Fix the problems for the 40th Anniversary Edition of "Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas"!
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Now, Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas is such a great classic Christmas TV Special. While it first aired back then in 1977, it only aired on Canadian television. And then, 1 year later, in 1978, it then aired for the first time ever here in the U.S.A., but only on the premium cable channel, HBO. And then, 2 years later, in 1980, it then aired for the first time ever on over-the-air TV on the Broadcast TV network, ABC, for those that didn't afford either HBO or cable at the time.
Now, for the 40th Anniversary Edition DVD and Digital Download re-releases of the TV Special that just came out recently. Now, first off, I only rented the Digital Download format on my iTunes account, I didn't actually buy it, I only, once again, just rented it, so that, I could see what this newly recent print version of the TV Special was like.
Now, even though, I am happy that the TV Special on this newly recent print version is uncut and unedited, and that, they restored Kermit the Frog's opening and ending scenes, along with the laundry scene, back into the TV Special, but unfortunately, about what I just saw on this new recently re-release, it's about the 5 BIGGEST complaints that I have about it, that I'm not too happy with!
As of what's happening on TV today, and sometimes, but not all the time, on Home Media releases, it's with either any older TV Show, any older TV Special, or any older Made-For-TV Movie, that's in its WRONG Aspect Ratio! And that's exactly what happened! The TV Special was cropped from its original 4x3 Aspect Ratio to fit in HD screen! And it just doesn't look right, it looks like DRECK! And the reason why I'm saying that, is because you are missing more information, that you used to see before, with the cropping of the TV Special! Now, like, for an example here; during the last of the roll of the ending credits, you used to see a whole flock of the flying birds before, but right now, you are only seeing 1/2 to 3/4 of it! And that's how BAD the cropping was! And that, even back then, during the 1970's and 1980's, there were NO such things as 16x9 Widescreen HDTV Sets!
The Jim Henson Company has decided to use heavy use of Digital-Noise-Reduction (DNR) on the TV Special, just so that, they would make it look like HD! And that, the TV Special was originally shot in Standard-Definition (SD)! And the DNR just doesn't look right, either, it basically just looks plain TERRIBLE!
The Jim Henson Company has also decided to manipulate the Frame-Rate from the TV Special's original 60 Frames-Per-Second (FPS) to 30 FPS, just so that, they would make it look more filmy! And that, the TV Special was originally shot on Videotape! And the Frame-Rate just doesn't look right, either, it's just basically ALL MESSED UP! And that, even some of the shots just really don't look that good at all!
Now, even though, Kermit the Frog's opening and ending scenes are, once again, restored back into the TV Special, but unfortunately, Kermit the Frog's 2 bits of off-screen narration have again been excluded! WHY?! WHAT THE HECK?! They could've just restored them back into the TV Special, too! JEEZ!
5th and final problem:
Now, also, even though, the TV Special on this newly recent print version is, once again, uncut and unedited, but, also, unfortunately, the fade to black after the opening credits has been hastily replaced with a cross-fade to the next scene! WHY?! WHAT THE HECK?! They could've just left that WHOLE thing ALONE! JEEZ!
Now, in the likely event that you don't believe me, I have proof. Here are some images (in their original 4x3 Aspect Ratio), along with the video clip containing those same images (in the awful cropped 16x9 Widescreen version). And now, here are the following images on the following links below:
And now, here's the following video clip on the following link below (and be sure to click on where it says Watch Trailer):
So, for the new recently re-released DVD and Digital Download formats of the 40th Anniversary Edition of the TV Special Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas, I hate to say this, but, I advise you to stay away from it! And please keep on spreading messages to The Jim Henson Company by keeping on telling them that we want the TV Special to be restored back into its original 4x3 Aspect Ratio, and into its original 60 FPS, and non-DNR'd. And also, please keep on telling them that we want Kermit the Frog's 2 bits of off-screen narration, and the fade to black after the opening credits, restored back into the TV Special. Because they ought to be ashamed of themselves for what they did to this all-time favorite classic Christmas TV Special! And if you agree and are with me, please sign this petition. Thank you.
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