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Labyrinth [VHS] (1986)

David Bowie , Jennifer Connelly , Jim Henson  |  PG |  VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,434 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson, Christopher Malcolm
  • Directors: Jim Henson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Columbia TriStar
  • VHS Release Date: September 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,434 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JPH5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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260 of 272 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In the early 80's Jim Henson created one of the most ambitious fantasy films ever: The Dark Crystal. It was a movie that had a completely realized world with its own creatures and flora... and it was performed entirely by puppets. Not the Muppet kind that Henson is famous for, mind you. These were serious creations that involved serious innovations in animatronics. While many loved the movie and it was critically acclaimed many others didn't "get it". There was no human interaction in the movie whatsoever and that put off people. Also the movie was serious with none of that Muppet mayhem Henson fans are so used to. That put off a few more people.

The next evolutionary step in Jim's grand scheme of fantasy puppetry was Labyrinth, and they filled in the gaps that The Dark Crystal left for those who couldn't (or wouldn't) "get" the concept of a fully realized fantasy setting that is outside of our own. How does he do it? Let me tell you...

Step One - Human actors. Labyrinth included the young, yet already talented Jennifer Connelly as their heroine and well-established musician and actor David Bowie as her nemesis. Now you get the fun of a complete puppet world while at the same time you have human characters that interact in that same environment. Thus giving the viewer a better connection to the puppet characters.

Step Two - Better puppets. The Dark Crystal is a masterpiece in of itself, however the technology used to animate the puppets was in its infancy and if you had to be picky about it you can pick away at the limitations of the puppets in that movie. With Labyrinth you get updated technology, which gives you puppets who can show emotions better. Case in point is the goblin Hoggle, who is the starring puppet.
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Fairytale July 6, 2000
By "jenn2"
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw Labyrinth when I was about ten years old and it has been my dream fairytale ever since.
The story was simple -- big sister has to grow up, learn her responsibilities and rescue little brother from becoming a goblin.
But what was magical about the whole show was the brilliant M.C Escher sets, marvelously entertaining puppets created by the father of all puppets, Jim Henson, and the beautifully romantic interludes between Jennifer Connelly (Sarah) and David Bowie (Goblin King).
Present-day computer animation can make dinosaurs almost real but I preferred the cute and adorable puppets that created my own make-believe of a world of magic, fantasy and adventure. I could almost see myself running around in that maze, dodging the boobie traps and having great companions like Hoggle, Ludo and Ambrocious with me.
I admit I was pretty charmed by David Bowie's portrayal of the Goblin King but who wouldn't be? Powerful, mysterious and not bad-looking, he seemed to be in the classic Prince Charming genre, except that he was also a little diabolical compared to those in Cinderella and Snow White etc.
Labyrinth is a classic and will always be my dream fairytale, and I am still watching it over and over every now and then. Most of all, like Dark Crystal, it is one of the signature performances by the late Jim Henson and his wonderful family of puppets.
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161 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful grown up faerytale!! January 19, 2004
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This is one of my favourite movies, because it truly understands the hearts of grown up girls, their love of fantasy and lure the dark & dangerous lad that leads us down the garden path. It's a wonderful tale, with marvellous tunes that linger on and on. From "It's Only Forever", "Underground" and "Chilly Down" but most especially "As the World Falls Down". Sigh, such a beautiful and deftly filmed Cinderella Ball for Adults. I don't know a woman that loves this film who does not say "I want that dress!".
Sarah is an easy to relate to teen. She is part child - part woman, one foot in each world and truly not belonging to either. Added to this, her father has remarried and has little time to spend on his growing daughter. We are not told, but it's clear her mother is dead. Mom was an actress and lover of the magic and she passed this on to her lovely daughter. It's very hard to believe Jennifer Connelly is only 12 years old here!!! She is the perfect Sarah, the beautiful woman-child that has no sense of her place in the world. Too grown for childish things, too young for boys and dating. Her cherished childhood toys are giving carelessly to her new baby stepbrother, again emphasizing her feelings of alienation. Her new mother has little patience, and even when she tries, she meets with a hostile resentful woman-child. Sarah pain at feeling as if she is not wanted anywhere is so heartbreaking.
Left with the crying baby, and feeling that her world is slowly crumbling around her (reflected in Bowie's "As the World Falls Down"), the child side takes control and spitefully wishes the baby to be taken away from the Goblins. In true Muppet fashion, they promptly and cheerful comply.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through dangers untold... July 18, 2001
Format:DVD
It's hard to believe that when Labyrinth was released in June of '86 it didn't do well. People weren't impressed. Some people say that things get better with age. Maybe this is also true with films.
Labyrinth is the ultimate fantasy adventure story. Sarah, the heroine, has to find her way through the magical labyrinth to get her baby brother back from the evil Goblin King. Along the way she makes friends and enemies as she fights temptation and reminds us what is truly important.
The release of this DVD was a long-time coming. It was worth the wait. Presented in wide-screen, that means we can see all of the goblins in hidden in the drawers and not just the one speaking, and Dolby Surround. The picture quality is good and the hauting soundtrack has been captured excellently.
Also included on the disc is the original cinema trailer and the original production featurette "Inside the Labyrinth". Probably as valuable, if not more, as the film itself. It's a facinating glimpse into the making of a masterpiece. Including interviews from the cast and crew and, more importantly, the Muppet master himself, Jim Henson.
This movie is probably more popular now than it has ever been and for good reason. And for just over ... bucks it's a movie must for anyone who is young or just young at heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 16 hours ago by A. N
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the puppets they used for the characters back then ...
This is one of those classic movies that you can and still want to come back and watch, I loved the puppets they used for the characters back then before CGI Graphics today.
Published 1 day ago by Compton M. Cypress
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
David Bowie needs no cup with those pants
Published 4 days ago by Shane
4.0 out of 5 stars Unrequited love a plus, puppets a minus
I just love the way he loves her so much but he doesn't know how to love and he is majestic and powerful yet she has actually mystified him just by doing nothing. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mary Anne Keena
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic... 'nuff said.
I wish I could used expletives to explain the awesome... but I missed the boat because I got old... like older than 30. You have to be very sensitive as of late. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best movie ever!
Published 6 days ago by Stephanie Delorme
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie I love it
Published 6 days ago by big john
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Love it
Published 6 days ago by joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok so the movie is pretty lame but it made my girlfriend happy seeing...
Ok so the movie is pretty lame but it made my girlfriend happy seeing it is one of her favorites. Came in quickly and in perfert condition
Published 7 days ago by FCDEEDS
5.0 out of 5 stars This was my favorite movie as a kid and now my kids love ...
This was my favorite movie as a kid and now my kids love it. They watch it at least once a day!
Published 8 days ago by Mary
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Labyrinth Anniversary Edition includes 60 minutes of exclusive featurettes, including all-new interviews with executive producer George Lucas as well as the film's creators, puppeteers, and others behind the magic. Along with an astounding array of recently rediscovered... Read More
Jul 25, 2007 by Roy Chang |  See all 7 posts
Collector Vs Regular
The collector one with the lenticular cover has a Japanese audio track and some additional making-of featurettes, but I believe the standard dvd has a feature on it too. I don't know if the blu-ray has the Japanese track.
Feb 27, 2010 by defunctzombie |  See all 2 posts
20th Anniversary edition?
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Oct 7, 2006 by Heather Rentz |  See all 2 posts
NTSC?
NTSC is/was the Broadcast standard for US, Canada, and Japan (among a few others) for SDTV that was in use from 1946 till the digital change over. The HDTV broadcast standard is called ATSC. by Default NTSC is a 4:3 broadcast but it can be 16:9 SD. If you take a 2.35 (very wide) picture and Pan... Read More
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