The Dark Crystal (1982)
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Frank Oz
Jim Henson
Kathryn Mullen
Movie Details
Director Gary Kurtz; Frank Oz; <b>Frank Oz</b>; Jim Hensen
Producer Jim Hensen
Writer David Odell
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 1 hr 34 mins
Color Color
Plot
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
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Collection Status In Collection
Links Amazon US
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 043396028494
Chapters 28
Release Date 10/5/99
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
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