I’ve always loved the Muppets. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve watched them, be it on TV for Muppet Show re-runs or in the theaters for their latest round of movies.
There is a certain divide, though, between the films. They were original stories at first, taking the Muppets on great adventures with them as the focal point. But then, the focus shifted, and they started adapting great literary works, and were pushed to secondary roles, with humans in the lead.
This blu-ray combines two films, one from each of those eras, and is quite a strange pairing. However, in my mind, The Great Muppet Caper And Muppet Treasure Island: Of Pirates & Pigs 2-Movie Collection [Blu-ray] works.
Starting with the earlier of the two films, The Great Muppet Caper was always one of, if not my absolute, favorite of the original Muppet films. I had a VHS of it as a kid that I wore out. For those of you who have never seen it before, Kermit and Fozzie play twin brothers, which is one of the movie’s running jokes, who also happen to be reporters. Gonzo is their photographer who comes along for the ride. While on assignment in London investigating the jewel heist of Lady Holiday, Kermit runs into Miss Piggy, who tricks him into thinking that SHE is Lady Holiday. Naturally, Muppet hilarity ensues. The film may not be one of the greatest stories ever told, but it is fantastic. It’s also the ONLY Muppet film that Jim Henson himself directed. The musical numbers are also pretty great.
The film’s transfer to blu-ray is absolutely stunning…so much so that I was kind of surprised by how good it looked. It even sounds fantastic! Not bad for a film that old, I have to say.
Muppet Treasure Island was always my favorite of the literary adaptations. It is, of course, a re-telling of Treasure Island. Tim Curry really steals the show as Long John Silver, even if that does mean the Muppets take backseat roles. I have not seen it in quite a few years, but I wasn’t surprised to find myself singing along whenever the music came on. Though, admittedly, the music here isn’t as great as Caper, but it is pretty catchy. I mean, how can you not crack a smile and sing along to Cabin Fever?!
Being released 15 years after Caper, Muppet Treasure Island does look a bit better on blu-ray, but both films are stunning, none the less.
The only downside to this release is that there are no new special features to write home about. Included on the disc are the original, DVD extras from Muppet Treasure Island: an audio commentary, a behind the scenes documentary, and a music video. There are a few Frog-E-Oke” tracks to accompany both films, but that’s it. It’s disappointing to not see anything new for either film.
However, with this release, we now have all of the Muppet films available on blu-ray, and for that I am thankful. While it would have been great to have individual releases with a lot of features, I’ll take what I can get when it comes to the Muppets. If you’re a fan of these films, you won’t be disappointed by this release.
Are you going to pick up this blu ray? What is your favorite Muppet film?
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By Jeff Heimbuch
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