MOVIE: **** (out of 5)
BLU-RAY EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5)
BY KEVIN CARR
While the internet seemed to be going gaga over the return of the Muppets, I was a bit more cautious back in November. Then I saw the film in theaters, and I fell in love with it. And on home video, it is just as touching, if not more so.
Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie and the whole gang have gone their separate ways, but a starry-eyed Muppet and his brother (Jason Segel) rally them back together to put on a show and save their beloved but abandoned Muppet Studios from a greedy Texas oil man.
There’s a bit too much human character in the mix beyond the cameos. I adore Amy Adams, and Jason Segel is funny enough, but the movie is at its weakest when these folks take the focus away from the fuzzy puppets. Still, the charm is there in spades, the music will stick with you and the friendly atmosphere the Muppets always brought with them makes the movie work wonderfully.
“The Wocka Wocka Value Pack” comes with three main discs, including the Blu-ray, the DVD and a Digital Copy of the film. There’s also an extra bonus with the movie’s soundtrack included as a digital file.
Bonus features include the absurd “Scratching the Surface: A Hasty Examination of the Making of the Muppets” as well as some deleted scenes. There’s also screen tests, an extended version of the Tex Richman song, theatrical spoof trailers, an audio commentary with Jason Segel, James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller. Finally, there’s a special surprise that takes place when the movie is paused.