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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!
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 AxmakerSee all Editorial Reviews
The last of the Gelfings, Jen and Kira join forces and embark on a dangerous journey to "heal" a precious Dark Crystal and restore order to their... Read more
Amazing movie. This set is a great collectors addition for me. But then again my parents did name me Kira. :)Published 2 days ago by Westbest
I had to get the DVD to replace the VHS I owned... and wore out...Published 8 days ago by Gregory Kofsky
An amazing movie for its time, and still entertaining now!
The image quality is the best I've seen for this movie.
this is a replacement for a vhs tape---long viewed and adored---now we can watch it a much improved format! it was worth the extra money for the disc:)Published 15 days ago by Ann Ormond-Haynes
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|Better than Superbit?||
The video transfer is much better, as it is a high-definition transfer whereas the previous DVD and Superbit DVD transfers were not. The audio is where there is a question as the Superbit has DTS and this is a newly remaster Dolby Digital track. Your guess is as good as mine about which is... Read More
Jan 12, 2008 by Thomas Holbert | See all 5 posts
It depends on which one you order. I bought the cheapest version, DVD release date "1999". There's a 2006 release, a 25th anerversary edition, and a speacial collectors box edition....I won't know what the cover looks like till it gets here, because they show two different covers for... Read More
Jul 23, 2010 by Ben Tish | See all 3 posts
|Amazon appears to have used the DVD reviews for the Blu Ray version||
Each review is labeled with what version it is for.
Mar 31, 2014 by Zhimbo | See all 2 posts