One of the most entertaining tv compilations on dvd to come out in the past year, "THE MUPPET SHOW: SEASON ONE" is now available from BUENA VISTA HOME ENTERTAINMENT.
While there are plenty of "BEST OF" Muppet show releases already out there, this special edition set is wonderful! Die-hard fans will recognize several songs have been excised from this release for reasons unknown, but there are plenty of things never available before, that have been included as well!
Season one depended less on big name celebrities and more on innovative characters and writing, to carry the show. Budget limitations are evident as well, and the show is visibly working out its kinks during the first season. Most notably, the voices of various characters change at times, becoming better until they resemble the voices we've since grown to know and love.
All 24 episodes are included in this boxed set, and celebrities featured
include: Juliette Prowse
Connie Stevens/Joel Grey/Ruth Buzzi/Rita Moreno/Jim Nabors/Florence Henderson/Paul Williams
Charles Aznavour/Harvey Korman/Lena Horne/Peter Ustinov/Bruce Forsyth/Sandy Duncan/Candice Bergen/Avery Schreiber/Ben Vereen/Phyllis Diller/Vincent Price/Valerie Harper/Twiggy/Ethel Merman/Kaye Ballard/Mummenschanz
BUENA VISTA has preserved the show's 1.33:1 aspect ratio. Colors are solid and the overall detail and quality of the series is superior to the previously released "BEST OF" dvds.
BUENA VISTA has elected to remaster the mono tracks for Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo. Most of the mix is delegated towards the front soundstage, but there are some engaging effects. The music is especially well presented here, with great fidelity. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
Numerous extras are included. Pop-up trivia, gag reels and the original pilot episode stand out and are well worth viewing.