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Muppets Most Wanted - Unnecessarily Extended Edition (2014/Disney Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: A/B Sound: B/B Extras: B- Film: B

The Muppets were in hiatus for a while until their brilliant return in 2011's The Muppets, starring Jason Segal and Amy Adams. The film proved to be rejuvenating for The Muppets' franchise with its oddball humor and spot on musical numbers. The Muppets was quirky and got back to the roots of what made The Muppets so memorable and lovable in the first place; as it treated The Muppets as living, breathing actors in a real film. It was a film that could have just as easily been staffed by real human actors. To further that it had a rock solid script with writers/directors, and actors who felt The Muppets had been dormant for long enough.

In The Muppets Most Wanted, we have The Muppets going back to their roots (of sorts) again getting unwittingly mixed up in an international crime caper. The film picks up where The Muppets left off, as Ricky Gervais' character (Dominic Badguy) acts as The Muppets manager taking them on a European Tour. As could be deduced from his name Mr. Badguy isn't, well, a good guy. Badguy has an accomplice named Constantine (an international thief), who bears a stunning resemblance to Kermit with the exception of a mole on his face. Just as The Muppets embark on their European Tour, Constantine has escaped from a Siberian Gulag 38B looking to realign with his partner Dominic Badguy. As the tour gets off to a frustrating start Kermit goes for a walk along a foggy canal; when to his surprise Constantine surprises him with a 'BOO!' simultaneously slapping a mole on Kermit's face. Kermit is shortly thereafter apprehended and thrown into the Siberian Gulag. Kermit attempts to prove his innocence, but guard Nadya (Tina Fey) won't have it; instead convincing him to put on an epic prison talent show.

The film has The Muppets traveling Europe, while Dominic and Constantine rob various institutions; the end game being the Crown Jewels. Seemingly all of The Muppets are fooled by the ruse with the exception of Animal who never believed Constantine to be Kermit. With crime running amuck across Europe Interpol Agent Jean Pierre Napoleon (Ty Burrell) and Same Eagle of the CIA join forces to crack the case; each fighting for the film's position of most ridiculous agent. Eventually the crimes are linked to The Muppets tour path; but with the gang having no idea of Kermit's absence, things get messy.

The film is fun. The Muppets Most Wanted continues to infuse many of the elements that make The Muppets so great; but fails to exactly recapture the success of 2011's The Muppets. If the film would have been treated (again) more like a true live action venture, perhaps it would have fared better; but sadly it plays too heavily like The Muppets are (the 'p' word) puppets.

The film does remain hilarious throughout; often times poking fun at the fact it is a sequel and may not live up to the first one. The musical numbers by Brett McKenzie are (like the first film) insanely well done, infusing pop music, comedy, and Broadway together to make some excellent numbers.

Whereas I don't think this film is as great as The Muppets, it remains awesome and would be happy to see a third film. There are again a ton of celebrity cameos in various roles that only make the film all the better. Between the solid comedy, nice writing, brilliant puppeteering, and memorable voice work (Matt Vogel as Constantine is insanely good) the film is a success in this reviewer's opinion.

The technical features of this new Muppet film are quite good. The picture, presented in a 1.78 X 1 1080p High Definition widescreen, is of demo quality as it lights up the screen with bright colors, detailed images, and deep, inky, framing black levels. The vivid colors and variety of textures that are The Muppets are well displayed throughout and again make this a wonderful presentation. The sound is not quite as 'demo quality' as the picture in its 7.1 DTS-HD High Resolution Mix; so where's not Master Audio?! Not here. The 7.1 surround sound mix winds up falling a bit flat, as (when comparing to the Blu-ray release of The Muppets) the surrounds are not as lively, panning effects are lackluster, and the entire track feels a bit soft/quiet. The explosive personalities that are The Muppets is lost to a degree here and could use some more 'umph.'

The DVD is a clear downgrade of the Blu-ray release discussed above.

The extras are not as 'unnecessarily long' as you would expect for this Unnecessarily Extended Edition. Extras include:

  • Statler and Waldorf Cut

    • A cute, shortened (condensed) version of the film

  • Music Video by Bret McKenzie for the song I'll get you what you Need

  • The Longer Longest Blooper Reel in Muppet History

    • Funny with 10minutes of nonsense

  • Rizzo's Biggest Fan

    • A nice short of Rizzo reading a fan letter describing their disdain for his absence in the film.

- Michael P. Dougherty II


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