Best of the Muppet Show: Vol. 2 (Mark Hamill / Paul Simon / Raquel Welch)
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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Until Disney decides to issue Season 4 and 5 of the Muppet Show, this is the only way to get the Mark Hamill/Stars of Star Wars episode on DVDPublished 8 months ago by Alberto M.
the mark Hamill was so funny the
music was great in the Paul simon episode the Raquel Welch is slow moving and inappropriate
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 morePublished on August 31, 2010 by Mal
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 morePublished on October 11, 2009 by Skyimp
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
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 morePublished on December 28, 2002 by S. Young