It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
2010 Widescreen Edition DVD Review
Ryan Dosier - Universal just released It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie on DVD again today. It is being called a "Digitally Remastered" "Widescreen" release and comes with two discs, one of the movie and a few bonus features, and one that includes nine holiday songs. Let me preface this review by saying that this is a very odd release... for more than a few reasons. Let's go through them, shall we? For one, no one at all predicted a release of an unknown 2002 Muppet Christmas special that isn't owned by Disney being released.
Second, this release is billed as being "Digitally Remastered in Widescreen for the First Time Ever!" and, well, it certainly is! A few inches is added to the right and left side of the screen and those trademark black bars are tacked on the top and bottom of the screen. Is it enough to make a noticeable difference? Let's put it this way... I had to put in my other DVD of the special to really see the difference. Here, see for yourself...
The old, fullscreen presentation.
New, larger, obviously improved widescreen presentation. Notice Dr. Teeth and Robin are now fully in frame, and another chicken (along with the Muppeteer under it) can now be seen.
Overall, I do recommend this DVD. It's not the best release from the Muppets... but for a DVD released by a studio other than Disney, it's pretty impressive. The box art is wonderful--especially the big group picture on the back--and the menus are a LOT less annoying than the 2003 DVD. Thankfully nothing moves or talks to you... there's just a nice instrumental of "Deck the Halls" that plays over the menu.
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier