This four-disc set is a classic Muppets season, full of savory and comical bits and turns more than half of whom are guest stars who are mostly still alive and in show business still – or that you would have heard of, with the possible exception of Marisa Barenson. (Oh, yes, check â€“ model and actress in an Stanley Kubrick film).
And what a lovely box of chocolates this third season is, full of priceless moments such as a very young-looking Kris Kristofferson on the verge of cracking up as he sings â€œHelp Me Make it Through the Nightâ€ in duet with Miss Piggy, Jean Stapleton singing â€œIâ€™m Just Wild About Harryâ€ with Crazy Harry, Sylvester Stallone as a Roman gladiator singing â€œLetâ€™s Call the Whole Thing Offâ€ in duet with a lionâ€¦Loretta Lynn singing in the railway station, Leo Sayer (Oh, wow, says my daughter, who is slightly younger than this season of the Muppets â€“ is he the father of all metrosexuals?) who boogies with a flamboyant and human-sized peacock to the tune of â€œYou Made Me Feel Like Dancingâ€. Season 3 also features Liberace in all his tacky and flamboyant glory â€“ yes, my dear child, he was about as gay as it gets - Roger Miller singing a number with a backup chorus of guitar-picking watermelonsâ€¦ Yes, variety musical shows didnâ€™t come with a more surreal sensibility than the Muppet Show. They also gave a good workout to all sorts of music-hall sing-along ballads, the popular music of the last half-century and even a handful of classical war-horses, all sorts of wonderful, eccentric personalities. What more could you ask? Itâ€™s a lovely collection, this third season â€“ the Muppet Show at the peak of their arc, the best of the best.
Extras on this set include a one-hour documentary from the dark ages of 1969 â€“ â€œMuppets on Puppetsâ€ goes back to the very early days of the Muppets. They did not spring out of nowhere â€“ they had been around for a good long time before springing onto us via the medium of the broadcast channels. The series of Purina dog-food commercials proves that; Rowlf flogging dog-chow? There is also the feature â€œA Company of Playersâ€ for those who want to know how the magic was done.
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