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Mar 20, 2012
The Muppets New Movie Hits DVD and Blu-ray
Wocka Wocka! Lots of cool extras charm parents and kids on the home release of gang's first movie in 12 years.
Besides saying The Muppets is a big ol' smile waiting to happen – introducing new puppet-pal Walter in a quest to reunite Kermie and Co. – there's no need to rehash our glowing take on the beloved felt friends' first big-screen adventure in 12 years. Because now, as it hits the small screen today in the three-disc "Wocka Wocka Value Pack" (with Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and a download card for the super-duper soundtrack), there's more to cover than just their undeniably lovable, beyond-cute comeback flick – there's all the coolness going on in the extras department!
Trailer parodies, seven in all (two of which were never released), are promo spots spoofing box-office fan faves like Twilight, Puss in Boots and Happy Feet. "Wait, wait, wait; stop," the voiceover demands. "Are we doing a parody of our own parody trailer?" They sure are, and it's a goofy good time for the whole family seeing kid-flick veterans taking on the newcomers.
Scenes that didn't make the cut get a second chance here: a beefed-up dream sequence in which Walter fantasizes that his raucous rainbow-connecting idols take over his living room, and more star cameos – Kathy Griffin, Ricky Gervais and Billy Crystal – in a spot where the Muppets bribe them with fake chocolate-made Oscars in exchange for appearances at their telethon revival, sending the gang to jail (where Wanda Sykes, in another scene that didn't make The Muppets movie, is a prison attendant). And then there's Walter's missing verse from that flamboyantly over-the-top, cheerful song-and-dance number, "Life's a Happy Song." Only a few extra lines, but they're so sweet.
Curious how the Muppets move their puppet parts? Or how Kermit's sentimental ditty, lamenting days gone by, affected the filmmakers? Check out the commentary: an insightful, and sometimes just plain silly, chat with the movie-makers and film's star, Jason Segel (next to Kermit, of course). Amusing bloopers and behind-the-scenes interviews – with the pint-sized bunch and their human co-stars – round out the special features.
And how about this bit of awesomeness: hit the pause button while watching the main feature and up comes a closed-curtain "Intermission," where Kermit and Miss Piggy do a wee dance and, as usual, the curmudgeonly critics diss the very movie they're in. Just try taking a bathroom break. We dare you.