MUPPETS, THE

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365 High-Def Days of Oscar: Day 21

Year: 2011

Oscar Wins:

Best Original Song

THE PLOT THUS FAR

With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.
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WHAT WE THOUGHT

Set in Smalltown, USA, Gary lives with his Muppet-brother Walter and is dating the lovely and adorable Mary. Walter has grown up with Gary for years, and is one of the biggest Muppet fans of all time. Upon going to The Muppet Theater, Walter overhears Statler, Waldorf, and Tex Richman discussing plans to sell the theater to Tex. But Tex is secretly planning to tear down the theater and drill for oil underneath it. “The Muppets” lives up to most of its hype. It’s a solid, stand-alone movie with a great storyline. While the film may be considered a tribute, which in many ways it is, very rarely does a tribute make a great movie. Any TV show can put the Muppets on proverbial pedestals using archive footage. “The Muppets” succeeds by breathing new life into characters we’ve known for years, and bringing them back down from their high pedestals so they’re easier to see.

It really takes a Muppet fanatic to reintroduce these classic characters about whom the movie alleges everyone forgot. In the movie, that fanatic is Walter, who is himself a Muppet that the world treats like a human being, albeit a very short human being. When Walter accompanies his best friend and roommate Gary (Jason Segel) and his longtime girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) to Los Angeles, Walter’s ultimate goal is to take a tour of the famed Muppet theater. He soon finds that the theater’s glory days are long gone, and the Muppets themselves have since gone their separate ways.

It is a wonderful thing to be surprised by movies, but it is even more glorious to go in with high expectations to have them all met to the hilt. “The Muppets” is one of those movies. Hollywood has made countless revivals, spin-offs, and remakes in recent years and some of them have felt absolutely unnecessary and tiring, but not this movie. This is a revival that deserves to go on and on. And it is so clever and smart and charming with the way it handles itself that it deserves to be seen by people of all ages, regardless of how much or little they know about the Muppets or their creator, the late Jim Henson. But whether you are a longtime devotee or newcomer, this new “The Muppets” will leave you hungry for more.

The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy, Digital Copy and a digital download of the complete soundtrack. That alone before you get into the in-depth deleted scenes and featurettes presents what might possibly be the Best Blu-Ray Supplemental Material of 2012. While the screen-test featurette was my personal favorite, as I’ve always wanted to learn what it takes to assemble a high-level kids flick like this. What sticks out most to me would have to be the full presentation of how Bret McKenzie prepped the musical onslaught that helped to carry this film into the hearts of a new generation. Plus, the new spoof trailers are fun.

The blooper reel is weird, as it seems like the video quality kept jumping around. But, that might just be me. The 1080p transfer is nearly reference quality, with only small hiccups during the Gonzo warehouse explosion and the nighttime kidnapping of Jack Black. The DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track continues this onslaught of amazing sounding discs that have just been pounding store shelves over the last month. It’s an embarrassment of riches and I’m glad to see that “The Muppets” is coming up the reputation of these stunning Disney discs. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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