Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas

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Director: Jim Henson

Cast: Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Marilyn Sokol, Frank Oz

     
 

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HIT Entertainment has delivered another stellar release from the annals of Jim Henson's celebrated history with the Collector's Edition of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Heralded by HBO upon release in 1977 and playing annually for years, the feature was a major hit on home video and became a collector's item during its frequent out-of-print status. Finally,See more details below

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HIT Entertainment has delivered another stellar release from the annals of Jim Henson's celebrated history with the Collector's Edition of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Heralded by HBO upon release in 1977 and playing annually for years, the feature was a major hit on home video and became a collector's item during its frequent out-of-print status. Finally, HIT has presented the film beautifully and with top-of-the line special features that do immense justice to the wonderful special. First off is an hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary that interviews many prominent people in the crew and focuses on every piece of the production. Also included are a packed bloopers section, a singalong feature, plus a jump-to-a-song part and a section that focuses on the "lost song" of the show (also featured in the making-of). Add in a photo gallery straight from the Henson archive and a collection of alternate/deleted scenes that will superbly please the collectors out there, and you have a solid A+ release that is unexpected and well appreciated. Sadly, because of rights issues with Disney, the disc doesn't have the Kermit the Frog segments that originally bookended the show -- a small gripe, but one that really shouldn't hinder this fine release.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Jim Henson’s puppet wizardry conjures up Frogtown Hollow, a pastoral Wind in the Willows-esque setting for Russell and Lillian Hoban’s Christmas-themed story of faith, sacrifice, and love. Emmet Otter and his widowed mother barely support themselves doing odd jobs, and the $50 grand prize offered in an upcoming holiday talent contest would afford each the opportunity to get the other an extravagant present. Readers of O. Henry’s "Gift of the Magi" can guess where this is heading, but Emmet Otter does manage a few surprises en route to its heartwarming conclusion. Paul Williams’s musical score is "otterly" delightful, and the visible strings supporting the all-puppet cast add their own retro charm. This DVD contains a segment about the making of Emmet Otter, the restoration of a lost song, and an amusing bloopers-and-outtakes section. Even without Kermit the Frog's original opening and closing appearances (seemingly a victim of pesky rights issues), Emmet Otter will, to quote one character, "leave you feeling pretty good."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
UPC:
0045986258113
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lyons / Hit Ent.
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Singalong; Emmet Otter's favorite tunes; Emmet Otter behind-the-scenes documentary (from the Henson archive); Bloopers (from the Henson archive); Lost song (from the Henson archive); Photo gallery

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
1. River Bottom Boys Come to Town [:01]
2. Rowing Back Home [:34]
3. The Contest Quandry [1:49]
4. Pre-Christmas Fun [1:51]
5. Getting Ready for the Show [3:07]
6. The Talent Contest [:50]
7. After the Contest [2:11]
8. Working at the "Riverside Rest" [:04]

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