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Labyrinth [Blu-ray] [US Import]

David Bowie , Jennifer Connelly , Jim Henson    Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson, Christopher Malcolm
  • Directors: Jim Henson
  • Writers: Jim Henson, Dennis Lee, Terry Jones
  • Producers: David Lazer, Eric Rattray, George Lucas, Martin G. Baker
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016BPWNM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,596 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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There are only two human actors in Jim Henson's Labyrinth: a teenage Jennifer Connelly and glam-rocker David Bowie (who performs five of his songs). The rest of the cast are puppets, a wonderful array of Henson's imaginative masterpieces set within a film combining the highest standards of art, costume and set decoration. Henson gives credit to children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, and the creatures in the movie will remind Sendak fans of his drawings, while the castle of the Goblin King (Bowie) is a living MC Escher set that adults will enjoy. Like executive producer George Lucas's other fantasies, Labyrinth mixes adventure with lessons about growing up. --Lloyd Chesley


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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Low Point in Bowie's Career" - A Foul Untruth 4 April 2004
Format:DVD
'Labyrinth', Henson's 1986 masterpiece is a modern classic for our generation, one of the best pieces of fantasy to grace our screens since 'The Wizard of Oz'.
Revolving around the main character of Sarah (Connelly), an over-imaginative teenager who struggles to find meaning in life beyond her dolls and dressing-up box, the film is essentially a existentialist study of teenage fantasy.
The boundaries between fantasy and reality become dangerously blurred one night, when a desperate Sarah calls on the imaginary king of the goblins to take away her relentlessly screaming baby half-brother, Toby.
Unfortunately for Sarah, Jareth the Goblin King (Bowie) has ceased to be merely a figure of her imagination, and appears in the bedroom in place of the child, whom he has transported to his castle in the centre of a giant labyrinth, where goblins and monsters (sometimes friendly, sometimes not, often very comical!)haunt every corner.
It is then up to Sarah to fight her way through the twisting and ever-changing labyrinth to find her young charge, whilst making friends and resisting temptation along the way. Will she manage to overcome her childish, spoilt instincts and learn to think for herself to help others? Or will she succumb to the temptation of having her fantasies fufilled by the charismic Jareth? Only one way to find out - BUY THIS MOVIE!!
Once described as, "a low point in David Bowie's career" this is a great film for adults and children alike, and contrary to narrow-minded belief, is a classic addition to any Bowie fan's collection. Worth watching for the fashion statements alone - "well, laugh!"
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourite films! 10 Jun 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I remember going to see this film went it was released at the cinema, and I loved it then and I still love it now. The characters are all suberb, as is the fairy tale story line and the fantastic music ( I have the CD of the music from the film - that good ol' David Bowie magic!). It is a film for everybody, children to adults, who will all enjoy this mixture of fantasy and goblins and talking door-knockers and stinky bogs! This will be my all time classic fantasy film, hopefully you will enjoy it too. :-)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film EVER 4 July 2005
By gemma
Format:DVD
I dont really know how to sum up a film which has been my favourite since i was nine and continues to be so. it's just fantabulous, i even have the soundtrack.
Although with age i found it more disturbing to watch, but that has much to do with the tightness of David Bowie's leggings!!
This film is just a great family film, the kind you get out again and again and never tire of. Plus the soundtracks amazing. Do not miss out-BUY IT!!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You remind me of the babe... 19 Oct 2006
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This film features what is possibly the most incredible creative team ever assembled;

Directed by Jim Henson (Muppets), Produced by George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Willow), Screenplay by Terry Jones (Monty Python) and Music by the legend David Bowie.

This film is satisfying viewing in every way, ranging from the life lessons learned by the main character (a young Jennifer Conelly) to the hilarious Bog of Eternal Stench (I defy anyone not to laugh when the stepping stones fart!).

David Bowie brings a wonderful charisma (and some dodgy tights) to the film as the Goblin King and, of course, some great songs too (he should sing with an ensemble of Muppets more often).

There are scary bits (the things that take themselves apart - voiced by Red Dwarf's Danny John Jules - scared the bejesus out of me as a kid), funny bits (I quote: "You're mamma was a fraggin' aardvark!"), touching bits, thoughtful bits and uplifting bits.

The awesomeness (it's a word because I say it is) of this film, despite everything mentioned above, is in no small part due to the efforts of Jim Henson's Creature Shop. From the friendly, furry giant Ludo to the host of comically grotesque goblins, the puppets in the film give it life, colour and most of it's humour.

Anyone who liked the Muppets, 'Dark Crystal', 'Willow' or Monty Python will love this film. Anyone who says they didn't enjoy the aforementioned is either a) a liar or b) one of these sad people who can't lighten up once in a while.

Watch this film!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy and Reality 16 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
This must be one of the most talented line-ups to ever create what is ostensibly a children's film, with George Lucas exec-producing, Terry Jones (the former Python) writing, David Bowie starring and contributing songs, Jim Henson creating puppets and directing. (Danny Joyce Jules, later "Cat" in Red Dwarf, is also one of the voice artists). Unlike most supergroups this collective do not disappoint, as Labyrinth is one of the finest ever children's stories, fit to be mentioned along with "Alice In Wonderland". And like the Alice books, this can be enjoyed by adults too, providing they have not lost their sense of fun and wonder. (14-16 year-olds however will often find this too childish).

In the film the initially whiny early teen Sarah (Jennifer Connolly) has to navigate her way through the Labrinth of the Goblin King (David Bowie), where logic is always askew and nothing is "fair", to rescue her brother Toby. Aided by friends like Hoggle, Ludo and Sir Didymus, Sarah navaigates her way to the Goblin City past numerous dangers and puzzles, finally confronts the Goblin King in a MC Escher-style castle. All the while Sarah is learning lessons about life and growing up.

This is a superb film for kids, tweens and people who haven't grown up. The sets are superb, there's a delightful sense of fantasy and magic and the acting by the human characters excellent (the ballroom scene in particular). I used the film to teach film techniques to 12 year-old and they loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wife's Favourite Film.
Quality product and was a present for the wife for our wedding anniversary. Delivered on time and was sealed in plastic.
Published 5 days ago by Mr. N. Thaler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 9 days ago by Ms Victoria M. Boocock
5.0 out of 5 stars Relive your childhood fantasies!
I've loved this film since I was a child. So pleased that I downloaded it, now I can watch it whenever I want!
Published 18 days ago by Ms Heidi M
5.0 out of 5 stars Good times
I got this copy for my son, as I remember how much I enjoyed watching it when I was growing up. It is still just as good now and my son loves it to.
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mid 80's film, never get bored of it!
Many memories, love this film, never a dull moment, David Bowie in his tight lycra trousers is off putting, but he does fit the bill - the charm, his voice! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr M W Shoesmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Film
I have bought two copy's of this film now, one for my daughter for Christmas last year and a copy for my sisters birthday.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sally Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Labyrinth DVD
Always loved this film since I was little so had to get it!, item arrived on time but it did seem that the DVD case got a little squashed (guessing through delivery) but apart from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kirsty Blench
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance magic dance...
Young Sarah is left home alone by her parents and she has to babysit her little brother Toby.

But the baby keeps crying and Sarah, while telling him a story to make him... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Oldie
Anyone giving this movie less then 5 stars is missing eyes and ears. this movie is so full of funny and odd characters. Bowie brings amazing catchy songs that stick in your mind. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan Appleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Never tire of this film
As a general rule I don't like musicals, and I'm not particularly fussed on kids films. So in theory Labyrinth to me should be nothing short of an abomination. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MCWilliams
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