widescreen Muppet Movie DVDs
is planning on releasing four Muppet Movies in pan-and-scan only.
Let them know you want the films in widescreen with a 30% bigger
the good news: Disney is planning to release the movies “The
Muppet Movie”, “The
Great Muppet Caper”, “Muppet
Treasure Island” and “Muppet
Christmas Carol” completely restored and remastered on
DVD later this year (November 29, 2005 to be exact) in honor of
Kermit the Frog’s 50th anniversary.
the bad news: they are planning to release all four movies in full
frame (aka "pan-and-scan") ONLY, not in their original
widescreen format. This has been confirmed by the official Disney
some reason, Disney has decided to release full frame versions on
many "family" films. However, a full frame DVD doesn't
present the movie as it was intended to be seen. A lot of stuff
is cut out of the film, and this unnecessary cropping causes the
picture’s composition to look cramped, less exciting and less
eye pleasing. In the case of the Muppet movies, this will result
in about 30% of the on-screen Muppet magic to be removed. The folks
who created the movie designed it to be shown in widescreen; would
you want to have paintings by Van Gogh chopped off so they fit into
the frame you had handy? You can find out more about the differences
between widescreen and full screen in this article by James
2002 Disney first released "The Muppet Christmas Carol"
and "Muppet Treasure Island" on DVD in pan-and-scan. Hundreds
called and e-mailed Disney is disgust (including the upset director
of both films, Brian Henson, who was upset about his films’
treatment), it seems Disney did not learn from their past oversight.
this matters to you, contact Disney and let them know that you want
– no, that you demand - your Muppets on DVD in widescreen.
See below for more information.
Disney/Buena Vista at 1-800-72-DISNEY (1-800-723-4763), and send
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
you call they'll ask for your home address and e-mail addresses.
This is to make sure you're a real person and haven't called 100
times before to say the same thing. Providing the information adds
weight to your complaint, but if you're concerned about privacy,
ask them what they'll use the address for before giving it to them
(and express your concerns about privacy). You may want to consider
including your “real” address in your e-mail as well.
you contact Disney, remember:
polite. Your feedback is less likely to have an impact if you insult,
swear, rant, etc. Don't use derogatory terms like "pan and
scam" to refer to the full frame DVDs. Remember, Muppet fans
are nice people!
them you're glad to hear they're releasing the four Muppet films
on DVD to commemorate this 50-year milestone, but be firm about
your disappointment as a DVD buyer and Muppet fan. Explain what
you want, and why you want it.
specific titles (in this case, “The Muppet Movie”, “The
Great Muppet Caper”, “Muppet Treasure Island”
and “Muppet Christmas Carol”) that you will not buy
because they are not widescreen.
that, you can mention that you won't buy other Disney titles that
aren't in their original theatrical presentation either, and if
you've got them, mention how much you enjoy your current set of
widescreen Disney DVDs.
you've got kids, be sure to mention that, since Disney reported
angle on this is that these are “family” films and “families”
don't like widescreen.
Disney NOW and let them know you want these classic Muppet Movies
in widescreen on DVD. Things may not change for these releases,
but with enough support hopefully future Muppet releases will be
properly treated, and maybe a second wave of "widescreen editions"
will be produced in the near future.
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