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Simply put, 'The Muppets' turned out to be one of my favorite films of 2011. If it has one fault it's that Pepe the Prawn is dreadfully underutilized. Other than that, It's a near perfect comedic effort from Segel and Stoller. They were able to take a franchise that hadn't been seen on the big screen in over a decade and create something timeless and successful. They revitalized an American institution and made it relevant again. I can't sing its praises enough. It's highly recommended for anyone who likes a good laugh. Now if you'll excuse me I think I'm going to watch it again.
The Video: Sizing Up the Picture
It's a Disney release, so you and I pretty much expect a spectacular presentation, right? Well, the 1080p AVC-encoded video presentation doesn't disappoint in the slightest. Each scene features a brilliant, flawless transfer which has become synonymous with Disney Blu-ray.
Right out of the gate you'll notice the strong attention to detail. Every bump and tuft of Walter's felt is visible. The varied textures of the movie's countless Muppets appear impeccably rendered. Like you can almost reach out and touch them. From Fozzy's furry exterior to the wispy hairs on Animal's head, everything is visible. The detail doesn't stop with the Muppets either. Human faces have just as much fine detail.
Colors pop at every turn. With the various colors of Muppets traipsing across the screen there's no shortage of brilliant colors to look at. Blacks are deep and inky. Shadows are perfectly delineated. Human skin tones feature a perfectly natural hue.
This presentation features no artifacts or noise whatsoever. There are intentional blips and flecks during the opening sequence. As we see the early years of Gary's and Walter's lives the film is given an older look. White flecks pop up but they're intentionally inserted to make the film look aged. As their characters grow up the flecks disappear and we're left with a pristine looking transfer all the way through.
The Audio: Rating the Sound
The video is rivaled by the awe-inspiring 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Truthfully, this is one of the best 7.1 mixes I've ever heard. The extra two channels on the sides are utilized wonderfully. With all the frantic action going on as Muppets scurry from one edge of the frame to the other, the sound moves seamlessly through the speakers. The side channels pick up loads of Muppet chatter and add another level for the movie's music.
From the opening number, the movie's soundtrack successfully fills every channel providing for an encompassing listening environment. The musical numbers have beautiful dynamics. Every word which is sung is clearly heard as it echoes through the entire sound stage.
Ambient sound is delightfully captured. The side speakers add a very natural ambiance to the proceedings. Chatter from Muppets can be heard during almost every scene. LFE is astute and abundant. Yes, even 'The Muppets' features a well-bodied explosion that will certainly rattle a few pictures on the wall.
Like the video, the audio is perfect. There's nothing about it that should be changed. This is a flawless sounding release all around.
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