Lately a large number of documentaries related to Jim Henson's work have seemingly come out of the woodwork, and over onto DVD. Now Lionsgate has found another one, which includes behind-the-scenes info not only about The Muppet Show
, but also Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock
, several of the Jim Henson-related films, and even his pre-Sesame
work on commercials and other productions. This hour-long 1984 documentary, which aired on PBS, is titled "Henson's Place: The Man Behind the Muppets
Lionsgate's info for retailers notes that this "is the first-ever documentary to tell the story of Jim Henson," and that it "spans the career of Jim Henson and the Muppets, starting from inception up to his planning of LABYRINTH.
" The show "includes in-depth clips and interviews depicting his early fascination with puppetry and visual media, his wife Jane Henson, fellow puppeteers and more." It will be released on DVD in North America for the first time ever on August 3rd
, at $14.98 for this single-disc (52 minutes) title. The video is full screen, audio is English 2.0 with closed captioning, and subtitles in English and Spanish. Here's the package art that Lionsgate provided to retailers this morning:
Take a peek behind the curtain with HENSON'S PLACE, the original documentary about Jim Henson, the creative visionary that brought us the enchantment of "The Muppet Show," THE DARK CRYSTAL and more! From honing his skills as a puppeteer in college to creating some of the world's most beloved characters in the last 30 years, see the imaginative genius like never before. Enjoy interviews with Henson, his wife Jane, long-time puppeteer partner Frank Oz and others, as they share memories of the legendary "Muppet Show," "Sesame Street," and "Fraggle Rock," with a behind-the-scenes look inside the revolutionary Henson Workshop. Experience Henson's desires to not only create new worlds, but also to celebrate the child inside all of us!