The Dark Crystal [DVD] [1982]

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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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


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

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