Blu-ray Review “Muppets Most Wanted: The Unnecessarily Extended Edition”

Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Steve Whitmire, Eric Jacobson, Dave Goelz
Director: James Bobin
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Run Time: 107 / 119 minutes

Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars

“The Muppets” was easily one of my favorite films of 2011. It may have been a little cheesy but also nostalgic and plain fun, plus the music. I mean Bret McKenzie went on to win the Oscar for the win. I still listen to the soundtrack. So now that the franchise was rebooted, I am sure everyone was dying for a sequel…well unfortunately we got “Muppets Most Wanted”, which really feels like a downgraded version of “The Muppets”. The cast doesn’t do it for me at all either. Not a Tiny Fey fan, Never watched Ty Burrell in “Modern Family” and Ricky Gervais is too good for this film. It is a fun movie don’t get me wrong. There are some good laughs and song good songs but overall it is very forgettable. I guarantee it you I will not be re-watching or singing along to the music over two years later with this one.

Official Premise: There’s plenty of fun for the whole family as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and the entire Muppets gang head out on a world tour. But mayhem follows the Muppets, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. Now Kermit is behind bars at the mercy of prison warden Nadya (Tina Fey), and the World’s Number One Criminal, Constantine — a dead ringer for Kermit — has taken his place. As Constantine and his dastardly sidekick Dominic (Ricky Gervais) plot the robbery of the century, they are pursued by Sam Eagle and Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell). Will Constantine get away with his nefarious scheme? Will Kermit escape in time to save the day?

“Muppets Most Wanted” is being released with an The Unnecessarily Extended Edition, which included a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy . There are two versions of the film are included: the 107-minute theatrical version and a 119-minute extended cut. The extended cut is a hit and miss, to be honest. The 1080p transfer is good just like “The Muppets”, this has a slightly bigger feel to it and benefits from that aspect. Disney is trying out a new surround track for this release, which is a 2.0Mbps, DTS-HD High Resolution 7.1 track. It is good but not amazing like I would have expect from this kind of a track. The special features are also a let down as well. There is a 10 minute gag reel titled “The Longer Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History”. “Rizzo’s Biggest Fan” is a Rizzo complain to director James Bobin about screentime. Lastly there is a deleted Statler & Waldorf scene and a music video for “I’ll Get What You Want” by Bret McKenzie.

Film Review “Muppets Most Wanted”

Starring: the Muppets, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey
Directed by: James Bobin
Rated: PG
Running time: 1 hour 52 mins
Walt Disney Pictures

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Three years ago Jason Segel helped resurrect the Muppets. With a genuine love for the characters, Segel made a franchise that had seemingly lost its steam over a decade before seem new and exciting again. While still entertaining, the newest film, “Muppets Most Wanted” could use a little of Segels wit and enthusiasm.

The film picks up at the end of 2011’s “The Muppets,” with the gang wondering what to do now that they’ve “gotten the band back together.” Before they can reason things out, they are approached by a promoter (Gervais) and persuaded to embark on a world tour. Wanting to keep things low key, the group leader, Kermit the Frog, encourages taking things slow. Instead they are booked into the grandest theatres in Europe, unaware that their performances are being used to mask a series of crimes. When Kermit is mistaken for Constantine, the world’s most dangerous frog, who has just escaped from a Russian gulag, he is imprisoned while Constantine takes over the troupe. Occasional hijinx ensue.

Lacking a lot of the eternal fun that made the Muppets stars four decades ago, “Muppets Most Wanted” is a by the book sequel which occasionally rises to funny thanks to its humorous human co-stars. As someone that grew up with the band of puppets, from “Sesame Street” to their own show to their early films, what is missing to me is the fun and enthusiasm that I always heard in the vocal performers. Sadly, Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt are no longer with us. And while the various performers voicing their characters do their best to sound like fans remember, to my ears they don’t have the same passion as the creators of the characters did.

The songs (and there are many – and not enough good ones) seem to be filler…as if the filmmakers thought that bright puppets and musical numbers would distract the audience from the fact that this is strictly a one-plot film. The saving grace here aren’t the title characters but the human guest stars. If you’ve ever wanted to see Ray Liotta perform the opening number to “A Chorus Line,” backed up by such well-known musical talents as Danny Trejo and Jermaine Clement, then you’re in luck. Tina Fey has fun as one of the Gulag guards who enlists Kermit in planning the annual talent show. Gervais and Burrell have fun as the masterminds behind the various heists the Muppets unwittingly help complete. If only the voices behind the Muppets had as much fun, this could have been a really fun film. Paging Jason Segel.

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One of the year’s best-loved family comedies and among the best reviewed films of 2011, Disney’s “The Muppets,” starring Jason Segel, Academy Award®-nominee Amy Adams, and favorite celebrity couple Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy — debuts March 20 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand formats. A must-own movie the entire family can enjoy, Disney’s “The Muppets” in-home release includes the DVD and digital soundtrack packaged together and also offered as the ultimate Muppets experience, a ‘Wocka-Wocka Value Pack,’ which contains the movie on Blu-ray high definition, DVD and Digital Copy (three discs), plus a download card which allows fans to own all the songs including Bret McKenzie’s Oscar®-winning “Man or Muppet,” from the film’s hugely popular soundtrack from Walt Disney Records.

3-Disc ‘Wocka-Wocka Value Pack’
(1-Disc Blu-ray + 1-Disc DVD + Digital Copy + Soundtrack Digital Download Card)
Includes:

  • The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History––We Think) – A laugh out loud look at the actors’ funny gaffs and gags from behind the scenes of making Disney’s “The Muppets.”
  • Disney Intermission – Groundbreaking Blu-ray feature. Pausing a movie will never be this much fun, as the Muppets take over the screen every time you stop the disc!
  • Scratching The Surface: A Hasty Examination of the Making of Disney’s “The Muppets.” Hosted by unit production manager monster J.G., the cast and crew take a behind the scenes look at making Muppet and movie history.
  • Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song. Rapping his way through the story of his miserable life, Tex tells audiences why he turned out to be such a rotten guy.
  • A Little Screen Test on the way to the Read Through. This hilarious footage follows the Muppet gang as they go to their first table reading of the script.
  • Eight Deleted Scenes
  • Audio Commentary with Jason Segel, James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller
  • Theatrical spoof trailers
  • The Complete Soundtrack

Film Review “The Muppets”

Starring: Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper
Directed by: James Bobin
Rated: PG
Running time: 1 hour 38 mins
Walt Disney Pictures

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

As someone born in 1960, I grew up with the Muppets. From “Sesame Street” to their appearances on “Saturday Night Live” to their own television show and films, if the stars of the show were made of felt I made sure I saw it. One of my prize possessions is a photograph of Jim Henson and Kermit that Jim Henson signed for me in 1983. It would be fair to say that I’m a devoted Muppet-arian. In fact, my son and I were once asked to leave the gift shop at the Disney/MGM Studios because we loudly protested that Elmo is not a Muppet. This began a long running feud with Elmo that was patched up last year in New York City. But I digress.

It’s been twelve years since the gang have been on the big screen. An absence noticed by Gary (Segel) and his younger brother, Walter (voiced by Peter Linz). They have loved the Muppets since they were little. But no one loves them more than Walter. He has collected every toy, DVD and knick knack relating to the group and dreams only of one day taking a tour of Muppet Studios. When Gary and his girlfriend of 10 years, Mary (Adams), take a trip to Los Angeles they take Walter along. His wish of seeing Muppet Studios is about to come true. But some wishes may be better off un-granted.

Capturing the flavor of the old television series while featuring guest stars more popular with today’s younger generation, “The Muppets” is a fun ride down the nostalgia highway. When they arrive in California the trio learn that Muppet Studios is about to be purchased by rich oil baron Tex Richman (Cooper), who has promised to use the land to build a Muppet Museum. But there’s oil under them there buildings and Richman’s real plan is to drill for it. When Walter finds this out, and discovers that for $10 million the studio can be saved, he tracks down Kermit the Frog (voiced by Steve Whitmire) in the hopes of convincing him to put on a show to raise the money. Kermit is up for it but has lost contact with the gang. Fozzie Bear (Eric Jacobson) is now performing in a tribute review called “The Moopets.” Gonzo (Dave Goelz) is a plumbing magnate. And Miss Piggy is in Paris overseeing the plus-size edition of Vogue magazine. Eventually everyone agrees to come together for one last gig. But will it be enough?

Finally Friends!

You have to give credit to Disney for attempting any Muppet project. Long time Muppet-eers Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson declined to be a part of the project. But they pushed forward and have done the Muppets, and the memory of Jim Henson, justice. Much of the credit has to go to Segel, a long time Muppet fan who also co-wrote the screenplay. His Gary is so bright and full of light, it’s easy to see how Segel himself can easily get lost in this fantasy world. Adams, whose done her share of singing as the princess in “Enchanted,” is so wide eyed sometimes that you’d think she’d never seen the Muppets before they came on set. And young Walter is a fine edition to the Muppet family. Credit too must go to the Muppet-eers, who eschewed using CGI to give the characters legs, allowing them to walk down the street or participate in a musical number without the help of a computer. Speaking of music, if there’s a drawback to the film it’s the original songs. With the exception of “Life’s a Happy Song” the songs are pretty much undistinguishable. This fact is hammered home when Kermit reprises “The Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie.” Granted, Paul Williams is one of the great lyricists of the 20th Century but the producers of the new film could have tried harder. Muppet takes on contemporary hits come off better, including a barbershop quartet rendition of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” And any film that allows Chris Cooper to rap can’t be all bad.

I would also urge you to get to the theatre early to catch the new PIXAR “Toy Story” short film that precedes the film.

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THE MUPPETS – In Theaters November 23, 2011

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Here is the newly released final one-sheet from THE MUPPETS,  The film opens in theaters everywhere on November 23rd!

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Genre: Family Comedy
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release Date: November 23, 2011

Cast: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper and Walter
Director: James Bobin
Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman
Executive Producers: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller, Martin G. Baker
Writers: Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.

Notes:
· Funnyman Jason Segel (TV’s “How I Met Your Mother,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) stars in, co-writes and executive produces “The Muppets.”
· “The Muppets” is directed by James Bobin, who was a director/writer/EP for HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords.”
· Kermit received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. His song “The Rainbow Connection” was nominated for an Academy Award®.
· Bret McKenzie, who starred in, wrote for and served as composer for HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords,” is the music supervisor for “The Muppets,” as well as the writer/producer on some of the songs, which include big Muppet-style opening and closing numbers.
· It’s been 11 years since the Muppets’ last big-screen feature film.

When Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater, they help Kermit reunite the Muppets to stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater.