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THE MUPPET MOVIE

               

For Hicksflicks.com, 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.