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The Dark Crystal (Collector's Edition Boxed Set)
The Dark Crystal
Collector's Edition Boxed Set
Actors: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG     2003     1hr 33min

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, ...  more »

     

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Actors: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire
Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Creators: Jim Henson, Bruce Sharman, David Lazer, Duncan Kenworthy, Gary Kurtz, David Odell
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Fantasy
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/25/2003
Original Release Date: 12/17/1982
Theatrical Release Date: 12/17/1982
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
Edition: Box set,Collector's Edition
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A true fantasy classic that looks born anew on blu-ray
D. White | NY USA | 03/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The timeless excellence of this fantasy classic has been well-described over the decades, so instead this quick little review will just make notes regarding the recent blu-ray incarnation.

Put simply, the film overall looks incredibly sharp, colorful, and vibrant. Swords gleam with the sharpest of edges, the most exquisite details of the often ornate clothing become clear, forests burst in luxuriant green. The age of the film is still treated with appropriate respect, as film grain can be seen in wider outside daytime shots that always make it more visible, as well as occasional flat grey-suffused zones where background art was later overlaid. I can't imagine a better balance in bringing an older movie to--not just adequate, but top-flight--blu-ray quality while staying so true to the original state.

Audio is also nicely improved in terms of clarity for the blu-ray, though there is less opportunity for improvement here than for the visuals. In addition, a great many welcome extras complete the package. Highlights from the past include the nearly one-hour archival documentary "The World of the Dark Crystal", an aged but still entertaining and thorough look behind the scenes of the original film production.

Finally, there are a few blu-ray specific extras. Best of these is the superb "Storyboard Track - Picture-in-Picture" function, wherein panels will pop onscreen (such as "Concept Art - The Castle of the Crystal") to provide background info or concept art for immediate comparison to the currently playing scene."