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Your Thoughts: Henson's Place DVD

Discussion in 'Family Worlds' started by Phillip, Jul 30, 2010.

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  1. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    It has just been passed and given a certificate for release in the UK. Fraggle Rock season one is also being released, and is available for pre order on play.com!
  2. Kermieuk

    Kermieuk Well-Known Member

    Great news, I guess its just re issues of the USA releases?

    Chris
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Everybody talking about how hard it is to find this DVD in stores, I think mainly because a lot of DVDs are getting caught up like what Amazon has going on where DVDs are sold exclusively online via "On Demand" programs and such... anymore, you have to order DVDs online, because they're not even being retailed in stores.

    I know this, because I've been to fye, Best Buy, Walmart, etc, and none of them had it in stores, they were all available exclusively online, so I had to order it... BUT, I'm glad I did, because it was worth every penny in the insecure world of online transactions.

    Was this documentary recorded in England, like TMS and some of the movies? I couldn't help but notice that much of the footage appears to be in PAL format. Either way, it was really a great watch; my only minor quibble is the quality is rather iffy, sort of like in the early days of video tape, but after watching for a while, you stop noticing.

    And I like that it's "dated", because it almost makes it seem like Jim is still with us (in person), and it was wonderful to see him share his own insight on the Muppets, the projects he's worked on, the people he works with, etc (and here's a little insight for those who aren't aware, the interview portions with Jim were featured on the SST Biography special, particular when talking about the original sketches of Big Bird, and talking about how long the characters will live is something they're waiting to see from the audience).

    Speaking of which, I LOVED the intro with Big Bird barging into Jim's office, with a bag of Doritos, offering him a nacho, and propping his feet up on his desk. Admittedly, I was slightly disappointed to see that there were no interviews, or insight from Caroll, considering Big Bird appears in the documentary, but we did get some very nice interviews with Jane, Frank, Lord Grade, Jerry Juhl, and Joan Ganz Cooney to name a few.

    And, as always, I LOVE seeing behind-the-scenes footage whenever they're shooting stuff, but I also loved the footage from inside the Creature Shop, seeing the beginning stages of various characters, like Jim playing with a completely goblin, whose helmet was too large for his head. Another bit I liked was test footage with Kermit and Fozzie in a pasture talking to a herd of cows, it was really funny.

    All and all, definitely worth every penny if you truly admire and appreciate Jim and all that he's done. :) :wisdom: :excited:
  4. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I was actually surprised to see it at my Borders the other day (though pleased of course, hehe).

    I literally grew up watching this documentary, as a very young child. I actually think it's what got me so interested in Behind-the-Scenes footage in the first place (along with some of the Peanuts documentaries from around that time). My friends are always asking why I NEED to have decent special features on my DVD's and I really think it's in part because of this special (even though it was on VHS at the time, lol).

    Funny it never broke the magic of the Muppets for me or anything, it actually probably enhanced it! I wish more children's entertainment would trust kids in this way. :)

    Everyone always talks about this, but that Sesame Street store, wow! I never would have left! :insatiable:
  5. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Borders has an impressive DVD section for a bookstore... even BAM and Barnes and Nobel only have like those Walmart-esque "discount bins" for random movies that aren't very popular to begin with... but Borders is a different story, though I didn't see this one... ironically, though, I DID see the original DVD edition of Follow That Bird that's long been out of print. :confused:
    Lol, neither would I... and that little boy didn't want to leave either, he just wanted to stay in there and play with everything, lol.
  6. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah he was so cute. I always wondered if the father had to say at some point "OK, we need to buy something or they'll kick us out!" Lol

    Another nice about these documentaries is that my Mother would watch them with me and she would recognize Frank Oz and explain to me that he and Jim were close friends. Again, it was just nice to have that extra dimension of knowledge as a kid. :p :(
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yeah, you don't often see such comradery between two professionals like Jim and Frank.

    And I agree heralde, to me, one of the points of a DVD is having some decent special features; I mean I can remember as a kid being bummed about whenever movies were being released for home entertainment, the DVDs had all the great behind-the-scenes footage and such, and the VHSs didn't (very rarely, they would have like maybe ONE featurette after the actual movie, like Doug's 1st Movie, or a bonus toon before and after the movie, like Pixar movies). That's one thing that annoys me sometimes, like when long-running TV shows release individual season sets with no special features, then they re-release all of them in a complete series set WITH special features (a lot of M*A*S*H fans complained to 20th Century Fox, and they recalled the complete series set for a short time and released the special features alone, though that didn't last long). OR, if you have an older movie released, and the only feature you may get is like a trailer, when you could at least get something like a commentary track or something. *Shrug*
  8. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah it was a rare treat when a VHS had bonus features back in the day, lol. I remember my copy of The Wizard of Oz had some behind the scenes clips for the 50th anniversary. I'm glad I still have that, it's sort of a fossil now, lol.

    And you're right, the nice thing is that nowadays sometimes companies take notice and improve bonus features if they get a second chance (though not always of course). I remember reading that the first Thundercats DVD set had a short featurette of adult fans reminiscing about the show. Which was a nice idea, but what people really wanted to see is actual behind the scenes stuff with the creators. Thankfully in the second DVD set the bonus features included a documentary with the voice actors and creators, very cool and often surreal, lol.
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Another bit of a bummer is whenever you've got season or volume sets, they'll have a great amount of features for the like the first two sets, maybe a couple by the third set, then none whatsoever for the remaining sets (ala Rocky and Bullwinkle).
  10. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah definitely, well that's probably comes down to availability too, especially for an older show. I was definitely spoiled by more recent projects like, say, The Lord of the Rings DVDs which had access to so much and stuck in EVERYTHING, lol.

    Btw you mentioned about the quality of Henson's Place looking a bit iffy. I was actually relieved that it looked the way I remembered and not all digitally enhanced, lol. Archivists often disagree on this point, whether artifacts should be cleaned up, or kept as they were.
  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Lol.

    If I were to make any kind of guess, I would say it looks like if it was simply digitally transfered from a VHS to DVD.
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Here's something about the documentary I forgot to mention that sort of confuses me...

    In this documentary, Don Sahlin's name is pronounced as "Sa-leen" (Caroll pronounced it the same way in the SST Biography), yet other times, it's pronounced as it's spelled "Sah-lin", like Jim said in Muppets on Puppets.

    But then again, I guess it's kind of like with writer Ken Levine: some pronounce it "Le-vyne", while others pronounce it "Le-veen".
  13. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Yeah it's just one of quirks people have with names; they don't hear it right or they're used to hearing it one way. When I think about it I rarely hear my friends or even my co-workers' last names mentioned out loud. So I guess it's understandable, hehe.
  14. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    That's the thing with proper names though, regardless of whether you're a public figure or everyday joe, most names originate from a particular region and as such, like any "foreign word" open themselves up to being mispronounced not even necessarily because of ignorance but because of how other regions bastardize/Americanize it. The only one true way to determine how a name is "supposed" to be pronounced is to go by how the person who has the name pronounces it. And even then, they may even pronounce it differently than another direct family member (or even if they have a more foreign name or one tied to a specific language culture, their closest friends not with that background will most likely pronouce it somewhat close but still with no cigar)

    Some times one gets lucky and has a name that's hard (but not impossible) to get wrong like Smith and then there's other names that you may as well get used to hearing half the population say one way and the other half another like Bowie.
  15. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Member

    I did post on another thread that I was about to get 'Henson's Place' for 30% off as a result of a store closing sale. I watched it the other night and enjoyed it a lot. I wonder who has the rights to 'Of Muppets And Men'? I saw that one posted on YouTube.

    I love all behind-the-scenes stuff from Muppets and hope that more Henson documentaries come to DVD someday.
  16. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure Disney has Of Muppets and Men. If the remaining season sets of The Muppet Show ever come out, it'll most likely be included as a bonus feature on one of them.
  17. Canadian Fan

    Canadian Fan Member

    It'd be great if 'Of Muppets And Men' was released on the season 5 Muppet Show DVD since it was filmed around the time they were producing season 5.
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Maybe online, because Disney didn't have any Muppet DVDs whenever I looked... but then again, the last time I went to the Disney Store (last month, actually), they had NO Muppet stuff whatsoever. They used to have a ridiculously tiny Muppet section in the store, now they have nothing.

    ... and still everyone thinks they're handling the Muppets just wonderfully... I DON'T get it...
  19. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    I meant has as in they own the rights to the documentary. :o
  20. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Ah... miscommunication there, lol.

    I wonder why HP is owned by Lionsgate and not Disney? :confused:


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