I did a cursory search and it doesn’t seem like anyone here has already taken on this project, so I cut together a reconstructed version of the original 1987 broadcast version of A Muppet Family Christmas. Every home video version has been trimmed down to varying degrees – the UK DVD version is the most complete, but even that has some rejiggering of transitions in and out of commercial breaks.
I used the UK DVD version for the bulk of the footage with missing transitions, shots, and bumpers taken from a recording of the full broadcast I found on YouTube. This is the best copy of the broadcast version I’ve been able to find, but if anyone knows of one better, please point me in the right direction. Audio is also taken from the DVD for most of the length of the special, but there are a few sequences where the DVD audio is missing music, in which case I used the audio from the broadcast recording. The title card does appear twice – once at the end of the opening sequence as it did in the original broadcast version, and once at the very beginning as it does on the DVD. Every recording of the broadcast is missing the first few seconds, so I don’t have any footage to replace the DVD title.
I’ve uploaded this on MEGA, and I’ll happily share a link if you shoot me a PM. This has always been my favorite Christmas special, so I’m excited to share this version of it here. Hope you enjoy!