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Muppet Show DVD season box sets announced

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Phillip, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. Matt Furtado

    Matt Furtado New Member

    I was acually interviewed for the Muppet Show DVD Bonus Features on Sunday at the festival. I had just met Jerry Nelson and was talking to my girlfriend about some obscure muppet fact and the bonus feature producer overheard me and took interest. I talked about Jim Henson as a visionary and the universal appeal of the Muppets. Hopefully you'll see a short clip of me on the finished product...so excited that they're finally being released. They interviewed Jerry Nelson and Jerry Juhl right after me so it should be a great thing to see!

  2. AruggeRadio

    AruggeRadio Member

    That is awesome news. Hopefully they will keep the shows as is, With the original opening for season one unlike with the Time Warner discs. Any idea if they plan on then also releasing the Jim Henson Hour Shows, or Muppet's Tonight as well with this collection. Now i finally have a new DVD to anticipate the release of.
  3. Grandmaster C

    Grandmaster C Member

    This is a show I've been waiting for on DVD in season sets for a long long time. I can't wait. :D
  4. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf New Member

    As Monty Burns would say...Excellent! :excited:
  5. Sean Gaffney

    Sean Gaffney New Member

    I do worry about the rights issues involved in complete season box sets. I hope they don't run into WKRP in Cincinnati Syndrome, where the music rights either mean certain episodes have to be excluded, or have to be edited. Don't they have to pay for the rights to every song performed on the show?

    Of course, presumably they did this with the TL DVDs, so I'm not really sure how it works.
  6. Mickey Moose

    Mickey Moose New Member

    Depending on how well TMS does, we may see MT and JHH on DVD as well. We know they will do well, but if they do "extremely well" it will open the door for other Muppet projects to be released on DVD. You notice they waited to see how well the Fraggle Rock DVD did before announcing full season sets? I think we'll see the same here. But I am very optimistic they will be released once TMS sets are done.
  7. hoppersfroglegs

    hoppersfroglegs New Member

    Yeah, that's what I was thinking, but I'm sure that since the music remains intact in the TimeLife DVDs that they can do that for the boxed sets as well, particularly since I'm sure Disney of all companies would have enough money to pay for any rights they'd need to.

    Overall, I'm more excited about these season sets than I've been for any DVD release in the longest time. I've been dying to get the TimeLife DVDs for years but kept refusing to, holding out hope that season sets would come out eventually, but with no proof that they definitely would. Now that there's official confirmation, I'm a very happy Muppet fan. And there are lots of other things I'd like on DVD, too: Muppets Tonight, The Jim Henson Hour, and the old specials, like "Hey, Cinderella," "The Frog Prince," and "The Muppet Musicians of Bremen," and how about "The Christmas Toy"? I'd also love A Muppet Family Christmas, and the Jim Henson memorial special, and I recall in the mid-80s there was some Muppet anniversary special on TV that I had on tape and used to watch all the time as a kid. Oh, and how about The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show? Yeah, I know, I'm getting greedy now. :) I'll just focus on The Muppet Show sets for now.
  8. LadyVader

    LadyVader New Member

    Mixed feelings

    I very Happy about this but i also want to say NNNNOOO because i have been buying all the DVD that time life had NUTS.
  9. Oliver

    Oliver New Member

    I reeeaally hope the pilot episode, "Sex and Violence", is included in the set!!!

    I'm hanging onto my TL discs until it's confirmed that these are complete and unedited though, I'm weary of rights issues and Disney's been known to alter content on home video releases...
  10. Mark Filton

    Mark Filton New Member

    Thanks for stealing our money, Time/Life :concern:

    Okay, Disney, let's see what you got. Don't censor things like you did with Emmet Otter :D
  11. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Well-Known Member

    That's a good idea, because even if they do release them season by season, it would take a while to get all five seasons out. So if you get a season one set, you'll still have tapes of the later episodes. I'm hoping their season one eps will have the original opening credits which have been lost for years.
  12. Rowbes

    Rowbes New Member

    A lot of people in this thread have been praising Disney for this news.

    I just want to point out that the Disney deal was for ownership over the Muppets for any and all NEW PRODUCTIONS and that all previous work (excluding sesame street) is still in the possession of the Hensons. This DVD set will not be a Disney release. Sorry to be so technical, I just can't stand to see Disney YET AGAIN get credit for something they had nothing to do with.

    "one of the things that made me the greatest king in memory, and a legend in my own time, is my lack of conceit." - Jim Henson as the King
  13. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo New Member

    Sorry but you are wrong. Disney (or should I say the Muppet Holding Company, a subdivision of Disney) did buy the past productions of the Muppets (with a few rare exceptions). They own almost all of the Muppets works, they bought the past prodocution catalog of works the Muppet have done (re-read the press release from the deal).

    The Muppet Holding Company owns the compleate rights to the Muppet Show and they are the ones behind these DVDs. The Jim Henson Company is still around the Muppets as "creative consultants" on all productions/products; so they do have a hand in these DVDs. But the Muppet Holding Company (Disney) is the one who are producting and making these happen.


    Only 40% (less than half) of the Muppet Show episodes were released by TimeLife. You may have some duplicate episodes but there are episodes you don’t have. Also, it may be awhile until all the seasons are released and those DVDs will tide you over until they are (and have until now). They new DVDs won't conflict with a majority of your collection for another 2-5 years until they are all released. You can always sell your old DVDs if you are pressed for cash; or keep them as a collectors item. Also you don't have to buy the new sets if you feel ripped off.

    Disney did not release the editied DVD of Emmet Otter. Disney does not own Emmet Otter. The edits in Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas were due to the Jim Henson Company. Disney has nothing to do with Emmet Otter.
  14. Skeeter Muppet

    Skeeter Muppet Active Member

    Oh, HECK yes!

  15. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    Hooray! I missed this news somehow, but I'm glad to hear it--I too feel a bit weird about having duplicates with the Time/Life set, but I am seriously looking forward to having the whole durn show!

    :) :excited:
  16. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

    :sing: happy dancin' :sing:

    OMG w00t

    Can't wait

    F____ my not being able to spell disney rite this evening

    They've made me a believer!

    Put on Of Muppets and Men!!!

    Put that together with a Best of Duran Duran set and I'm in heaven :)

  17. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    Ture that bro. Somtimes I WISH ppl would read the press release before posting negitive stuff! :rolleyes: Disney did ONCE (even tho i know it doesn't count now!) release Emmet Otter on vhs waaaaaaaaaaaay back in 1996, i have the video tape and i own the DVD sony put out a few years ago. Wasn't this part of the HIT! deal? if so i thought they (HIT!) would have released it by now for THIS christmas! :)
  18. Rowbes

    Rowbes New Member

    i stand humbly corrected. And awfully disappointed.
  19. Docnzhoss

    Docnzhoss Active Member

    It would be awesome if they did what was done for Seinfeld and release multiple seasons at once. I know it won't happen but I can hardly wait. I was always feeling disappointed when I went into Circuit City or someplace and saw tons of complete seasons (Wonder Woman, all 732 versions of CSI, Starsky and Hutch, Dukes of Hazzard, Good Times, Stanford and Son, etc) and especially other variety shows like The Ben Stiller Show or In Living Color. I would browse and browse hoping to see The Muppet Show wedged between Mary Tyler Moore and Nip/Tuck. Now, it will finally be so!
  20. MockMockChef

    MockMockChef New Member

    I hope they will have the Pilots of TMS with no cut parts.I hope that the box sets of TMS are fast be avalible. :) :excited:

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