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Dark Crystal (1982)

Director: Frank Oz Jim Henson    
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Learn more about Dark Crystal:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40114860
UPC: 043396028494
UPC 14: 00043396028494
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Another world. Another time... In the age of wonder.
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.

"Elaborate fantasy... with imaginative [characters].  Leonard Maltin

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Hi-fi Stereo

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/27/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 94 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1982
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 02849
Video UPC UPC: 00043396028494
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Frank Oz - Director
Video Cast Info Jim Henson - Director
Video Cast Info Oswald Morris - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info David Lazer - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Trevor Jones - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Gary Kurtz - Producer
Video Cast Info Jim Henson - Producer
Video Cast Info David Odell - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jim Henson - Story
Plot 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.

Awards


British Academy Awards (1984)
   Video Award Name Roy Field, Brian Smithies, Ian Wingrove, Nominee, Best Special Visual Effects

Professional Reviews

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

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 0 of 10
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. - Leonard Maltin

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