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Fantasty World Collectibles

The Dark Crystal (1982)

HBO Video, 1982. VHS, Beta, and Capacitance Electronic Disc.

The cover of the original video release of "The Dark Crystal" has a quote from Time Magazine. "Jim Henson has devised a luxuriantly original fantasy world as dark as the magic crystal totem."

Labyrinth (1987)

Embassy Home Entertainment, 1987. VHS (pan and scan) and laser disc (widescreen).

The first commercial release of Labyrinth on home video.

Inside the Labyrinth (1987)

Embassy Home Entertainment, 1987. VHS, 57 minutes.

The making of the motion picture Labyrinth; includes interviews with Jim Henson and others involved with the film.

The Dark Crystal Laserdisc (1990)

Image, 1990, Laserdisc.

This laserdisc is widescreen, and ran an extra 67 extra minutes with the making-of documentary, release trailers, and the deleted Emperor's funeral scene.

Apparently there were high defect rates in the copies released. The transfer was very, very dark, and some of the frames may even have appeared damaged. The funeral scene was tacked on as supplementary material (and non-widescreen), and had the original Skeksis' language. It was not released on videotape.

The Dark Crystal (1994)

Buena Vista Home Video, 1984, Video and Laserdisc.

The Dark Crystal laserdisc, has no extra footage. It is the same as the 1994 video cassette, except the laserdisc is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen.

Buddy (1998)

Columbia Tri-Star, 1998. Video and laserdisc. Released on VHS dubbed in Spanish in 1999. English version re-released on DVD in 2001.

A gentle, family-oriented dramatization of the autobiography ("Animals Are My Hobby") of daffy Gertrude Lintz (Rene Russo,) a softhearted, soft-headed 1920s New York socialite who transformed her upstate mansion into a personal menagerie containing cats, dogs, birds, chimps, and the titular baby gorilla, all of whom were trained to wear clothing and behave as humans. Produced by the Jim Henson Company.

Jim Henson's The Storyteller (1999)

Columbia Tri-Star, 1999, video.

For more than ten years Henson fans have been longing to have professional video releases of arguably Jim Henson's best non-Muppet production, "Jim Henson's The Storyteller."

The two videos released, each contain two of the best episodes from this series. The first video features, "Sapsorrow" and "The Luck Child." While the second tape features "The Soldier and Death" and "A Story Short." Unfortunately, these tapes weren't released on DVD.

Jim Henson's The Storyteller Greek Myths (1999)

Columbia Tri-Star, 1999, video.

Minghella weaves the narration of the storyteller with dialogue from the stories. The first tape includes: "Perseus and the Gorgon" and "Daedalus and Icarus". The second tape includes: "Theseus & the Minotaur" and "Orpheus & Eurydice".

The Greek myth episodes are a bit more mature and yet, give the audience lasting impressions of oft-quoted tales. All four episodes of the Greek Myths are released on video while five episodes of the original Storyteller series remain unreleased on video.

The Dark Crystal Special Edition (1999)

Columbia Tri-Star, 1999. DVD Special Edition Region 1.

This is a special dual disc that includes "The World of the Dark Crystal" making-of documentary, and the emperor's funeral scene with the Skeksis speaking in their own original language (a scene which was not in the film), trailers, production notes, drawings, and isolated musical score. While not perfect, images are crisp and sharp. The Dark Crystal never looked so good.

Read a review of this DVD.

The Labyrinth Special Edition (1999)

Columbia Tri-Star, 1999. DVD Special Edition Region 1.

The DVD includes: widescreen only, the documentary "Inside the Labyrinth", theatrical trailers, and biographies. The image is razor sharp and crystal clear; none of the previous video incarnations of Labyrinth come close to the beauty of this transfer.

Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2002)

Columbia Tri-Star, 2002, video and DVD.

Jim Hensonís Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story originally premiered as a two-part miniseries on CBS in December 2001. Directed by Brian Henson, the series stars: Matthew Modine (Jack), Vanessa Redgrave (Countess Wilhelmina/Narrator), Mia Sara (Ondine), Daryl Hannah, Jon Voight (Siggy), and Richard Attenborough.

The DVD includes production notes, and a look behind-the-scenes. The transfer is crisp and sharp throughout.

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