Muppets Most Wanted appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. Though not a stellar presentation, the transfer satisfied.
Overall definition seemed positive. A smattering of wider shots could be a bit on the soft side, but that didn’t create a real problem. Instead, the vast majority of the image looked accurate and concise. I saw no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects, and the movie lacked edge haloes or source flaws.
The Muppets live in a world of primary colors, and those hues came across well. The film boasted a lively palette and reproduced these tones in a bright, perky manner. Blacks seemed deep and dense, while shadows showed good clarity and smoothness. This was a more than satisfactory presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD HR 7.1 soundtrack, it also offered plenty of delights. The movie’s action elements gave us a lot of good auditory information around the spectrum, as the mix brought various scenes to life in a fun way. I’d be hard-pressed to come up with any particular standout sequences, but the elements meshed together in a smooth manner and delivered a lot of pop along the way. Music used solid stereo imaging and effects came from logical locations; those blended and moved in a believable manner.
Audio quality was strong. Music seemed full and peppy, while speech appeared concise and without edginess or other issues. Effects offered good clarity and accuracy, with bold bass response at appropriate times. The soundtrack suited the film and added to its fun.
When we shift to extras, the primary attraction comes from three separate versions of the film – or two and a gimmick, truthfully. In addition to the standard Theatrical Cut (1:47:20), we get an Unnecessarily Extended Cut (1:59:13) and a Statler and Waldorf Cut (1:42). The “S&W” one delivers an obvious joke, as the noted Muppet-haters reduce the film’s length to a bare minimum; it’s a cute gag, even if it’s a predictable one.
As for the differences between the theatrical and extended editions, I discerned 33 scenes that were extended or altered in some way. Three musical numbers went longer – “We’re Doing a Sequel”, “I’ll Get You What You Want” and “Interrogation Song” – and a wide variety of added lines/snippets occurred for other parts of the movie.
None of the changes delivered new plot information, so don’t expect any “stand-alone” sequences. Virtually everything complemented existing scenes; some of the changes were longer/more radical than others but all connected to material in the Theatrical Cut.
I think both versions of Wanted work fine but probably prefer the Extended Cut. Again, it adds nothing crucial, but it gives us a bunch of funny bits that don’t appear in the shorter edition and these entertain, though they do threaten to make the movie too long. Prior to 2011, all the Muppet films ran in the 80-90 minute range, and Muppets topped out at 103 minutes. Stretching the characters and situations to 119 minutes could’ve been too much of a good thing.
And maybe if I view it again, I’ll feel that the Extended Cut of Wanted is as unnecessary as it claims to be. It’s possible I liked it just because it was fun to see the new material but the length will drag on further review. For the time being, though, I do prefer the longer Wanted, as it comes with too many good gags to go back to the shorter edition.
A sequel to a feature on the first movie’s Blu-ray, The Longer Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History runs nine minutes, 45 seconds and boasts a collection of outtakes. I like the ad-libs from the Muppet actors but we get way too many shots of a cackling Ricky Gervais.
Rizzo’s Biggest Fan goes for two minutes, 47 seconds and offers a wacky clip. Under an alias, Muppet Rizzo sends an e-mail to director James Bobin to demand that Rizzo receive more screen time in the sequel. This becomes a cute but forgettable clip.
Next we find a music video for Bret McKenzie’s “I’ll Get You What You Want”. It mostly mixes lip-synch footage with movie clips, though it does attempt to place McKenzie in the action. That factor makes it a little better than average but not by much. I really like the song, though.
The disc opens with ads for Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent and Disneynature: Bears. Sneak Peeks also includes promos for Star Wars: Rebels, Legend of the Neverbeast and Disney: Infinity. No trailer for Wanted appears here.
A second disc delivers a DVD copy of Wanted. It features the theatrical cut and the music video but lacks any of the other supplements.
While it doesn’t quite match up with the delights of its predecessor, Muppets Most Wanted comes with plenty of pleasures of its own. It mostly avoids pitfalls to give us a fun, frisky comedy. The Blu-ray offers very good picture and audio but skimps on supplements; other than an extended cut of the movie, we don’t find many bonus materials. The absence of substantial extras disappoints but the flick itself satisfies.