Mar 202012
 

Alright, I didn’t love the movie. Sorry. I’m just not a fan of The Muppets enough to like the ‘reboot’. Maybe if they cut down on some of the songs I would have appreciated it more…but alas, I didn’t. At least Disney provided a nice looking and sounding disc.

 

 

 


The Muppets (2011)
**The Wocka Wocka Value Pack**


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

 

Genre(s): Comedy, Family
Disney | PG – 103 min. – $49.99 | March 20, 2012

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
James Bobin
Writer(s):
Jim Henson (characters); Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller (written by)
Cast:
Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones

Theatrical Release Date: November 23, 2011

DISC INFO:
Features:
Commentary, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Trailers, DVD Copy, Digital Copy, Soundtrack Download
Number of Discs:
3
Slip Cover?
Yes

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 7.1), French (DTS-HD HR 7.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video:
1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles:
English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size:
NA
Codec:
MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s):
A, B, C


THE MOVIE – 2.75/5

It’s been well over a decade since we last saw The Muppets romp across our movie screens with many children never experiencing the magic that is Kermit and friends. Well, thanks to Jason Segal, they are back and they are… well, they’re OK.

Quickie on me – I never really love The Muppets in anyway. I was too young to watch “The Muppet Show” when it aired on TV and only really remember them from the Muppet Babies cartoon that aired in the late 80’s. While I’ve seen my fair share of “Muppet Show” episodes, I was just never a huge fan of them. Sure, I could probably still name a handful of characters, but I am by no means a “fan”.

So with that out of the way, well, I didn’t love the movie like many did. It was cute, it had its moments, I got some of the cute nods, but I just didn’t see what the big deal about this was. It was certainly enjoyable, but not something I plan on watching anytime in the near future. Probably forgettable at this point.

Woah, woah, woah. Don’t send the hate mail in! Let me explain a bit more. What is this movie supposed to be; a musical? A Comedy? A spoof? I’m really not sure. I kept thinking this was all three of those blended together in a milkshake…but I just wasn’t buying in. The target audience clearly wasn’t young children as some of the scenes are either a bit too violent, or something I wouldn’t want to explain to a young one (i.e. any seems with “The Muppets”)

What did work however the poking fun at the The Muppets as a whole. Jason Segal wrote an intriguing, self-aware script that at times can be rather thought-provoking and funny.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5

This release includes a Slip Cover

Audio Commentary with Jason Segal (what didn’t he do!?), writer Nicholas Stoller and Director James Bobin – The track pretty much stays on point going through the story elements, filming and such.

Scratching the Surface (16 Minutes) – The Muppets talking about the film – in characters. Yeah…

Deleted Scenes (10 Minutes) – 8 Scenes ripped from the film (and rightfully so).

Rounding out the disc is The Full Tex Richman Song (puke) (3 minutes), Blooper Reel (9 Minutes), Screen Tests (3 Minutes), Trailer Spoofs (10 Minutes) and a code to download the Original Soundtrack. Don’t forget about a bonus DVD and Digital Copy!

Overall this is a pretty disappointing amount of extras for a film that did really well at the box office.


VIDEO – 4.75/5

The Muppets is presented 1.78:1 in on a 50GB Disc. Considering how new this movie, it’s no surprise how strikingly good this film looks. The Muppets, all candy-coated, looked terrific and I see no signs of icky DNR/EE. Disney, as usual, provides a top notch disc.

AUDIO – 4.75/5

Disney has included a English 7.1 DTS MA Track. Once again, this is fantastic. Considering it’s a musical (in a sense), rears will be filled most of the time and dialogue comes through nice and crisp.



OVERALL – 3.5/5

Alright, I didn’t love the movie. Sorry. I’m just not a fan of The Muppets enough to like the ‘reboot’. Maybe if they cut down on some of the songs I would have appreciated it more…but alas, I didn’t. At least Disney provided a nice looking and sounding disc.

 

Brad Lowenberg
Published:
03/20/2012

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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