Dark Crystal (DVD)

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Description

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 J.R.R. 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 recognize many of the voice actors--a few characters sound awfully close to familiar comic creations--but otherwise it's a completely alien world made familiar by a mythic quest that resonates through stories over the ages. --Sean Axmaker

Product Details

Barcode
5035822014633
Department
Movies & TV
Released
22 Oct 2015
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Supply Source
Europe

Movie

Title
Dark Crystal
Tagline
Another World, Another Time... In the Age of Wonder.
Release Year
1982
Running Time
93 min
Categories
Science-Fiction/Fantasy / Adventure / Animation / Family (General) / Fantasy / Fantasy Worlds / Jewels / Puppets / Recommended / Theatrical Release
Language
English
Country
United Kingdom / United States of America
Budget
$15 million
US Box Office
$41.0 million
Revenue
$40.6 million
Ratings
IMDb
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes®
79%
Metacritic
66
The Movie DB
72%
Overview
On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal and restore order to his world, before the grotesque race of Skeksis find and use the crystal for evil.
Synopsis
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.
Notes
THE DARK CRYSTAL was co-director Frank Oz's first directorial effort.

Co-directors Frank Oz and Jim Henson were famous for playing Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, respectively, in Muppet performances.

Jim Henson and his Creature Shop based the film's characters on designs by fantasy artist Brian Froud.
Poster
Poster for Dark Crystal
Videos
Trailer
The Dark Crystal (1982) Trailer
Trailer
The Dark Crystal - Trailer
Cast & Crew
Director
Jim Henson / Frank Oz
Star
Jim Henson / Kathryn Mullen / Frank Oz / Dave Goelz / Steve Whitmire
Co-Star
Louise Gold / Brian Meehl / Stephen Garlick / Lisa Maxwell / Billie Whitelaw
Screenwriter
Jim Henson / David Odell
Composer
Trevor Jones
Executive Producer
David Lazer
Producer
Jim Henson / Gary Kurtz
Director of Photography
Oswald Morris
Editor
Ralph Kemplen
Costume Designer
Brian Froud
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"...This live-action yet actorless exercise is distinct enough to stand apart from typical fantasy fare..."
Dalton Ross (28 Nov 2003, p.107)
Variety
"...A dazzling technological and artistic achievement by a band of talented artists and performers..."
Robe. (15 Dec 1982, )
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