The Dark Crystal [DVD] [1982]

  • SKU: 3730957
  • Release Date: 10/05/1999
  • Rating: PG
Columbia TriStar has created a fine edition of Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal. The video transfer is an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen presentation and is remarkably clean, with very little scratching or dust. The vibrant colors throughout the Crystal's world retain their depth and brightness. Details, especially of the creatures, are clear, without becoming blurry or soft. On the audio side, Columbia has created a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, along with a two-channel Dolby Prologic track and a Spanish-language mono track. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is solid, if unspectacular. There is very little use of the surrounds, except by the musical score. Dialogue is clear and the sound effects, such as the chittering of the Garthim, are well rendered. There are several worthy special features. A documentary, "The World of The Dark Crystal," deleted funeral scenes, work print scenes, and the isolated track of the excellent score are all notable. There are also character drawings, trailers, and the ubiquitous talent files and production notes. Kudos go to Columbia for this excellent disc. The film is rendered beautifully. It looks and sounds wonderful, truly showcasing what is probably the pinnacle of Henson's achievements. The presentation, coupled with some excellent extras, make this the definitive edition of The Dark Crystal.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (305 out of 313)

    Special Features


    • Digitally remastered audio and anamorphic video
    • Delux widescreen presentation
    • Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital & two-channel Dolby Surround, Spanish mono
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • The World of "The Dark Crystal" making-of documentary
    • Original language work print scenes
    • Deleted funeral scenes
    • Character drawings and profiles
    • Isolated music score
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Bonus trailer
    • Talent files
    • Production notes

    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



    Customer rating

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    • 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

      Good, but not exactly a masterpiece.

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      Brad
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      I grew up with this movie. I watched it number of times as a kid throughout the 80's. So after seeing it again for the first time since then, it isn't as great as I remembered it. The puppetry and the atmosphere were still fantastic but the story itself leaves a bit to be desired. Every fantasy cliche you can think of is in this movie (i.e. 'the chosen one has to save the world', etc.) and quite frankly, other fantasy movies have done this story better. The allure of this movie is that there are no human beings whatsoever in it. Everything is puppets directed by the best puppet masters in movie history (Jim Henson and Frank Oz). But if you're reading these reviews, chances are that you are already a fan of this movie, so if you're wondering how the Blu-ray itself is rest assured that this is one heck of a great package. The video quality looks great and there are hours of special features. If you're a fan of this movie, then you must get this Blu-ray! If you've never seen it before, I'd recommend at least renting it first somehow to see if you like it.

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    • 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.

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    • 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: 4 out of 5 stars

      Blu-ray.com review

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      bearstein
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      This release of The Dark Crystal pales, technically, compared to the UHD disc, which offers substantially improved video and Atmos audio. It's a bit better than the aging 2009 release, and it does come bundled in attractive DigiBook packaging. For that, and given the relatively low price, it's a worthwhile add to the collection. Still, the UHD -- which includes this disc -- is the better buy, even for fans who have yet to make the jump to the 4K format. Better to plan ahead and have what is one of the best-looking discs on the market ready to go for day one.

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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

      Classic Henson

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      Jake
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      I’m assuming you’ve seen and loved the movie, so I’ll skip that. The picture quality is easily the best it’s ever been, other than the UHD (but I don’t have a 4K player). The soundtrack is crisp and clear, ambient sounds at to the experience. I’ve heard the Atmos is fantastic, unfortunately, I’m not Atmos ready. Extras are abundant and it comes housed in a digibook full of photos. If you’re a fan, you’ll definitely want to pick this up as it’s easily the best release of the film yet.

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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!

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