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Dark Crystal [VHS] [1982]

Jim Henson , Kathryn Mullen , Jim Henson , Frank Oz    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
  • Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
  • Writers: Jim Henson, David Odell
  • Producers: Bruce Sharman, David Lazer, Duncan Kenworthy, Gary Kurtz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: 14 Jan 1986
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIMU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,973 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jim Henson's fantasy epic The Dark Crystal doesn't take place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but like Star Wars it takes the audience to a place that exists only in the imagination and, for an hour and a half, on the screen. Recalling the worlds of JRR. Tolkien, Henson tells the story of a race of grotesque birdlike lizards called the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw. A prophecy tells of a Gelfling (a small elfin being) who will topple their empire, so in their reign of terror they have exterminated the race, or so they think. The orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal (which gives the Skeksis their power) and restore the balance of the universe. Henson and codirector Frank Oz have pushed puppetry into a new direction: traditional puppets, marionettes, giant bodysuits, and mechanical constructions are mixed seamlessly in a fantasy world of towering castles, simple huts, dank caves, a giant clockwork observatory, and a magnificent landscape that seem to have leaped off the pages of a storybook. Muppet fans will recognise many of the voice actors--a few characters sound awfully close to familiar comic creations--but otherwise The Dark Crystal is a completely alien world made familiar by a mythic quest that resonates through stories over the ages. --Sean Axmaker

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Jim Henson and Frank Oz, the creators of the Muppets, directed this puppet fantasy set on a planet without light. Jen, the last of an elfin race, can only restore light to the world by retrieving the missing shard of the Dark Crystal. His quest is complicated by evil forces who want to use the crystal to destroy all life.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground Breaker 18 Nov 2009
By Anne
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This was a highly original concept from the team behind the Muppets. I first saw it with my young sons back in 1982 and 27 years on it still possesses that magical quality to entertain people of all ages. Blu-ray certainly has enhanced the picture quality as opposed to the previous DVD version though I could not detect any difference in the sound. A treat for all to enjoy.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect in every way 10 July 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a classic, a captivating and charming movie that remains in a class of its own. There's a spectacular array of creatures and a memorable plot with marvellous twists.
The fact is that all the species and characters come across as very real and believable - from the kindly and wise Mystics to the human Podlings to the awful and hideous Skeksis. The meal scene in the Skeksis castle is particularly vivid and memorable, although it's not for the squeamish! The visit to the lair of the witch Ogra is also quite humorous and spectacular, and I loved the little doggie, if it is a dog.
One of my favourite scenes is where the two Gelflings fall over a cliff and the girl spreads her wings, upon which the relieved boy exclaims: "But I don't have wings" to which the girl replies: "Of course not - you're a boy.". This is in the class of Lord of the Rings about 20 years before the latter was made, although it's probably not fair to compare the two.
Dark Crystal convinces with its world of believable puppets and impressive scenery, which adds a unique flavour to the film. I cannot fault this little gem on any aspect: the old myth is infused by new life here because of the amazing turns in the plot. The scenes are so colourful you cannot forget them, the characterization is of the highest calibre, and the cinematography is breathtaking.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance!! 16 Mar 2001
Format:DVD
This is a film I have owned for many years on VHS and I have always been captivated by it. So, when I saw it was available on DVD I HAD to buy it and I have not been dissapointed. The sheer brilliance of what Jim Henson and his team created considering it was made almost 20 years ago is amazing!! What is also wonderful about this DVD is that the original colours have been wonderfully restored and I now notice things in the film that I never noticed on my VHS edition because they are so much easier to see. Some of the extras are brilliant as well, especially the documentary which is a fascinating insight into the making of this classic film! I have to say, I was a little dissapointed with the deleted scenes feature as I expected to have more commentary about why the scenes were deleted and also many of the scenes are just original takes on scenes that did make it into the film and were just altered slightly (sometimes u can't notice the difference other than the film quality).
However, if you have never seen this film, or if you are already a passionate Dark Crystal fan, I urge you to buy this DVD, it really is money well spent!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic 31 Jan 2007
By K. C. Simm VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is most definately a movie of a much more innocent, and arguemently more sensitve age. I was still into Prog rock when I first bought the video for my old top loading vhs machine. I wonder whatever happened to that. However, the film, I was so impressed I bought the lavishly illustrated book by Brian Froud. The story is a simple one that has lost none of its appeal over the age since it came out. The effects can be seen in these days of CG to be rather quaint but that again also adds to the simple appeal. The acting, (of the puppets) is not important. There is an element of the Muppet nod and it easy to see how each was done but you still care what happens and the whole film does exude as much magic as it did then.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film 21 Nov 2003
By "eachi"
Format:DVD
Absolutley a must see film, one of the best films of its time, effects and graphics are so much better on dvd quality. Have it on vhs and dvd the difference is noticeable. Love it, it is enjoyable for both adults and older children definitively a family film. Young children may find it slighly scary at times.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All hail Brian Froud! 4 Mar 2005
Format:DVD
This is an fantastic film as the other reviews say, and Jim Henson's creature shop has done an amazing job with the puppets but all credit should go to Brian Froud for designing these characters and making them alive while they were still drawings on a page. I dont think enough people know about his genius being the starting point for this film!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic! 8 Sep 2002
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
True, the quest story is as old as mankind, but here it is told in such a cinematically captivating and charming manner that this movie remains in a class of its own. You’ll find a spectacular array of creatures and marvelous twists in the plot. One of my favorite scenes is where the two Gelflings fall over a cliff, the girl spreads her wings, the boy says: “But I don’t have wings” to which the girl replies: “Of course not – you’re a boy.” The fact is that all the species come across as very real and believable – from the kindly and wise Mystics to the human Podlings to the awful and hideous Skeksis. The meal scene in the Skeksis castle is particularly vivid and memorable, although it’s not for the squeamish! The visit to the lair of the witch Ogra is also quite humorous and spectacular, and I loved the little doggie, if it is a dog. This is in the class of Lord of the Rings exactly 20 years before the latter was made, although it’s probably not fair to compare the two. For one thing, Dark Crystal convinces with its world of believable puppets, which adds a unique flavor to the film. I cannot fault this little gem on any aspect: the old myth is infused by new life here because of the marvelous turns in the plot, the scenes are so colorful you cannot forget them, the characterization is of the highest caliber, and the cinematography is breathtaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By purifying evil and absorbing it we become whole
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Published 15 hours ago by R.Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully dark puppet fantasy
A simple tale of good versus evil, The Dark Crystal tells the story of the last Gelfling, an elf-like creature named Jen, raised by a gentle group of wizards known as the Mystics. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story.
One of the best classic children's story, my children and grandchildren still love it.
Published 26 days ago by Lorna Welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars the dark crystal
another film i seen in the early 80's by the producers of the Muppets show, got it on blu-ray and the picture is great and sound as well would recommend it to any one who loves... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Chris Hanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories!
I love this film- reminds me of my childhood! I was terrified o the zircziis. Shows my little sister and she loves it too! They need to keep making movie like this
Published 2 months ago by avidreader
3.0 out of 5 stars Remembered the film
I remembered the film and so bought the DVD, however I have to admit the memory is better than seeing it again.
Published 2 months ago by Tringlass
3.0 out of 5 stars can't remember
I can't even remembe if I have watchd this film, if had it ws unmemorabl as i can't remembe anything about it, maybe I need to dig it and and watch it
Published 4 months ago by danglepuss
4.0 out of 5 stars great Vision
Jim Henson's imaginitive and visually stunning first film from his Muppet performers..this is rather adult in material with impressive and nasty looking creatures, not critically... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. David Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect after all this time.
If you look at the list of professionals that were involved in this films making, it reads like a who's who of puppet masters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John King
4.0 out of 5 stars good
still as entertaining as it was when I first watched it years ago overall i am happy with this product. simply put a good buy
Published 4 months ago by Trevor D
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