offers a solid 5.1-channel Dolby Digital transfer that presents the numerous memorable tunes effectively. The rear speakers do not receive much use, which is not a major surprise considering the age of the source material. The audio remains clear most of the time but does lack the enhancements normally expected from Dolby tracks, again probably due to the print's age.

Audio Transfer Grade: B

 

Disc Extras

Animated menu with music
Scene Access with 12 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English
5 Other Trailer(s) featuring The Lady & the Tramp, The Wild, The Shaggy Dog, The Muppet Show: Season One, Muppets Wizard of Oz
1 Featurette(s)
Packaging: unmarked keepcase
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: dual

Extras Review: The only notable extra is Pepe Profiles Presents—Kermit: A Frog's Life, a six-minute feature on his life hosted by Pepe the King Prawn. This silly piece includes "interviews" with Fozzie, Gonzo, and Miss Piggy concerning their pal and a conversation between Pepe and the star frog. The lack of any other significant extras within a so-called "Anniversary Edition" is extremely disappointing. Even if the producers wanted to focus on the child audience, they still could have offered more than one brief feature.

Extras Grade: D+

 

Final Comments

The Muppet Movie provides an entertaining experience for kids and adults alike. If you purchased the original DVD release in 2001, there are few reasons to pick up this new "anniversary edition." However, newcomers to this amusing film are advised to include it on their holiday wish lists.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

music, one direction, four, take me home, midnight memories, taylor swift’s 1989, television, dancing with the stars, alfonso ribeiro, witney carson, sadie robertson, mark ballas, janel parrish, val chmerkovskiy, horror, celebrity, demi lavato, miley cyrus, the tj show, heart attack, sonny with a chance, disney channel stars, sports, katy perry, superbowl, half time, comedy, drama, saturday night live, michael che, bill cosby, cameron diaz, beyonce, 7/11, american music awards, sunday, movie, hunger games: mockingjay-part 1, danny strong, christian toto, john nolte, sarah seltzer, documentary, action, foo fighters, beat the bots tour, 2015, sonic highways, fenway park in boston, wrigley field in chicago, citi field in new york, rfk stadium in washington d.c., chris pratt, guardians of the galaxy, dave chappelle, shailene woodley, ansel elgort, steve carell, michael sam, judi dench, esio trot, bbc, philomena, dustin hoffman, richard curtis, sci-fi, james bond, christoph waltz, daniel craig, ralph fiennes, ben whishaw, naomie harris, patrick schwarzenegger, adore you, arnold schwarzenegger, maria schriver, family, the big bang theory, mrs. wolowitz, carol ann susi, breast cancer, jennifer actress, plunging neckline

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

earth mosaics

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

DVD Marketplace

Snappy Planet

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store