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Dark Crystal and Labyrinth Anniversary Edition DVD's

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by MuppetDanny, Jun 4, 2007.

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  1. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

    From Dvdactive.com
    This is going to be great! :excited:
  2. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member


    Labyrinth Press Release:

    Culver City, CA (06/04/2007) – Join the journey through this twisted maze of events “where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems,u201D with Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, available from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on DVD August 14th for the SLP of $24.96. Starring GRAMMY®-winning rock legend David Bowie (Best Music Video, Short form, David Bowie, 1984) and Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Connelly (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, A Beautiful Mind, 2001), this genre-bending fairytale was directed by Jim Henson and produced by Henson with Academy Award®-winner George Lucas (Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, 1992), and includes an original soundtrack written and performed by David Bowie. The LABYRINTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION includes 60 minutes of exclusive featurettes, including all-new interviews with executive producer George Lucas as well as the film’s creators, puppeteers, and others behind the magic. Along with an astounding array of recently rediscovered footage, new high definition transfer and new stylized packaging make this DVD a must-own for a generation of film fans.


    Labyrinth tells the story of Sarah (Jennifer Connolly), a young teenager with an active imagination, who, when frustrated with babysitting her baby brother, summons the goblins to take him away. Be careful what you wish for, because when little Toby disappears, Sarah must follow him into a puzzling fantasy world to rescue him from the Goblin King (David Bowie). Guarding the castle is The Labyrith itself: a complex and twisted maze of trickery, including outrageous characters and inexplicable dangers that Sarah must get through in time to save Toby.

    Starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, produced by Jim Henson and George Lucas and directed by Jim Henson.

    DVD Bonus Features

    Newly Rediscovered footage recovered from Jim Henson’s home in England

    60 minutes of featurettes, new interviews of the writers and performers behind the magic including:

    George Lucas (Executive Producer)
    Brian Henson (Hoggle/Goblin Voice/Puppeteer/CO-CEO, The Jim Henson Company)
    Brian Froud (Conceptual Designer/Supervisor)
    Karen Prell (The Worm/The Junk Lady/Firey 2)
    Dave Goelz (Didymus/The Hat/The Guard/L. Doorknocker/Firey 3)
    Mira Velimorivic (Jim Henson’s Creative Assistant)
    Gates McFadden (Choreographer)
    Toby Froud (Toby)
    Jane Gootnick (Senior Puppet Builder)

    Rated: PG
    Closed Captioned
    Running Time: 96 minutes

    The Dark Crystal Press Release:

    Culver City, CA (6/4/07) – Become part of Jim Henson’s world and experience the mystical realm of imaginative creatures, fantastical journeys, and the fight between light and dark with THE DARK CRYSTAL 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on August 14th for the SLP of $24.96. Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz ( Little Shop of Horrors, Indian in the Cupboard), THE DARK CRYSTAL 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION sets the highest standard for audio and video available on DVD.

    This special 2-disc anniversary edition features a new high definition film transfer, new commentary by Brian Froud, stylized new packaging, previously unreleased footage from the Henson archives and “Reflections on The Dark Crystal” featurettes that include all-new interviews with writers and performers behind the magic such as Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson and co-CEO of The Jim Henson Company), David O’Dell (Co-Writer) and many others.


    In another time, the Dark Crystal was the Balance and Truth in the Universe, but it was destroyed and the world split into two factions led by the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. Now as the convergence of the three suns approaches, the Crystal must be healed or darkness will reign forever. It is up to Jen, the last of his race, to carry out the prophecy that a Gelfing will return the missing chard of crystal and destroy the Skeksis’ evil Empire. But will Jen be up to the challenge of battling the unknown?

    Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz with producer Gary Kurtz (Stars Wars, The Empire Strikes Back), this film is a fantasy masterpiece from the incomparable imagination of Jim Henson who has created some of the most inventive creatures ever. THE DARK CRYSTAL weaves the timeless myth of Good and Evil.

    DVD Bonus Features

    Rediscovered footage from Jim Henson’s home in England

    “Reflections on The Dark Crystal” exclusive featurettes including all-new interviews with the writers and performers behind the magic including:

    David O’Dell (Co-Writer with Henson)
    Dave Goelz and Katheryn Mullen (Performers)
    Brian Froud (Conceptual Designer/Supervisor)
    Brian Henson (Son of Jim Henson)
    Jane Gootnick (Senior Puppet Builder)
    Mira Velimorivic (Jim Henson’s Creative Assistant)

    Rated: PG
    Closed Captioned
    Running Time: 89 minutes
  3. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    Excellent! I am very excited. But wait, is the Froud commentary only on The Dark Crystal set?
  4. Mistersuperstar

    Mistersuperstar Well-Known Member

    Woah. I have been dying to see more rare footage from Labyrinth. It was my favourite movie when I was growing up. I'm so excited, I feel like a kid again!:p
  5. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Wow! Sounds great!

    I hope they'll include the complete Dark Crystal workprint this time, not just the few scenes as seen in the other DVD editions.
    There is a cool scene in the beginning where we can see Jen swimming! He gets out of the water and plays the flute (as included in the regular cut). Then a Mystic appears calling him: " In your cave there is one who has need ... The storm comes..."
    I hope this will be included...
  6. crazed gonzo fa

    crazed gonzo fa Well-Known Member

    Awesomely awesome! Thanks for the news!
  7. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

  8. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

  9. Speed Tracer

    Speed Tracer Well-Known Member

    Sweet cover art! I especially love the art for The Dark Crystal... dunno why, but the lack of Jen and Kira on the cover makes sense to me. Not that I dislike Jen and Kira, mind. Just... it seems right. I don't know.
  10. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    I LOVE IT! Oh this is gonna be great! I've been wanting to get Labyrinth on DVD, and there's no better time!
  11. Mistersuperstar

    Mistersuperstar Well-Known Member

    Nice artwork. It would have been nice to have the artwork from the original movie posters on these Anniversay Editions tho.
  12. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member

    It looks like UK fans will get these anniversary DVDs soon, fingers crossed as BBFC (The British Board of Film Classification) have passed the films a few days ago.
  13. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt Well-Known Member

    It doesn't specifically say "Blu-Ray" or "HD-DVD," so what does this mean exactly?
  14. Mistersuperstar

    Mistersuperstar Well-Known Member

    I think it has just been newly transfered from the original 35mm (not sure that's right) film. They can clean up the image better nowadays. I hope it isn't being released as a HD DVD tho, or at least not ONLY.
  15. cabbageheat

    cabbageheat Well-Known Member

    Hmm, I wonder if the image really will be any better then the Superbit DVD's released just a few years ago. Those looked great. Nevertheless, its great to hear they are re-releasing them with added material. I commentary track by Frank Oz, on the Dark Crystal would be gold though. Why he hasn't, or doesn't, is beyond me.
  16. GelflingWaldo

    GelflingWaldo Well-Known Member

  17. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt Well-Known Member

    Perhaps, but "high definition" nowadays pretty much means Blu-Ray or HD-DVD.
  18. Mistersuperstar

    Mistersuperstar Well-Known Member

    I really hope that's not the case, but as Sony are releasing The Dark Crystal as a two-disc, maybe one disc will be Blu-Ray and the other just regular DVD.
  19. FrankV

    FrankV Member

    According to the Sony Pictures UK website the anniversary DVDs will be released in on October 1, 2007.
  20. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    I hope it will be HD ! Would make sense to me...

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