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The Dark Crystal (1982)

Jim Henson , Kathryn Mullen , Jim Henson , Frank Oz  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (649 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
  • Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
  • Writers: Jim Henson, David Odell
  • Producers: Bruce Sharman, David Lazer, Duncan Kenworthy, Gary Kurtz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (649 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JPH6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,844 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Two Deleted Scenes
  • Documentary: The World Of The Dark Crystal (60 min.)
  • Original Language Workprint Scenes
  • Character Drawings and Profiles

Editorial Reviews

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!

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146 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review Updated for Blu-Ray Release July 2, 2007
Format:DVD
This movie is Jim Henson's magnum opus. There isn't a fantasy movie out there that brings you to a whole different reality like The Dark Crystal does. The only movie that comes close is James Cameron's Avatar. Yes the movie is all performed entirely by puppets and yes there isn't a human being in site. That's the beauty of it. With a combination of an excellent story, innovative (for its time) animatronics, beautiful sets and cinematography you get a truly dazzling experience that any fantasy fan would be a fool not to miss.

The biggest aspect of Dark Crystal is the setting. They created a whole different world with its own animals, plants and terrain. The level of detail put into creating this new world is staggering and you get some good scenes to soak yourself up in it. From the rock caves of the Mystics to the jagged spires of the Skesis castle to Aughra's planetarium to every landscape in between. You will get drawn into this alien world. The beauty of the sets and location shots is only enhanced with some fantastic cinematography and conventional effects.

Since we are essentially talking about a puppet show brought to you as a feature film let's talk about the puppets. Granted they might seem a bit archaic by today's standards, they were nothing short of incredible back in 1982. To have puppets act and react in such an organic and lifelike fashion was never done on film before. This is the first movie where you get that sort of eye and mouth movements we have come so used to with current animatronics. Famed artist Brian Froud created all of the creatures and characters for Dark Crystal and if you're a fan of his work you will definitely see it. When you look at the majesty of the Mystics you forget they are just people covered in foam latex.
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241 of 265 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Movie... disappointing Collector's Edition December 1, 2003
Format:DVD
I'm a huge fan of The Dark Crystal (it and Labyrinth are my favourite movies of all time ever) so I was of course thrilled when a special collector's edition was released. However, I'm disappointed in the "features".
Pretty much everything on the disc is the same as what's on the non-collector's edition. The few new things to me aren't worth it. Character Illustrations and storyboards are nice and all. I was excited about "The Mithra Treatment", which I thought was the original print of the movie...where the characters speak their own language and not English (you see some of this in the deleted scenes on the disc). It is not. It is simply screens and screens of Henson's original notes. Interesting yes... but I'd rather have that in a booklet, not in screens on my TV. Then again, the fact that it was only 1 disc should have tipped me off.
The packaging is nice, the replica of Henson's notepad detailing the original ideas which would become the movie is very interesting... but in my opinion, not worth the $35 or whatever I just shelled out for this.
I'm very disappointed in the amount of "exclusives" on this DVD. The original print of the film would have been *amazing* to see, to see how Henson and Co. originally viewed the film. Maybe some new interviews with some of the other players (Oz and Froud for sure) as they look back on the movie, its box office disappointment but almost cult success. Or even a nifty booklet with a lot of these extras in it. I hate sitting in front of my TV trying to read screens of information or look at drawings which I'd rather have on paper so I can see the detail better.
So to make a long story short... if you like the movie, get the regular edition and not collector's.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
By AStaes
Format:DVD
I didn't buy this dvd to criticize it or take it apart. I bought it to own it and enjoy it---like most people. This is my absolute favorite movie. I looked forward to seeing all of the new features being released about this movie. The special features were incredible---the work prints, the clips, the trailers, character profiles,the deleted scenes----all of that was pretty magical to me. The problem that I had was with the overall quality of the movie itself. The sound was not top notch, and the movie was entirely too dark----NOT the content(I love this movie!)I'm talking about the color of the characters, backgrounds, etc...it seemed to have been re-issued in a darker finish. The biggest disappointment, was that the original soundtrack was not on the dvd as stated---there was an option to choose it, called "isolated music score", but when you choose it, you just get sent back to the beginning of the dvd menu. The other problem that really messed-up the whole movie----certain colors were changed. For instance: the color of the crystal became purple instead of that murky wine color. Next, when the crystal was healed, after the rock and crust fall from the walls, the brilliant white crystalline walls of the castle are no longer white---the dvd shows these walls in brown---they seemed faded; not how they were portrayed in the original. Next, when the Urskeks ascend to their higher realm, they meld together and are swept into this beautiful funnel of white energy and carried through the triangular portal over the crystal.In the dvd, however, someone changed the white color of the energy into GREEN; a serious contrast---it was so obvious. That was terrible. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Favorite childhood movie!
Published 8 days ago by Miranda Thacker
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucks. Waste of money and time
Sucks. Waste of money and time. I even tried to 420 it but still sucked. Anyone that says this is good is a liar and trying to be cool. Nope you're just a poser
Published 8 days ago by Wayne Kuikahi
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Works perfect. I named my cat Aughra. I had to show my friends this movie.
Published 8 days ago by Aurora
5.0 out of 5 stars Viewing treat
Amazing in Blu-Ray! This is a classic that is really brought to it's full glory with Blu-ray. Will see this one many times. Probably Jim Henson's best work.
Published 9 days ago by George
4.0 out of 5 stars Very happy!
Saw this movie with my daughter when it first came out. Have talked about it for years, finally did some research and found it on Amazon.com. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Brenda Klion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME!!!
Published 10 days ago by Vern Westfall
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy to have it again
One of my favorites as a kid! So happy to have it again!
Published 11 days ago by KD
5.0 out of 5 stars I am just happy it was re-voiced
Just as my children remembered it. They are the big fans here. I am just happy it was re-voiced, like Disney has done with Miyazaki's Totoro.
Published 14 days ago by Rebecca L. Walker-sands
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jim Henson-fun movie
I love Jim Henson. This movie is one of my all time favorites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't rent if yopu don't have time for the whole movie!
We had time to watch only half the movie, and i had no idea that a rental cannot be resumed to complete play! Read more
Published 22 days ago by E. S. Carroll
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