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Muppets Take Manhattan
Columbia/Tri-Star
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted June 2, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

The third in the Muppet series, directed by Frank Oz ("Bowfinger"), "Muppets Take Manhattan" has the gang attempting to get their musical on broadway, but finds that getting a musical produced isn't that easy a task. Although the fact that the Muppets are graduating from college in this picture and Ms. Piggy is spying on Kermit's new female friend might not allow the younger audience to relate to it much, but there's still enough to keep children entertained. The film also includes the first introduction of the Muppet babies, which went on to have a popular animated series of their own.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Muppets Take Manhattan" is five years younger than "The Muppet Movie" and thankfully, the picture seems to have aged more gracefully than its senior has. Available in either a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation or a full-screen presentation (although the back of the box says the disc is dual-sided, it's dual-layered and either version can be chosen from the menu), the anamorphic widescreen presentation actually looks rather good, although not without some concerns. Sharpness and detail seemed generally fair - the picture appeared soft at times, although not terribly so.

Although some print flaws during the opening credits was a slightly dissapointing first impression, the movie itself thankfully often looks clear and clean. Some minor marks and speckles do appear, as does some noticable grain, but the amount of wear overall certainly wasn't horrible. Some light instances of shimmering and a couple of traces of pixelation appeared, but nothing terribly distracting.

Colors looked very good - the various colorful muppets came across looking bright and bold. Overall, it's not without some faults, but thankfully "Muppets take Manhattan" looks better than the original feature.

SOUND: Although "Muppet Movie" was presented with a new 5.1 presentation, "Muppets Take Manhattan" is only presented in its original mono soundtrack. As one might expect, the entire presentation is score/dialogue driven, with both elements coming through clearly. A few instances had the voices sound a tad thin, but this wasn't a consistent complaint.

MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, with film-themed backgrounds.

EXTRAS: "Muppet-isms" vignettes; interview with Jim Henson; bonus trailers - "Muppets From Space", "Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland", "Buddy".


Final Thoughts: "Muppets Take Manhattan" is another entertaining outing for the characters, although not quite as much fun as the first feature. The DVD provides moderately good audio/video, but nothing much in the way of extra features. For the low $19.99 retail, the disc is still worth a look.

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