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Jim Henson's Fantasy Film Collection

This 3-disc DVD set includes two films directed by the legendary Jim Henson, and one film that was released through his production company fourteen years after his death.

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Star Wars meets Muppets

  • Jul 12, 2010
I had mixed feelings about The Dark Crystal. The puppet animation holds up surprisingly well even in the age of digital animation. Some of the scenes are beautiful, such as the heroes rowing on the lake with papyrus. The movements are generally smooth and not jerky. It shows Jim Henson's genius with puppets. My problem with the movie is with the human side - the script and voice acting. Sometimes, it seems the scriptwriters got lazy and just copied scenes from Star Wars, including characters suspiciously similar to the Ewoks and Yoda. Some of the voices also seem a bit weak and lighty for their characters. Finally, the movie seems to want to be an epic, and has the makings of it, but is just too short at 1.5 hours to really be of epic proportions. I'd recommend The Dark Crystalfor kids who like fantasy/epics like Star Wars, but I don't know if it will appeal much beyond that audience.

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: The Dark Crystal: December 17, 1982; Labyrinth: June 27, 1986; MirrorMask: September 30, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
Runtime: 295 minutes (three films on 3 discs)
Studio: TriStar Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Sony Pictures
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