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Best of the Muppet Show: Vol. 8 (Diana Ross / Brooke Shields / Rudolf Nureyev)

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These hilarious, uncut episodes are jam-packed with all the outrageous skits, music hits, great guest stars and Muppet moments you love… plus some extra laugh-out-loud tunes and sketches. Celebrity guests include Diana Ross, Brooke Shields and Rudolph Nureyev.

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Diana Ross, Brooke Shields, and Rudolph Nureyev dance, sing, and banter in this trio of episodes from television's The Muppet Show (1976-1981). Dressed as a diva, the star of soul joins Kermit in a "live" variety show to a tough crowd of Muppets. When Ross is not giggling at the good-natured Fozzie or those mellow crooners, the Gills Brothers, she belts out a couple of familiar songs, including "Love Hangover." In the second installment, Brooke Shields, 15, plays Alice, in a thematic show based on Alice in Wonderland. Shields is paired with Miss Piggy as Queen, who is outraged at her only line, "Off with her head!" The highlight is a Muppets rendition of Jabberwocky, hilariously offbeat and imaginative. Finally, ballet superstar Rudolph Nureyev lends his talent and self-deprecating style to a variety-show format, fending off the flirtations of Miss Piggy. In a truly Muppets moment, Nureyev dances with Piggy to "Swine Lake," or, rather, avoids being knocked down by the imposing porker. Raucous fun. (Ages 5 and older) --Lynn Gibson


Special Features

  • Movie mania
  • Muppetisms
  • "From the Archives" photo gallery

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 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Time Life
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BS3H0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Best of the Muppet Show: Vol. 8 (Diana Ross / Brooke Shields / Rudolf Nureyev)" on IMDb

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2004
This 3-episode collection of THE MUPPET SHOW contains the episodes that guest-starred Diana Ross, Brooke Shields, and world famous ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev.
In the Diana Ross episode, the running gag is that the Muppet Theatre is jammed packed with Diana Ross fans who love everything Diana does, but hate everyone else and boo them off the stage. Waldorf and Statler decide to rate everything done on stage: Diana gets 10s and the Muppets can't seem to get a score higher than a 3. The Gill brothers, a group of singing fish are literally filleted. Fozzie doesn't even get through his "Wacka, wacka, wacka," before he does an about face and leaves the stage. Meanwhile, Gonzo is taken to the hospital after he was injured with a vegetable knocking him off his high dive. This episode of THE MUPPET SHOW has Diana Ross singing the song "Love Hangover" with the largest Muppets that Jim Henson's company ever created for the show. The creatures are over 8-feet tall. They look really bizarre and are kind of freaky looking (almost like a cross between those long-legged creatures in DARK CRYSTAL and the fire birds who pop their heads off in LABYRINTH).
The second episode on the disc stars a young Brooke Shields. Shields was the youngest guest star ever to be on the show (she was only 16 at the time). The cast puts on its own version of Alice in Wonderland with Shields in the lead. Something interesting I learned from watching the intro of this episode is that Shields was too young to work a full work day, so in her time off she helped create some new Muppets (including the slithy toves seen in the Jabberwocky scene).
The last episode on this disc is one that stars Rudolph Nureyev.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tee Vee on July 6, 2013
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As soon as we popped this into the dvd player, and the first segment began, the joy of my 39-year old sister with Down's syndrome cannot be contained. That alone is priceless! She grew up with The Muppets (and Sesame Street too). So I suppose she still remembers after all those years indeed. As for dvd quality, very clear, crisp color and good sound.
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Nothing tops the Muppets! They are enjoyed by kids of any age. The show was made for adults to view. A lot of the jokes are adult-oriented. But kids love them to and would reccommend this video for ANYONE! The entertainers were never better. This is clean wholesome entertainment - recommended for kids ages 1-100!!!!
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By Geri M. on July 17, 2014
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A great video that the entire family can watch. A nice walk down memory lane for myself and my husband. Our two grandsons enjoyed watching it too. Would recommend it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Everyone's_a_critic on September 19, 2012
[This is just a review of the episode with Brooke Shields doing Alice in Wonderland. I'm reviewing all Alice in Wonderland productions on Amazon, and this counts. ;>]

OK. It's the Muppets. Its' Brooke Shields at 15. What else is there to say? It's Alice in Wonderland funneled through the antics of these cute creatures. It renders something akin to twice baked potatoes. They're even tastier.

The Muppets of course extrapolated on Lewis Carroll's motif of making plays on words, coming up with add-on word plays throughout the episode. They only had one-half hour to get through the book so it's a pretty fast run through of Alice in Wonderland. Furthermore, it's as much about the Muppets trying to produce the show as the show itself. It's amazing they got in as much as they did, which was a cursory romp through the story, some musical numbers, and a sequence where Miss Piggy tries to step on Brooke while she's shrunken in order to steal the part of Alice for herself (shocking and unexpected!).

A great bonus was a full telling of the jabberwocky poem! That alone is worth the price of admission.

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