Labyrinth [Blu-ray] [1986]

  • SKU: 9473429
  • Release Date: 09/29/2009
  • Rating: PG
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (770 out of 797)

Special Features


  • The storytellers: picture-in-picture track featuring interviews with Cheryk Henson, puppeteer Kevin Clash, Henson puppet makers Rollin Krewson and Connie Peterson, actor Warwick Davis, and makeup artist Nick Dudman
  • Commentary with Brian Froud
  • Making-of documentary: Inside the Labyrinth
  • Journey through the Labyrinth: "Kingdom of Characters" & "The Quest for Goblin City"

Synopsis


Labyrinth
George Lucas produced and Jim Henson directed this gothic fantasy which pits living and breathing actors Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie (who, along with Trevor Jones, provides the film's music) against a motley collection of Muppet monsters. The film centers upon teenage Sarah (Connelly), who lives in a fantasy world of myth and magic, evil spells, and wondrous enchantment. She is baby-sitting her little brother when she cavalierly wishes that goblins would take him away. She gets her wish, and a coterie of goblins abduct him. She then encounters Jareth (David Bowie), the ruler of a mystical world one step removed from reality. He tells Sarah that the only way to get her brother back is to find her way through a M.C. Escher-like labyrinth and find the castle at the center. As she makes her way through the maze, she faces a number of horrific challenges (like the Bog of Eternal Stench) before she finds her way to the gravity-defying castle, where her brother is being held by the evil goblins. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • David Bowie
    David Bowie - Jareth
  • Jennifer Connelly
    Jennifer Connelly - Sarah
  • Toby Froud
    Toby Froud - Toby
  • Brian Henson
    Brian Henson - Hoggle
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    Shelley Thompson - Stepmother



Customer rating

4.7
97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The fantasy classic shows a bit of age but is stil

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    MichaelO
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    I only remember seeing this movie many years ago, but I saw a Blu ray version in the bargain bin at a local store. I picked it up remembering the late David Bowie was in the movie. Sarah, a petulant 15-year old [future Oscar winner, Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”)], is forced to babysit her baby brother on a Saturday night. When little bro’ refuses to stop crying, she wishes he would just disappear. Sarah, who reads fantasy books, goes so far as to recite some mumbo-jumbo she finds in one of her books…and what do you know, she gets her wish. Then Bowie appears as Jareth, the Goblin King. She wants her brother back. He says, she has 13 hours to get him but she must traverse an elaborate labyrinth/maze to get to his castle and retrieve her brother. Along the way she gets help from an assortment of characters from the imaginative minds of Brian Froud and director Jim Henson. One of those characters is a grumpy goblin named Hoggle or as Sarah calls him a couple times, Hogwart…hmmm. In today’s world, all of these characters would either be CGI created or motion capture. Here it’s costumes and puppeteering. Bowie and Connelly do a nice job as essentially the only humans in the film interacting with the cloth and rubber goblins. There is one real sheep dog, who is replaced in some scenes by a puppet and yes, it’s noticeable. While the creativity is wonderful, the film is really a one trick pony. Just Sarah navigating her way through the maze to rescue her brother. She must use her wits to outmaneuver the assortment of goblin who are meant to keep her away. The film has a very ‘80’s feel to it (maybe it’s the big hair), but looks pretty good in Blu ray. The transfer includes a 1080p video resolution and a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The disc begins with the menu, with no ads, promos or trailers to skip through. How refreshing. The first several minutes of the film are a bit noisy in terms of scratches and heavy grain. But like some vinyl records, it cleans itself up as it goes along. Colors are acceptable but never really pop like most modern Blu ray transfers. Detail is very good. Good enough to see a few wires here and there. Black levels and skin-tones are certainly good if not as good as most modern transfers. The soundtrack features a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track and it is very good. Thunder resonates through the bass and subwoofers. There are some modest action sequences which come across nicely. All-in-all a nice mix. Subtitles are available in English SDH, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Extras are fairly substantial and include: *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

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    The UHD aspect makes little difference here...

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    Minsu
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    To begin with, I am not one of the many people out there that doesn't think 4k makes a difference. I absolutely LOVE the picture quality of 4k even for certain films that were not "true" 4k,... I can tell a difference for the several UHD discs I have purchased so far.... I love the Labyrinth movie, 5 stars for the movie itself.... This review is based on the UHD aspect of this product. I don't think there was enough improvement in the picture quality to justify purchasing Labyrinth in UHD..... I was skeptical as I purchased Labyrinth on Bluray not long before this and I didn't feel Bluray quality was notably good.... I bought Labyrinth in UHD as many reviewers said the picture was stunning..... My opinion: I can CERTAINLY see improvement in SOME aspects of the picture quality..... For instance, when Sara is going through the bushy part of the labyrinth... The leaves look crisper than ever before.... In the tunnel the glitter on the walls are more noticeable..... I even noticed more details on the Jareth doll in Sara's room and I'm not sure I even noticed that doll at all before..... However, much of the film is still fuzzy/grainy in appearance.... The faces, characters, etc, still look like an 80s film.... I was likely expecting more than they can physically do.... Again, most reviewers over-hyped the results. All in all, great movie, but get it in bluray.... not worth UHD unless it was the same price as bluray.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good picture but did not exceed my expectations..

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    minsu
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    I have always enjoyed the Labyrinth movie... It was some time since I watched it when I bought the Blu Ray version, maybe a couple months ago.... I was not stunned by Blu Ray version at all.. Thus, I couldn't see them making this 80's film significantly better in 4k... However, I read several reviews saying it is an amazing, incredible picture. Now that I have a 4k UHD Player I have been eager to test it out with several movies..... Although I was skeptical I decided to purchase Labyrinth on 4k since several reviews said it was a significantly better picture. My opinion: All in all about the same as Blu Ray... Although I am one that does notice a difference with 4k over Blu Ray over all.. There is much grainy, 'soft' picture consistently throughout the film... I guess, again, you can't expect much from an 80's film, even sourced from the original 35mm film and mastered to 'true' 4k... However, it is as pleasing to watch as Blu Ray version.... There are a few instances I notice more clarity over Blu Ray version, the glitter on the walls in Labyrinth seems to pop out much more... Also, the leaves on the bushes in the bush part of Labyrinth seem much more crisp than I noticed before...... End the end I even seemed to noticed the Jareth figurine on Sarah's table more than before. However, the same 'soft' picture quality seems to dominate any clarity improvements. All in all, if you find this for the same price or a little more than Blu Ray, I would recommend it IF you don't already have the Blu Ray version. If you already have Blu Ray version, I would stick with it and remember it is an 80's movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A family cult classic!

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    solarwnz
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    Ahh, the 80's was a wonderful time in the history of cinema. You could proudly (and foolishly sometimes) wear your heart on your sleeve and be as imaginative and quirky as you wanted to be, without the ubiquitous cynicism and terminal irony that runs rampant today, infecting and crushing your story. And thus darkish and buoyant fantasy films like Labyrinth were born (directed by Jim Henson and written by Terry Jones of Monty Python). Fun, campy, enchanting, inspiring, a bit airy and a bit dark, and very imaginative, are the best words to describe this "Alice in Wonderland" type story that mixes Jim Henson's amazing puppetry with fantastical and phantasmagorical set pieces, David Bowie's rich and silky singing, and young and beautiful Jennifer Connelly making her way through a world of oddities and wonder. Since most special effects are done with CGI these days, Labyrinth is a welcomed nostalgic return to the skillful use of practical effects (though there is some prominent green screen). This Bluray is a handsome step up from the DVD in both sound and video. It is not the cleanest image but it looks fantastic in 1080! There are also some nice extras on this disc. Labyrinth is more Grimm's than a Disney type fairy tale. I wholeheartedly recommend that you introduce your child to this magical, musical and imaginatively dark and fun film!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    David Bowie at his best!

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    Infinity21
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    Amazing movie for kids and Adults alike. This is truly a fantasy movie masterpiece. For me David Bowie was outstanding as the goblin king outstanding at both acting and singing the songs in this film are brilliant and Jennifer connelly was fantastic as the babysitting sister who wishes her new baby brother gone forever. Directed by Jim Henson (Muppets), Produced by George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Willow), Screenplay by Terry Jones (Monty Python) and Music by the legend David Bowie what else would one from a fantasy film. This 30th anniversary edition has it all plus extras I adore the digital book the disk sits in the back you then have the book section explaining the story behind labyrinth. How it became the classic it is today information about the film, sets, characters, director, and actors there are interviews from Jennifer connelly and Jim Henson son.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For the true fan

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    JOKERnHARLEYluv
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    Okay so this movie being re-released in 4K is literally the only reason my wife allowed me to buy a 4K TV. And it was our way to test out the 4K player on our Xbox which was the main reason I wanted the TV. And we do not regret a single second of any of those purchases. My wife was in tears when she heard the first notes of the music being played in the intro. It sounded so real almost as if Bowie himself was sitting right next to you singing it to you. I don't know if that is because our sound system but either way that alone made the purchase worth it. The steel book just adds to the look of the overall case and makes it much sturdier than your average DVD case.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love affair with Bowie

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    Pennysqrd
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    Love this movie. Had it on vhs when I was little and due to watching it so much the sound and video quality was an issue. David Bowie in tights, lots of Jim Henson puppets, some of then creepy looking and a young Jennifer Connelly, with the same eyebrows she has today. If you appreciate Jim Henson puppets and a clean movie, this is an excellent movie. From Wikipedia. . The plot revolves around 15-year-old Sarah's quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who has been kidnapped by Jareth, the Goblin King. With the exception of Bowie and Connelly, most of the significant characters in the film are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Labyrinth is the best movie of all time!!

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    MetalVirgo
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    The best collector's edition I've ever had. I loved how true they made the collector's edition to the movie. Labyrinth is truly one of my favorite movies. If you are a fantasy fan this one is a classic. There will never be a movie so freaking cool like this. David Bowie was the best goblin king ever and you will not be disappointed with Jennifer Connelly has the adventure of a lifetime. If you had an Awesome Mom like mine she would've showed you this real sweet movie. Definitely buy the collector's edition it's awesome!!

    I would recommend this to a friend




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