DVD Reviews: 'The Muppets' Return with Family-Style Humor

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DVD Reviews: 'The Muppets' Return with Family-Style Humor


Conti, Garrett, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


'The Muppets'

Directed by James Bobin from a script by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, "The Muppets" is the perfect movie for the entire family. Parents will rekindle memories of Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang and the kids will welcome something new. Really, it's the magic of the Muppets and their fun brand of humor, song and life lessons that provide the hook. The film introduces Walter, the world`s biggest Muppets fan. On a trip to visit the Muppets' old stomping grounds -- Muppet Studios -- Walter learns of a plan to tear the place down and drill for oil on the land. Walter (voiced by Peter Linz), his brother Gary (Segel) and Gary's girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) tell Kermit the bad news. They form a plan to get the Muppets back together to raise enough money to purchase the land back. At first, it's a trip down memory lane, but eventually, the Muppets are delivering the wacky brand of entertainment. As people begin taking notice, the funds start rolling in. But will it be enough? Single Blu-ray and standard discs don`t carry many extras, but individual two- and three-disc combo packs are loaded with special features, including featurettes, soundtrack info and bloopers. PG, 2011, Walt Disney Pictures. 3.5 Stars.

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

Director Tomas Alfredson did the unthinkable in taking a shot at adapting the 1974 spy novel by Brit John le Carre. It was made into a successful BBC miniseries with Alec Guinness in 1979. Alfredson was able to produce an above-average motion picture with a cast of powerhouse actors. It's not a spy film with much machismo, but a thinking man's movie that forces viewers to pay attention to detail. So, don't expect a shootout or a car chase in this very British film. With great performances by Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Mark Strong and Colin Firth, the film packs in a lot of different chapters. George Smiley (Oldman) is brought back from retirement to investigate rumors of a Russian mole in British intelligence. Smiley recruits a small team, moves forward and soon gathers a list of suspects. Interviews with members of the cast and crew and commentary are on Blu-ray and standard DVDs, while a simple featurette and some deleted scenes are on Blu-ray. R, 2011, Universal Pictures. 3 Stars.

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

For those that have seen the 2009 Swedish adaptation of the first book of Stieg Larsson's trilogy, it's almost impossible not to make some comparisons to this 2011 American version from celebrated director David Fincher. Both films have their superior qualities, but it's not fair to wrap a critique around comparisons. Looking at Fincher's version alone, viewers are handed a stylized version of the book from a filmmaker who kicks up all the muck in a bizarre story of murder, sex and intrigue. The story is missing some key plot elements that might confuse beginners to the story, but if you've read the book or seen Niels Arden Oplev`s film version, there will not be any problems. Performances are a key component of Fincher's film, and the director gets the most out of Oscar nominee Rooney, who immerses herself in the role of heroine Lisbeth Salander. The film revolves around Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) and Salander trying to solve a murder committed more than 40 years ago. Blu-ray and standard DVD sets do not have much by way of extras, but a combo pack's loaded with special features. R, 2011, Sony Pictures. 3 Stars.

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