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Jim Henson's Fantasy Film Collection [Blu-ray]

David Bowie , Jennifer Connelly , Stephanie Leonidas  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly
  • Directors: Stephanie Leonidas
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002G9UHLK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jim Henson's Fantasy Film Collection [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Making of Documentary: Inside The Labyrinth
Commentary with Brian Froud
Journey through the Labyrinth: "Kingdom of Characters"
Journey through the Labyrinth: "The Quest for Goblin City"
The Storytellers (PiP - Blu Ray Exclusive)

The Dark Crystal
Commentary with Brian Froud
Storyboard Track
The Book of Thra: Dark Crystal Collector
SkekTek’s Crystal Challenge Trivia Game
Original Skeksis Language - Test Scenes with Introduction by Screenwriter David Odell
Deleted Scenes
The World of "The Dark Crystal"
Reflections of the Dark Crystal: "Light on the Path of Creation"
Reflections of the Dark Crystal: "Shard of Illusion"

Director and Writer commentary
Neil Talks...: Interview with Writer Neil Gaiman
Dave Talks About The Film: Interview with Director Dave McKean
Beginnings: The Genesis of Mirrormask
Cast & Crew Interviews
Day 16: Time Lapse Video of One Entire Day of Production
Flight Of The Monkeybirds: Making the Monkeybird Sequence
Giants Development: Design and Creation of the Giant Sequence
Questions and Answers

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Relive the magic! This newly restored, 2-disc anniversary edition of Jim Henson's Labyrinth contains an all-new commentary and bonus features that are guaranteed to captivate as never before. David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly invite you into a magical universe where nothing is what it seems! Babysitting infant stepbrother Toby on a weekend night isn't young Sarah's (Connelly) idea of fun. Frustrated by his crying, she secretly imagines the Goblins from her favorite book, labyrinth, carrying Toby away. When her fantasy comes true, a distraught Sarah must enter a maze of illusion to bring Toby back from a kingdom inhabited by mystical creatures and governed by the wicked Goblin King (Bowie).

The Dark Crystal
Enjoy incredible footage from the Henson archives in The Dark Crystal. Travel back in time to the faraway planet of Thra. Cheer on the Mystics as they fight to overthrow the evil Skeksis and take back control of their planet! When Jen, a member of the Gelfling tribe, sets out to find the crystal's missing shard, his dangerous journey brings him face to face with monsters at every turn. Determined to restore peace to their planet, Jen will not back down! From the brilliant imagination of Jim Henson, this masterpiece of animation recounts the timeless tale of good vs. evil and has become a cult favorite of children and grown-ups alike!

The White Queen sleeps and will not wake. Black shadows have fallen across her kingdom. The balance between Dark and Light is broken and only the Mirrormask can restore it. So Helena, a stranger in a strange land, embarks on an epic quest to find the missing charm before darkness envelops the Dreamworld forever. Written by award-winning fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, Mirrormask is a phantasmagorical treat for the eyes and mind, a wondrous blend of live action and CG animation, where strange, magical creatures dwell in a fantasy world of unbridled imagination and scope, as told through the spectacular, cutting-edge visuals of designer/director Dave McKean.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puppets and CGI August 29, 2006
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Of course, we all remember Jim Henson for bringing us those fuzzy, adorable animal puppets and their variety show.

But Henson also produced some very memorable, intriguing fantasy films, and after his death his production company has continued that tradition. "The Jim Henson Family Film Collection" brings together three classic films from Henson and his company, as well as an accompanying book of unknown content.

"Labyrinth" becomes a problem for teenage Sarah, who is stuck babysitting her crying baby stepbrother. But when she idly wished that the goblins would steal him, she never expected it to happen -- or that the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie) would challenge her if she tries to get her brother back.

Now Sarah has only thirteen hours to navigate a changing, hazardous maze, with Jareth's castle at the center of it. To find her way, she will have to befriend strange creatures and avoid lethal bogs, nasty fairies, head-jugglers, and finally Jareth himself -- or her brother will be turned into a goblin himself.

"The Dark Crystal" is the heart of this movie, where on another world, there are two strange races -- the enormous, gentle, peaceful Mystics, and the nasty, vulture-like, vicious Skekses. They are somehow connected to a massive crystal that was broken long ago, and now a shard is missing from it. What's more, three suns are about to come into conjunction, and the shard has to be back in place.

The Mystics have cared for one of the last Gelflings, an orphan named Jen. As the conjunction approaches, they send him out to find the lost shard. Along the way, Jen finds new friends who assist him in his quest, including another Gelfling. But can they avoid the Skekses?
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice upgrade at a nice price. August 22, 2006
The Jim Henson company is following the same format they had done with The Storyteller Collection and are putting their three fantasy movies onto a single three disk collection. The movies are The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and MirrorMask. Two of these movies (Dark Crystal and Labyrinth) came from Jim Henson himself while MirrorMask is actually from Neil Gaiman, but produced by the Jim Henson company.

The movies themselves are great. The Dark Crystal takes you into a whole different world in a way that no other film has even come close to accomplishing. Labyrinth takes what Dark Crystal did a step further and makes a storybook fantasy come to life in an incredible way. MirrorMask is just as beautiful as the previous movies, but with more computer generated images than live action animatronics and sets.

What you are getting is essentially the previous releases of these movies collected into this one volume, including all of the awesome bonus features. They say this collection has been mastered in high definition, but I don't know if that means a significant improvement in video quality from the original release or not. There are no additional features or commentaries on these disks from what you had before. Luckily the original releases came with some very nice documentaries and those are included here. This DVD set also comes with a booklet that is essentially a teaser for the upcoming Dark Crystal manga comic.

I am a little hard pressed to recommend this collection to anybody who already has the movies.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Collection September 17, 2006
Everyone of us has a favorite muppet, that is how well Jim Henson stood out as one of the most creative minds for family programing and now his legacy is remembered in a box set of the three non muppet films. These movies are nothing but pure grandure of fantasy used to stimulate the mind and senses. The stories are origional family friendly and a pleasure to watch over and over again. Jim Henson worked with other creative minds of the time such as Rick Callum, Frank Oz and of course one of Jim Hensons' equils George Lucas. No wonder these movies are so good.

The Dark Crystal, the first of these films is Lord Of The Rings with muppets. Its the story of a dying world and two races of creatures created by the breaking of the keeper of the world, the Dark Crystal. Now it is up to Jen, the last of his race to unite the crystal before the three suns of the planet align. Dark Crystal is an eye popping marvel. It doesn't move too quickly but that is how Jim Hensons' work is most of the time. But just watching the fact that there is not a single human in this movie and that its all done through the magic of puppetry and voice acting keeps you in your seat itching to see what happens next.

Labyrinth, probably the fan favorite of the three is the most entertaining in my eyes. Picture a twisted Wizard of Oz, with goblins. It's the story of a young, but still hot Jennifer Connely as she wishes her baby brother is taken away by the infamous Gobin King (That is David Bowie and yes he is singing!)Now she muse get to the caslte through a puzzeling maze filled with creatures you have never seen anywhere else before her brother becomes a goblin. This movie is great its a must see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A wonderfully creative movie by Jim Henson.
Watch it again and again.
Bowie's music is contagious! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is awesome love all the movies and now that they are on Blue Ray this collection is the bomb
Published 7 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment
My kids loved these movies as children. Used to sit and watch them on VHS. Was nice to be able to buy the entire collection and watch them all again.
Published 8 months ago by pumps for a pony
4.0 out of 5 stars Jim Henson Movie Collection Is Good
I grew up watching the muppets, so I enjoy Jim Henson's movies. This came in a three pack, with Mirror Mask, which I had never seen. Read more
Published 12 months ago by s gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars The use of puppets is now rarely seen.
A lot of people dislike the use of puppets now because it looks "unreal". But these films are amazing works and innovative. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Adolfo orona
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movies!
Definitely worth the price for all three movies. We love Jim Henson and watch all three movies very very frequently!
Published 19 months ago by Mary Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Luv it
I love this collection, Labyrinth is one of my favs and my kids favs, we watch them all the time
Published 20 months ago by Dannielle Hoke
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
For the price, this collection is worth it, even with the addition of the less-than-interesting Mirrormask. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gideon Kalve Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars This had been a birthday gift to someone a few months ago. He loves it...
Great movies. Lots of nostalgia ... my son used to watch a couple of these movies when he was much tounger. I recently gave him this set for his birthday and he loves it.
Published 22 months ago by Hedy M. Soreco
4.0 out of 5 stars Muppets--what could be bad?
While I'm not terribly fond of the bizarre, dark stories behind these films, one has to love the Jim Henson puppets that make these films ultimately wonderful, and the costumes are... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Carole L. Presberg
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$73.99 For The Collection???
I imagine it's for impulse buyers who don't check these things, and the price will lower in a few months.
Aug 15, 2009 by E. A Solinas |  See all 4 posts
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