Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Muppets

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
Price: DVD $29.99, DVD & Soundtrack $34.99, Two-Disc Blu-ray $39.99, Three-Disc Blu-ray With Soundtrack $49.99, Standard-Definition Download $29.99, High-Definition Download $39.99
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

The MuppetsIt’s time to play the music… The Muppets take on Big Oil in their 2011 movie.

Jason Segel (Bad Teacher) and Amy Adams (The Fighter) star in the family film appropriately named The Muppets. Segel and Adams play Gary and Mary, two of the biggest fans of the Muppets. Along with Gary’s brother Walter (a new Muppet voiced by Peter Linz of TV’s Sesame Street), they discover that oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper, The Company Men) plans to destroy the Muppet Studios to drill for oil.

Gary, Mary and Walter arrange a telethon to raise $10 million to save the studio. But first they must help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have gone their separate ways. Fozzie’s now performing with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor for Vogue Paris, Animal is in an anger management clinic in Santa Barbara and Gonza is a high-powered plumbing magnate.

The Muppets Blu-ray/DVD Combo boxThe PG-rated movie, which is the first film directed by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords), also features Rashida Jones (Our Idiot Brother), Alan Arkin (The Rocketeer), Zach Galifianakis (Due Date), Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part II) and, as themselves, Neil Patrick Harris (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas), John Krasinski (TV’s The Office), Whoopi Goldberg (For Colored Girls), Judd Hirsch (Tower Heist) and Mickey Rooney (Breakfast at Tiffany’s).

As well as starring in the comedy movie, Segel co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek).

The Muppets got much love when it was in theaters, grossing a nice $85.6 million. And critics loved the film too, giving it a near-perfect 96% approval rating, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Wrote Christopher Orr of The Atlantic: “The chorus of one of the songs declares, ‘I’ve got everything that I need, right in front of me.’ For 120 minutes, that’s precisely how I felt.” It doesn’t get much better than that.

Disney is giving fans plenty to sing about for The Muppets on DVD and Blu-ray. The film is available in four disc versions, two including the opportunity for fans to download the movie’s entire soundtrack. Here’s the lowdown on the special features:

The Muppets DVD boxSingle DVD (available with or without a soundtrack download card):

  • “The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History — We Think)”

Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo:

  • “The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History — We Think)”
  • “Disney Intermission”
  • “Scratching the Surface: A Hasty Examination of the Making of Disney’s The Muppets
  • “Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song”
  • “A Little Screen Test On the Way To the Read-Through”
  • deleted scenes
  • commentary with Jason Segel, James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller
  • hidden Easter Eggs

Three-Disc Wocka Wocks Value Pack Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy:

All of the Blu-ray/DVD combo extras plus theatrical spoof trailers and the complete soundtrack.

Check out the fun trailer:


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.