Dark Crystal

Directed By: Frank Oz Jim Henson

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I loved the muppetiering in this movie when I was a wee laddy, now I enjoy the origional plot as an old fart (probably due to nostalgia). It's got all the comedy, drama and special effects of todays blockbusters only with puppets. This is a GREAT family movie.

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A great clasic

on 12/27/1999

I loved the muppetiering in this movie when I was a wee laddy, now I enjoy the origional plot as an old fart (probably due to nostalgia). It's got all the comedy, drama and special effects of todays blockbusters only with puppets. This is a GREAT family movie. Read More

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Great fantasy movie

by GMan on 3/23/2013

Jim Henson's "The Dark Crystal" is a meticulously crafted fantasy movie featuring Jim's famous puppet characters. The story is simple, yet intriguing - the battle of good versus evil in an ancient world of elf-like creatures. It worth to see, if only for the amazing production of this fantasy world. This reaches far beyond the Muppets' enactment, every detail is carefully staged. In my opinion a masterpiece. May be a bit scary for kids under 5 or 6. Read More

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Gelfings attempt to save the world from evil in this elaborate fantasy. Special features: dual layer widescreen version, subtitles: english, spanish, the world of dark crystal documentary, character profiles and drawings, deleted scenes, alternate language sequences, talent files and much more.


Studio Sony
SKU 40114860
UPC 043396028494
UPC 14 00043396028494
Format DVD
Release Date 3/27/2007
Rating Rating
Family (General)
Fantasy Worlds
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Featuring fantastical puppet flora and fauna from Muppet man Jim Henson, this dark but wonderful children's movie follows Jen and Kira, two young Gelflings who are the last of their kind, as they try to fulfill the prophecy of the Dark Crystal. Jen's wise master reveals on his deathbed that only a Gelfling will mend the crystal that cracked 1,000 years ago and placed the land under the dark rule of the evil, selfish Skeksis. To break the prophecy, the Skeksis killed all the Gelflings, and only Jen and Kira escaped their wrath. Now, though, Jen and Kira must journey into the heart of the Skeksis castle to reach the crystal and return the land to its former goodness.^Like all good children's movies, THE DARK CRYSTAL contains enough scary elements to keep the tension tight and the kids enthralled, while the puppet mastery will impress and tickle adults. THE DARK CRYSTAL was the first co-directorial effort of Frank Oz, who went on to direct THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, IN & OUT, and BOWFINGER, among many other comedies.
Plot Summary
Summary A fantastical, puppet-filled adventure, this tale co-directed by Muppet creator Jim Henson and Frank Oz reveals the story of Jen, a young Gelfling boy chosen by prophecy to mend the Dark Crystal, which broke 1,000 years ago and plunged the land under the dominion of the evil, quarrelsome Skeksis. Fearing the prophecy, whose fulfillment would mean the end of their reign, the Skeksis exterminated the Gelflings--all but Jen and Kira, a girl he meets on his journey to the crystal. Pursued by the Skeksis and their dark creatures, Jen and Kira race to the crystal, even as their time runs out.
Variety "...A dazzling technological and artistic achievement by a band of talented artists and performers..." 12/15/1982
Entertainment Weekly "...This live-action yet actorless exercise is distinct enough to stand apart from typical fantasy fare..." 11/28/2003 p.107
Frank Oz
Jim Henson
Cast & Crew
Frank Oz - Director
Jim Henson - Director
Oswald Morris - Director of Photography
David Lazer - Executive Producer
Trevor Jones - Musical Score
Gary Kurtz - Producer
Jim Henson - Producer
David Odell - Screenplay
Jim Henson - Story
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1982
Catalog ID 02849
UPC 00043396028494
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
British Academy Awards (1984) Roy Field, Brian Smithies, Ian Wingrove, Nominee, Best Special Visual Effects
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Elaborate fantasy--a cross between Tolkien and the Brothers Grimm--from the Muppets crew, with imaginative (and often grotesque) cast of characters enacting classic quest: a missing piece of the powerful Dark Crystal must be found or evil will take over the world. Takes time to warm up to, but worth the effort.
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 0
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Hi-fi Stereo
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin Elaborate fantasy... with imaginative [characters].

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