The Dark Crystal

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Overview

Jim Henson ventures into Tolkien territory in his all-Muppet fantasy feature The Dark Crystal. The titular Crystal maintains equilibrium in a mythical kingdom. When the Crystal is broken, the evil Skeksis take over, killing off the good-guy Gelflings and enslaving everyone else. Two of the Gelflings have survived: Jen was raised by the all-knowing Mystics, while Kira grew up amongst the swamp-dwelling Podlings. Jen and Kira join forces to "heal" the precious Dark Crystal and restore order to their world. Adults ...
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Overview

Jim Henson ventures into Tolkien territory in his all-Muppet fantasy feature The Dark Crystal. The titular Crystal maintains equilibrium in a mythical kingdom. When the Crystal is broken, the evil Skeksis take over, killing off the good-guy Gelflings and enslaving everyone else. Two of the Gelflings have survived: Jen was raised by the all-knowing Mystics, while Kira grew up amongst the swamp-dwelling Podlings. Jen and Kira join forces to "heal" the precious Dark Crystal and restore order to their world. Adults may find the whole affair a little precious, while children may be disturbed by the film's mortality rate.
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Special Features

Full-length movie; Widescreen presentation; DVD picture quality
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • UPC: 043396119086
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: UMD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Henson High Priest, Jen
Kathryn Mullen Kira
Dave Goelz General
Brian Muehl Ornamentalist/Dying Master
Stephen Garlick Voice Only
John Baddeley Historian
David Buck Slave Master
Kiran Shah Stunts
Lisa Maxwell Voice Only
Billie Whitelaw Voice Only
Percy Edwards Voice Only
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 Voice Only
Frank Oz Aughra, Chamberlain
Bobby 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
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
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  • Posted August 4, 2012

    A Henson masterpiece

    A Henson masterpiece

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Henson Classic!

    I bought this for my husband, who loved this movie as a kid, and many years later it did not disappoint. He was enthralled with it again! This is one of Henson's darker movies and there's quite a lot of depth to it if you really look into the "hidden" meanings within the movie. Unfortunately, due to the depth and darkness of the movie, the attention of my twin 7 y/o boys wasn't held by this film. They claimed they "didn't get it." It's a bit creepy, a bit odd, but still a unique and classic Henson film!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Henson and Oz's first non-famous Muppet character piece

    The Dark Crystal is perhaps one of my favourite fantasy films of all time. It's just as amazing today as when it was first released in 1982. It's a fantasy world populated by non-famous Muppet characters and transports us to a world we've never been to and yearn to return to again and again with each subsequent viewing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Henson Classic

    'The Dark Crystal' is film at its finest. A classic by Jim Henson and Brian Froud (Brian Froud created the characters, and environments for Jim Henson). It is a very popuar movie, and people of all ages can enjoy it. This is a must see for fantasy, and non-fantasy fans alike!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good v. evil

    A great tale for kids that shows good and evil are a part of all of us. very entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Henson Masterpiece

    5 years in the making, and a must see for all. Originally released in 1983, 'The Dark Crystal' was a technological triumph. It was given bad reviews, and bombed at the box office. Now today's generation call it a masterpiece, and has become very popular. I would recommend this Henson classic to fantasy, and non-fantasy fans alike. Parents may want to watch this with their kids in case some of the elements of the movie frighten them (it will more than likely not scare them). Please give this movie a look, and experience the world of..'The Dark Crystal'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A fantasy masterpiece.

    Ah such an awesome and wonderful muppet fantasy from the mind of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, the DVD is great too with plenty of extras for the fans. This is a must own DVD for the DVD lover and a must see movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A wonderfully enchanting tale

    This delightful tale is enchanting, I would recommend for all children, and adults who still ''have the child in them.''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    Very cool

    The good vs the bad. Classic mupplet gone one step further.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2001

    Awsome movie

    This is an awsome movie. I'ts got a lot of action and adventure. I recommend this movie to every one.

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