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Best of the Muppet Show: Vol. 3 (Harry Belafonte / Linda Ronstadt / John Denver)

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Best Of The Muppet Show - Harry

The emphasis is on music in this lively minicollection of episodes from The Muppet Show, but that doesn't mean the late Jim Henson's creative genius goes on holiday. Linda Ronstadt, at the height of her popularity in 1976, belts out her hit "Blue Bayou," though accompanied by Henson's delightful swamp critters. Gentle eco-warrior John Denver has no shortage of lovely nature songs, yet nothing tempers the rage of Miss Piggy, forced to share Kermit with Denver on a camping trip. In a classic Muppet showstopper, this DVD includes Harry Belafonte joined in a Guinea folk song by breathtaking African masks, which move and sing in a moment of true television magic. Brian Henson (Jim's son) introduces all three episodes with some shared memories; the most touching includes footage of Belafonte singing that same Guinea song, years later, at a joyful memorial for Jim. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Bonus: Zoot & Floyd, Gloomy Song, Piggy & Tree
  • Brian Henson intros
  • Movie mania
  • Muppetisms
  • From the archives

Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Kermit the Frog
  • Writers: Jim Henson
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Time Life
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844MO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Best of the Muppet Show: Vol. 3 (Harry Belafonte / Linda Ronstadt / John Denver)" on IMDb

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on May 12, 2004
Format: DVD
I'm glad that someone finally got around to releasing episodes of the zaniest variety show in history, Jim Henson's hilarious puppet-driven "The Muppet Show," which first ran in the late seventies and early 80s. Unfortunately, Columbia/TriStar is releasing only three episodes per DVD, when they could easily fit six onto one. The packaging also show that they're marketing these DVDs to a children's audience, but the presence of some extras shows that they also want to attract viewers like me, who fell in love with the show as children and want to relive these great episodes. So as a presentation, these DVDs fall in the middle: could be much better, but could have been much worse.
As for the episodes themselves: this is the first of the DVDs released, and they couldn't have picked a better episode to lead-off the series. The Harry Belafonte episode is my personal favorite and the one I best remember from childhood. In his brief introduction to the episode, Jim Henson's son Brian Henson comments on the close friendship between his father and Harry Belafonte, and that Belafonte performed the final number from this episode, "Turn the World Around," at Jim Henson's memorial service. "Turn the World Around" is a beautiful, very moving melody, and the performance in the episode with African mask Muppets is stunning puppetry artwork. The episode's running plot has Fozzie trying to script out the whole show, which doesn't really work well. Harry Belafonte sings "The Banana Boat Song" in a hilarious scene where Fozzie keeps interrupting him for explanations. Harry and Animal get involved in a drum duel, Floyd and Zoot perform "Honeysuckle Rose," and there's an episode of Pigs in Space where Dr. Strangepork switches everybody's bodies around.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Gelwasser VINE VOICE on April 25, 2003
Format: DVD
I remember watching the original broadcasts of "The Muppet Show", when it first came on TV in the the 1970's.I greatly enjoyed the strange and hilarious backstage antics of Kermit (my favorite), Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and the rest of the foam cast, as they weekly tried to put on a vaudeville style show. Now, over twenty five years later, my two year old toddler and I are laughing out loud watching the series on DVD.The great thing about "the Muppet Show" is that it was always fast, witty with an almost surealistic sense of humor.Both kids and adults alike can enjoy it, because the storylines and jokes are so well written.It also helps that the series featured a wide variety of interesting, international stars from the world of entertainment to 'guest host'. This particular DVD volume is my favorite. It features three wonderful singers, Harry Belafonte, Linda Rondstadt and John Denver.The Belafonte episode is very artful presenting a hilariously, interrupted version of the Calypso tune, "Day-O".But the real show stopper is a soaring, beautiful song called "Turn the World Around".The Ronstadt episode is one of my favorites, featuring a very jealous, Miss Piggy and Linda performing "Blue Bayou" in a swamp backed by rippetting frogs!Finally, there is the John Denver episode, which has an ecological theme and a explosive version (literally) of the old rock classic "Why Can't We Be Friends". The DVD series "Best of the Muppet Show" is well put together. Each volume contains three episodes (introduced by Brian Henson, son of the late Muppet creator, Jim Henson) plus some Muppet extras.For kids and adults of all ages, I highly recommend this DVD series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley I. George on March 13, 2003
Format: DVD
If you are my age (33) and watched The Muppet show as a kid, I am sure you are going to love it just as much or maybe even more! When you realize the work and artistry that went into each episode and the Muppets, you appreciate the show even more! It is touching how Brian Henson gives introductions for the episodes, there are 3 on this disc, plus some bonus clips.
I am a John Denver fan as well and hope that Brian Henson brings all of The Muppet Show episodes to VHS and DVD for this generation and our children. My son loves the Muppets and I am so glad to be able to share with him something I loved as a child with him. Thanks Jim in Heaven! Thanks to Brian Henson for continuing your dads legacy for all kids and for me! Thanks to all of the Muppets!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2004
Format: DVD
I am a muppet fan from the original days, and happily remember the evenings of watching the Muppet Show before heading off to bed. I was very excited when I found the "Best of" DVDs and we now own several of them. This is an excellent way to pass along some great family entertainment to a generation that is largely without this type of quality TV programming. Of all of the muppet show DVDs we have so far, this one is by far my favorite (the one with the Elton John episode would be next in the list). The Harry Belafonte episode is great, and "Turn the World Around" is one of my favorite performances on any Muppet Show episode that I can remember (catchy tune, too, so the little ones will dance to it). Linda Ronstadt is also good, and her voice is as beautiful as always. John Denver and the muppets are always a good mix. This particular DVD is a great one to start or expand a collection.
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