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Dark Crystal Collector's Edition DVD Box Set

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by Phillip, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Columbia Tri-Star is releasing a new DVD box set of the Dark Crystal. It will contain "senitype and Jim Henson original notes in collector's box". The slated release date is November 25th.

    That's all the information from Columbia I have so far. Will let you know when we find out more.
  2. Patty

    Patty Active Member

    Holy cow! That's great news, if a little baffling.
  3. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, especially since this will be the third Dark Crystal DVD release since 1999.
  4. Sir Didymus

    Sir Didymus Well-Known Member

    Wow! Great news! I will have to put this on my Christmas List! I'm so glad they are paying attention to "The Dark Crystal"! It would be nice if they could make some more Toys from the movie also.

  5. Patty

    Patty Active Member

    Exactly. Hopefully it's packed with great stuff.

    I know some people/reviewers were really critical of both the standard DVD and the superbit. There were lots of complaints about scratches and such. Frankly, I love the standard DVD package -- it was the best presentation of the film since its theatrical release. The scratches are only glaring if you look for them. And the DVD came with the deleted scenes and documentary.

    So maybe they're putting out another DVD with a cleaner image.

    This is a region 1 DVD, right?
  6. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Yes it will be region 1. At this time, I have no idea if any other countries will see this special release or not.
  7. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I hope it has commentary by Brain, Frank (that is if healthy), George Lucus, Dave and others that helped in making it. That would be cool if that started new DVDs of movies like Follow that Bird. I would love to hear commentary on that movie.
  8. Patty

    Patty Active Member

    George Lucas worked on Labyrinth, not Dark Crystal. Besides, Lucas gives AWFUL commentaries, even on films he made.

    A Froud/Kurtz/Oz commentary would be great.
  9. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the heads up Phil.

    This would be an excellent oppurtunity to present the newer cleaned up print of the film (as was recently premiered in France and attended by the Frouds), but I'd bet the farm that it's just the 1999 release in a Collector's Box with 8x10s, Jim's notes, certificate of authenticity, etc. If the Numenorean CD hadn't been a limited release, I'd say they might package that in too, but probably not.
  10. Habidabad

    Habidabad Member

    Actually, George Lucas dropped by an early screening of "The Dark Crystal" and offered several suggestions that Henson gladly incorporated into the final version of the film.

    I'm hoping that this new DVD will contain more deleted scenes. I have a work print of the original edit of the film and it has 7 minutes of extra footage and the original soundtrack (which has yet to be released). It also contains different voices (Aughra is neither Frank Oz or Billie Whitlaw; Kira's singing in the boat is also different) and different lines that follow the original script!
  11. Patty

    Patty Active Member

    Lucas is still not eligible for commentary, not any more than he was eligible for Lord of the Rings. Kurtz, on the other, certainly is,

    If Henson Co. has forgotten about other related footage, perhaps you politely should remind them. Because I think a lot of Dark Crystal fans are going to wonder why they have to buy another DVD.
  12. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    I'd buy it bare-bones if it had the new restored print on it.

    I'm happy with what I've got (it's leagues better than the VHS), but there are some blemishes and soft spots that would be nice to be rid of.
  13. Habidabad

    Habidabad Member

    If the release date is in November then it's probably too late to add anything to what's already been decided on. I'm sure that with everything going on with the company and the fact that the archives are in total shambles that not much effort is being put into the project. I heard from a reliable source that the Henson Co. probably isn't even breaking a sweat over this release. It breaks my heart!

    :rolleyes: :cry:
  14. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Habidibad, I was looking on your site for the spot where I thought I'd read about the new print being premiered in France which was attended by the Frouds. Or am I confusing your site with another? Either way, I can't find that info anymore. Was that more than a year ago now?
  15. Habidabad

    Habidabad Member

    I had it posted on my "News" page. I removed it when Carlotta Films removed the information from their site. I always remove old news after the official sites remove the info. Sorry about that! :o
  16. Patty

    Patty Active Member

    That's depressing.

    I hope they use a clean print at the very least.
  17. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    Would it be possible to reprint that news blurb here? Thanks :)
  18. Habidabad

    Habidabad Member

    Unfortunately, I don't have it archived. All it said was that the film was re-released in theaters in France and that it ran from Dec. 2002 through March 2003 and that Brian and Wendy Froud attended the premiere. They sent me a program and a booklet that were given out at the premiere, but they are all in French! :smirk:
  19. scarecroe

    scarecroe Well-Known Member

    If you could scan it, we could have it translated :)

    Anyway, Dec 2002 helps. It's just painful to know that there's a cleaned up print of the film out there not being released to home video :smirk:
  20. Habidabad

    Habidabad Member

    I don't have a scanner yet, but my mom is giving me one in a week or two.

    How do we know that it's a cleaned up print that's newer than the DVD or SuperBit versions? The re-release in France could have been pulled from one of those sources! :confused:

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