The Fuzzy Pack is backy-back once again with today’s home video release of “The Muppets.” If you still haven’t seen Kermit the Frog and company’s glorious return via Jason Segel… well, what’s wrong with you? It was and remains my favorite movie of 2011, and I’m not just saying that because I got to talk with Kermit and new guy Walter about “The Avengers” last week. (Though that was pretty sweet.)
Even if you have seen “The Muppets,” the newly released Blu-ray is a must-buy for any and all fans. Keep reading for five reasons to own “Muppets” on Blu-ray.
» Well, it’s The Muppets!: Honestly, we could stop this right here and now and we’d still win the argument. Either you’re a “Muppets” fan or you’re not—and if you’re not, I don’t want to know you. If you are a fan, the “Muppets” Blu-ray is filled with all the signature weirdness you’d expect from this group. Beyond the movie, there’s a world of extra features that feel tailor-made by the Muppets themselves. Such as…
» Intermission: When you hit pause on most movies, the film does exactly that: pause. Not so for “The Muppets.” Pausing during the movie’s runtime launches an entirely separate intermission feature during which Kermit, Gonzo, Fozzie and the others come out and do silly tricks and bits for the folks still on the couch waiting for their loved ones to vacate the bathroom. Bonus: the intermission comes with all the Statler/Waldorf razzmatazz you could possibly hope for.
» Behind The Muppets: It’s par for the course these days to get a behind-the-scenes look alongside your home video release of choice. “The Muppets” is no exception, except that this documentary (awesomely titled “Scratching the Surface: A Hasty Examination of the Making of ’The Muppets’ — A Surprisingly Shallow But Profoundly Absurd Look At Muppets And Humans Working Together To Make Cinematic History'”) features the Muppets fully in character — which is to say, fully bizarre and fully wonderful.
» Explaining Evil: Weren’t satisfied with evil oil industrialist Tex Richman’s unexplained vendetta against Kermit and friends? “The Muppets” Blu-ray features “The Full Tex Richman Song,” a much lengthier version of the brief one-minute rap Chris Cooper gives in the theatrical release. It helps explain Richman’s reasons for hating Muppets, sure, but more importantly, it’s more Chris Cooper singing and dancing. In any language, that does not suck.
» Walter Walter Walter: “The Muppets” features the first appearance of new guy Walter to the crew, and man, he is a fantastic addition. Without question, Walter Blagojevich (that’s his last name according to the man of a Muppet himself!) is the breakout hero of “The Muppets,” and accordingly, he’s all over the Blu-ray. I’m very taken with the little guy. You will be too once you see what he does to our reflective table in the video below.
“The Muppets” arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today (March 20).
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