Dark Crystal
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Dark Crystal

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Director: Frank Oz

Cast: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Kathryn Mullen, Dave Goelz

     
 

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After two previous DVD releases, Jim Henson and Frank Oz's 1982 children's fantasy The Dark Crystal receives the Super-Bit treatment with this disc. Devoid of any bonus features, the entire disc is devoted to the optimum sound and picture quality. Digitally mastered, the film is presented in a widescreen 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer that preserves the originalSee more details below

Overview

After two previous DVD releases, Jim Henson and Frank Oz's 1982 children's fantasy The Dark Crystal receives the Super-Bit treatment with this disc. Devoid of any bonus features, the entire disc is devoted to the optimum sound and picture quality. Digitally mastered, the film is presented in a widescreen 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. Additionally, the soundtrack is available in English in either Dolby 5.1 or DTS. English and Spanish subtitles are also included.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A technical masterpiece, The Dark Crystal is a fantasy-adventure entirely populated by puppets, with no onscreen humans or animation. While better known for his cheery gang of Muppets, Jim Henson and his talented staff of puppeteers create a bleak fantasy world where evildoers have taken over. The tale is slow-moving at times, with a lack of action and urgency that is necessary for most fantasy films, and the standard adventure story is grim throughout, with little attempts at comic relief. However, the showcase of the film is the amazing complexity of the visual world hand-crafted with only puppets, matte paintings, and some miniature sets. Without available CGI technology, the special effects and creature designs are still wildly imaginative. While it could be seen as dated, The Dark Crystal remains a high point in the almost extinct art form of live-action puppeteering.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
UPC:
0043396008700
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

This single, high-resolution Superbit™ DVD includes no extras. The space on the disc typically used for special features is devoted instead to optimizing the quality of the movie's image and sound. Other technical specifications: digitally mastered audio an anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1(Dolby Digital) DTS; Subtitles: English, Spanish.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Henson High Priest,Jen
Kathryn Mullen Kira
Dave Goelz General
Brian Muehl Ornamentalist/Dying Master
Stephen Garlick Jen
John Baddeley Historian
David Buck Slave Master
Kiran Shah Stunts
Lisa Maxwell Kira
Billie Whitelaw Aughra
Percy Edwards Fizzgig
Sean Barrett Voice Only
Jean Pierre Amiel Weaver
Robbie Barnett Numerologist
Charles Collingwood Treasurer
Louise Gold Gourmand
Michael Kilgarriff General
Swee Lim Hunter
Joseph O'Conor Narrator
Frank Oz Aughra,Chamberlain
Bob Payne Historian
Toby Philpott Alchemist
Simon Williamson Chanter
Barry Dennen Chamberlain
Jerry Nelson High Priest/Dying Emperor
Steve Whitmire Scientist
Thick Wilson Gourmand
Sadie Corré Actor

Technical Credits
Jim Henson Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Frank Oz Director
Brian Ackland-Snow Art Director
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director
Jean Pierre Amiel Choreography
Charles Bishop Art Director
Marcus Dods Musical Direction/Supervision
Dusty Symonds Asst. Director
Roy Field Special Effects
Brian Froud Costumes/Costume Designer
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Gary Kurtz Producer
Harry Lange Production Designer
David Lazer Executive Producer
Gates McFadden Choreography
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
David Odell Screenwriter
Brian Smithies Special Effects
Malcolm Stone Art Director
Peter Young Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:28]
2. Ceremony of the Sun [3:34]
3. The Mystics [1:22]
4. The Chosen One [1:35]
5. "You Are in Danger" [2:45]
6. The Emperor Dies [4:36]
7. Trial By Stone [5:34]
8. They Crystal Calls [2:07]
9. Aughra [2:35]
10. The Shard [4:23]
11. Garthim! [3:18]
12. Kira [2:50]
13. Dream-Fasting [2:49]
14. "Food, More Food!" [4:32]
15. Kira's Song [:50]
16. Crystal Bat [1:05]
17. The Podlings [2:41]
18. Saved by Chamberlain [3:17]
19. Ruins [:55]
20. The Prophesy [1:25]
21. Landstriders [2:06]
22. Drained Essence [2:09]
23. Rescue & Escape [2:04]
24. "Gelfling!" [1:18]
25. "Call the Animals!" [5:20]
26. "We Will Live Forever!" [2:23]
27. Shard & Sacrifice [9:51]
28. Prophesy Fulfilled [1:23]

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