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Labyrinth [VHS]

David Bowie , Jennifer Connelly , Jim Henson    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 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: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • VHS Release Date: 1 July 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJDK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,596 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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Family-oriented fantasy featuring a host of incredible characters from muppet-man Jim Henson's creature workshop. Suburban girl Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is forced against her will to babysit her baby brother, and wishes for the goblins to come and take him away. When this wish unexpectedly comes true, the Goblin King (David Bowie) tells Sarah that she can rescue her brother only by negotiating the labyrinth which leads to the Goblin Castle. Left with no choice, Sarah sets out on a dangerous adventure in a land where nothing is what it seems.

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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
'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
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a crystal nothing more.... 7 Feb 2004
I can't speak highly enough of this movie. The first memory i have of Labyrinth is seeing a snippet of the ending when it was first relised on TV, for years after i wanted to see the whole thing but only got round to it a few weeks ago. I'm now mortified that i spent so long without seeing it! This movie is amazing, it comes together so well and David Bowie makes his character sooo real... quite an achievment considdering he's wearing a very scary wig, tights and playing a sadistic Goblin King who keeps bursting into song. There aren't many actors who could pull that off!
Be weary though, Do NOT buy this movie unless your pepared to spend the rest of your life humming Magic Dance!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through dangers untold... 30 April 2003
By A Customer
I first saw Labyrinth when I was 6 and admittedly it scared the hell out of me. However, after seeing it playing in my local video store I decided I had to get it out again, just to see why I was so frightened. I am now 17 and Labyrinth is my favourite film!
The attraction of the film lies in the fact that it is not a simple good v evil type battle - both sides show signs of the opposite eg Sarah's selfishness when she calls on the goblins and Jareth's love for Sarah, which makes the film so much more interesting to watch. That aside, the vast array of different worlds the Labyrinth throws you into, from the column of Helping Hands to The Bog of Eternal Stench and of course Escher's stairs, make watching this movie a total joy because it lets your imagination run wild!
Bowie is phenomenal as Jareth - everything from his stunning costumes, the note of irritated sarcasm in his voice when talking to the not-so-very-bright goblins, and of course the use of the crystals, all come together to create this fascinating enigmatic (and very sexy, as it has been said before!) character.
My favourite sequence in the film has to be the ball sequence that Sarah dreams. Despite this film being marketed as a kid's movie, this sequence I think will capture the hearts of more adults than children for the simple reason it is so beautifully created. It echoes Venetian 18th Century masquerade balls with all their magestic elegance, and the costumes suitably infer this too. But it is the music that really pulls the sequence together - Bowie's lyrics being truly sublime.
The DVD features a 56-minute documentary that gives you an insight into lots of the puppetry techniques, and also how the goblins moved from the original drawings to their final amazing state.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the writer! 30 Jun 2005
People often forget to mention that the wit of the script was largely down to the screenplay writer, Mr Terence Graham Parry Jones, or Terry Jones of Monty 'He's not the messiah he's a very naughty boy' Python, and although Henson messed around with it, taking out Jones' central idea that Jareth should actually be a very weak man protected by the Labyrinth, Jones' brilliance still shines through. Brian Froud (the monster designer) and Terry Jones collaborated on 'Goblins of the Labyrinth' - a witty extension of the lives of those devious monstrosities. It sadly doesn't seem to be available on Amazon, but big book stores should have it.
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