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CBS/Fox (1980)

The Muppet Movie

This is the first video release of the 1979 feature film. Available on VHS and Beta.

CBS/Fox (1982)

The Great Muppet Caper

The 1981 feature film arrive on VHS and Beta.

Silver Eagle Records (1983)

Tales of Muppetland

These videos were released on VHS, Beta, and also RCA SelectaVision CED discs. The RCA discs were released on two volumes with two specials on each CED disc.

Hey Cinderella!
The Frog Prince
The Muppet Musicians of Bremen
Emmet-Otter's Jug-band Christmas

CBS/Fox (1985)

The Muppets Take Manhattan

This is the first video release of the 1984 feature film from CBS and Fox..

Released on VHS and Beta.

Random House (1985)

Muppet Show Video Collections

These are hour-long collections of Muppet Show sketches and songs, with new Muppet linking material. Ten tapes were released in this well-done series. Each contains a few UK skits as well.

The Muppet Revue
(Harry Belafonte, Rita Moreno, Linda Ronstadt, Paul Williams)
The Kermit and Piggy Story
(Cheryl Ladd, Tony Randall, Loretta Swit, Raquel Welch)
Children's Songs and Stories
(Julie Andrews, Charles Aznavour, Judy Collins, John Denver, Brooke Shields, Twiggy)
Rock Music
(Alice Cooper, Debbie Harry, Helen Reddy, Linda Ronstadt, Leo Sayer, Paul Simon, Loretta Swit, Ben Vereen)
Muppet Treasures
(Loretta Lynn, Ethel Merman, Zero Mostel, Buddy Rich, Peter Sellers, Paul Simon)
Muppet Weird Stuff
(Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Vincent Price, Jean Stapleton)
Country Music
(Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Mac Davis, John Denver, Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans)
Muppet Moments
(Pearl Baily, Lena Horne, Liza Minnelli, Zero Mostel, Bernadette Peters, Andy Williams)
Rowlf's Rhapsodies
(Marisa Berenson, George Burns, Petula Clark, Steve Martin, Peter Sellers)
Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook
(Milton Berle, Beverly SIlls, Raquel Welch)

Lorimar (1988)

Jim Henson Play-Along Video Releases

Henson released a line of "play-along" interactive videos for kids. Jim Henson wrote,

"I think that the idea of Play Along Video is a wonderful new concept. because of the way kids use video tapes, we're able to design all new material that can be watched over and over again. They get to be more fun the more you watch them. And these videos can be quite personal-talking to kids individually in a way that can stimulate their imagination, sense of fantasy, and creativity. We want to use television in a whole new way. We don't want your kids to just sit and watch TV, we want them to join in and have fun!"

Hey, You're As Funny as Fozzie Bear: A Comedy Show Starring Fozzie Bear and You.

Sing-Along, Dance-Along, Do-Along: Rowlf teaches kids about musical styles.

Wow, You're a Cartoonist: Kermit teaches kids how to draw cartoons.
Neat Stuff… To Know and Do: Teaches how to skip a stone and hang a spoon from your nose.
Mother Goose Stories: Stories from the English "Mother Goose Stories" series.
Peek-A-Boo, A Big Surprise for Little People: A "first video" for kids under 3.

CBS/Fox (1991)

The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Re-release of the 1984 feature film.

Buena Vista Home Video (1993)

The following titles were all released on VHS. "The Muppet Movie", "The Great Muppet Caper", and "The Muppet Christmas Carol" were also released on widescreen laserdisc.

The Muppet Movie: Re-release of the 1979 feature film.
The Great Muppet Caper: Re-release of the 1981 feature film.
It's the Muppets: Meet the Muppets!: Clips from The Muppet Show
It's the Muppets: More Muppets Please!: More Muppet Show clips
Muppet Sing-Alongs: Billy Bunny's Animal Songs: Original video release Tale of the Bunny Picnic: Re-release of the 1986 Muppet special The Christmas Toy: First video release of the 1986 Christmas special The Muppet Christmas Carol: First video release of the 1992 feature film

"The Muppet Movie" and "The Great Muppet Caper" videos also came with a limited edition plastic watch.

Puppeteers of America (1993)

An Evening with Jim Henson and Frank Oz

This fine tape is a 75-minute question and answer session with Jim Henson and Frank Oz. It was recorded in July 1989 at the Puppeteers of America National Festival at MIT. Henson and Oz talk about their current projects, then field questions from the audience. During the session, Henson and Oz perform Kermit, Fozzie,  Rowlf and Cookie Monster.

The video also includes some introductory commentary by Frank Oz. This video is only available through the Puppeteers of America video store.

Buena Vista Home Video (1994)

Muppet Classic Theater

This is the original video release featuring Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and Rizzo presenting Muppet versions of six classic fairy tales: Three Little Pigs, King Midas, Rumpelstiltskin, The Boy who Cried Wolf, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Emperor's New Clothes.

The Muppet Show: Monster Laughs with Vincent Price

Here is the first release of actual Muppet Show episodes, although they're slightly edited versions. This Halloween-themed tape contains the Vincent Price and Alice Cooper episodes.

Four other videos in this "Muppet Show" series were supposed to be released, but later canceled.

Muppet Sing-Alongs: It's Not Easy Being Green

This is an original collection of songs from various Muppet productions, including "The Muppet Show", "The Muppet Movie" and "The Jim Henson Hour". New sequence starring Kermit introducing the clips are featured throughout.

This is a very good video especially in comparison to the sing along tape produced the previous year.

The Frog Prince: Re-release of the 1971 Tales from Muppetland special.

Hey Cinderella: Re-release of the 1970 Tales from Muppetland special.

Thirteen/WNET (1994)

The World of Jim Henson

A video release of the spectacular, 85-minute PBS special on Jim Henson. Features new interviews with Jerry Juhl, Frank Oz, and Brian Henson and many rare clips, some never released anywhere else.

Buena Vista Home Video (1995)

Muppet Family Christmas: First video release of 1987 Muppet Christmas special.

Muppets On Wheels: Original video release teaching about vehicles. Includes seven songs.

Buena Vista Home Video (1996)

Muppet Sing-Alongs: Muppet Treasure Island. Original video release featuring "Sailing for Adventure" and "Cabin Fever."
Muppet Sing-Alongs: Things That Fly. Original video release featuring Kermit teaching kids about flying vehicles.
Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas: Release of 1978 Muppet Christmas special.

Walt Disney Pictures (1996)

Muppet Treasure Island

This is the first video release of the 1996 feature film.

Available on VHS and widescreen laserdisc.

Columbia Tri-Star Home Video (1998)

In 1998, Columbia formed the "Jim Henson Home Entertainment" video line and begin releasing titles from the Henson library.

The Christmas Toy: Re-release of 1980 Muppet Christmas special.
Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas: Re-release of 1978 Muppet Christmas special.
Muppet Family Christmas: Re-release of 1988 Muppet Christmas special.

Columbia Tri-Star Home Video (1999)

Muppets From Space: Special Edition

This is the release of the 1999 movie and is the first Classic Muppet DVD ever released. It includes a special audio commentary with Director Tim Hall, Kermit, Gonzo, and Rizzo along with bloopers and trailers, the "Shining Star" video and more.

Read a review of the Muppet From Space DVD.

The following titles were re-released in 1999 through Columbia's video partnership with Henson.

The Muppet Movie (1999)
The Great Muppet Caper (1999)
The Muppet Movie: Re-release of the 1979 movie.

The Great Muppet Caper: Re-release of the 1981 movie.

The Muppets Take Manhattan: Re-release of the 1984 movie.
Tale of the Bunny Picnic: Re-release of the 1986 special.

Columbia Tri-Star Home Video (2001)

Muppet Family Christmas DVD

First DVD release. This is the same edited version as the 1999 video.

Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas DVD

First DVD release, the same edited version as the 1999 video.

Time-Life (2000, 2001)

Beginning in December 2000, Time-Life began releasing unedited Muppet Show episodes on video for the first time. By March 2001, 45 episodes in ten volumes had been released. That summer the first 10 volumes also arrived on DVD, volumes 11-15 were released on VHS only.

Vol. 1 - Elton John, Julie Andrews, Gene Kelly
Vol. 2 - Star Wars, Paul Simon, Raquel Welch
Vol. 3 - Harry Belafonte, Linda Ronstadt, John Denver
Vol. 4 - Peter Sellers, John Cleese, Dudley Moore
Vol. 5 - Alice Cooper, Vincent Price, Marty Feldman
Vol. 6 - Steve Martin, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner
Vol. 7 - George Burns, Dom DeLuise, Bob Hope
Vol. 8 - Diana Ross, Brooke Shields, Rudolf Nureyev
Vol. 9 - James Coburn, Sylvester Stallone, Debbie Harry
Vol. 10 - Roger Moore, Edgar Bergen, Danny Kaye
Vol. 11 - Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, Kenny Rogers, Mac Davis Vol. 12 - Liberace, Rita Moreno, Lynda Carter Vol. 13 - Tony Randall, Beverly Sills, Pearl Bailey Vol. 14 - Liza Minnelli, Madeline Kahn, Mummen-schanz Vol. 15 - Senor Wences, Lola Falana, Juliet Prowse

Read a review of the Time-Life Muppet Show DVD's.

Columbia Tri-Star Home Video (2001)

The Muppet Movie

First DVD release including a widescreen transfer and Director Jim Frawley's original camera test.

Read a review of this DVD.

The Great Muppet Caper

First DVD release including a widescreen transfer.

The Muppets Take Manhatten

First DVD release including a widescreen transfer..

Read a review of this DVD.

HMV UK (2001)

Best of the Muppet Show - Six Volume Set

Over 15 hours of entertainment from the most sensational, inspirational and celebrational TV show as brought to the small screen in the UK all those years ago by Lew Grade and his ITC / ATV group.

Each video contains six uncut shows. This set was sold exclusively by HMV in the UK. If purchased in the stores the six-tape set also came with a Kermit plush.

Tape 1
Roger Moore / Lynda Carter / Christohper Reeve / Mark Hamill / Sylvester Stallone / Peter Sellers
Tape 2
Paul Simon / Johhny Cash / Debbie Harry / Shirley Bassey / Andy Williams / Harry Belafonte
Tape 3
Steve Martin / Bob Hope / John Cleese / Bruce Forsyth / Danny Kaye / Victor Borge
Tape 4
Brooke Shields / Dudley Moore / Raquel Welch / Peter Ustinov / Vincent Price / Gene Kelly
Tape 5
Elton John / Petula Clark / Liberace / John Denver / Kenny Rogers / Alice Cooper
Tape 6
Juliet Prowse / Ethel Merman / Liza Minelli / Twiggy / Glenda Jackson / Julie Andrews

When purchased in the store, these videos also came with a small Namco Kermit doll.

Columbia Tri-Star Home Video (2002)

The Best of the Muppet Show DVD

This region-2 PAL DVD was issued in the UK and includes an hour's worth of "best-of" clips, the documentary "Of Mupepts and Men", and the uncut Star Wars and Elton John episodes of the Muppet Show.

Read a review of all the details in this great DVD.

Disney Home Video (2002)

Muppet Treasure Island

The 1996 film is issued on DVD for the first time. The disc includes fantastic extras like an audio commentary with Brian Henson, Gonzo (Dave Goelz) and Rizzo (Steve Whitmire) and a new twenty minute behind-the-scenes feature. The transfer, however, is not in widescreen even though Disney had a widescreen transfer already completed in their library.

Read fan reviews of the Muppet Treasure Island DVD.

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Cindy Chapman and Phillip Chapman


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