The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal

DVD - 1999
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On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Jim Henson Home Entertainment [a label from Columbia Tristar Home Video], ©1999.
Edition: Special ed.
ISBN: 9780767821650
0767821653
Branch Call Number: DVD J FEATURE DAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,stereo,rda

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Matmanrocks
Jan 17, 2020

I actually remember my Dad taking me to see this movie in the theatre when it first came out. Great story, great wimpering a must see for all, Jim Henson and Frank Oz rock.

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Mickeymouse2020
Dec 27, 2019

I saw the mini-series on Netflix before seeing this version, which I'm sad to say I feel bad about not seeing the original before the remake but both versions were good and this was a total enjoyment.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 03, 2019

Just re watched this in preparation for the new/ remake. It surprisingly still stands up in terms of animatronics for that time. I am looking forward to seeing what they do with the new one.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 06, 2019

The Dark Crystal is a 1982 adventure film that has no human characters in it whatsoever. It was very weird and the storyline didn't really make any sense. The film was somewhat sloppy in the writing and world building, however the puppetry is truly outstanding, especially or its time. Not only that but the production design is breathtaking and the amount of work that had been put into it truly shows. I would recommend watching it to appreciate the work. 3.5/5 Stars. @SeraphinaWilliams of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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1aa
Aug 25, 2018

For a film made with puppets more than 35 years ago, it holds up quite well: its enjoyable, it uses many folktale and mythic structures and symbols, and is a coherent narrative (in contrast to many others made by those who think that they are being clever by making incoherent narratives).
One of the scenes which strikes one is that one where the gelfling is strapped to a chair and forced to see the light refracted from a crystal which gives a view of pure power, and the gelfling is utterly transfixed and its vital essence is slowly drained (the essence is then consumed by the evil characters and the gelfling becomes a slave).
There is an hour long movie about the making of the movie and some other, much briefer, extras.

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Fionagirl
May 08, 2017

The first time I watched this was in the theater when I was a kid (I know that ages me). I was probably too young and sensitive for this and I had nightmares that night. But it stuck with me and now I love it as an adult. I think the same things that drew me in and scared me as a child are the same things that make it such a great movie. The genius of Jim Henson and Frank Oz creating a believable world out of puppets is amazing. Luckily, I love losing myself in fantasy worlds now.

ChristineT_RPL Dec 14, 2014

Jim Henson and Frank Oz directed this beautiful and dark piece. With ground breaking animatronics and concept art by fantasy illustrator Brian Froud. This story of returning balance to the world is wonderfully written and magically produced. I have loved this film for so long and I am happy that it has become a classic. This is not a light family film, it is dark and sometimes scary. I recommend this for older children.

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DYLANNANOLAN
Jul 30, 2014

good vs evil

aurora625 Jan 10, 2014

Love, love, love it!!! The storyline, the music, everything. Own it of course. Just relax and let your imagination flow with this one. Beautifully done.

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TubbyTabby
May 17, 2012

I first decied to watch this film when I heard the theme song on YouTube and thought, "that must be a great film." Well, certainly, it's a good film, but not as grand as the theme song might suggest. Okay, so it's not the Muppets: instead, this is a tolkienian quest fantasy. It's a very incredible film, and certainly better and more imaginative and than any kid's movies released today![Albiet, it's not as "dark" as the critics suggest]. Despite that, this is still an overral hit and miss. the film is a bit too fast-paced, and ther is kind've a lack of emotion. The characters basically retain monotone expressions throughout the entire film, for example. Despite that, I reccomend watching it.

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Sep 25, 2011

Aughra: End, begin, all the same. Big change. Sometimes good. Sometimes bad.

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Sep 25, 2011

Jen: Where are we?
Kira: Safe.
Jen: I don't think anywhere is safe any more.

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Jen: Wings? I don't have wings!
Kira: Of course not. You're a boy.

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Jen: The prophecy didn't say anything about this!
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Historian: Hold her to you, for she is part of you, as we all are part of each other.

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Sep 25, 2011

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

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Sep 25, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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