CTHV Press Release: "Best Of The Muppets"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME ENTERTAINMENT
    AND JIM HENSON HOME ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRATE
    THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MUPPETS
    WITH THE RELEASE OF

    ==========================
    BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW
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    Classic Episodes From The Emmy Award-Winning TV Series
    Featuring Guest Stars Elton John, Julie Andrews, Gene Kelly,
    Paul Simon, Raquel Welch and Mark Hamill

    Available To Own On Video and DVD Sept. 3

    Culver City, Calif. (July 8, 2002) - Celebrating the 25th
    Anniversary of The Muppet Show, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment and
    Jim Henson Home Entertianment will release two new video & DVD
    collections featuring classic episodes from the much-loved television
    series.
    BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW - ELTON/JULIE/GENE and BEST OF THE
    MUPPET SHOW - MARK/PAUL/RAQUEL each contain three episodes highlighted
    by special guest stars that join in the Muppet mayhem including Elton
    John, Paul Simon, Gene Kelly, Mark Hamill, Julie Andrews and Raquel
    Welch. Available to own Sept. 3 each volume of Best of The Muppet Show
    will be priced at $14.95 for VHS and $24.95 for DVD.
    For nearly five decades Jim Henson's Muppets have entertained
    audiences worldwide with the mission of "making the world a better place
    by inspiring people to celebrate life." From comedy to creativity,
    innovation to irreverence, performance to puppetry, the Muppets truly
    embody the best of all of these talents and qualities, and so much more.
    "The Muppet Show" debuted in syndication on September 26,
    1976 and continued for five seasons with 120 shows, catapulting the
    characters into superstardom in more than 100 countries. The Muppets
    have won more than 40 Emmy Awards and nominations. The Muppets remain
    international superstars with timeless appeal, best known for their
    clowning, conjuring, quirkiness and kindness.
    This wildly popular series features Kermit the Frog, Miss
    Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Rowlf the Dog, Scooter, The Great Gonzo, and a
    myriad of other Muppets as they work together to put on a variety show.
    Emceed by Kermit, the show includes comedy sketches, musical numbers,
    death-defying feats, and satirical vaudeville routines.
    Each volume of the BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW contains three
    hilarious, uncut episodes that are jam-packed with all the outrageous
    skits, music hits, great guest stars and Muppet moments everyone
    loves...plus some extra laugh-out-loud tunes and sketches never before
    broadcast in North America. Also included are special introductions by
    Brian Henson.

    BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW - Elton/Julie/Gene
    Elton John: The pop superstar takes center stage with
    outrageous costumes and some of his greatest hits, including "Crocodile
    Rock" and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."
    Julie Andrews: The beloved musical star yodels the tale of a
    lonely goat herd, serenades Kermit, and whistles a happy tune in the
    company of giant monsters.
    Gene Kelly: The legendary musical-comedy star gives Kermit a
    dance lesson, performs a romantic duet with Miss Piggy, and sings a
    medley of tunes from his classic movies.

    BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW - Mark/Paul/Raquel
    Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker, C-3P0, and R2-D2 hijack the
    crew from "Pigs in Space" to rescue Chewbacca, then join in a big "star"
    tunes finale in a galaxy far, far away.
    Paul Simon: The popular singer-songwriter has a run-in with
    the law while performing "Scarborough Fair" with Miss Piggy and joins
    the Muppet band for a rollicking "Loves Me Like a Rock."
    Raquel Welch: The international sex symbol goes prehistoric
    to sing and dance with a giant spider and teams with Miss Piggy for a
    show-stopping "I Am Woman"

    The DVD release of BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW - ELTON/JULIE/GENE
    will feature some exciting added value elements including "Did You
    Know?", "Movie Mania: Flipperdance" and "Muppet Moments: Floyd and
    Kermit." BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW - MARK/PAUL/RAQUEL DVD release also
    contains "Did You Know?," "Movie Mania: Yoda Screen Test" and "Muppet
    Moments: Miss Piggy."

    BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW
    Not Rated
    Color
    Closed-Captioned
    80 minutes
    SLP: $14.95
    Elton/Julie/Gene VHS Slipsleeve #09401 / UPC #0-43396-09401-7
    Mark/Paul/Raquel VHS Slipsleeve #09403 / UPC #0-43396-09403-1

    DVD SPECS
    DVD Format: Full Screen
    Sound: English Mono
    Languages: English
    Subtitles: n/a
    SLP: $24.95
    Elton/Julie/Gene DVD #09402 / UPC #0-43396-09402-4
    Mark/Paul/Raquel DVD #09404 / UPC #0-43396-09404-8
     
  2. Tom Rags

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    Great News! Yes! I couldn't justify dropping over 100 bones on the Time/Life set, but I miss my muppet show...I grew up on this stuff! Thanks, CTHV!!
     
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    Correction

    A press release sent yesterday from CTHE contained incorrect titles for
    the upcoming two volumes of the BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW. The correct
    titles for the two DVDs are:
    BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW Starring Elton John, Julie Andrews & Gene Kelly
    BEST OF THE MUPPET SHOW Starring Mark Hamill, Paul Simon & Raquel Welch
     
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    They're a little overpriced for less then 90 minutes of programming. As much as I love the Muppets, I think I'm going to have to pass.
     
  5. Tom Rags

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    My bet is that you will be able to find this for $17 or less by either a pre-order or at a B+M during the first week of release.
     
  6. Jeffrey Gray

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    I only have two worries: 1. That Columbia will not follow through with all 20 of the announced DVDs. 2. That, if they do follow through with all 20, they will not follow through with another 20 (which would give us the entire series on DVD).
     
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    Has anyone found these yet?
     
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    While I absolutely adore The Muppet Show, I won't be buying it on DVD until they release them in season box sets. I've already got 40 Star Trek: The Original Series DVDs that took a big bite out of my wallet and ate up a ton of shelf space, so I won't be going through that again.
     
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    Paul, you'll be waiting a long time then

    Time-Life owns them, CTHV is just doing the retail distro

    There are 10 DVDs, 15 VHS tapes. Time-Life has confirmed they are working on DVDs of the 5 remaining VHS volumes and 5 more new ones

    I will let everyone know when they hit actual production
     
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    Columbia has announced today two more releases of TMS. Both are, as before, identical to the same-numbered-volumes from Time-Life.
    #3 (link is to Time-Life listing at TVShowsOnDVD.com) features Harry Belafonte, along with Linda Ronstadt and John Denver.
    #4 features Peter Sellers, along with John Cleese and Dudley Moore.
    Both are due out on March 4th.
     
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    These should just be repackages of the time-life version already available (which I've order and am enjoying right now). Time life had prevously released vol 1-10, and now you can order 11-15. No reason why you can't go ahead and order them from time live vs waiting for columbia "packaging" unless you've determined that they'll be cheaper via columbia. I had a discount sale coupon when I bought mine so I'm happy to have them already.

    -dave
     
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