The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal

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

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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Columbia TriStar has created a fine edition of Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal. The video transfer is an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen presentation and is remarkably clean, with very little scratching or dust. The vibrant colors throughout the Crystal's world retain their depth and brightness. Details, especially of the creatures, are clear, without becoming blurry or soft. On the audio side, Columbia has created a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, along with a two-channel Dolby Prologic track and a Spanish-language mono track. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is solid, if unspectacular. There is very little use of the surrounds, except by the musical score. Dialogue is clear and the sound effects, such as the chittering of the Garthim, are well rendered. There are several worthy special features. A documentary, "The World of The Dark Crystal, deleted funeral scenes, work print scenes, and the isolated track of the excellent score are all notable. There are also character drawings, trailers, and the ubiquitous talent files and production notes. Kudos go to Columbia for this excellent disc. The film is rendered beautifully. It looks and sounds wonderful, truly showcasing what is probably the pinnacle of Henson's achievements. The presentation, coupled with some excellent extras, make this the definitive edition of The Dark Crystal.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/1999
UPC: 0043396028494
Original Release: 1982
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 1,567

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio and anamorphic video; Delux widescreen presentation; Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital & two-channel Dolby Surround, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; The World of "The Dark Crystal" making-of documentary; Original language work print scenes; Deleted funeral scenes; Character drawings and profiles; Isolated music score; Theatrical trailer; Bonus trailer; Talent files; Production notes

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [:28]
2. Ceremony Of The Sun [3:33]
3. The Mystics [1:22]
4. The Chosen One [1:35]
5. "You Are In Danger." [2:45]
6. The Emporer Dies [4:36]
7. Trial By Stone [5:34]
8. The 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 [2:20]
20. The Prophecy [2:06]
21. Landstriders [2:09]
22. Drained Essence [3:21]
23. Rescue & Escape [5:21]
24. "Gelfling!" [2:23]
25. "Call The Animals!" [9:51]
26. "We Will Live Forever!" [1:23]
27. Shard & Sacrifice [2:13]
28. Prophecy Fulfilled [11:19]

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