The Muppets Comes to DVD on March 20
Director James Bobin revealed all the Easter Egg inspirations found throughout the delightful film in an interview and it’s worth a look.
Here’s the press release:
BURBANK, Calif., January 20, 2012 –– One of the year’s best-loved family comedies and among the best reviewed films of 2011, Disney’s The Muppets, starring Jason Segel, Academy Award®-nominee Amy Adams, and favorite celebrity couple Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy — debuts March 20 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand formats. A must-own movie the entire family can enjoy, Disney’s The Muppets in-home release includes the DVD and music soundtrack packaged together and also offered as the ultimate Muppets experience, a ‘Wocka-Wocka Value Pack,’ which contains the movie on Blu-ray high definition, DVD and Digital Copy (three discs), plus a download card which allows fans to own all the songs from the film’s hugely popular soundtrack.
Disney’s The Muppets Blu-ray Combo Pack, with its flawless picture and pitch perfect sound, comes with a fantastic slate of bonus content including the laugh out loud “The Longest Blooper Reel Ever Made (In Muppet History––We Think).” The exciting release also includes the hilarious featurette “A Little Screen Test on the Way to the Read Through,” which follows Jason Segel, Kermit, The Great Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and others as they get ready for the first day of production, and much more fun.
“Blu-ray is a great way to bring the Muppets into your home without having to worry about cleaning up after us,” said Kermit the Frog, commenting on the announcement. “And the behind-the-scenes extras are a revealing tell-all look at what it took to bring our movie to the big screen. It’s a must-see for fans of bloopers, flubs and slip-ups – which pretty much describes our act.”
Miss Piggy is equally thrilled at the movie’s Blu-ray release, “Now you can watch moi whenever you want! Ooh! Lucky vous!”
Additional fun-filled features on Disney’s The Muppets Blu-ray include a groundbreaking industry first — ‘Disney Intermission,’ a hilarious all-new feature that allows viewers to press Pause on their remote control and watch as the Muppets take over the screen and entertain until the movie resumes playing. The release also includes “Explaining Evil: The Full Tex Richman Song,” an extended version of the rollicking rap song by villain Tex Richman (Academy Award® winner Chris Cooper) who provides the hilarious backstory of why he hates the Muppets. Audio commentaries with screenwriter and star Jason Segel, director James Bobin and screenwriter Nicholas Stoller are also included.
With the Muppet’s signature irreverent comedy, songs and dancing, Muppet fans of all ages will cheer as the gang reunites to put on a benefit show to save the crumbling Muppet Studios from being razed by nefarious oil baron Tex Richman. New fans and long-time devotees will find the rainbow connection when they bring Disney’s “The Muppets” into their very own homes.
Release Formats & Suggested Retail Pricing:
3-Disc Blu-ray with Soundtrack (‘Wocka-Wocka Value Pack’) = $49.99 U.S./$56.99 Canada
2-Disc Blu-ray = $39.99 U.S./$46.99 Canada
1-Disc DVD with Soundtrack = $34.99/$41.99 Canada
1-Disc DVD = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada
High Definition Digital = $39.99 U.S./$44.99 Canada
Standard Definition Digital = $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada
On-Demand = check with your television provider or favorite digital retailer for pricing
And, according to Bleeding Cool, the deleted scenes are hidden throughout the disc as Easter Eggs as noted below:
00:15:14:11 SCRATCHING THE SURFACE – A HASTY EXAMINATION OF THE MAKING OF THE MUPPETS (DVD EXTRA)
00:09:35:05 (THE MUPPETS – BONUS MATERIAL: DELETED SCENES 1-8 WITH SLATES) (DVD EXTRA)
00:02:29:19 (THE MUPPETS – BONUS MATERIAL: EXPLAINING EVIL: THE FULL RICH TEXMAN SONG) (DVD EXTRA)
00:03:08:23 (THE MUPPETS – BONUS MATERIAL: A LITTLE SCREEN TEST ON THE WAY TO THE READ THROUGH) (DVD EXTRA)
00:01:20:05 (THE MUPPETS – BONUS MATERIAL: EASTER EGG – EXTENDED “FORGET YOU”) (DVD EXTRA)
00:00:57:01 (THE MUPPETS – BONUS MATERIAL: EASTER EGG – EXTENDED SCENE: PUNCH TEACHER) (DVD EXTRA)
00:02:10:02 (THE MUPPETS – BONUS MATERIAL: EASTER EGG – JG & MUPPET JAMES BOBIN LOOK AT THE SET) (DVD EXTRA)
00:00:42:04 (THE MUPPETS – BONUS MATERIAL: EASTER EGG – JG TALKS ABOUT PERMITS) (DVD EXTRA)
00:01:13:18 MISS POOGY: THE OINKERVIEW (DVD EXTRA)