The Movie: 6.5/10
I have very fond memories of the Muppets from my childhood. I love those little fuzzy creatures. What I never really cared about were the humans:) So, the movies are fun and funny and cute and sweet, and Muppety, however there are humans always involved. Ricky Gervais is a funny man. He’s rough and raw and cutting with his humor, and that comes through in his character of the Badguy. He’s snarly but being held back by the most dangerous frog in the world, Constantine as his number 2 in command. That’s a good dynamic, creepy comedian with creepy evil frog. The story isn’t original or revolutionary in terms of the wide range of puppet stories one could come up with for their universe. We want to cheer for the good guys and be afraid of the bad guys, but not too much, they are made of cloth and string after all.
The music is fun, but I’m not a musical lover, so that is a bit of blah for me. It’s entertaining, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t look forward to the tunes. I just wait for them to be over really until the next chunk of story happens. There are so many good kid things in this movie that will keep your little ones busy and singing for many hours. It’s sentimental, sweet, charming, funny, and yet it didn’t really endear me as much as it could have. Then again, I am 46 years old.
If you loved the Muppets back in the 70’s as a kid you just might find yourself floating back there a little bit with the voices and the slapstick comedy bits. If you are new to their world, give it a try. You will at least be in amazement at their liveliness and good family values:)
- 3 Versions Of The Movie – Theatrical, Extended and a special three-minute Statler & Waldorf cut are all included.
- The Longer, Longest Blooper Reel In Muppet’s History – If you like seeing Ricky Gervais crack up on camera this is for you.
- Rizzo’s Biggest Fan – For all the fans of Rizzo the rat who was left out of the movie for some reason.
- I’ll Get You What You Want Music Video – Brett Mckenzie performs his version of the best song in the movie. This music video is worth the price of admission alone.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
The cover is fun, but I wouldn’t have it as a poster. It’s a big much. I would rather have something a but more singular, just Animal thank you. The menu is designed and is a bit more than navigation.
Audio & Video: 9/10
As usual Disney get everything right here with an AVC 1080P encode that really sets the stage for another Muppet’s outing. Satisfying Black Levels, great skin tones and not a hint of aliasing or macroblocking anywhere. We all know the Muppet’s are made of soft materials and the fine detail of fur, felt and cloth all shine through. It’s time to put on makeup, It’s time to light the light’s it’s time to get things started on Blu-ray tonight!!!!
Disney chose to use a DTS-HD 2.0mbps High Resolution track instead of the industry standard DTS-HD Master Audio Mix. I have no idea why, and this is the first time I have seen this on any release. What that means to you the listener is it lacks the punch of a full-blown DTS-HD track but still it sounds pretty great. Nice clean centered dialog, musical numbers that surround you and explosions that make the room rumble. It’s well above average but still very strange when choosing the better codec would have given much better results.
Overall Score 6.5/10