The Muppets (2011)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2011|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (65:20)||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||James Bobin|
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Romanian Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The Muppets were huge when I was a kid and I loved them, however, I was somewhat surprised when I heard there was a new major theatrical movie on the way. Another TV movie maybe, but a major studio theatrical release? Well, they made it; it went well at the box office around the world and then perhaps even more surprisingly won an Oscar for Best Original Song. Jason Segel, from How I Met Your Mother, actually came up with the concept and pitched it to the studio and went on to write the script and star in the film. The outcome is a lot of fun and a thoroughly enjoyable addition to The Muppets canon.
As you might expect the story is straight forward. A pair of brothers, one human, one muppet has grown up in Smalltown, USA. The human one, Gary (Jason Segel) has been dating Mary (Amy Adams) for ten years but he can't tear himself away from his brother, the muppet one, Walter. Gary and Mary decide to take a vacation in Los Angeles and Gary convinces Mary they should take Walter along and visit Muppet studios which Walter is obsessed with. While visiting the studios, Walter overhears a discussion between an oil baron, Tex Richman (a hilarious Chris Cooper), and his henchmen about how they are going to buy the studios, tear it down and drill for oil. In order to stop him the Muppets must quickly raise $10million to buy the studios back. Gary, Walter and Mary head off to find Kermit the Frog so they can get him onto raising the money. He decides to get The Muppets back together and put on a concert and telethon to raise the required money. He needs to find the muppets who have all started other careers such as Gonzo, the plumbing entrepreneur, Miss Piggy, plus size Vogue editor and Fozzy who is singing in a tribute band in Reno. Animal must be released from his anger management rehab.
This is a really well put together film which is funny throughout and includes lots of cute ideas and some very catchy songs (it is a musical in style). My pre-teen boys loved it and were very keen to watch it again on DVD despite having seen it at the movies. There are lots of cameo appearances from Jack Black, Alan Arkin, Zach Galifianakis, Emily Blunt, Whoopi Goldberg, Dave Grohl and the kid from Modern Family, Rico Rodriguez.
Highly recommended for family fun..
The video quality is excellent for DVD. The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is close to the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.
The picture was very clear and sharp throughout affected a little by blur during motion but no worse than normal for DVD.
The colour was generally excellent for DVD, showing of the colours of sets, muppets and costumes.
There were no obvious artefacts.
There are subtitles available in English which are clear and easy to read. There are also tracks in English for the hearing impaired, Spanish, Portuguese & Romanian.
There is a layer break at 65:21 which was not noticeable during playback.
The audio quality is excellent for DVD but I am sure it would be significantly better on a Blu-ray.
This disc contains a English soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 plus an Audio Descriptive track in Dolby Digital 2.0 and other Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian. The overall volume was somewhat low causing me to turn my amp up significantly.
Dialogue was a bit quiet in the mix but generally clear once the overall sound level was turned up.
The score is by Christophe Beck which is very suitable to the film but the songs are the highlight here including the Oscar winning, Man or Muppet. The music and songs fill the whole sound field giving a very immersive experience for DVD.
The surround speakers got lots of use during this film for the songs, explosions and various direction effects such as flash bulbs and off screen vocals.
The subwoofer was also well used for the explosions, music and other LFE.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is fun featuring all the muppets doing silly things.
Maybe not the longest but it is certainly a funnier blooper reel than most. Well worth a look.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This DVD seems to be very similar globally. The Blu-ray includes many more special features.
A funny and entertaining family film which sees The Muppets re-entering the theatrical feature world.
The video quality is excellent.
The audio quality is excellent but a little quiet.
There is one extra.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|