As many of you may know, Craig Shemin announced that Disney will be releasing DVD season box sets of "The Muppet Show" at the "Muppets, Music and Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy" event in New York last November. Interviews with many other Henson performers, employees and fans were filmed for bonus material at the event as well.
It was said at the event that the season box sets would begin arriving in the summer of 2005. Many thought that the estimate seemed a little optimistic, and people began to doubt the claims. Now, over four-months later, nothing more has been announced, reported, or found out about these alleged DVDs. The Disney customer service is unable to answer questions on such products due to lack of information. And many fans have begun to question the reports; especially after last fall brought several misreports, wild rumors, and confusion of similar DVD sets of Fraggle Rock from websites, fans, and even HIT Entertainment customer service themselves. So I decided to do some hunting to see if these reports were rumors or facts, and also try to get some more information on what to expect and when.
I found a contact inside the Muppet Holding Company (yes an actual person working inside the Muppet Holding Company – not just a Disney Customer Service rep.), and I politely asked what the deal with season sets are. Why have we heard nothing official? When will we get more details? Are these being made? And I got a response. Here it is, this is all they are willing to say. Enjoy.
“...Regarding your box set question--a proper DVD release is on the table, and being worked with. But an official release date is not available yet. Sometime this year is likely. Check back with me in a month or two and I'll have more information on the subject...”
So there you have it, you can interpret that however you like. But I do think that they are happening, and most likely sometime this year. I plan on keeping in contact with them and hopefully I’ll be able to bring you more news in April/May on the subject. I’ll keep you posted as I find out more.