The Muppet Movie on Blu-ray

Written by George Taylor. Posted in Disney, Features, The Disney Review

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Published on August 10, 2013 at 1:00 am with 9 Comments

George: I know that we’ve both been waiting a long time for Disney to release a Blu-ray edition of the 1979 Muppet movie that is a classic in every sense of the word. With the rebirth of the Muppets with the 2011 Muppets film, it was only inevitable before we saw this release. And it’s about time!

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Jeff: Finally, with the nearly 35 years anniversary edition, we get to see the original film in all its glory, updated for the high definition age. And boy, what an update it is! The disc is packed with not only a fantastic film but with some pretty great extras as well.

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George: I saw this film in the theaters (yes, I’m that old) and it still has all of the charm and humor that I remembered. It looks great on Blu-ray. It sounds great on Blu-ray and the characters still shine on Blu-ray. For the uninitiated the Muppet Movie is a perfect expansion of the show: wacky humor, great music and even greater guest stars peppered throughout the film. There are also some great one-liners. Hey, Jeff. I’ve lost my sense of direction!

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Jeff: Perhaps you should try hare krishna then, George! Watching it with my ten year old was a delight, because like George said, the humor holds up, even after all these years. Some jokes make be a little dated, but most are spot on. I never heard anyone laugh so hard when Kermit said “Make a left at the fork in the road” and then the car passes a gigantic fork. Alex laughed until it hurt his sides. On top of that, even the celebrity cameos held up, too. Alex was able to point out most, if not all, of the people in the film (but he may just have a lot of pop culture knowledge!).

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George: Reviewing a film like this isn’t difficult; we both worship the Muppets and we’re glad to see the film finally on Blu-ray. What’s difficult is trying to temper our excitement and not sound like corporate shills. I do think our reputation stands for itself, though. There have been a few Disney Blu-ray releases that have caused us to scratch our heads. Another great thing about the Muppet Movie is the extras!

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Jeff: That’s right! Unlike some of the other Blu-rays, The Muppet Movie has a bunch of extras, to where to doesn’t feel like a cash grab. For starters, the “intermission” feature is back, which plays something whenever you pause the movie. This originally popped up on The Muppets (2011) Blu-ray, and it’s been a welcome addition to Disney Blu-rays since then! For those of you who are singers out there, you may enjoy the “Frog-e-oke,” which plays some of your favorite songs from the film with the words, so you can sing along!

What do you think about this Blu-ray release? Are you going to add it to your collection?


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  1. I see you guys talking about how good the extras are, but you never talk about what they are. I was left wanting to know.

  2. I found out with Robin Hood that “digital copy” with Disney no longer includes the option of iTunes, the most popular and oldest digital video library system. It was 2 ones I’ve never heard of, not even Ultraviolet, so I assume Disney worked out a deal to get cash from those companies to get people to sign up for accounts with them. Having 3-4 separate video libraries(some I doubt will be here in 10 years) would make it a nightmare when trying to sort through my digital media collection for something to watch.

    So the digital copy is a useless waste of money for me, and there’s no DVD copy for road trips either so I’m totally ignoring this test by Disney to see what they can get people to buy. I hope this becomes a failed test like the 3D OZ blu ray fiasco. The more this blu ray sells, the more Disney Home video offerings will suck in the future.

  3. Thanks for the review. I have a burning question. Does anyone know why Seasons 4 & 5 of The Muppet Show have never been released? I have spent the last several years yearning for them. Last night I watched Milton Berles’ guest spot in Season 2. Classic.

  4. When I was a kid, I went through at least 3 copies of this movie on Beta. Yes Beta Max.
    To this day, I still know all the lines to this movie. Anyone know if the Great Muppet Caper will be on Blu-ray as well?
    I don’t want to sound like a Debbie Downer, but it’s sad that only a hand full of cameos are still alive today. Clores Leachmen,Mel Brooks,Steve Martin,Elliot Gould,and the great song writer Paul Williams.

    • The Great Mupper Caper is coming out on blu ray on December 10. It’s being packed with Muppet Treasure Island as a “double feature”. WHY??? The Great Muppet Caper is my favorite of the Muppet films and should be released all on its own. Oh well I have my DVD copy I got for Christmas last year (along with The Muppet Movie) and they honestly both look fine since my blu ray player upconverts. I like like the “old movie” look to those 2 films for some reason.

      Oh and I remember seeing The Muppet Movie in the theatre several times. I even still have my original soundtrack RECORD (as in vinyl)!

    • Since it’s been almost 35 years, and some of the cameos involved folks whose prime fame had been many years in the past at the time of the movie’s release, it’s not totally shocking that not everyone is still around…. To me, that’s part of what’s so enjoyable about watching the original Muppets now is how it’s a time capsule of that era. Hopefully people who are kids now will look back just as fondly on the new Muppet movies and videos 35 years from now!

  5. After reading the reviews of the last batch of Disney blu ray releases I almost cancelled my pre order of The Muppet Movie, after reading this review however I can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail. I look forward to your reviews of Return to Neverland (not living in too much hope there) and The Adventures of Winnie The Pooh (cautiously optimistic)
    Thank you :)

  6. Does anyone know if they fixed the bad jump cut where they removed Rowlf offering Kermit a drink and he asks for a grasshopper? Then Rowlf says “Can we get a grasshopper for the frog?–Rowlf, Rowlf the dog…” You can hear the full exchange on the soundtrack album, but you can tell it was chopped out of the movie because it just jumpcuts to “Rowlf, Rowlf the dog.”

    • That is so sad, I am so used to the soundtrack but I hadn’t actually noticed it missing in the film, it’s been a while since I watched it, this is going to annoy me as much as the shocking cuts in Forbidden Planet.