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Your Thoughts: Ed Sullivan Muppets Magic DVD

Discussion in 'Muppet Merchandise' started by Phillip, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen it here eaither. But we end up getting stuff way past the due. The only thing I've seen thats been out on the due dates r the Futurama and Simpsons DVDs. But everything else takes longer so I go....*runs outside* ABILENE!!! *runs back inside* And thats how I get it sooner. Oh HerryGrail i like ur avatar. Neat. So do u have that Herry puppet?
  2. Michael_D33

    Michael_D33 New Member

    It wasn't at Best Buy here in Charlotte, NC. I called up Media Play and they said they had over 600 in wharehouse, so I should try back later in the week - the guy thought the release date might just be later, but why if it is in their wharehouse??

    So, I'm not sure what the delay is, but I'm sad! :(

    Hi, I'm new to the board, although I've been visiting Muppet Central for a few monthsn now.
  3. Hat Sharpener

    Hat Sharpener Well-Known Member

  4. Michael_D33

    Michael_D33 New Member

  5. anymuppet

    anymuppet Active Member

    Ahhhh! Has anyone noticed that Amazon.com has changed their "usually ships" time for Muppets Magic from 2-3 days to 10-14 days??? :confused: :eek:

    What's going on with this DVD??? :grouchy:
  6. HerryGrail

    HerryGrail Active Member

    Thanks Erine81981! I collect all the 70's hand puppets from Child Guidance and Vicma (among other things!), and finding Herry was always at the top of my list. When I finally found him, I felt like Sir Galahad discovering the Holy Grail! So I found a painting of the good knight and...well, you can see the rest. Something about this puppet suggests a "real" Muppet more than any of the others, especially when you "put him on." I think it's because all parts are similar to the original's material, including a soft nose instead of a rubber one. That he's extremely rare counts too.

    As for this DVD, I see that CD/Video Universe still has it at 1-2 days, while Amazon has posted another big delay. This looks like another "Grail" we're all after!
  7. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    I thought the DVD was spectacular!! I just got it yesterday and watched it from beginning to end and was delighted with every minute of it. I can only hope in the future more early T.V. work of Jim's will surface on DVD somewhere. I thought the colors and picture quality was superb and I'm glad they had the audio options since I still don't have a home theater and rely a lot on the 2.1 stereo sound option. :)
    Quick question though, at the end of one of the skits, (forget which one at the moment, forgive me), when Jim comes out to take his bow a blonde puppeteer also comes out. Does anyone know who this is?
  8. anymuppet

    anymuppet Active Member

    Hey Melissa! Do you mind if I ask where you got your copy? Did you order it online or get it in a store? I've been searching in the NY area since Tuesday and nobody seems to have it in stock. :eek:

    Thanks for the info!

  9. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Hi, Ho, Cathy!
    I ordered mine from Amazon.com Was very happy with how fast it shipped. You may want to try them. I actually haven't looked in any NY stores so I'm personally not aware of how available it is. I hope you manage to get a copy soon! It's worth every penny.
  10. anymuppet

    anymuppet Active Member

    Curses! :mad:
    I knew I should've ordered through Amazon! I just got my Storyteller and Rocky Mountain Holiday yesterday in the mail from them. I could be watching my Muppets Magic right now.... :cry:

    Ah well, I'll go place my order now. Thanks again Melissa! :)
  11. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    You're welcome, Cathy. Enjoy the DVD when you get it. I also recently got Rocky Mountain but haven't watched it yet....believe it or not have never seen it!! !:eek:
  12. anymuppet

    anymuppet Active Member

    I haven't seen it in a LONG time. Plus, I was just out at lunch and found Muppets Magic at Virgin Megastore!!! :D

    I'm planning to watch them all (Muppets Magic first, of course!) tonight when I get home. I'm so excited that I actually found a copy in the store! Ican'twaitIcan'twaitIcan'twait!!!!! :excited:
  13. BiggNate

    BiggNate Member


    We just received it today in the mail from Amazon and it was very entertaining. I liked the skits that were precursors to others on the Muppet Show. I especially like "Octopus's Garden" and "The Rock and Roll Monster." "The Monster Family" was also very funny. Though Ed talking down to Big Bird, shame on you Eddie! :boo: All in all, very cool. I hope this sells because I really want to see more older Muppet stuff!

  14. prickle747

    prickle747 Well-Known Member

    looks like the dvd is delayed again went to a 'media play' store

    informed that it will be now towards the end of sept.

    i believe they said Sept. 23/03

    can anybody verify this ??
  15. HerryGrail

    HerryGrail Active Member

    Okay!! Finally found it at Suncoast today. I've been calling regularly but they had never heard of it. So I just went by today, and there it was. I guess because it could be in the TV section, or the Music section, or the Kids section, and it could be either under "M" or with the other Sullivan DVDs under "S," it's not easy to get a complete answer over the phone from a clerk. (This one was in the Kids section.)

    Haven't played it yet...just about to. But...that cover!! Good Times usually does crummy packaging, and I wonder if it's so people will perceive their products as low-end (and lower priced). But there's a fine line between value and junk, and that's what this DVD looks like. The little thumbnails have looked bad enough, but in full size the cover is frightening. That typeface and background...eccchhhh! All the video images have been blown up way beyond their tolerance, oversaturated with color, and the Muppets' pupils have been retouched to look sharp. I can't imagine anything worse...maybe I can: on the back cover, the headline has a hyphenated word!

    It's also the first DVD I've ever seen with NO insert. This is too historic a compilation to be so thoughtlessly packaged. Well...I certainly won't hold it against the contents of the disc. But there's that letdown you get like when your favorite performer's box set comes out and the booklet is riddled with typos. You've gone to all this trouble, why not take just a little more time so it shows!!
  16. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Yeah, the fifties and sixites Muppet stuff is all my favorites. The timing, I don't know. They worked very differently in a shorter time frame. NBot necessarily better, but differently. They had less time, so the jokes were all strung together and quick-paced.
  17. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member

    Hi, HerryGrail! Yes, I'm familiar with GoodTimes' VHS releases, and they seem to take a kind of perverse pride in doing the sloppiest job possible. It's just a weird irony in this case, as the content that they're distributing is something much sought-after by collectors. If they were just releasing a Muppet special from the 80's that we'd all seen a hundred times, there wouldn't be such a clamor for it. But these are one of the "Holy Grails" of Muppet collecting, and Goodtimes doesn't seem to know what it has. It's like, "Look! We've just unearthed a Mark Twain novel that everyone thought had been lost to time. But we're going to release it with as ugly a cover as possible so that literature lovers everywhere quickly pass it by!"

    At $10, this disc is a bargain, and if it were more attractively packaged, I think the casual buyer might actually pick it up. There's definitely more of a loose, free-wheeling sense of humor to Jim's early stuff. There's a lot of cartoonish violence (in a good way) that was missing from the later works; lots of explosions and characters getting eaten (including Kermit). I think that would appeal to a modern audience looking for more edginess from the Muppets (and would work distinctly better than their attempts at "edge" in the Christmas TV-movie). And these little "bite-size" sketches would be quite satisfying to an audience member on the outside who wouldn't be willing to commit to a full-blown Muppet production. And to have no liner notes on such a historic set? GoodTimes really kind of dropped the ball here.

    But hey, I never thought I'd get a chance to see these, and now they're on DVD. So overall I'm happy. I'm also glad to hear more people are finding these on shelves now.

    BTW, for a good laugh, head over to toughpigs.com and take a look at the fake DVD covers some people made up (including an entry by yours truly). A couple are serious, but most are tongue-in-cheek awful covers. I don't think it's up on the main page of the site anymore, but you can probably find it by using the search engine. Try "Denver DVD cover" or something.

    BTW, like the pic by your screenname! I originally asked where you got it from, but then I noticed you already answered someone else about it, so never mind. :smirk: I hadn't realized they had made a Herry puppet. Was this from the same people who made the plastic-head Ernie and Bert puppets, or the ones who made the large Grover puppet (my favorite) or the Cookie Monster puppet? I thought those were all Fisher-Price, but maybe I'm wrong.
  18. HerryGrail

    HerryGrail Active Member

    Thanks Chilly Down! I'm sorry I missed your question, but I'm glad you found the answer. These puppets were all made in the 70's by the same company, variations of Child Guidance (though I've been corrected that the very, very first Ernie, Bert, Cookie, Oscar, and Big Bird ones were by made by Topper, and Child Guidance quickly took over and expanded the line). If you're interested in more, please check my posts for a thread I started (and ended!) about the history of these puppets. I'm always looking to fill in the details!
  19. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    So I've discovered the secret to getting a blank stare from a video store clerk...just walk in and ask about "Muppet Magic". A small sampling of responses I've gotten so far while looking for this DVD:

    - "Huh?"

    - "Never heard of it."

    - "Sorry dude, you got me."

    - "The Muppets were on the Ed Sullivan Show?"

    - "Who's Ed Sullivan?" (I am NOT making this up)

    The scary thing is I was looking in all the cult DVD/video stores that specialize in exactly this sort of thing. One clerk searched all of his store's current catalogues and couldn't find it - he said whoever is distributing this disc has done a horrible job of promoting it (to retailers) if his store hasn't heard of it since they carry just about everything, including tons of imported DVDs that no one has ever heard of.

    Has anyone else had luck finding this in a store yet?
  20. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter Well-Known Member

    Nope. Nowhere! I'm thinking of giving up the search and just ordering it online.

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