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The Muppets Take Manhattan (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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Broadway bound. The Muppets Take Manhattan by storm in this magical musical about breaking into show business! Fresh out of college, Kermit, Fozzie, and the entire cast of Kermit's musical "Manhattan Melodies" head for the Big Apple with plans to turn their small play into a big hit! All they need now is someone to produce their show! But when no one in town will even meet with them, it's up to Kermit to believe hard enough for all of his friends that the show will go on! Family entertainment has never been more fun than in this comedy marking Frank Oz's solo directorial debut.

Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Scooter, and the rest of the Muppets are celebrating their impending graduation from college by performing Kermit's original musical Manhattan Melodies for their senior variety show. Following graduation, the friends decide to take the production to Broadway, but things don't go quite as planned. They end up living in bus station lockers and hanging out at a local restaurant while waiting for their Broadway dream to become a reality. Eventually, the gang loses hope, everyone goes their separate ways, and Kermit is left alone in New York City. After his initial disillusionment, Kermit rallies and develops a three-step plan to get his play onto the Broadway stage. The question is, will it work? And even if the play makes it to Broadway, will it be too late to reunite all the Muppets? The Muppets Take Manhattan is full of fun song and dance, the puppetry is great, and New York scenery abounds at every turn. Add a generous handful of guest cameos featuring famous personalities like Liza Minnelli, Joan Rivers, Dabney Coleman, and Vincent Sardi--cameos that were written not just as showcases, but as integral parts of the plot--and the talented Frank Oz making his directing debut, and this 1984 production earns its position as one of the classic Muppet Movies. The 2011 Blu-ray offers pretty good picture quality, but the most notable improvement from the previous DVD release is that the interview with Jim Henson, which was originally spliced into 14 separate menu segments, can now be watched individually or as one continuous (albeit still choppy) feature. (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

Jim Henson Interview
Muppetisims: Fozzie Bear (TM)
Muppetisms: Miss Piggy & Kermit the Frog (TM)
Muppetisms: Pepe

Product Details

  • Actors: Juliana Donald, James Coco, Louis Zorich, Art Carney, Lonny Price
  • Directors: Frank Oz
  • Producers: David Lazer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, German, Hindi, Finnish, Swedish, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Thai, Spanish, English, Danish, Greek, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, French, Russian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052LE7BA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,120 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Aguilar on June 9, 2001
Format: DVD
The Muppets Take Manhattan is the third Muppet film and although not the strongest, it's sure to entertain the entire family. The story follows the Muppets on their quest to get their show, "Manhattan Melodies", produced on Broadway. It's a terrific story that hits at the core of what the Muppets are all about, namely putting on a show. Sure the music isn't as memorable as that in the first muppet movie (except "I'm Gonna Always Love You"), but you can't help appreciating the lengths to which the Muppets will go to entertain you. Singing chickens? Got 'em! Frogs with hair? Check! Unbelieveable action sequence? Of course, and it's unbelieveable in more ways than one! A Muppet staple is the cameo and they abound in this film. Everyone from Liza Minelli to Art Carney sets some screen time. Joan Rivers is particularly funny in her over the top make-up scene with Miss Piggy. For all you Trekkers, Gates McFadden even appears as a secretary to a con man!
The film is great entertainment, but this DVD has problems. First of all the digital tranfer isn't that good. Plenty of older films like Fantasia look stunning on DVD, but not this film. There is a graininess to the picture that can be discracting and artifacts abound. Sound is presented in only a mono format. Was the original film released this way? I don't know, but if so some mention should be made on the packaging, otherwise it feels like we're getting ripped off. On a positive note the film is presented in both a formatted and widescreen version. As for the other bonuses, there is a strange feature called "Muppetisms" that I can't really figure out. They are minute, minute and a half long segments featuring one or two muppets just goofing off and benign wacky.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
"Muppets Take Manhattan" is my favorite movie of all time, and yes, I'm above the age of 6. This movie gem from Jim Henson and company is nothing short of brillant. It provides a humor that is wonderful for children, yet not insulting to adults. There is a underlying humor that adults will appreciate. The muppet characters stand out in this movie, and it is especially nice to see the movie incorporates most of the main muppet favorites. While Kermit is the main protagonist, other muppets steal the show, such as Miss Piggy, whose temper tantrums are hilarious. The muppets are wonderful together as well, and the songs performed in the movie are classic and very catchy. I also love the human aspect of the movie. One of my favorite things about muppets are that they have always interacted with human society, and no one seems to care. And when the muppets are cavorting around Manhattan, the human element adds a realistic, as well as funny, touch. honestly, "Muppets Take Manhattan" is my favorite movie. It is funny, has great songs, great setting in New York City, and it has a great message to always keep trying no matter what. It is a movie to be enjoyed by all ages, and trust me, it won't disappoint!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By atomic-collector on December 1, 2011
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I'll be the first to jump in front of a moving truck to ward off Muppet slander, but honestly I don't see how this is a worthwhile purchase. I love this movie, the great music, perfectly timed gags, what's not to enjoy? I'm not writing a review based on the content of the movie, but rather the lack of care this barely passable conversion/ 'upgrade' Sony has given us.

What a disappointment. We've all been waiting hungrily for the Season 4 of the Muppet show that's been dangled in front of us so many times, but then they push this (and Muppets from Space) out the door without any care to the consumer. Just repackaged on a bluray disc.

If you own 'Muppets Take Manhattan' on DVD, then you've got everything this has but with less advertisements that come with BluRay Live. Even down to the Jim Henson interview pieces, nothing on this is any different than the DVD version and that's half the price. No new Pepe interviews, just a reprint but on slightly nicer material. Granted, with Disney owning the Muppet franchise and the release of the new film, why wouldn't it have been quick and painless to add a few more worthwhile featurettes onto this? Fans can only wonder.

The quality is roughly the same with probably some slight adjustments but I don't believe it's remastered in the sense of seeing a night and day difference in the overall video or audio quality. This Jim Henson classic deserves a 5 for content but this product deserves roughly a 2. Thanks Sony for a mediocre product pushed out for Christmas/ Holiday consumption.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I first saw this movie when I was a little child, and I just saw it again last month at my friend's house. It was just as good as it was when I first saw it more than a decade ago! If you love the Muppets you can not miss this. If you hate the Muppets, watch this and you will love them. It's a great movie for all ages. When you watch the scene when Kermit goes to the producer's office, decked out in an afro and medallion, I strongly urge you not to drink or eat because you just might choke. But all this is just my opinion...see it and judge for yourself.
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