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New Emmett Otter Jug-Band Christmas DVD

Discussion in 'Family Worlds' started by trac31, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. peyjenk New Member

    Well, I certainly am glad I decided to research a little before buying the new DVD. I don't own any incarnation of Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas, but I am loathe to buy one knowing that Kermit isn't in it (better than buying it thinkin he's in it only to get a nasty surprise, though). So now I guess I have to decide if Emmett Otter without Kermit is better than no Emett Otter at all.
  2. heralde Well-Known Member

    Honestly I bought the special in 2005 anyway, and was still very moved and enjoyed it. Cutting out Kermit wasn't the best news, but the special is still lovely and deserves to be seen. :)
  3. FrogInTheGlen New Member

    There is one version of the DVD that still has at least some Kermit in it, but it's only available through private sellers. If you go to Amazon and do a search for Emmet, you'll know you've found the right one when you see Kermit on the cover. I bought that one, but if I had to choose between an Emmet DVD without Kermit and no Emmet DVD at all, I'd go ahead and buy the movie. It's great no matter what. :)
  4. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    And the hits keep coming...

    HIT is an appropriate name for the distribution company because they sure have slapped us Henson fans around a lot recently and this Emmet Otter release is no exception.

    Not only is the "new" Emmet Otter DVD filled with the same content as the 2005 release - it actually IS the 2005 release - packaging and all! The only thing they did was add a cardboard slip cover with new graphics that don't match the actual 2005 DVD case inside. The graphics, logo and art differ between the two. Basically fans are paying for a cardboard slip cover.

    What has happened to HIT? They used to be so thoughtful and now they resort to these cheap tactics while expecting fans to pay top dollar. :smirk:
  5. vaati64 Member




    you know, I was thinking the exact same thing! I didn't own emmet otter before I bought it about a month ago, but I saw pictures of the packaging, and htast the first thing that I noticed when I opned the case!
  6. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Yeah, even the copyright information is exactly the same on the actual plastic DVD case. It reads "2005" while the sleeve is "2008". :shifty:
  7. TheJimHensonHour New Member

    I already stated this in the thread ;)
  8. Baby Gonzo Member

    I went ahead and bought this new DVD. I didn't own the previous release, so it was a good investment for me. Though I do agree that it is wrong to just repackage something and call it a new release.
  9. frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I must have missed that. I am so froggin upset with Hit! :mad:
  10. Super Scooter New Member

    Agreed. Re-releasing a DVD is fine, but presenting it as a new release is just cheating fans.

    My personal thoughts on the editing, extremely unfortunate, and I hope Disney and Henson come to some sort of an agreement where Henson can use the character that their company name created in pre-existing material some day. But in the meantime, the extras on the Emmet Otter DVD are almost worth buying it, if for nothing else.
  11. heralde Well-Known Member

    Agreed, if you didn't buy it in 2005, it's definitely worth it for the bonus features, and even still the story itself. :)
  12. Frogpuppeteer Well-Known Member

    at the risk of getting murderd by my muppet family i will say this....I Julio Robles have never seen Emmett Otter Jug-Band Christmas....go ahead do your worst
  13. vaati64 Member



    thats all right, neither had I until about a week ago! I have never seen the unedited version, but I watched the verion that was released on dvd back in 2005
  14. KerMatttheFrog New Member

    I honestly phased out whether or not mine had Kermit in it. Basically I watch it around Christmas every year, but often put the DVD in and start it playing and then grab some hot chocolate or whatever. After reading the posts in the thread and knowing I am going to the musical tomorrow, I popped in my DVD. When I saw Kermit in the corner on the case, i was very optimistic. Sure enough, there he was introducing the story and being harrassed by the Nightmare gang...

    Every year I watch this movie and it never ceases to amaze that 30 years later, it still is magical

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