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Best of the Muppet Show: Vol. 2 (Mark Hamill / Paul Simon / Raquel Welch) (1976)

Jim Henson , Frank Oz , Peter Harris , Philip Casson  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Richard Hunt
  • Directors: Peter Harris, Philip Casson
  • Writers: Jim Henson, Chris Langham, David Odell, Don Hinkley, James Thurman
  • Format: Color, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Time Life
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AUHU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Best of the Muppet Show: Vol. 2 (Mark Hamill / Paul Simon / Raquel Welch)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker, C-3P0, and R2-D2 hijack the crew from "Pigs in Space" to rescue Chewbacca, then join in a big "star" tunes finale in a galaxy far, far away. Paul Simon: The popular singer-songwriter has a run-in with the law while performing "Scarborough Fair" with Miss Piggy and joins the Muppet band for a rollicking "Loves Me Like a Rock." Raquel Welch: The international sex symbol goes prehistoric to sing and dance with a giant spider and teams with Miss Piggy for a show-stopping "I Am Woman."

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best TV ever made! July 25, 2002
Format:DVD
This DVD contains 3 episodes of the Muppet Show TV series from the 70's. It is no exaggeration to say that this was the best TV ever produced, chock-full of humor and inspiration.
Each episode consists of a series of muppet skits, tied together with a weekly celebrity guest-host. In addition to Mark Hamill (mentioned in the title), this DVD contains episodes hosted by Paul Simon and Raquel Welch.
Before the release of this DVD series, the shows were available only from Time/Life, under a monthly-subscription-type arrangement or as boxed sets (at premium prices). The open release of the DVD is something muppet fans have anticipated for a long time. Wakka-wakka-wakka!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good disc -- could have more on it December 6, 2002
Format:DVD
If there's any complaint to be made about the Best of the Muppet Show DVDs, it's that they really could give you more than three episodes per disc. You feel a little like you're getting gouged. However, the stuff you get is great.
Specific to this disc, you've got three of the best episodes of the Muppet Show. The Mark Hamill episode looks like everybody on that set was having a sheer blast. Hamill plays himself AND Luke Skywalker, and C-3PO, RD-2D and Chewbacca all join him. Paul Simon is as good as always (and he hold the distinction of being the only Muppet guest to ever compose all of the music for his episode) and Raquel Welch's duet with Miss Piggy is a classic.
As for the series as a whole, you get some great extras. Brian Henson provides an introduction to each episode, spilling a little info (hence the Paul Simon tidbit above). You also get production sketches and new Muppet shorts (at least, I've never seen `em before) at about two per disc. Each disc has one "Muppet Screen Test," in which the Muppets do TV and movie parodies, and one "Muppetism," which is the TV equivalent of those posters with a kitten dangling from a clothesline that read "Hang in there!" Silly, upbeat messages presented in a cute manner.
Like I said, the discs are a little pricey for what you get, but it's worth it for the hardcore Muppet fan. Like me.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a time machine to your childhood. July 17, 2003
By Tihocan
Format:DVD
It's amazing. When I put this DVD in my player, I become 6 years old again.
I can see my parents next to me on our old couch, telling me I can stay up to watch the Muppets, and then it'll be time for bed. (Mommy's grown-up Muppets, my mother used to say, as opposed to the ones on Sesame Street.) And I watched, with joy but also a slight sense of dread, as each skit would bring me that much closer to the end of the show, and to bedtime.
I settled into the couch, and then, suddenly -- CRASH! What was that? Luke Skywalker! C-3PO! R2-D2! The Star Wars guys were on the Muppet Show! I could barely handle the sheer coolness of it all.
Watching the same episode on DVD now, of course, different things stand out. How lousy Mark Hamill is as an actor. His 70's argyle-sweater-vest style. The pathetic sight of Chewbacca and R2-D2 being made to dance, once a cause for childish glee, now seems a spectre of the slow decline of the Star Wars franchise.
On another level, it occurred to me that the Muppet Show, taking place in the pre-MTV era, was really the forerunner of the music video. Each episode presents at least 3 or 4 songs with some sort of visual interpretation of the music. If there's a difference, it's that the Muppet Show lacks the hyperactive editing style of today's videos, so you can actually focus on what's going on -- you're not barraged by disjointed stimuli. It's almost quaint. The gentleness of the songs also struck me as a sign of an era that has passed us by. Would there be a place for the Muppets on television today? Who would the guest stars be? Eminem? 50 Cent? Lil' Kim?
But enough of such worries. I'm watching Luke Skywalker and the Muppets, and it's just too amazing for my six-year-old brain to process.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHERISHED MEMORIES September 28, 2005
By KBul
Format:DVD
The negative reviews by some people on this episode are PATHETIC. What do these people expect- it's the MUPPETS. It's innocent, old-fashioned fun children's television. You'd think some of these idiots are writing a review for the Oscars. Please people, spare us with your heavy criticism. I haven't found any movies or videos that enjoy sharing more with my son. Not only do my husband and I get to reminisce, but we adore watching our son get excited about something that isn't overly animated or digitally created. So far, ALL of these DVD's have been fantastic- worth every penny. They are a refreshing break from all they hyped up children's movies of today. I recommend all of them, and I've seen just about all. OF COURSE the acting is a little goofier than what we're used to today, and OF COURSE the sounds and special effects are not going to dazzle us. But the simplicity of the Muppets is what makes them special, and it makes me long for a simpler time. So STOP LISTENING TO THESE MOVIE-CRITIC WANNABES. They are ridiculous- Mark Hammill never claimed to have an award-winning performance on the Muppets. But it's adorable and a lot of fun if you take it for what it is. If you aren't a pretentious jerk who just wants to air your displaced anger on a website, THEN YOU WILL LOVE THIS AND ALL MUPPET EPISODES!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2out of 3
the mark Hamill was so funny the
music was great in the Paul simon episode the Raquel Welch is slow moving and inappropriate
Published 1 month ago by George Willets
5.0 out of 5 stars Muppets + Star Wars = Awesome
This type of show would never happen these days with everyone trying to get a piece of the royalties but I am glad it happened once. Read more
Published on August 31, 2010 by Mal
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Muppets
My 2 year old loves this video. It is such a shame that the Muppets are no longer on TV. This DVD is a great way to introduce your child to the Muppets. Read more
Published on October 11, 2009 by Skyimp
5.0 out of 5 stars muppets are great
WHo can't resist the muppets? I loved it as a kid, my kids love it now!
Published on January 7, 2008 by R. Stanger
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best...
I love the Muppet Show, I watched it when I was younger and got this tape. I was mostly looking forward to the one with Mark Hamill and found it was really stupid. Read more
Published on December 28, 2002 by S. Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Muppet's are great
This is three classic muppet episodes. What can you say? the muppets are great for adults and children alike.
Published on December 11, 2002 by A. Bowman
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 Out of 3
Overall, this is a good Muppet DVD. The first two episodes were great.
Watching Mark Hamil guest star with Chewbacca and the droids was fun. Read more
Published on October 18, 2002 by "dead_walrus"
4.0 out of 5 stars A good trip down memory lane
My only gripe about this is that I actually found the Star Wars Episode hard to put up with. While there was humour,a dn even some good music, there were far fewer laughs than I... Read more
Published on September 25, 2002 by Lenora Heikkinen
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Muppets.
Like many in my generation, I grew up with the Muppets. Not only were they on Sesame Street when I was a wee lad, but they also had there own show, THE MUPPET SHOW. Read more
Published on September 22, 2002 by tvtv3
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