The Dark Crystal [Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray] [1982]

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  • Release Date: 03/06/2018
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (219 out of 224)

Special Features


  • Commentary with Brian Froud
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Original Skeksis Language Scenes with Introduction by Screenwriter David Odell
  • Photo Galleries
  • Picture-in-Picture Storyboard Track
  • Reflections of The Dark Crystal: "Light on the Path of Creation & "Shard of Illusion"
  • The Myth, Magic and Henson Legacy: Go behind the scenes of this iconic film with stories from Lisa Henson and Toby Froud, then get an inside look at The Dark Crystal exhibit at the Center for Puppetry Arts!
  • The World of The Dark Crystal Documentary

Synopsis


The Dark Crystal
Jim Henson ventures into Tolkien territory in his all-Muppet fantasy feature The Dark Crystal. The titular Crystal maintains equilibrium in a mythical kingdom. When the Crystal is broken, the evil Skeksis take over, killing off the good-guy Gelflings and enslaving everyone else. Two of the Gelflings have survived: Jen was raised by the all-knowing Mystics, while Kira grew up amongst the swamp-dwelling Podlings. Jen and Kira join forces to "heal" the precious Dark Crystal and restore order to their world. Adults may find the whole affair a little precious, while children may be disturbed by the film's mortality rate. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jim Henson
    Jim Henson - High Priest, Jen
  • Kathryn Mullen
    Kathryn Mullen - Kira
  • Dave Goelz
    Dave Goelz - General
  • Kiran Shah
    Kiran Shah - Stunts



Overall customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    4k review

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    AngryGymGuy
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    This is not a review of the movie itself, but of the 4k video quality. It comes with a card saying it was taken from original 35mm negatives. I watched this on a 65inch LG OLED tv. Ok this is the best the film has ever looked including the previous Blu-ray release. If you are expecting it to look as clear as something from 2017 you will be disappointed. The 1st minute of the movie before they go inside had me worried a little, but once inside you can really see the improvement. They left the natural grain(which I like) and it doesn’t seem they tried to over sharpen the film(also nice). The film is for the most part a dark film, but when colors are on the screen they really pop. The detail in the background,costumes and little hairs can be seen with great detail. There are some scenes/shots that are soft(always were) and I think that they left them alone for a reason(good choice). The sound is really good, I don’t have Atmos so I can’t say anything about how that sounds or if it is a factor. The music is full and voices are loud and clear. Is it the greatest scan ever? No, but it’s the best I think the film will ever look. The digital copy that comes with it is just the 1080p HDX version not 4K.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One of the best movies from my childhood

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    OysterBoy13
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    I have always loved this movie ever since my childhood so I had to buy it when it was announced on 4K. As expected the original film print is quite old now and this is not a marvel movie that was shot digitally, so you will see the film grain and some higher contrast in some of the scenes. The higher clarity will make some of the effects of the time more apparent that were thought to look hidden back then under a lower resolution. In other words you might notice some of the puppets strings that you may not have noticed before in a SD copy. That being said I don't think this movie has ever looked better. Highly recommend this classic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Movie stands the test of time. Steelbook is A+

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    Bungmustard
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    This steelbook is gorgeous. I think its one of my favorites and I have a lot of steels. The back art is what I liked the most. Im not sure why but its great. I dont have much to say about the movie itself. I cant remember how long ago I had seen it last. I remember it scared me as a child in the 80s. So it was kinda new to me. Delivered via 4k I was drawn in right away at all the details the Henson/Oz crew created and just let it roll. Masters of the craft. The story is great. Timeless tale of good vs evil. If you're a steelbook collector, get this steel. Its nice. If you are not a collector and get this one on steel you just might become one of us.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Magical story with lessons seen and unseen

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    NewgirlIntown
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    Step into the world created here by puppets. Soon you forget all but the story because of the grand skills of the puppeteers and directing. Wisdoms are found in small places. Was this a time gone by? Like the once populated Manchu Picchu by priestess living lives of gentleness embodying gifts, these great Beings could easily have walked Earth. Who is to say that great leaders were not at one time gentle, wise and lived long periods of time? And of course the ridged characters who "Want" and only know that. It's the struggle even today. Maybe children can see this all more clearly then we think they do. Are we the best role models for them? Sit down and talk with the family each listening to the other with open minds. Include your hearts in that discussion too!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A nice Fantasy tale brought to life by Jim Henson

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    LarryW
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    Jen, who was raised by a race called the Mystics, finds out he is the last survivor of his race called the Gelflings. He sets out on a quest to find a shard of the dark crystal. A gem that long ago provided balance to the universe. Gen believes he can restore peace to his world if he can find the shard of the once all powerful gem and repair it. The only thing that stands in his way is the evil Skeksis. Video is very good on this blu-ray release and the animatronics by Jim Henson's Creature Shop are top notch!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good turned Great

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    Dave
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    So many fond memories of this film from my childhood. Needed to see this on 4k hdr just see what the hype is about restored old film. Yes there is grain, but in some scenes its not noticeable. Colors stand out more as well as the detail. I think without the grain, some of the special fx would be too obvious. This deserves to be in any money buffs collection. UHD made this movie more of a marvel to watch with the great picture

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great fantasy film

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    prlwctd

    This fantasy film, set in a world populated by Muppet-esque characters (created by Muppet masters Jim Henson & Frank Oz) with no human beings anywhere in sight, has elements of both Star Wars & The Lord of the Rings. Jen, the last Gelfling, sets out to restore the title crystal, which as been broken by the vicious Skeksis, who had taken over the land centuries earlier. During his journey, Jen is astonished when he encounters Kira, another Gelfling on the same quest. This movie remains a great achievement, even in this day & age of obvious CGI. Trevor Jones's musical score rivals John Williams's Star Wars music as the finest for a fantasy film

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Puppetery

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    BikerChick
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    The Dark Crystal is one of the first puppet movies I remember. A whole lot of work went into this movie and it shows (no CGI here folks). The storyline is interesting and even though puppets are the characters you are drawn in and don't think about it. Although it might not be as "showy" as movies nowadays I think it still can stand up against them. Really young kids might be frightened with some parts. but the whole family should be watching The Dark Crystal together.

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