The Dark Crystal
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Review by Jeff Field | posted January 15, 2000
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Graphical Version
Features: Theatrical Trailers, Bonus Trailers, Isolated Musical Score, Talent Files, Dolby Digital 5.1 remastered soundtrack, Production Notes, Deleted Funeral Scenes, Anamorphic Widescreen transfer, Spanish and English Subtitles, The World of the Dark Crystal "Making of" documentary, Original Language Work Print Scenes.

The Movie:
The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, is a fantasy/adventure done completely with puppets done by Jim Henson's Creature shop. There is not a single person visible throughout the entire movie. It is the story of the Dark Crystal - a magical crystal that had a piece broken off a thousand years ago. When that happened, it created the evil Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. For a thousand years the Mystics have waited for the prophecy of the Gelfling child who would repair the Dark Crystal to come true. The Skeksis killed off most of the Gelflings in order to prevent the prophecy that would destroy them from coming true. The story follows the last two Gelflings throughout their journey to reunite the two pieces of the Crystal. A classic in it's own right, the Dark Crystal is one of the most significant movies of it's time, and it is a timeless classic for both young and old.

Picture and Sound:
The Digitally Remastered Dark Crystal has an impressive anamorphic widescreen transfer. The picture is extremely clear, with very few artifacts, something that becomes even more impressive when you realize that this film was made in 1982. The soundtrack has been remastered into Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, and is equally as impressive as the picture, taking a stereo soundtrack and making into a very effective 5.1 channel soundtrack that gives justice to Jim Henson's original intentions.

The Extras:
The extras on this disc are excellent - there are plenty of them, and most are very interesting. There is an hour long documentary, "The World of the Dark Crystal", which provides very interesting insight into the world that was created for this movie. There are deleted funeral scenes, as well as Original Language Work Prints. Also included is an isolated musical score, Theatrical Trailers and Bonus Trailers for other Lucasfilms movies.

Conclusion:
The Dark Crystal is an excellent disc for an excellent movie. If you loved this movie as a kid, you'll love the new transfer that breaths new life into it. If you've never seen the movie before but enjoy Fantasy movies, definitely give it a try, as it is one of the most impressive works of Henson's career.



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