“The season set of The Muppet Show has been digitally remastered, and is of higher quality than the Best Of… sets that were ripped previously by SFM. (We know this since, being die hard Muppet fans, we own some of the Best Of… sets too.) There is some blockiness in this release, which we can’t do anything about, but it does lack the annoying over–sharpening and ghosting of the Best Of releases.
They also differ in that they have (in the case of season 1) the original season intro, rather than the generic Muppet Show intro that was used on the Best Of… releases. Both seem to have the original uncut episodes (the Best Of… also had a short intro for each episode by Brian Henson, the son of Jim Henson.).
As a sidenote, the SFM releases were incorrectly decimated since these are NTSC not film. But we aren’t labelling any as proper since we can’t really be arsed checking which ones were released etc. As usual when the episode numbering differs between the DVD order and the TV.com/TvTome order, we follow the DVD order.
Finally, we ripped these at 233mb with AC3 audio simply because at the 175mb size, the bitrate is a tad too low for these to look good – and what’s the use of releasing a classic series like the Muppets at subpar quality?
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