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Dark Crystal and Labyrinth on Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by Phillip, Aug 29, 2009.


Will you be buying the Dark Crystal and/or Labyrinth on Blu-Ray?

  1. Yes, I can’t wait to see what the films look like in HD

    22 vote(s)
  2. Yes, later when I get a Blu-ray player

    7 vote(s)
  3. No, the DVD’s I already have are good enough

    6 vote(s)
  4. No, I’m not interested in these films

    0 vote(s)

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    We're only a few short weeks away from the release of the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth on Blu-ray on September 29.

    Pre-Order Dark Crystal on Blu-ray – Save 32%

    Bonus Features Include:
    • Commentary with Brian Froud
    • Picture-in-Picture Storyboard Track
    • The Book of Thra: Dark Crystal Collector
    • SkekTek’s Crystal Challenge Trivia Game
    • Original Skeksis Language – Test Scenes with Introduction by Screenwriter David O’Dell
    • Deleted Scenes
    • The World of “The Dark Crystal”
    • Reflections of the Dark Crystal: “Light on the Path of Creation”
    • Reflections of the Dark Crystal: “Shard of Illusion”
    Pre-Order Labyrinth on Blu-ray - Save 32%

    Bonus Features Include:
    • “The Storytellers” – Picture-in-Picture Exclusive
    • Making of Documentary: Inside The Labyrinth
    • Commentary with Brian Froud
    • Journey through the Labyrinth: Kingdom of Characters
    • Journey through the Labyrinth: “The Quest for Goblin City”
    Since many of us will be getting these long-awaited Blu-ray releases, we'd like to mention that if you order any of these DVD’s from the above links that a small portion of your order will go to Muppet Central to help keep the site, forum and radio running smoothly. It's a great way to help MC and get a great price on these DVDs with a low-price guarantee. Meaning, you can pre-order now and save 30% off the regular price (and if Amazon lowers the price even more you're guaranteed the lowest price by pre-ordering). We appreciate each person that helps support MC by placing orders through the site.
  2. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Since these are the first Henson films getting the Blu-ray treatment, we added a poll to this thread to gauge the interest in these releases.

    It should be very interesting to see the improvement that Blu-ray makes with these movies, especially the much older Dark Crystal.
  3. LeanneRivett

    LeanneRivett Well-Known Member

    I got mine yesterday, I think this is the first time we have had something before the US.

    Paul and I will watch both this weekend and let you know what they are like. If you buy through Play.com you can get both for £22.00 which is such a bargain.

    I have made it a point to buy all henson productions on Blu-ray, lets hope they bring out some more soon!
  4. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, let us know what you think of them. We're looking forward to hearing the details.
  5. rexcrk

    rexcrk Well-Known Member

    I'm very much looking forward to Labyrinth on Blu-ray (especially since I just got myself an HD TV and Blu-ray player a couple weeks ago) but I might pass on The Dark Crystal... for now anyway (because, to be honest, I'm not a big fan of it >_>)
  6. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    There is a nice DARK CRYSTAL review on BLU-RAY.COM !
  7. The 11th UrRu

    The 11th UrRu Well-Known Member

    I dont know how you make money on this site, maybe your rich, I dont know these things work... but I definatly think you should be more proactive and less timid about raising funds through various means for your work here, which I believe as a fan to be invaluable.

    I will be more than happy to order through your link.
  8. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Got the Blu-Ray, love it! Quality could be better but its still a lot better than the DVD. Extras are very good, however I still miss the complete workprint ;-)
  9. cabbageheat

    cabbageheat Well-Known Member

    Still no workprint?

    I don't know. I "might" pick this up. I have so many versions of this film, with very little new offered (yet we all know there is still some great stuff out there) I don't know if its worth it anymore.

    Common. Where are the other deleted scenes and work prints? How many more formats and decades do we need to go through to get what the fans have wanted for a very long time. And at this point...I would sacrifice a random child to hear Frank Oz give a commentary on this film. His lack of involvement is really disappointing.

    Kinda ridiculous.
  10. xCrystalk99

    xCrystalk99 New Member

    I think Blu-Ray quality is good but almost too good. All these new televisions and things that are supposed to "improve" the quality of films are just making them all look b-rated. All these new product remove the edging which regular films have to make them look like, well, films. When you take away that edging, it makes the films look like they've been taken by a drunken college student.
  11. Kermieuk

    Kermieuk Well-Known Member

    Just watching Labyrinth on Blu-Ray Now. Its amazing how many times I have seen this film, but until now I had never noticed that as the doors to the Goblin Castle are pushed open, there are two pints of milk left on the doorstep! Nice touch, cant believe I have never noticed this before.

    Watched Dark Crystal Blu-Ray this morning now Labyrinth, they look great in HD, the colours and textures in the Skeksis costumes are amazing.

  12. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    I do not agree. Blu-Ray allows you to see the movies in the original quality they were shot.
    In fact it makes you appreciate the movies even more. Only now we can see all the enormous detail work in in films like Dark Crystal or Labyrinth.
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Some companies have had their films digitally cleaned too much for the sake of Blu-ray, but the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth are not among those. They appear as they did in the theaters. :)
  14. cabbageheat

    cabbageheat Well-Known Member

    Finally picked up the Blu Ray version of TDC. It was 5 bucks, and couldn't pass it up.

    However, its so called "new" offerings for this release were absurd. I think I'm done with TDC as far as the film goes, until some substantial new material is released. I find it increasingly irritating that Frank Oz hasn't offered a single glimpse into this film, after what...4 releases of this film?

    No deleted scenes? Blah, blah, we all know what is missing. Tons of stuff, the question is..when will we get it? How many more formats will go down the tubes as we wait for some additional content? If Frank Oz would kindly come out of the vault, and offer some refreshing insight, that would be great. A commentary? A new interview? A retrospective? Deleted scenes please?

    Until we get something that has some substance to it, and isn't 5 to 10 seconds of rough home video hailed as "new" material found, I think I'm done. No, I know I'm done. This is the one film that has had its material on a slow drip out of the tap for decades. And hey...maybe there is nothing left. Maybe what has been said about this movie has been said. I could be completely wrong.

    However, I wish those deleted scenes and if anything....anything...Frank Oz would say something, some kind of interview, that would be fantastic. Nobody is getting any younger here. Oh well. I'm done with this rant.
  15. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    I don't know what DVD you picked up, but the one I have has the deleted scenes and work print stuff...

    Something from Frank Oz, or any of the other muppeteers who participated in the film's creation (Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson) would be nice.
  16. cabbageheat

    cabbageheat Well-Known Member

    I picked up a BluRay version, this had a few deleted scenes, but there are a few more that have never been released, but just eluded to.

    It is one of the things I was complaining about. There seems to be content out there, that simply never finds its way onto any format, and again, Frank Oz zero involvement just seems....for the lack of a better word...lame. And its been the same stuff, release, after release, besides a few crude games thrown on to the blueray release. Again...lame.
  17. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Really? I love TDC, and I had no idea there were additional deleted scenes. What sort of things have they mentioned?

    Gah. I know what you mean. I don't get the studio politics that restrict certain things from being released. I can understand if the quality is just abysmal, to the point of being unwatchable, but if there's perfectly good footage, why hide it?
  18. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Yes, there are few more scenes such as:

    - Jen swimming at the beginning
    - Jen being called by a Mystic

    Plus a few more.
    I dont know why they hide this cool stuff. There is a LOT more in the Henson archives.
  19. BoomerangFish

    BoomerangFish Well-Known Member

    I've got Labyrinth on Bluray and it looks pretty good. Not the best transfer but not awful either. I haven't seen Dark Crystal anywhere, otherwise I'd have likely bought that one. I'd rather have the first 3 Muppet films on bluray! :halo:
  20. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Hey guys. I bought The Dark Crystal 20th Anniversary edition (or whichever one came in the brown box with the film cell). It was pretty pricey when I got it. Now I found out about the 25th Anniversary edition, which apparently has new behind the scenes stuff. Is it worth getting the DVD again for the new special features?

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