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Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by minor muppetz, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    While I really want the bonus features on the DVD release of The Muppets to be directly related to the new movie, suddenly I can't help but wonder if it'd be a good idea for the DVD to contain a bonus disc showcasing existing material. Maybe call it "The Best of the Muppets" or something like that.

    A lot has gone through my mind on what would be good to include. Part of me things it'd be good to include an episode of The Muppet Show (preferably from one of the last two seasons, to tide us over until they finally come out), an episode of MuppeTelevision, and an episode of Muppets Tonight. But then again with the movie focusing on the classic characters, including those last two might seem out of place.

    Another thought I had was to include five episodes of The Muppet Show, one from each season. It'd help tide us over until the last two seasons come out (assuming the episodes weren't already released by Time-Life), but it'd also be double-dipping from the season sets. Or maybe include one or two of the compilations (part of me thinks the ones with no theme, and yet Im also thinking The Kermit and Miss Piggy Story and Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook would be better choices, to spotlight the three main characters). Or a special selection of the best-known moments from The Muppet Show, inclding Mahna Mahna, Happy Feet, Muppet Labs, Pigs in Space, Wayne and Wanda, Veterinarians Hospital, Gonzo catching a cannonball, Hugga Wugga, one of The Electric Mayhem's numbers, Danny Boy, and other great acts. Or the documentary I Love the Muppets.

    And yet my mind is also thinking a bonus disc like that should include stuff not likely to get a DVD release otherwise anytime soon, like some of the Muppet Meeting Films (though with the exception of the first one, they'd seem out of place), one of the Muppet Sing-Along videos, one of the Play-Along videos, the InteractiVision releases (would it be feasible as a Blu-Ray exclusive feature?), Muppet appearances on Good Morning America and other shows owned by Disney, all of the music videos starring the Muppets, the viral videos, any commercials Disney can obtain the rights to (somehow I have a feeling that if any commercials are included they'd be the ones that promote the movie). Though I don't know how I'd feel about a DVD release of The Muppets including the made-for-video stuff intended for younger audiences.

    Of course, The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson and The Muppets at Walt Disney World would make good features as well.
  2. Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    while i hate to be a Negative Nancy, i warn people not to get their hopes up, not because these wont show up, but Special Features of Movies rarely focus on the past of franchises unless its in a behind the scenes feature on the DVD itself...and as a passing mention...now can this movie be a catalyst to bring all those past specials, features and TV Movies to DVD yes, but as special features unless it has a direct connection to the new movie i dont see it
  3. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I just want Muppet Show season 4 when the movie comes out!
  4. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I figured it wouldn't, but it doesn't hurt to fantasize.
  5. Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    chances are we could get something new maybe just for the release of the DVD...most times DVDs shocase some exclusive content...even though ive also noticed in alot of recent movie release special features are now only on the Blu Ray disks
  6. dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    yes espscaly if you rent the movies from red box! We already know that they have recorded some of the table reads for the movie. Beacuse they brought the Muppets there themselfs for the Muppeters to preforim durring the table read. so that would be a good bonus. I also think there will be a good Gag reel and hopfully a comantray or two.
  7. Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    Muppet Commentary could be amazing if they got the right minds behind it..i was so disappointed in the MFS commentary and it couldve been wonderful with the Mystery science theater approach...yet you could tell they director didnt even want to be there for it
  8. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    Honeslty for some reason I'll be surprised if the DVD of the movie is even a two-disc set (not counting the Blu-Ray release which would probably include the regular DVD as a bonus).

    Regardless of whether any of the Muppets past work gets included, my main hope for the DVD is for it to include deleted scenes, outtakes, all the main trailers (including teaser/parody trailers), audio commentary (I prefer commentary by real people; including ficitonal characters sort of limits the amount of real info that could be included), and maybe the commercials for Wonderful Pistachios, UL Laboratories, and that car commercial. Maybe also the "Muppet Fan-Athon" viral videos. I already know that the read-through will probably be on there. It'd be funny if it had a big featurette on the fart shoes.
  9. JJandJanice Active Member

    Maybe they could do a little feature on the Muppets popularity or rise to fame with bits of existing material, but stuff like past TV specials, I don't see it. Truthfully, I won't get my hopes up for much in terms of bonus features for the DVD. Have you bought Disney DVDs lately? They don't even brother putting art work art on the disc, anymore? Blu-Rays is getting all the bonus features now.

    But hey, the movie not even out yet, let's just look forward to that for now.
  10. Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    i think thats just the stardard now, i have a bunch of movies with no disk art no matter who sells the dvd if its a major movie release...

    doesnt matter soon everything will be digital copies
  11. JJandJanice Active Member

    I don't know about that, people are still into buying the movies themselves. Now a days, even when a movie bombs at the box office, they still make good movie though home video releases.
  12. beaker Well-Known Member

    If anyone has noticed, dvds rarely even have bonus material anymore. They save it all for the blu ray version(ie: star trek 2009) or wait for the next christmas season to release some "special edition". Wouldnt be surprised if its a super bare bones release just to grab cash.
  13. beaker Well-Known Member

    Oh! Like a mini documentary...that'd rock! I have many films and animated features that have documentaries on the rise of a film's popularity and cult status. The special edition of Office Space, Big Lebowski and a lot of the DC animated movies have them
  14. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I hate Blu-Ray for that VERY reason. I can see the general DVD having like a couple trailers and a short or a quick BTS segment... and the Blu having interviews with everyone, a video game, 8 different live commentaries, ultraviolet digital copy, the same crappy regular DVD, a bonus Animal key chain, all in a plastic Kermit the frog bust. I know DVD is on the way out cuz you can get everything on a phone now (what better way to see cinematography than something with a screen the size of a wallet, folded over), but these companies are rushing their obsolescence by putting the good stuff on the premium, expensive releases. Also refusing to release TV shows in full seasons anymore, WARNER BROTHERS...
  15. minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I think I've noticed it on a few recent movie DVDs I've gotten (though there is nothing I own on both formats). But this reminds me of how disapointed I was with The Simpsons Movie DVD not having too many good features, especially with only a handful of deleted scenes included (when it was widely reported that they animated enough deleted scenes and alternate footage for two whole movies), and later I read that the blu-ray DIDN'T include any additional features.
  16. Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    Its very true and again hate to use this as my fall back, but Transformers decided to rally use no special features till the christmas release of their super ultimate 6 dvd/blue ray release set with all new footage never seen on the old copies
  17. beaker Well-Known Member

    I have no interest in blu rays really. You can tell the sharp difference in say, Pixar films...but for a lot of stuff, Ive seen blu ray films on 55" LCD screens and it doesnt get me "more" into the film. VHS to dvd, now THAT was a leap. This doesnt feel like a leap. Some of the blu ray films are so bright, that and the lame blue plastic it comes it feels like an eye sore.

    For practical reasons, how could I replace my nearly 1000 dvds I have? By the time I even attempted to(all the dvds that got released on blu ray, as a lot of the ones I have never will be turned to blu ray) a new format will have come out and I'd have to start again. I wish there was more of a consumer backlash against blu rays.
  18. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The thing is, to have a Blu-Ray make any difference at all, you need an expensive TV to watch them all on. That's the station I get off at. I don't buy this whole "I have a home theater so I don't need to go to the movies" crap. Making special features exclusive to Blu Ray is... it's UNAmerican! :attitude: The reason why people even BUY DVD's (at least of movies) is FOR special features. And while there are excusable "there's no surviving footage" cases, there's NO call for movies made in this era that are made specifically for DVD releases not to even have a standard player 2-Disk set or even cull deleted scenes and bloopers the hours of footage they digitally keep. I mean, really... you hear these studios whine about how no one's buying DVD's anymore and just digitally downloading and renting them.. THAT'S WHY, GENIUSES! it's like they're purposely rushing their obsolescence.

    If the standard DVD of the Muppet film doesn't at LEAST have all the internet trailers, that will be a major disappointment.
  19. muppetlover123 Well-Known Member

    maybe the deleted scenes they toke out unless they put them back in
  20. a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    i have a blu ray and I LOVE IT!!! on our nice 42 inch Vizio! I buy blu ray's IF its NOT released on blu ray than i the DVD, you can STILL play dvds on a blu ray player.

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