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New on DVD & Blu-ray: 'The Muppet Movie,' 'Olympus Has Fallen,' more

The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie Credit: "The Muppet Movie"

The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition’
There have been some great “Muppet” movies, like the most recent one that hit theaters in 2011, and there have been some not-so-good “Muppet” movies, like the hard-to-watch “Muppet Treasure Island.” For my money, though, this first big screen “Muppet” film — making its debut on Blu-ray — is the pinnacle of cinematic Muppetry. The film follows everyone’s favorite frog Kermit, as he works to fulfill his dreams of making it to Hollywood and landing a rich-and-famous contract. Along the way, he encounters some familiar friends (Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem band), some famous guest cameos (Steve Martin, Orson Welles, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor) and a serious baddie in Doc Hopper (Charles Durning), who wants the talented frog to work for his frog legs restaurant. Funny, adorable, technically impressive (the frog rides a bicycle!) and filled with excellent songs — including the Oscar-nominated “Rainbow Connection” — “The Muppet Movie” is a certified classic and a great film for people of any age. (DVD, $19.99; Blu-ray, $26.50)

‘Olympus Has Fallen’
There’s a massive terrorist attack on the White House and the president is taken hostage, it’s up to Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning, a one-time Secret Service agent, to save him. (DVD, $30.99; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $40.99)

‘The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec’
From director Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element”) and adapted from a graphic novel by Jacques Tardi comes this 1912 Paris adventure with dinosaurs, ancient Egyptians, a wink toward the absurd and a nod of approval to “Indiana Jones” and “Tintin.” This film does for adventure what “The Fifth Element” did for sci-fi: makes it quirky, odd and fun. (DVD, $14.97; Blu- ray/DVD combo, $24.97)

‘Captains Close Up’
William Shatner follows up his “Captains” documentary with this five-episode series focusing on all the captains of “Star Trek” TV series. Shatner is really a charming conversationalist, making these chats seriously engrossing. (DVD, $19.98)

Also out
‘The Big Wedding’ (DVD, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99)
‘The Company You Keep’ (DVD, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99)
‘Emperor’ (DVD, $19.98; Blu-ray, $24.99)
‘Reality’ (DVD, $32.99; Blu-ray, $34.99)
‘What Maisie Knew’ (DVD, $28.99; Blu-ray/DVD combo, $29.99)

TV on DVD
‘Enlightened: The Complete Second Season’ (DVD, $39.98)
‘Girls: The Complete Second Season’ (DVD, $39.98; Blu-ray, $49.99)
‘The Mindy Project: Season One’ (DVD, $29.98)
‘The Office: Season Nine’ (DVD, $49.98; Blu-ray, $59.98)
‘Once Upon A Time: The Complete Second Season’ (DVD, $45.99; Blu-ray, $79.99)
 

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