For, Aug. 16, 2013

Disney has just reissued the original "Muppet Movie," no doubt to cash in on the characters' newly minted popularity thanks to the 2011 hit "The Muppets" … the one with Amy Adams and Jason Segel.

In keeping with the "The Wizard of Oz's" 75th anniversary edition, due Oct. 1, this is new Blu-ray and DVD edition is titled "The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition," since the film came out in 1979 and we're a year early. (At least the Muppets are being more upfront bout it.)

"The Muppet Movie" was the first effort by Jim Henson to showcase his "Muppet Show" characters — Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, etc., — on the big screen.

And it was packed with wall-to-wall guest stars, though young audiences won't know most of them: Edgar Bergen, Milton Berle, James Coburn, Madeline Kahn, Richard Pryor, Orson Welles, etc.

But they should know some of them: Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman and, maybe, Bob Hope.

"The Muppet Movie" is a warm, charming and funny inside show-biz comedy, similar in its way to "The Muppets." Except that "The Muppet Movie" came first. And it's now available for the first time on Blu-ray and also with a new DVD edition.