By Cameron Glenn

muppetsmostwanted6 My Say On Blu Ray: Muppets Most WantedThe Muppets are back, falling back on old winning formulas, but pulling it off better than ever in the Blu-Ray: “The Muppets Most Wanted.”

Admittedly, I’m a sucker for the The Muppets. Having grown up in an era of appointment TV in the 80’s, I spent each Sunday night sitting in front of our TV, flanked by pajama-clad siblings, watching the latest episode of “Muppet Show” and singing the theme song at the top of our lungs.

“Muppets Most Wanted” brought back some of that magic for me as the film’s writers, Nicholas Stoller and James Bobin (who also directed the film), took the Muppets back to their winning roots: the live show, and wove it masterfully into this latest hit. Even the the setting and theme of the movie is similar to the second Muppet film made over three decades ago, “The Great Muppet Caper”, only this time, with the help of outstanding writing, and a little Disney influence, they’ve hit a whole new level of fun and watchability.

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During an interview with the Hollywood reporter, Bobin said the film was “a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the ’60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear, and a dog—no panthers, even pink ones—along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs.”

In this movie, the Muppets pick up where they left off at the end of “The Muppets” (2009), the first full-length Muppet feature in 12 years. They’re duped by the very persuasive and sinister Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) who’s working for Constantine, “the world’s most dangerous frog”, who aside from a mole on his face and a thick Russian accent, which hilariously, doesn’t seem to-out-of-the-ordinary to the other Muppets, is cut from the same cloth (literally) as Kermit.

Constantine escapes from a prison in the Gulag and has Kermit arrested just before the Muppets’ show in East Berlin, only to take his place and, along with Badguy, use the Muppets’ European tour as a front for his plot steal the British Crown Jewels.

Throughout the movie, there are several clever references to classic Muppet and Sesame Street bits. A favorite line of mine was delivered by Constantine: “It’s not easy being mean.”

This movie has more cameos than any others I can remember. The list includes the likes of Josh Groban, Lady Gaga, Jemaine Clement, Selma Hayek, Tony Bennett and Celine Dion, to name just a few.

What did the kids think? My 12-year-old liked the movie more than my younger two. Having grown up with more exposure to the Muppets prior to their relative obscurity in the mid-00’s, she appreciated more of the subtle humor, and loved that the movie stayed true to the classic character of the muppets, and once again, reminded us of why we fell in love with them in the first place. My younger kids, ages 4 and 8, simply enjoyed the movie for the more obvious and physical humor like the live running of the bulls and the Muppet ladder.

The package includes two versions of the film – one 107 minutes, and the other at almost 120. There are some funny parts on the extended cut; both are fun to watch. We also get a bunch of outtakes and some fun featurettes. The movie looks great in HD and sounds sounds amazing. I thought this really came through in the closing credits, of all places.

Pick up a copy of the Blu-Ray today and have a good time with the same Muppet magic and characters you came to love…and as Animal calls him, one “bad frog”.

Bonus Materials Overview: Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD + DVD + Digital Copy)

· The Unnecessarily Extended Cut

Bonus Materials Overview: Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD + DVD + Digital Copy)
Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere*

· The Statler and Waldorf Cut
· The Longer Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History
· Rizzo’s Biggest Fan
· “I’ll Get You What You Want” Music Video Performed by Bret McKenzie

Bonus Materials Overview for These Products: Disney Movies Anywhere

· Frog-E-Oke: I’m Number One
· And more!

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

Bonus Materials for These Products: Digital SD; 1-Disc DVD

· “I’ll Get You What You Want” Music Video Performed by Bret McKenzie

Disc Specifications:

Feature Run Time: Approximately 107 minutes
Extended Cut Run Time: Approximately 119 minutes

Rating: Feature Film: “PG” in U.S., “G” in Canada (CE) Additional Bonus Features Not Rated

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1.78:1
DVD Feature Film = 1.78:1

Audio: Blu-ray Feature Film = English | 7.1 | DTS-HDHR, Latin Spanish | 5.1 | Dolby Digital, English DVS | 2.0 | Dolby Digital
DVD Feature Film = English | 5.1 Dolby, Latin Spanish | 5.1 Dolby

Languages/Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish and French-Canadian

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