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  • 'The Muppet Show: Season 2' Leads a Pack of TV Show Releases on DVD

    Buena Vista Home Entertainment releases six (!) new television collections on DVD this week ranging from the Tick to Tim the Tool Man and from Cody to Cory to a less famous Disney duck. Tops on the list, though, is a collection of classic episodes from the brilliantly creative mind of the late Jim Henson.

    THE MUPPET SHOW: SEASON 2 - SPECIAL EDITION
    With Guest Stars Steve Martin, Elton John, Peter Sellers, Julie Andrews, Madeline Kahn, Bob Hope, John Cleese and many others
    Rated G

    Most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational! This 4-DVD collection includes all 24 episodes of The Muppet Show's 1977-78 season, arguably the best one of the syndicated series.

    After a successful first season, The Muppet Show started stretching more creatively, fleshing out regular characters (this is Miss Piggy's breakout season as a symbol of female empowerment) and ratcheting up production values (the elaborate opening number, featuring the now familiar rows of Muppets under individual archways, made its debut). The show also began attracting bigger named guest stars who could raise their coolness factor a few notches just by appearing. It's with these episodes that Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo and the rest of the furry cast began shifting from being simply entertaining to becoming entertainment icons.


    Highlights:
    • Zero Mostel confronts his "fears," represented by a bevy of Muppet monsters. With his bug eyes, scruffy beard and twitchy index finger, Mostel could've passed for a Muppet himself.
    • Milton Berle trades barbs with balcony hecklers Statler and Waldorf. The old codgers get the best of Berle in this hilarious sketch.
    • Gonzo develops a crush on guest star Madeline Kahn. Though ultimately played for laughs, the storyline is surprisingly touching, a reminder that warm sentiment was as much a part of the Muppet oeuvre as music hall comedy.
    • Dressed in feathers, Elton John performs "Crocodile Rock" to a group of admiring (and possibly hungry) crocodiles. John later sings "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" in a duet with Miss Piggy.
    • Peter Sellers steals the show again and again, embodying a series of outrageous characters. The best: a mad gypsy violinist and a sadistic, Strangelovian masseur.
    All the recurring sketches of the show are here, including the groan-inducing puns of "Veterinarian's Hospital" and the porcine send-up of Star Trek and Star Wars, "Pigs in Space." It's a tribute to Jim Henson, Frank Oz and the entire Muppet cast and crew that The Muppet Show holds up so well 30 years later. Never trying to be topical, its comedy is timeless (only guest star Steve Martin's "Excuuuuuse me" shtick seems dated) and its music is elegant and charming, whether being performed by a piano-playing dog or a chorus line of nine-foot hairy monsters.


    Bonus Features:
    • The Muppets Valentine Special - A rarely-seen show from 1974 makes its DVD debut.
    • The Muppets on the Muppets - Behind the scenes "interviews" with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Rizzo the Rat and others. Their recollections of Jim Henson are not to be missed
    • "Keep Fishin'" Music Video - Performed by Weezer and the Muppets.
    Legal Stuff: MUPPETS and The Muppet Show are trademarks of The Muppets Holding Company, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
    Last edited by disneytim; 08-05-2007, 02:19 PM.
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    Re: 'The Muppet Show: Season 2' Leads a Pack of TV Show Releases on DVD

    YAY!!!!

    It's time to put on make up!

    It's time to dress up right!
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      I have been waiting for this DVD release ever since the first season came out. I am so glad it's almost time.
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        Re: 'The Muppet Show: Season 2' Leads a Pack of TV Show Releases on DVD

        More DVD releases this week:

        CORY IN THE HOUSE: ALL STAR EDITION
        Starring Kyle Massey, Jason Dolley, Maiara Walsh, Madison Pettis, John D'Aquino and Rondell Sheridan
        Rated TV-G


        Four episodes from the Disney Channel's "That's So Raven" comedy spinoff. Cory Baxter (Massey) makes mischief in the halls of power when he and his dad Victor (Sheridan) move into the White House where Victor is an executive chef.

        Bonus Features:
        • Behind the scenes looks at two Cory in the House episodes, "That's So In The House" featuring Raven Symone and "Never the Dwayne Shall Meet" with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
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        DARKWING DUCK VOLUME 2
        Starring the Voice Talents of Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern and Christine Cavanaugh
        Not Rated


        Crime fighter Darkwing Duck "gets dangerous" with his loyal sidekicks Launchpad McQuack and Gosalyn to protect the good people of St. Canard from evil and villainy. Features 27 episodes on 3 DVD's from the comical Disney Afternoon and ABC Saturday cartoon series.

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        HOME IMPROVEMENT: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON
        Starring Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson
        Rated TV-PG


        Season seven of the long-running ABC comedy stars Tim Allen as the bumbling Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor. This 3-disc set includes all 25 episodes from the 1997-98 season with guest appearances by Dan Akroyd and NBA star Grant Hill.

        Bonus Features:
        • Season 7 Bloopers
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        THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK & CODY: SWEET SUITE VICTORY
        Starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Kim Rhoads, Ashley Tisdale and Brenda Song
        Rated TV-G


        The twin boys of the Tipton Hotel wreak havoc in three episodes from the Disney Channel series.

        Bonus Features:
        • "Sweet Life Challenge" - Brenda Song hosts an interactive trivia game with inside info about the show.
        • Bloopers and outtakes.
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        THE TICK VS. SEASON TWO
        Starring the Voice Talents of Townsend Coleman, Rob Paulsen, Kay Lenz and Cam Clarke
        Not Rated


        With good-natured pomposity and blue tights, the Tick battles evildoers in The City with the help of fellow heroes Arthur the Moth, American Maid and Die Fliedermaus. This 2-disc Season Two collection contains 12 episodes including "The Little Wooden Boy and the Belly of Love," "Leonardo DaVinci and his Fightin' Genius Time Commandos!" and "The Tick vs. Reno, Nevada." If those titles don't give you an idea of the silliness you're in for, nothing will. Good fun from start to finish.
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          Re: 'The Muppet Show: Season 2' Leads a Pack of TV Show Releases on DVD

          I didn't realize The Tick was a Buena Vista release. Interesting.



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          • #6
            Re: 'The Muppet Show: Season 2' Leads a Pack of TV Show Releases on DVD

            Originally posted by Xharryb View Post
            I didn't realize The Tick was a Buena Vista release. Interesting.
            A few years ago, Disney bought the Fox Kids programming division from Fox. It included the rights to The Tick and the Power Rangers, among other properties.
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