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Dark Crystal/Labyrinth (1982)

David Bowie , Jennifer Connelly , Jim Henson , Frank Oz  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz
  • Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
  • Writers: Jim Henson, David Odell, Dennis Lee, Terry Jones
  • Producers: Bruce Sharman, David Lazer
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Box set
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Run Time: 196 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y7ET
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,547 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dark Crystal/Labyrinth" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Making Of
  • Deleted "funeral" scenes (Dark Crystal)
  • Character drawings and profiles (Dark Crystal)
  • Original language workprint scenes (Dark Crystal)
  • NOTE: "Labyrinth" is Surround only and does not contain a Spanish dub track

Editorial Reviews

The Dark Crystal
Jim Henson's fantasy epic The Dark Crystal doesn't take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but like Star Wars it takes the audience to a place that exists only in the imagination and, for an hour and a half, on the screen. Recalling the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, Henson tells the story of a race of grotesque birdlike lizards called the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw. A prophecy tells of a Gelfling (a small elfin being) who will topple their empire, so in their reign of terror they have exterminated the race, or so they think. The orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal (which gives the Skeksis their power) and restore the balance of the universe. Henson and codirector Frank Oz have pushed puppetry into a new direction: traditional puppets, marionettes, giant bodysuits, and mechanical constructions are mixed seamlessly in a fantasy world of towering castles, simple huts, dank caves, a giant clockwork observatory, and a magnificent landscape that seem to have leaped off the pages of a storybook. Muppet fans will recognize many of the voice actors--a few characters sound awfully close to familiar comic creations--but otherwise it's a completely alien world made familiar by a mythic quest that resonates through stories over the ages. --Sean Axmaker

Sarah (a teenage Jennifer Connelly) rehearses the role of a fairy-tale queen, performing for her stuffed animals. She is about to discover that the time has come to leave her childhood behind. In real life she has to baby-sit her brother and contend with parents who don't understand her at all. Her petulance leads her to call the goblins to take the baby away, but when they actually do, she realizes her responsibility to rescue him. Sarah negotiates the Labyrinth to reach the City of the Goblins and the castle of their king. The king is the only other human in the film and is played by a glam-rocking David Bowie, who performs five of his songs. The rest of the cast are puppets, a wonderful array of Jim Henson's imaginative masterpieces. Henson gives credit to children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, and the creatures in the movie will remind Sendak fans of his drawings. The castle of the king is a living M.C. Escher set that adults will enjoy. The film combines the highest standards of art, costume, and set decoration. Like executive producer George Lucas's other fantasies, Labyrinth mixes adventure with lessons about growing up. --Lloyd Chesley

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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: PG
Release Date: 5-FEB-2002
Media Type: DVD

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect if you don't already own them on Blu-ray. June 12, 2012
By Kyle B.
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First, I will start off by saying that these are two of my favorite movies and they both look and sound great in high definition. This release disappointed me slightly as I realized that this 'Brian Froud Art Edition' is nothing more than the individual 2009 Blu-ray releases that are packaged together in a slip cover. The movies each come in their own Blu-ray cases and retain the covers from their original Blu-ray packaging. There are no new special features and there is no Brian Froud art other than what it shown on the front of the slip cover.

I would have preferred if the pictures that were shown on the front of the slip cover, also served as the artwork for each movie's Blu-ray case. It would have served the purpose of this release a little bit better. I would have also enjoyed a small booklet or something that showed more concept art from the movies or maybe some new special features on each disc.

Depending on how much you find Labyrinth for, this set costs about the same as buying both individually (probably a little cheaper even). If you are a collector or already own these on Blu-ray, save your money because this isn't worth your time. These are the same Blu-rays that were already released, just with a special package. If you don't own these on Blu-ray though, this is indeed a nice way to get them because you can keep both movies together on your shelf using the slip cover. Overall, this release could have been much better but it's still decent. (I have included the product links of each movie on Blu-ray to show you what versions you're actually getting with this set).Labyrinth [Blu-ray]The Dark Crystal [Blu-ray]
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95 of 109 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb movies, flawed package September 27, 2000
Packaging this wonderful pair of Henson creations together is a great idea and a natural way for fans to save on both movies at once. However, it looks like whoever designed the set slipped up by changing the material included on each DVD.
Plenty's been said about both movies elsewhere on and on the net, almost all of it positive. Labyrinth is a fantastic film, visually outstanding, great characters, good music, and a decent plot; enormous fun for (really) all ages. You'd expect no less from the collaboration of three of the great creative minds of our time--Jim Henson, George Lucas, and Michael Moschen (the only juggler to have received a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant). And then there's David Bowie, who makes an astonishingly effective Goblin King.
The Dark Crystal is cut from a different mold. It's much darker in tone, for starters, so it may not be appropriate for small children. Brilliant visuals--no humans appear at any time in the film; instead you'll see some of the most innovative puppetry out there. The creators define a truly rich fantasy world, detailed in every respect; one of the best scenes to watch for is where the camera just pans across a landscape of alien flora and fauna.
HOWEVER, if you're going for DVD, it may be preferable to buy the two movies separately. One of the best things about the versions released individually is the extras they include--deleted scenes, making-of specials, etc. At the time of this writing, there's no indication that this two-disc set includes any of that extra material; and according to an Amazon.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wheres the so called art? March 13, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought this because I wanted a special edition of The Dark Crystal and The Labyrinth on blu ray. When it said it was "The Brian Froud Art Edition" I figured it came with the movies and maybe a small art book or there was exclusvie stuff on the blu ray disk. But all that came with this was the two blu ray movies and the slip cover that fits both of them as pictured above. Needless to say I was a bit dissapointed.

You can buy these two movies on blu ray for about 10$ or a little less. So you pritty much just pay a few extra dollars for the slip case (which isnt that great of quality to begin with). So as far as the Brian Froud Art... its only the two pictures on the front of the slip cover.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two "must haves" for any video collection April 4, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Labyrinth seems to be suited more for a younger audience than The Dark Crystal. There is singing, dancing, amusing sidekicks, a simple plot, and even some lessons learned. Still, this movie is popular among all age groups, even if to poke fun at some of the dramatics.
The Dark Crystal is a classic good against evil tale. Though it uses puppets, the theme is darker and more violent than Labyrinth. I've watched younger kids close their eyes, or get scared during some of the "scary" scenes. I think what's great about this movie is that it keeps on moving, you're never stuck in the same place for too long, as the characters are always on the go.
This collection presents two movies that are similar only in the fact that puppets are used in both. Based on your age, the mood of each movie will vary greatly. Still, these are great films, and classics that will be around forever.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Box set IS full special edition, but still flawed October 25, 2000
Pay no attention to reviewer Justin Werfel below (who I'm sure is a fine fellow). But, I've purchased the box set of Dark Crystal/Labyrinth and they ARE the exact same special editions, complete with deleted scenes and all the extras, that are available separately.

HOWEVER, I can't recommend the Labyrinth DVD specifically. Great movie but, for some ungodly reason, the negative which was used for this DVD is severely flawed and, in my opinion, unwatchable in parts. Along the bottom of the screen, just after some cuts, there is a bar of discoloration which lasts exactly one frame. Sometimes it's just a lightening of the regular picture. Sometimes, it's actually green or purple. This makes the cuts pretty jarring. This happens particularly during the Wise Old Man scene and the Within You scene (the staircases).

I thought it might be just my copy, so I exchanged it and had the same problem on the new copy. Online, I have found other owners of the DVD who report the same problem. So, the problem exists on the whole release.

If you're not a perfectionist, (which calls into question why you're a DVD owner), you may see past these flaws. But, for me, the movie is ruined by them.
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