Muppets from Space
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Muppets from Space

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Director: Tim Hill

Cast: Jeffrey Tambor

     
 

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Muppet movies are perennial family favorites, and there is the usual large helping of good-natured fun in Tim Hill's Muppets From Space. Columbia TriStar has taken full advantage of the DVD medium with this disc, which has a great deal to recommend it. The anamorphic transfer of the film is as good as one could wish for, with the colorful visuals expected fromSee more details below

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Overview

Muppet movies are perennial family favorites, and there is the usual large helping of good-natured fun in Tim Hill's Muppets From Space. Columbia TriStar has taken full advantage of the DVD medium with this disc, which has a great deal to recommend it. The anamorphic transfer of the film is as good as one could wish for, with the colorful visuals expected from a Muppet movie rendered gloriously. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is also of high quality, and all the music and dialogue is crisp and clear. The bonus materials on the disc include both the original theatrical trailer and the teaser trailer, in addition to trailers for some other family films. Also included are some brief talent profiles, an enjoyable music video ("Shining Star" by the Dust Brothers featuring Jeymes), and an amusing selection of outtakes. By far the best extra feature is a live video commentary (similar in style to the feature on the Ghostbusters DVD) with director Hill and Gonzo, Rizzo and, briefly, Kermit. Though it offers absolutely no insight whatsoever, it is one of the funniest commentaries ever made for DVD, and in many ways the equal of the film itself in terms of sheer entertainment. In fact Columbia TriStar's disc is a triumph in every respect, and is probably essential for any fan of the Muppets.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
It wouldn't be insulting the legacy of Jim Henson to assume that a Muppet movie made in 1999 would have little new to offer. Children's movies had gone in a different direction, with puppets seeming like a holdover from a simpler era. But Muppets From Space finds it easier being green than one would expect, effectively trotting out the old formula of mid-level stars making game cameos amidst a bunch of giggly Muppet mayhem. Ray Liotta, Andie McDowell, Jeffrey Tambor, and David Arquette take their place among the franchise's proud fraternity of guest stars, and the creatures -- now under the auspices of Henson's son, Brian -- are equipped with as many endearing facial expressions and one-liners as ever. The movie kicks off with a rousing around-the-house montage to the Commodores' "Brick House," and never lets up steam. Miss Piggy's diva shtick may be a tad played out, but it's the new characters that breathe humorous life into the project, notably the foreign-accented Pepe the Prawn and Bobo the Bear, the befuddled yes-man to Tambor's plotting villain. And Kermit the Frog could never wear out his welcome; the plot may revolve around Gonzo, but Kermit is the heart and soul of this clan. Only a human hand could so perfectly scrunch up Kermit's face into that priceless look of "Why me?" embarrassment. Such details will always give the Muppets a human touch, increasingly absent in the animated fare marching toward further technological sterility.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
UPC:
0043396039322
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
G
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
35,896

Special Features

Live video commentary with Kermit, Gonzo, Rizzo, and director Tim Hall; Outtakes reel; Music video "Shining Star" by the Dust Brothers featuring Jeymes; Original theatrical trailer; Bonus trailers; Talent files; Subtitles: English; Production notes; Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Audio set-up: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2-channel (Dolby Surround)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dave Goelz Birdman,Bunsen Honeydew,Gonzo,Waldorf
Jeffrey Tambor K. Edgar Singer
Steve Whitmire Kermit The Frog/Rizzo The Rat/Cosmic Fish No. 1
Jerry Nelson Robin,Statler,Ubergonzo
Brian Henson Dr. Phil Van Neuter,Sal Minella
Ray Liotta Gate Guard
David Arquette Dr. Tucker
Andie MacDowell Shelley Snipes
Kirk Thatcher Additional Performer
Ken Kaufman Actor
Mark Nutter Actor
Thomas Wolfe Actor
Kevin Clash Clifford
Frank Oz Animal,Fozzie Bear,Miss Piggy,Sam Eagle
F. Murray Abraham Noah
Rob Schneider TV Producer
Josh Charles Agent Barker
Kathy Griffin Female Armed Guard
Pat Hingle General Luft
Bill Barretta Voice Only
Hulk Hogan Actor

Technical Credits
Tim Hill Director
Stephanie Allain Executive Producer
Martin G. Baker Producer
Kristine Belson Executive Producer
Timothy M. Bourne Co-producer
Alan Caso Cinematographer
Allison Cowitt Casting
William Glenn Davis Art Director
Mike Fenton Casting
Brian Henson Producer
Jerry Juhl Screenwriter
Ken Kaufman Screenwriter
Stephen Marsh Production Designer
Joseph Mazzarino Screenwriter
Richard Pearson Editor
Alex Rockwell Co-producer
Carl Rudisill Sound/Sound Designer
Jamshied Sharifi Score Composer
Thomas G. Smith Special Effects
Polly Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael A. Stevenson Editor
Michele Ziegler Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:25]
2. Noah [3:06]
3. "Brick House" [5:41]
4. Message From Space [1:19]
5. C.O.V.N.E.T. [4:01]
6. "Shining Star" [5:01]
7. The Jacuzzi [1:45]
8. "UFO Mania" [1:26]
9. "Get Up Offa That Thing" [1:02]
10. Piggy's New Show [3:15]
11. Spca [3:32]
12. Ambassador of Earth [1:56]
13. Muppet Labs [1:29]
14. "Don't Laugh at Me!" [1:58]
15. Man in Black [:59]
16. Bubba & the Boys [3:06]
17. Dr. Tucker [:55]
18. "Survival" [1:32]
19. "We Arrive at Midnight." [3:02]
20. A Job for a Woman [3:37]
21. Dr. Phil Van Neuter [3:22]
22. Rizzo to the Rescue [4:23]
23. "Getaway" [5:47]
24. Shelley Snipes [3:08]
25. "Look!" [4:01]
26. "Celebration" [2:08]
27. "It's Your Thing" [4:25]
28. Time to Beat Feet [10:38]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [1:25]
2. Noah [3:06]
3. "Brick House" [5:41]
4. Message From Space [1:19]
5. C.O.V.N.E.T. [4:01]
6. "Shining Star" [5:01]
7. The Jacuzzi [1:45]
8. "UFO Mania" [1:26]
9. "Get Up Offa That Thing" [1:02]
10. Piggy's New Show [3:15]
11. Spca [3:32]
12. Ambassador of Earth [1:56]
13. Muppet Labs [1:29]
14. "Don't Laugh at Me!" [1:58]
15. Man in Black [:59]
16. Bubba & the Boys [3:06]
17. Dr. Tucker [:54]
18. "Survival" [1:32]
19. "We Arrive at Midnight." [3:02]
20. A Job for a Woman [3:37]
21. Dr. Phil Van Neuter [3:22]
22. Rizzo to the Rescue [4:23]
23. "Getaway" [5:47]
24. Shelley Snipes [3:08]
25. "Look!" [4:01]
26. "Celebration" [2:08]
27. "It's Your Thing" [4:25]
28. Time to Beat Feet [10:38]

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