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Will The Muppet Show be on Blu-ray?

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Eaglekiller, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. Eaglekiller

    Eaglekiller Well-Known Member

    Is the Muppet Show coming to Blu Ray?

    I would like to buy the first three seasons on DVD but if I knew it was going to be on Blu Ray I will wait. I searched google and found nothing.

    Maybe someone here knows? Thanks.

  2. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I wouldn't see what Blu-ray would add to the Muppet Show experience unless they added the trivia track back in and incorporated scene selections. It doesn't appear to be a priority with Disney. TMS picture quality would be the same. However, I don't see why Disney hasn't released any of the films on Blu-ray yet. :confused:
  3. Carnby

    Carnby Member

    You might as well get the dvds. No offense to the Muppets of course, but the Muppet Show isn't exactly a top contendor or one of the popular choices for shows that need to go to Blu-Ray any time soon. I'd love to see it happen if they could really clean up the transfer, though I think the dvds are as good as the show's going to look. Otherwise, the only other pro to Blu-Ray would be less discs, which isn't a big deal at all. Maybe once all the seasons on dvd come out, they can do a Complete Series box set on Blu-Ray or something.

    And hey, most Blu-Ray players upgrade dvds in picture quality a bit.
  4. KermieBaby47

    KermieBaby47 Well-Known Member

    I agree with Jamie and Carnby. The sets we've gotten are probably the highest quality we'll get, which isn't bad at all.

    I do think they might do at least a "Letters to Santa" in Blu-ray, since the broadcast was in HD on NBC (if you get that channel, if you pay for the service, yadda yadda). They look amazing in HD, I'm gonna save it on my DVR until it's released just in case they don't, then I can make my own, hee-hee.

    Classic Muppets in HD would be fantastic!
  5. Ignohippo

    Ignohippo Well-Known Member

    Well, Blu-ray would certainly be higher quality video, but I can't imagine the Muppets being very high on Disney's priority list for remastering to HiDef. But, it seems the season sets have sold well enough to eventually get the treatment.

    I think that eventually we'll see a complete conversion of dvd to blu-ray but it may take years due to the state of the economy blu-ray isn't catching on as quickly as hoped. I look at it like the conversion of music from LP to CD.

    As soon as they bring the prices of the players and discs down, I think more folks will get on board.

    To make a long story short, I'd bet we'll see the movies in the next 2-3 years (especially if the new one gets made) and the tv seasons in 3-4 years – sooner if Blu-ray catches on quicker.
  6. Was Once Ernie

    Was Once Ernie Well-Known Member

    Personally, I'm waiting because I'm annoyed at the higher prices on the DVD's. I think the players are not priced badly, but I refuse to pay $10-20 more for the discs. I know there is a slightly higher cost in mastering and for the blank material, but it really doesn't cost them THAT much more.

    Probably not too many people here old enough to remember when stereo records were first introduced, and for many years after, the price was higher for them than monaural. Each record was stamped out of exactly the same material, yet they charged more for the stereo. In reality, at some point, the extra cost went into the mono mix-down, while the stereo version was the primary one.

    Anyway, I wouldn't pay more for stereo records, I'm not paying more for blu-ray discs. I already have an upscaling DVD player, so I can live without blu-ray until the disc prices are more reasonable.

  7. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    The better Blu-ray discs have amazing features - up to twice as much or more than their DVD counterparts and I'm not talking special edition Blu-rays either. It's not just about the remastered picture. There are in-movie features that are worth the slightly higher price. They aren't taking advantage of the consumer.

    If the Muppet Show hit Blu-ray I'd want to see them exploit the format by creating Picture in Picture commentary from performers and Muppet characters that can be pulled up while playing the episodes as well as behind the scenes features that can be accessed the same way as well. I'd also like to see a custom-made Muppety pop-up menu, captioned trivia morsels and have the extra space capacity utilized to cram more documentary footage.

    There’s only so much the picture and sound can be upscaled / remastered. It really is all about the special features if TMS hits the big Blu. Otherwise it's just as WOE stated - a better picture that costs 10 bucks more.
  8. monkeyjb1988

    monkeyjb1988 Active Member

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the Muppet Show may not make it to Blu-Ray. It was video-taped and it the late 70's-early 80's, that meant standard definition forever.

    However, the movies should be put on Blu-Ray right away. :)
  9. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    More than likely the first Muppet Blu-Ray disc will be the new theatrical film when it arrives on DVD.
  10. Meepsterboy

    Meepsterboy Well-Known Member

    ^ Personally I'm hoping for restored releases of TMM, TGMC, and TMTM as "build-up" for the theatrical release, similar to their upcoming Blu releases of the original Toy Story films building up for Toy Story 3 in theaters.
  11. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    Was TMS recorded straight onto VHS cassettes when they were filmed?
    Is there no way the quality could be converted for Blu-Ray?
  12. JJandJanice

    JJandJanice Well-Known Member

    Well Muppets Take Manhattan as well as Muppets from Space aren't owned by Disney, so they would have no say over those movies getting releases. However I wouldn't be surpised if Sony did cash in on the new theatrical release from Disney by re-releasing or maybe re-re-releasing those movies, I doubt for blu ray though and if they did re-re-release those movies, I very much doubt it will have any new bonus features, since the characters are of course owned by Disney.

    As for the Muppet show getting a Blu-Ray release, I wouldn't bet on it. It doesn't seem like Blu-ray has much to offer older shows.
  13. monkeyjb1988

    monkeyjb1988 Active Member

    Not VHS per se, but it was some sort of standard def videotape. If they did release a Blu-Ray, it would just be upconverted, something that can easily be done by putting a DVD in a Blu-Ray player. As I said before, your best bet for a (good quality) Blu-Ray of the Muppets is Blur releases of the movies.

    **shot on videotape. The original Star Trek series got released on Blu and it looks fantastic. Granted, the old version of the effects look wonky, but they were produced on the cheap. If a show was shot on film, it can more than easily make a good, if not great, Blu-Ray release. Sadly, The Muppet Show wasn't one of those shows. :boo:
  14. MLR930

    MLR930 Member

    I don't think it would be that hard to be put on blu ray, I think if they can do it with The Wizard of Oz which is ancient lol you can pretty much do it with anything. I already own seasons 1 - 3 so it doesn't matter to me, when you put DVDs in Blu Ray players they automatically look clearer but not by much.
  15. monkeyjb1988

    monkeyjb1988 Active Member

    There's a difference though: Wizard of Oz was shot on film, the Muppet Show was shot on video. Oz worked because film has the picture information to make a Blu-Ray possible. I think the DVDs have the best picture quality that the show will ever have. Again, the movies are our best bets.
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Blu-Ray? I doubt we're gonna even get the rest of the series on REGULAR DVD at this point.
  17. MLR930

    MLR930 Member

    shhh bite your tongue! we have to have hope!

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