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by • November 8, 2012 • Blu-Ray, ReviewComments (0)4

Blu-ray Review: THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL – IT’S NOT EASY BEING SCROOGE SPECIAL EDITION

THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL – IT’S NOT EASY BEING SCROOGE SPECIAL EDITION
Studio: Disney / Buena Vista
MSRP: $26.99, but Amazon has it for $17.99.
Running Time: 85 minutes

What’s Going On?

Official Synopsis:

And now, a word from Gonzo: Greetings, holiday movie fans and lovers of culture, I am Gonzo … or perhaps better known to fans of this classic motion picture as literary legend Charles Dickens. Are you ready to laugh, cry, sing, frolic, cavort and enjoy yourself beyond belief!? Well, you’re in luck, because this 20th Anniversary Edition of Disney’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol” is guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit that will stay with you forever—or at least until your Aunt Edna starts complaining that nobody is eating the fruitcake she brought … again!

Available for the first time ever on Blu-ray with high definition sound and picture, so you can enjoy even more of my blue-ness, not to mention the incredible spectacle of Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit, Miss Piggy as Emily Cratchit,Academy Award® winner Michael Caine (Best Supporting Actor, 1999, “The Cider House Rules”) as Scrooge, wonderful songs by Oscar® winner Paul Williams (Best Original Song, 1976, “Evergreen” from “A Star Is Born”) and, of course, my pal Rizzo the Rat as … well, Rizzo the Rat.

Who’s In It:

 Frank Oz
 Michael Caine
 Steve Whitmire
 Dave Goelz

If You Like…:

Of course you like the Muppets, why wouldn’t you?

Special Features:

  • Disney Intermission—An all-new bonus feature. When the film is paused, fans can watch and “cluck-a-long” to five classic holiday-themed songs performed by the Muppets Chickens and chums.
  • Audio Commentary—All-new audio commentary with fan-favorite characters, Kermit, Rizzo, Gonzo, and more, all reflecting on their experience making “The Muppet Christmas Carol.”                  
  • Frogs, Pigs and Humbug: Unwrapping a New Holiday Classic. A Behind the Scenes Look—Hosted by director Brian Henson, Gonzo and Rizzo fans go behind-the-scenes of the making of “The Muppet Christmas Carol.”
  • Blooper Reel: “On the Set” Bloopers from the set of the film.
  • Pepe Profiles Gonzo:  “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Weirdo”— Special look at the man, the myth, the legend the Great Gonzo, hosted by the one and only Pepe the King Prawn.
  • Christmas Around the World—Gonzo and Rizzo take a look at how Christmas is celebrated all over the planet.

The Technical Gist:

Video
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

The Verdict:

Not only one of the most timeless Christmas tales, but this one features Muppets! Of course you should BUY IT!

 

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