I grew up with The Muppets. I never missed The Muppet Show, I couldn’t wait week to week to see who the guests were. I loved the Star Wars episode, the Alice Cooper episode, Steve Martin, Sylvester Stallone, Paul Williams…the list goes on. I also loved all the movies. Even the later ones, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppets from Space. I liked the new reboot of The Muppets as well, but none of the movies will ever come close to that first theatrical Muppet experience, The Muppet Movie in 1979. This week we get it on Blu-ray for the first time in the “Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition”.
Kermit the Frog lives in a swamp, but has dreams of entertaining. Talent agent Bernie (Dom DeLuise) tells Kermit Hollywood is where he needs to be so Kermit hits to road to find his place in history, picking up various Muppet friends along the way who have similar dreams that need fulfilling and all the while being pursued by a nasty frog legs merchant who has other plans for Kermit.
The Muppet Movie holds up just as well today as it did when I was a kid. Sure the many guest stars in the film may not be as relevant today, but they are all classic performers who are a blast to watch opposite the amazing Muppets. Milton Berle, Paul Williams, Bob Hope, Madeline Kahn, James Coburn, Mel Brooks and many more all pop up during Kermit’s trek and every single cameo is gold. As are the Muppets themselves, their humor seems to be not only timeless but ageless, making kids and adults alike chuckle with delight. I still found myself laughing out loud at some of the gags in The Muppet Movie, it just doesn’t get old. If you have kids, this is an essential part of their viewing, and even if you don’t have little ones, The Muppet Movie is an essential part of a comedy collection as well. Highly recommended.
The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition comes to Blu-ray from Disney with an excellent transfer that actually quite surprised me. But it is in the hands of Disney, I should have known better. While the picture is still a little soft at times and has a layer of grain intact, the overall improvement to the picture is significant. It is much cleaner and brighter than DVD editions with improved clarity and detail as well. The soundtrack is listed as DTS 5.1, but is a little center channel heavy and could have used more work making it more surround friendly. Still a nice clean dialogue track though. The Muppet Movie is a classic that deserves revisiting and the new edition is chock full of great extras and even musical intermissions when you pause the movie. Highly recommended.
Available August 13, 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD.