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|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
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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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."